Spring 2008 Runway Makeup Trends

Spring is almost here so here are two of my favorite spring looks for this year.

Look #1: Glitter Galore
As seen on the Christian Dior and Anna Sui Spring 2008 fashion shows, glitter is making its way back to the runway.

The key to wearing glitter on your face is to focus on one feature. If you want to play up your eyes, either dab a bit of glitter on the inner corners, line your bottom lashes with a glitter liner or you can go all out like the picture on the left. Just remember to keep the rest of your face understated with just gloss or lipstick. Alternatively, mix your favorite gloss with glitter or pat glitter over your lipstick. Unless you are trying to look drag or do a photoshoot, do not try to do glitter on both your eyes and lips – it will be an overkill.

If you are having trouble making the glitter stick to your skin, I highly recommend MAC’s Water-based Mixing Medium. It is available only at the Pro stores but trust me this stuff works like a charm. All you have to do is wet your brush with it then dip it into the glitter and gently pat onto your eye/lip area.

Product Recommendations: MAC Glitters, Barry M Fine Glitter Dust

Anna Sui

Christian Dior

Look #2: Pretty in Pastel

Soft pastel colors are oh-so-sexy for spring and so easy to work with. Want proof? Just look at the models at the Valentino and Michael Kors 2008 Spring fashion shows.

Pastels are also great for beginners because most of the time, they are sheer and do not require a lot of blending. For a twist, pair colors that contrast each other, i.e. orange with violet or baby pink with minty green. Those with darker skin should stay away from frosty pastels to avoid looking ashy – choose colors in soft jewel tones instead.

Beware that pastels can have the tendency to wash you out so remember to tightline your lashes (a black line on top of the lashline will look too harsh), curl them and apply several coats of mascara on both the top and bottom. Throw on some peachy/pink blush and pucker up with a juicy lip color to finish the look.

Product Recommendations: Chanel 4 Fleurs de Chanel Yeux, Giorgio Armani Maestro eyeshadows

Michael Kors


Image: Style.com

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, Glamour.com, 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. oooh i love the look with the pastels!!!! :) i could never wear glitter, i’d look like a freak even with just a little on!!

  2. In the last three pictures, all three models look washed out. I don’t think that shade of lipstick suits them.. it is a really pretty colour though.

  3. Hey, i forgot which link was for requests, but my request is for a good brand at home hot hair rollers. My curling iron skills suck. Thanks.

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