FOTD: Modern Geisha Makeup Look

After seeing the pics of Lady Gaga’s geisha-inspired lips, I decided to create my very own geisha-inspired look. But unlike the traditional geisha with chalk-white skin, eyes and brows drenched in red and carefully sculpted lips, I wanted to add in a modern twist to make it more wearable. I left the skin bare with just a bit of concealer, swapped out the red for fuchsia and dabbed instead of painted the color on.

What I Used

* Cle de Peau Concealer in Ocher under the eyes and around the nose
* Anastasia Highlighting Eyebrow Kit to fill in eyebrows
* Make Up For Ever Flash Color in Fuchsia on the entire eyelid blended up to the brow bone
* Kryolan Glamour Sparks in Aqua lightly dabbed onto the eyelid
* Make Up For Ever Flash Color in Black to line the top and bottom
* L’oreal Telescopic Mascara in Black on top and bottom lashes
* Make Up For Ever Flash Color in Fuchsia and Red dabbed on the center of the lips with Cle de Peau Concealer in Ocher on the sides

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 agree with amy that it is hard to do the geisha look and i think you did a great job. it’s different in a cool kind of way.

  2. i think if you only did the top line with the eyeliner and made the wing more blunt, the look would be a little more tamed whilst still maintaining a quirky edge.

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