Runway Beauty Breakdown: Thakoon at Spring 2010 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Inspiration: The inspiration behind the collection came from the idea of “samurai-meets-surfer.” The collection consisted of so many sharp edges and aqua-blues that designer Thakoon wanted the girls to look like warriors so that they could really wear and carry the strong clothing. With such bright colors, the goal was to keep the face a bit more monotone overall but still to impart strength around the eyes and cheekbones.

Look: A very strong and luminous face is the key to getting this look right. “………….tktktktk………” explained lead artist Diane Kendal. She used a minimal amount of makeup everywhere else but contoured the cheeks and kept the eye deeply set to convey an image of power through minimalism.

Apply Sheer Matte Foundation to conceal imperfections. To achieve luminosity, apply Orgasm Illuminator (new for Spring 2010) to the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. To contour the cheeks, apply Malaysia Multiple Bronzer and blend into the cheek bones. Highlight the cheekbones and nose with the white side of Hungry Heart Blush Duo.

Apply the brown side of NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow on the entire eyelid up to the brows. Blend both D. Gorgeous Single Eyeshadow (new for Spring 2010) as well as the light pink side of Kuala Lumpur Duo Eyeshadow (new for Spring 2010) into the crease, outer eye and up towards the brow bone.
Apply Bali Single Eyeshadow to the upper and lower lash lines as well as to the crease in the eyelid, blending with the other shadows to create definition. Dust Night Snow Single Eyeshadow in the corners of the eyes.

Mute lips by using Concealer. With your finger, apply Ophelia Lipgloss (new for Spring 2010) to the lips.


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.


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