NARS Loves Chicago Event Makeover With Ayako and Francine Phillips

June 21, 2009

Besides meeting François at the NARS Loves Chicago Event (omg omg omg!!!), I also got a makeover from NARS national artist Francine Philips who works closely with Ayako. The look was picked out by Ayako herself and she suggested a “smoky eye with very pale lips” to go with my fake lashes.

Since I have dry skin, Francine prepped my skin with Brightening Serum. Next, she used Oil-free Foundation in Deauville, a shade a lot lighter than my skin tone to create an illuminating effect.

To make up for the lighter foundation, Francine applied Bronzing Powder in Irrésistiblement all over to warm up my complexion. Zen Blush and Multiple Bronzer in Tuomota were applied on the cheeks with a sheer layer of Highlighting Blush in Hungry Heart all over for a soft glow.

To create a dramatic smoky eye that Ayako suggested, Francine dabbed Cream Eyeshadow in Lili Marlene onto my eyelid as a base. Next, she patted Wicker Park from the NARS Loves Chicago set (aka the discontinued Nightbird Single Eyeshadow) onto my eyelid. My eyes were lined with Eyeliner Pencil in London on both the top and bottom and Pandora Duo Eyeshadow was smudged onto the lower eye to really dial up the drama.

For the perfect nude lips, Francine filled in my lips with Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Belle de Jour and topped it with Multiple Bronzer in Tuomota.

NARS Loves Chicago Makeover with Francine Phillips


  • Reply Mary June 21, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Hi Phyllis,

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I love your blog.

    And those fake lashes are TO DIE FOR!!!


  • Reply phuong k June 21, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    phyllis, i love this look on you! i think it’s quite beautiful. i love how its a smokey eye but somehow you pull it off great because I’m asian too and I can’t seem to pull off smokey eyes because of my small eyes. BUT i love how you worked your eyes! YAY!

  • Reply Jenny June 21, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Love the look on you Phyllis!

  • Reply Karen June 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    What about the tips on Asian girls?! LOL
    I think it’s NARS technique to use a thin layer of foundation which is like 10x lighter than your original skintone and then warm it up with bronzer. I don’t think the eyeliner on lower lash line is too thick either… I think Ayako loves smoky eyes for Asian women… coz that’s what she recommended me last time too!

  • Reply amy June 21, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Hey Phyllis,

    Are the contacts you are where Freshlook green or the GeoTri Colour greens?

  • Reply Jess June 22, 2009 at 9:27 am

    That looks great! Love those smokey eyes…wish I could pull those off too!

  • Reply Gela June 22, 2009 at 1:10 pm


  • Reply sunmom June 22, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    i really can’t make a good smokey eye on my asian eyes, mine would look like a black eye… but you look so gorgeous phyllis!

  • Reply Stephanie D. June 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    You are so adorable. I would have loved to have met Mr. Nars and his team. If they come to Seattle any time, I will be there!

  • Reply Catherine June 22, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Beautiful look! 😀

  • Reply jennifer June 22, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    beautiful, but i think all your looks would look so much better with more natural-looking falsies. i mean, these ones look especially outlandish.

  • Reply Tina June 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    i think you look so nice Phyllis! That look is perfect on you because it brings out your features.

    I have a question- can you tell me how she applied that eyeshadow (on the upper eyelid)? It seems to be a good technique because it enhances your bone structure. Any insight on this would be great!

  • Reply Phyllis June 22, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks everyone =)

  • Reply Phyllis June 22, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Phuong K,

    Of course you can wear smoky eyes! Just google Taiwanese singer Elva Xiao. She has smaller eyes too but looks great with the smoky look.

  • Reply Phyllis June 22, 2009 at 8:39 pm


    Those are the Geo Tri-Color lenses.

  • Reply Phyllis June 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm


    It’s all about picking the right colors. Using a highlighting shade under the brow bone and in the inner corners would help a lot too.

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