Makeup Mishaps at the “Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion” Costume Institute Gala 2009

Case #1: Mary-Kate Olsen vs Ashley Olsen
Although they are both wearing a heavily rimmed eye with nude lipstick, Ashley definitely did a better job here by going with a warmer lipstick and adding in blush. Mary-Kate just looks dead and washed out.

The Wrong: Mary-Kate Olsen vs The Right: Ashley Olsen

Lesson Here: Wear blush to warm up your complexion and steer clear of lipsticks that are too close to your complexion.

Case #2: Rachel Bilson vs Blake Lively
Note to Rachel: Hun, this is the MET gala, which is equivalent to the Oscars of fashion! You can’t just show up wearing barely any foundation, gunmetal eyeshadow and gloss. Take a cue from Blake – even out your skin (especially around the nose) with a foundation, wear a bit of shimmer around the tear duct to instantly add in some glamor and throw some color on those lips!

The Wrong: Rachel Bilson vs The Right: Blake Lively

Lesson Here: Know the occasion and dress and do your makeup accordingly. The last thing you want to do is show up at a formal event looking like you barely tried at all.


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 the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I don’t have a problem with Rachel Bilson either.. but she’s not quite a muse to me anyways and I always expect her to be sort of a girl next door… Yea, i know it’s the MET gala… but Rachel is still Rachel

    Blake Lively is gorgeous though!

  2. Yeah, Rachel’s makeup looks so her. That’s how she wears her makeup normally. It’s okay for me, too. But, Blake looks diff here, they put matte bronzer on her. Looks better, cos I usually find her plain boring blondie. Not my type. I’m more into brunettes. lol.

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