Backstage Makeup Breakdown: Topshop Unique Fall 2009 at London Fashion Week

Grunge, sci-fi and New Age travelers were the inspirations behind the designs of Jacqui Markham and Karen Bonser at the Topshop Unique Fall 2009 show.

The collection consists of layers of oversized chunky sweaters and scarves in bright colors along with metallic leather tunics, bodysuits and glow-in-the-dark accessories. Kind of hot and definitely not for the shy.

Inspired by Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Bow Wow Wow, MAC makeup artist Miranda Joyce created a “rock and roll mixed with punk” look that has “the craziness of disco but with a touch of Camden Town.”

The focus was on the super hot glistening metallic gold lips and to create them, Joyce mixed MAC Pigments in Copper and Rose Gold together with an alcohol base.

As for the eyes, the lower lids were rimmed with MAC Foxy Lady Eye Pencil and the brows brushed through with mascara to give a bold, natural “sporty” look.

The rest of the face was kept clean with only concealer where necessary and a dab of Blushcreme in Posey on the cheeks.

To go with the bold makeup, hairstylist Samantha Hillerby braided really thick and chunky random cornrows all 
over the models’ head. Mousse was added into the hair to create grip and ribbons and neon elastics were used to create a young and fresh look.

Credits: Images: WWD, Daily Mail and Top Shop.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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