Runway Beauty: Richard Chai Love S/S 2012 Makeup Breakdown

At the Richard Chai Love S/S 2012 show, lead makeup artist James Kaliardos for MAC Cosmetics created a “Japanese Harajuku girl meets Venice Beach girl” look to balance off the “explosion of color and texture” of the collection.

Backstage makeup at Richard Chai Love S/S 2012 show

Pairing bright colors of pink and orange on the eyes or vibrant blue or purple on the lips against minimal, healthy-looking skin, James says “it’s just a great choice for spring because color not only brightens up your face, it brightens up your whole atmosphere… it can really help to pull you out of depression.”

Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm or Water Fuse Beauty Balm – to moisturize.

MAC Pro Genuine Orange Chromaline or Magenta Chroma – applied with a brush, thicker in the corner and brushed lightly across the rest of the lid.

MAC Pro Chromagraphic Pencil in Hi-Def Cyan or MAC Pro Amplified Lipstick in Violetta – painted on with a brush.

Photos: Courtesy of Beauty High, Stylelist and NY Mag.

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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