Backstage Makeup Breakdown: Vivienne Westwood Fall 2009

Compared to the Vivienne Westwood Red Label Fall 2009 collection we saw at London Fashion Week, the Vivienne Westwood Fall 2009 collection was a disappointment. While there are some pieces that I liked, the Mantegna-inspired collection just feels like all over the place. The makeup and hair, on the other hand, are much better and very Pamela Anderson – slightly trashy yet gorgeous.

Makeup artist Pep Gay drew his inspiration from Jodie Foster in Pretty Baby and created a sexy ’80s/’90s porn-fantasy makeup with dark smoky eyes and nude lips.

MAC Select Cover Up Concealer applied with MAC 187 brush with MAC Blushes in Pink Swoon and Pinch me.

To create the gorgeous smoky eyes you see, smudge MAC Smolder Eye Kohl all over the eye, fading out and up in the shape you want. Press MAC Black Tied eyeshadow all over the lid to contour around the eye. Finish with MAC Graphblack in the waterline and lots of MAC Zoomblack mascara.

Line the lips with a darker lip liner and apply a lighter, nude lipstick on the lips.

For more pictures of the collection, check out WWD and

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. I really like the makeup.
    Especially third row down.
    Their smoky eyes and blush are so pretty 😀
    But the girl on the second row looks like she was a used tissue.

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