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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  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!