Backstage Makeup Breakdown: Balmain Fall 2009 at Paris Fashion Week


Balmain’s A/W 2009 collection is definitely not for the faint-hearted or the day. The collection is packed with super short dresses, jackets and pants decorated with sequins, studs and crystals and the color choice of gunmetal, black and midnight blue is *gorgeous*!

Makeup artist Tom Pecheux used MAC cosmetics to create a relatively paired down look to go with the collection. “We’re not playing around too much, just giving the models a touch of sparkle in very light doses,” said Pecheux.

The eyelids and brows were dabbed with a new gray-black lip gloss called Bling Black (to be released later this year) while a black liner rimmed the lash lines and a light coat of black mascara was applied on the lashes. The lips were kept moist with a nude gloss while the cheekbones were highlighted with a minimal amount of color.

Hairstylist Sam McKnight gave the models straight hair with a deep side part for a “modern, disheveled and cool” look. He blow-dried the hair straight before adding Pantene hair spray and Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel and sealing the ends with serum.

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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.


  1. sweet jesus, thse models lok so gorgeous au naturall. phyllis, do you have any sugestions for the lip color? i am really loving the beige, salmon-y nude.
    love your blog, so detailed and creative, you really cover so many topics!

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