FOTD: Giorgio Armani A/W 2009 Inspired Trampy Makeup Look

Spotted at the Giorgio Armani A/W 2009 show was an 80s-inspired trampy look with dark purple smoky eyes, slightly contoured cheeks and hot red lips.

What I Used

* A sheer layer of Rimmel Renew & Lift Foundation in #103 (slightly lighter than my natural skin tone) all over
* MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30 to camouflage undereye circles
* MAC Sculpt and Shape Powder in Accentuate/Sculpt to contour cheekbones lightly
* Bare eyebrows
* MAC Solar White eyeshadow on entire eyelid
* MAC Nocturnelle eyeshadow on the whole socket and lower eye
* A black pencil liner (L’oreal Le Kohl Duo Shadow + Liner in Black/Vanilla) to line the insides of both upper and lower lash lines
* Ipum False eyelashes on top
* Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara in Very Black on lower lashes
*MAC Red She Said Lipstick painted on with a lip brush and topped MAC Russian Red Lipglass on the center to create the illusion of fuller lips

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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. Beautiful! I noticed that on the models and yourself the dark eyeshadow shape contours to your eyes- how do you determine what shape to use?
    And I really think that it would be great if you did some eye makeup video tutorials! Combining contrasting eye shadows get quite messy for me =/

  2. Valerie,

    You just follow the shape of your crease and place the darker color there and extend it outwards.

    Trust me, I have tried doing videos with my webcam but I obviously sucked at it cos the colors turned out completely weird (like my face is all washed out).

    If any of you have tips on how to make videos, let me know!

  3. Alright well I’m in LOVE with this look, and I was wondering if it was possible to recreate this look on someone who has no creases/folds on their eyes. I’ve tried to apply this look on myself, but the bare space between the shadow and the eyeliner just looks awkward and unappealing. Is there an alternative, without defeating the purpose of this edgy look? 😀

  4. this is beautiful, phyllis!
    i especially like how they put the side hat

    always looking forward to your next post :]

  5. This is my favorite fotd so far. You look so classy and timeless. It’s like 50s bombshell modernized! I love it.

    What’s did you do with your hair to make it stay up? Thanks :)

  6. Reina,

    You don’t necessarily have to have a crease to pull off the look. You can place the crease color in between your eyebrows and lash line like you would with a crease and create the illusion of a crease. Make sure you blend everything properly so the line is not too harsh.

  7. Skyle,

    Since I only did the look for the pictures, I skipped the zic zac parting, pulled my hair back real tight and used lots of bobby bins to hold it in place.

    If you want to wear this out, you will need to use hairspray as well.

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