BreBeauty Makeup Breakdown: Victoria’s Secret 2011 Fashion Show

In this post I breakdown the Angels makeup from Victoria’s Secret 2011 Fashion Show

What you will need:

  • Primer-M.A.C. Prep + Prime Skin
  • Foundation- M.A.C. Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation in 4
  • Concealer- M.A.C. Select Moisturecover in NW25
  • Powder- M.A.C. Blot Powder in Medium
  • Bronzer- M.A.C. Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Deep
  • Blush- M.A.C. Crèmeblend Blush in Ladyblush
  • Highlighter- M.A.C. Pigment in Naked
  • All over eyeshadow base- M.A.C. Paint in Bare Canvas
  • All over eye shadow- M.A.C. Pigment in Naked
  • Upper lash line eyeliner- M.A.C. Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack
  • Wet line (lower lash line inner rim) eyeliner- M.A.C. Eye Kohl in Fascinating
  • Brows- M.A.C. Eye Shadow in Omega
  • Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
  • Mascara- M.A.C. Opulash Optimum Black
  • Lipstick- M.A.C. Lipstick in Freckletone
  • Lipgloss- M.A.C. Lipglass in Orange Tempera
  • Nail polish- M.A.C. Nail Lacquer in Quiet Time
  • Body Makeup- M.A.C. Face and Body Foundation in N5
  • Body Highlighter- M.A.C. Skinsheen Leg Spray in Medium Dark 


  1. Moisturize and use primer to prep your skin for makeup. Using a foundation brush apply your foundation from the center of your face, blending downward and outward. Apply concealer with a concealer brush over and under the eyes and wherever additional coverage is needed. This look focuses on flawless and radiant skin, spend a little more time perfecting your complexion.
  2. Smile to find the round, fleshy, apple of your cheeks and apply your crème blush, blending softly up into the hairline and a bit lower than the apple for a natural flush. Using a large fluffy brush, set your foundation, concealer, and crème blush completely with pressed powder. Using a powder brush, lightly apply bronzer everywhere the sun would hit you naturally. Blend it over your temple, cheekbones, and chin in a 3 shape alongside your face. Blend it over your forehead, nose, and neck as well to add some warmth. To sculpt and slim your face, apply the brown powder directly under your cheekbones to contour, blending softly into the foundation and powder. You don’t want any harsh obvious lines or stripes, be sure to blend everything together. Using a synthetic bristle eye shadow or concealer brush, apply M.A.C. Pigment in Naked to the tops of your cheekbones to highlight, blending into a backward C shape from the outer edge of your eye to your cheekbone. This subtle shimmer will catch the light and sculpt your cheekbones beautifully.
  3. This look is really all about the eyeliner and emulating Marilyn Monroe’s signature cat eye. Using a synthetic bristle eye shadow brush, apply M.A.C. Paint in Bare Canvas all over the eye from lash line to brow bone. Using the same synthetic bristle brush, apply Naked pigment all over the lid up to the brow bone for a subtle radiance.
  4. Using a white eye pencil, draw a thin line on the waterline (read: inner rim) of the lower lashes. This simple trick will help make the whites of your eyes appear larger and brighter, an essential step in the Victoria’s Secret Angels look.
  5. Using M.A.C. Penultimate Eye Liner, and a steady hand, apply a thin line to the upper lashes. Work tight against the lash line, beginning at the middle of the eye. Wherever you put the applicator down first is where you will deposit the most color and product. After you make your line or —dash—in the middle, extend the line to the outer edge of your eye and kick it up at the outer corner for a cat eye, winged effect. If you mess up simply take a Q-tip moistened with water to remove and start again. It takes patience and practice, but you’ll get there. Whatever is left on the applicator you want to use to line the inner corner and finish connecting the eye liner. Once you have achieved the line and shape you want, you can go back over the line and thicken or straighten it as needed. If it gets too thick, again you can use the wet Q-tip to fix it. You want the most concentration of color and product to be on the outer edge and corner of the eye. You really want to deposit the product at the base of the lashes, making the lashes look thick and lush and further defining the eye.
  6. Curl your lashes with the Shu Uemura eyelash curler. Get as far back to the eyelid as possible (without pinching!) and pump the curler for ten seconds to really lock in the curl. Apply your volumizing black mascara to the upper and lower lashes, getting as far back to the root of the lashes as possible for a thick, rich look. Apply multiple coats until you achieve the desired look. The models did not wear false eyelashes for the 2011 show, so making the most of your natural lashes with liner and mascara is imperative.
  7. Use a synthetic bristle angle brush to lightly fill in your brows with M.A.C. eye shadow in Omega. Use short, upward strokes- you’re creating a shadow effect, the illusion that there is slightly more hair.
  8. Apply a coat of Freckletone Lipstick and top it off with a layer of Orange Tempera gloss for added color and shine.
  9. Radiant and supple skin is essential in achieving the Victoria’s Secret Angels look. Moisturize your exposed skin and perfect any flaws or discoloration with M.A.C. Face and Body Makeup.
  10. To add dimension and a light coat of golden color, lightly apply M.A.C. Skinsheen Leg Spray down the center of your arms and legs and over your collarbones to add a slenderizing highlight and complete your Victoria’s Secret Angel look.
This year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show featured a more natural look when it came to makeup. No false lashes and no spray tans were used to get the Angels runway ready. Do you like the more natural look? Or are you all about the false lashes and spray tans?
Did you tune in to watch the Victoria’s Secret 2011 Fashion Show?
Have a fantastic weekend!
*Images from Zimbio, US Magazine, and

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4 Responses to BreBeauty Makeup Breakdown: Victoria’s Secret 2011 Fashion Show

  1. Great great post Bre! When I saw the first images of the VSFS i thought… what is wrong with these year’s look…? but then, i realized about the more natural make up look and i actually loved loved the idea. I was a bit disappointed with the hair though, which for me it looked a bit dull. But as i was saying, i totally support the natural look and im glad this show did too.

    Ok, so im really excited about this look :) Im off to thoroughly read the products and steps you have prepared for this one… not that i want to be an angel, but im pretty sure with these tips ill be a bit closer hehehe… thank you Bre! And happy weekend!

  2. I need to try more MAC products! These girls look bangin’!

  3. Thanks for breaking all this down, the makeup is gorgeous!

  4. Teri Roughen says:

    Hi Bre-
    I didn’t watch, but I do love how they all have a natural look to them. It’s nice that they are just pretty girls and don’t need tons of makeup. Love the breakdown. Always a treat and seems like a lot of work, so thanks! Teri

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