Runway Beauty Breakdown: 3.1 Phillip Lim at Spring 2010 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

At the 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2010 show, Lisa Butler for NARS Cosmetics created a look that is clean and textural, giving a sense that makeup is there but not detectable from the plain eye. “The idea is not to be harsh. The look is part sheer with shades of green, brown and lilac fading into each other” said lead artist Lisa Butler. The key points include highlights of iridescence and gold to the cheekbones, light liner (almost invisible) and peach lips. “There is some shimmer so when the face moves around, the light really captures it. But there are no lines – no eye lines, no lip lines.”

Mix a small amount of Concealer with Hydrating Moisture Cream to apply just around the nose forehead and cheeks. Blend Luxor Multiple (new for Holiday 2009) with a foundation brush to the cheekbone moving down diagonally toward the lips and adding a little bit onto the lips for subtle highlights

Apply the golden moss side of Camargue Duo Eyeshadow (new for Spring 2010) all over the eye filling in the crease with the sienna side. Depending on skin tone, apply Mousson Cream Eyeshadow (new for Holiday 2009) to adjust the color on the lid. Using Smudge Brush apply D.Gorgeous Eyeshadow (new for Spring 2010) to the lower lash line adding intensity as need be (“It’s not a heavy liner, but it shows some color,” explained Lisa Butler). Apply one coat of Larger Than Life Lengthening Mascara to the top lashes.

Add a swipe of Cruising Lipstick< (new for Spring 2010) and some Luxor Multiple to Retractable Lip Brush and dab lightly onto the lips starting in the middle and working your way out.

Apply Orgasm Illuminator (new for Spring 2010) to the face, concentrating on the cheekbones. Reapply both shades from Camargue Duo Eyeshadow to the brow bones.


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. hiii phyllis (: i was wondering if you could show a picture of your eye make up just being mascara, and mascara with eyelienr only on your top lid ? see i’m going for a natural look, and stuff (: and you’re soo pretty ! LOVE your site. keep up the great work <3

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