New York Fashion Week Spring 2009 Runway Makeup Trends

The Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week has officially ended last Friday and below are some of the trends spotted on the runway.

Trend 1: Nude Look
Yes the nude look is big again at the Spring 2009 shows. Models at the Marc by Marc Jacobs and MaxAzria shows were spotted with natural-looking skin, minimal eye makeup and barely there lips.

Trend 2: Red Lips
Unlike the red lips we see this fall, the look for Spring 2009 is a lot softer and wearable. MAC’s Russian Red lipstick is a hit among celebrities and will look almost fool-proof on anyone. Models at the Tuleh show wore their red lips paired with gold eyeshadow rimmed around their eyes.

Those at Michael Kors paired their red lips with black mascara and rosy cheeks.

Check out How To Wear Red Lipstick for more tips on the look.

Trend 3: Metallics
Designers have once again proved to us that metallics are hot and here to stay. At the Oscar de la Renta show below, models strutted around with poofy hair, eyes drenched in metallic golds and bronzes and matte nude lips.

For a more feminine look, copy the Vera Wang models by wearing a metallic silver color on the eyes with a soft pink lip.

Alternatively, take it to the extreme by painting your lips in a metallic violet/magenta color just like the models at Zac Posen. Remember to keep the rest of your face understated to avoid an overkill.


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. I definitely prefer the metallic eyes and nude lips look den the oppossite.
    Lol!!! red lips is just so not my thing!

  2. I like the metallic look and the red lips. I dunno if I can pull off the last look though haha

    I was wondering, do you have any tips for taking care of your hair after you dye it? Maybe product reviews of deep conditioners?

    Thanks =)

  3. I LOOOVE the gold eyes with red lips, especially on the Asian model. What a gorgeous and simple look! I wish I had the right eyebrows to pull that off.

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