Makeover With Christopher Kam At Lane Crawford Backstage Beauty Bar

Last Sunday, I was very honored to meet Paris-based makeup artist Christopher Kam at the Backstage Beauty event at Lane Crawford, Hong Kong. Christopher is a regular at Paris and London Fashion Weeks and works frequently with all of the top shots like Aaron de Mey and Charlotte Tilbury. 

Phyllis Li with runway makeup artist Christopher Kam

For my makeover, Christopher used some of the latest Fall launches (hello my newly beloved Benefit Girl Meets Pearl and NARS Pure Matte Lipsticks!) to give me a gorgeous smoky eye with a soft lip (thanks Christopher – you’re the BEST!)

• Benefit Girl Meets Pearl as a base
• Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Bisque as needed
• Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat in #3 as needed
• NARS The Multiple in Copacabana to highlight

• La Mer The Eye Concentrate to prep the eye area
• Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Taupe to fill in eyebrows
• Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper to set the eyebrow
• Bobbi Brown Creamy Eye Pencil in Mahogany on upper lashline
• Yves Saint Laurent Eyeshadow Duo in #29
• Yves Saint Laurent Single Eyeshadow in #13
• NARS The Multiple in Copacabana to highlight
• Hourglass Cosmetics Film Noir Mascara on top lashes
• Makeup For Life Lashes in #Hugs n Kisses cut into smaller pieces on outer corner

• NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna

• NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Tonkin all over
• NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok in center

While getting my makeup done, I also got to swap beauty tricks and insider news with Christopher. Below are some of his favorite makeup products:

• Benefit Girl Meets Pearl
• YSL Touché Éclat
• Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (one of Pat Mcgrath’s must-haves)
• Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow
• Shiseido The Makeup Foundation
• NARS The Multiple 

And a few beauty tips for you ladies:

Never ever rub your eyes. To remove the most stubborn eye makeup, soak a cotton pad with a dual-phase eye makeup remover for at least 30 seconds.

• To go from runway to realway, stick to the same techniques but use earthy tones to make it more wearable.

• To combat puffy eyes, sweep a light color all over the eyelid and a darker color on the crease – sounds cliche but it works!

* When it comes to blending, it is all about practice. Make sure you use a fluffy brush and blend with the tip in a feathery, windshield motion.

Want to learn directly from the pros too? Check out Lane Crawford for more upcoming beauty events. 

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. Yah they are not officially out yet, Saks Fifth Avenue is the only place that has them for now.

    The colors are really pretty though and they are definitely less drying than the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils.

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