Backstage Hair & Makeup at Gucci Fall 2009

Inspired by ’80s fashion icon Tina Chow, the Gucci A/W 2009 show was all about “a glittering, glamorous time, when going out was a way of life.” The collection had a really nice palette of colors which included turquoise, azul, violet, red, gray and black. Pieces ranged from kimono tops in asymmetrical stripes, polka-dot dresses, super metallic blouses, tailored pants and sparkly leggings and jumpsuit.

Makeup artist Pat McGrath created a “very strong and powerful” look on the models. Heavy foundation was applied onto the models’ faces while the eyes dazzled in rainbow colors. A combination of red and gold was used on the eyelid and blended up to the brow bone. A violet was placed closely to the lash line and dragged towards the outer corner and up onto the crease. The crease was further darkened with a gray and brown which were both extended outwards for a contoured look. The insides on both top and bottom were also rimmed with a black pencil. A shimmering pink blush highlighted the cheekbones all the way to the temples while the lips were painted with an intense red.

Hairstylist Luigi Mureno went for a slicked-back look. “It’s very languid and graphic,” said Mureno. After combing back the hair, Mureno teased top to give it some volume and smoothed the sides with strong hold gel.


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. Oh wow… I really like this look! Which I don’t often say about runway makeup. Please do an interpretation of this, I’d love to see what products you’d use to recreate it. I don’t think this would look good on me, lol, my face is too childish looking, but I think you would look amazing!

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