Exclusive Behind The Scenes: Makeup Look for Miss Universe 2009

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For the 58th annual Miss Universe pageant, Dominic Cruz, Education Director and Trainer from Kryolan, led a team of ten international makeup artists to provide the makeup and cosmetic styling for the candidates of the 2009 competition.

Below are some exclusive pictures and insider scoop on how to nail the Miss Universe look!



“The look designed for the pageant is simple, clean and based on natural tones of taupe and warm brown while blending in deeper browns, charcoals, and hints of black for projection. High Definition always requires the blending of colors with graduations from light to dark. This process is the best way to apply color. It takes a few minutes longer to apply but the end results are timeless.”

“Because it was being shot in HD, one of the key elements was the “prep” work. It was important to make sure that the contestant’s face was properly cleansed and moisturized (face, eyes). We followed with an application of Kryolan Ultra Under Base to ensure an even skin surface and flawless finish. The variety of foundations used was based on the contestant’s skin type. The foundations used were the HD crème, HD fluid or HD smoothing fluid. We then worked on the eye area using the HD Micro Shade (crème shadows) in graduations from light to dark, followed by our cream blusher (SF3, Redwood or Dahlia) and then carefully powdered the entire face.”

“Some of the contestants required false lashes. We used TV1 lashes for contestants that needed a little more depth and TV5 lashes contestants with little or no lashes.”

“Next we defined the lips, based on the contestant’s skin tone, with natural lip pencil colors (#125, #123) along with our LG palette. The final step was to apply our blusher to enhance the face with a healthy glow and tie all the elements together for the pageant.”



Miss Universe 2009 will air Sunday, August 23rd from the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

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, Glamour.com, 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.

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