Backstage Hair and Makeup: 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

The 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is back on TV tonight and just like any other year, the hair and makeup is totally to die for!

Candice Swanepoel Backstage Makeup at 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

This year we have French beauty guru Tom Pecheux turning our beautiful supermodels into Angels. Tom kept the same theme with a “a bit of freshness, light colors, no hard line, a lot of shimmer, pink lipstick, black mascara, of course a bit of glow, a bit of tan, a bit of sexiness”.

Backstage Makeup at 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Backstage beauty at 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Hair and makeup at 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Eniko Sessilee backstage at 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Selita Banks backstage at 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

To play up Miranda’s eyes, Tom applied taupe and pink eyeshadows on the eyelid, gray liner that is winged out and added individual lashes. A rosy blush warmed up the skin and pink lipstick along with peach gloss topped the lips. Shimmer was also applied generously to highlight the cheekbone, brow bone and inner corner of the eye for a bling bling effect.

Miranda Kerr backstage makeup at 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Hairstylist Laurent Philippon created loose waves that are “light, sensual and move a lot”. For hair “that you would want to touch”, Laurent and his team added extensions, before prepping the hair with So Sexy Volumizing Mousse and Supersmooth Straightening Balm from Victoria’s Secret very own haircare line. The hair was then curled and set with Natural Hold Hairspray, again from the VS line.

Tatiana Kovylina backstage at 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

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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. Poor Miranda’s eyes look all bloodshot and irritated..they’re like dying under all that makeup and shimmer fallout :(

  2. I am LOVING this year’s makeup at the show, can you please please post any specific products they used on the girls? Specifically the lip colors? Thank you!

  3. OMG, I love love love this year’s makeup and hair! :) can you say what the products used for the makeup are specifically? (like eyeshadow (and where), eyeliner, mascara, blush, powder, founation, etc.) Are you gonna post a hair and makeup breakdown? Or is this it (the h&m breakdown)??

  4. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can you tell us what bronzer/blush was used? I’m looking everywhere and noone has said.. i need to know. lol its sooooo gorgeous :(

  5. Your work is great and I hope one day I’m as great as you I’m very young still but come to that age to choose my carrier and backstage hair and makeup is a big interest I was wondering if u had any advice.

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