New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2011 Backstage Beauty Breakdown: Ruffian

Gold eye makeup has always been a popular choice on the Spring/Summer runways and at the Ruffian S/S 2011 show, MAC makeup artist James Kaliardos created “an American ex-pat adapting to the French culture” look using a neutral palette with a pop of gold.

* Lady Blush Blushcreme – blended high on the cheeks
* Refined Deeper Bronze Bronzing Powder – applied to the temples and the cheeks as a contour
* Golden Lemon Pigment – touched onto cheekbones as a highlight

* Pearl Cream Color Base – blended over the eyelids
* Center Stage Mega Metal Shadow and MAC Pro Rose Gold Metal Pigment – blended through the crease of the eye and winged out toward the temples
* Golden Lemon Pigment – placed in the center of the lid and smudged onto the inner and outer corners of the eyes
* I Get No Kick Eye Kohl – drawn onto the lower water lines of the eyelids
* #33 Lashes – applied to top lashes only and blended with Plushblack Plush Lash Mascara

* MAC Pro Dim Lip Erase – toning down the natural color of the lips
* So Vain Kissable Lip Color – blended over Lip Erase with a lip brush

The nails were created by CND and featured Ruffian’s signature half-moon design. To recreate the beige and black look, try using one coat of CND Putty with one coat of CND Washed Down White on top and CND Blackjack on the moon and tip.

Images: Zimbio and AllLacqueredUp.

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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