NARS Loves Chicago Event Makeover With Ayako and Francine Phillips

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

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. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

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