Get The 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Makeup Look

This year at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the Angels looked their usual sexy selves with a more natural, less bronzed look.

Makeup backstage at 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Lead makeup artist Tom Pecheux started with VS Makeup Tinted Moisturizer and PRO Flawless FX Translucent Powder before adding VS Makeup Lumimous Mineral Blush Duo in Pleasure on the cheeks. For “fresh, dolly” eyes, Tom rimmed the lash lines with VS Beauty Rush Precision Eye Pencil in Pitch Black then added VS Beauty Rush Precision Eye Pencil in Foxy on top and blended it out for a bit of a cat-eye effect. Next, he added brown, gold and taupe colors from VS Makeup Eye Shadow Quad in Eye Contact on the eyes and coated lashes with VS Makeup Extra-Lengthening Mascara, black on top and brown on the bottom. To finish, Makeup Beauty Rush Glossy Tint Lip Sheens in Better Than Bare and Manic Pink were applied on the lips.

Nail guru Yuna Park painted the Angels’ nails VS’ upcoming nail line in Bitten, a sheer nude pink, while Peep Show, a bolder, more glittery pink, was used on the Pink models.

Doutzen Krose at 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Alessandra Ambrosio makeup at 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Adriana Lima makeup at 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show makeup look
Sui He at 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Backstage hair and makeup at 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show
Angels backstage at 2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Catch the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on CBS Tuesday, December 4 at 10/9 CST.

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. The eye looks are interesting. I don’t think I ever blend enough to get that subtle definition at the top AND bottom of the eye without it looking either too sharp or too muddy. I also don’t get the brow eye shadow extending the outer corner of the eyes just right. It’s something I aspire to do someday… Phyllis, you should give some tips :)

    but… meh… am I the only one that isn’t really a fan of Victora’s Secret?

    • Hi Vanessa,

      This year’s eye look is definitely different from previous shows. To get that sharp, defined crease, I would recommend applying the color with a pencil brush (try MAC #219) or even drawing the line directly onto the crease with a pencil eyeliner.

      If you are going for a softer look, just run a pencil eyeliner along the upper and lower lashlines and smudge it out with a fluffy brush.

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