Backstage Makeup Breakdown: Dior Fall 2009

Dior’s shows are always fun to watch and the A/W 2009 show was no exception. Designer John Galliano mixed both East and West to give us a collection of flowy, embroidered dresses in bright colors and sleek black and grey jackets paired with skirts.

As usual, the makeup is flashy and colorful. Makeup artist Pat McGrath drew her inspiration from the ’20s and added a Japanese twist into the makeup. The models’ eyebrows were covered up then penciled in for a super thin look. Bright hues like orange, yellow, purple, pink and silver were applied on the eyes and fake eyelashes were added on both top and bottom. Shades of pink and coral were swiped heavily along the cheekbones and the lips were painted with a dark plummy lipstick with the color concentrated in the middle for a geisha look.

Hairstylist Orlando Pita gave the models a short bob with square bangs or waves by pinning bobby pins all over the place. It was said that a total of 12000 colored bobby pins were used on the 44 models.

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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. wow wow wowww, I love the colours of this collection, so so vibrant. So many wearable pieces and the make up colours are stunning

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