Runway Beauty

Victoria’s Secret 2008 Fashion Show Makeup Breakdown

November 18, 2008

The 2008 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show took place at the Fontainebleau in Miami beach over the weekend. The theme for this year is Return To Glamour and the show featured a total of 68 outfits which included glittery bras, panties, coats and dresses with a $5 million, 1500-carat bra worn by my favorite VS model Adriana Lima. The show will air on CBS on December 3rd at 10PM ET/PT but below is a sneak peak of the models’ look for you ladies.

Lead makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury created this year’s super sexy glamorous look with products from Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Makeup line. The overall look is a “doe-eyed Bambi. It is a little bit dreamy; like a chic silhouette. There is an innocence to it”, said Tilbury.

The models’ eyes were drenched in shimmery gold and brown eyeshadows like Silky Eyeshadow in Chills, Mystified, Between the Sheets and Champagne and lined with Eyeliner in Dark Chocolate. High Definition Mascara in Blackest Black was applied to both top and bottom to give the most luscious lashes.

To play up the cheekbones, Tilbury highlighted and contoured them with Mosaic Bronzer in Goddess, Mosaic Blush in Love Life and Heidi Klum Collection Blush in Jewels.

As for the lips, a peachy color (Perfect Lipstick in Whisper) was applied and topped with a pale pink gloss (Lip Gloss in Intimate) and a nude brown (Heidi Klum Collection Lip Gloss in Cupcake), to complete the deliciously seductive look.

The Victoria’s Secret Bare Bronze collection was also used all over to give models a radiant, bronzed glow.

Lip Gloss in Cupcake and Mosaic Blush in Jewels from the Heidi Klum Collection and Shimmery Body Oil from Bare Bronze collection.

I am liking this year’s look *so* much more than those from 2007 and 2006. What do you guys think?

Models getting their hair and makeup done backstage

*Updates on 11/25/08
So you ladies wanted dupes of the colors that were used at the show? I stopped by VS last weekend and got you swatches so you can all get an idea of what the colors looked like. Enjoy!

Silky Eyeshadow in Between the Sheets, Chills, Mystified and Champagne

Lip Gloss in Intimate, Perfect Lipstick in Whisper and Heidi Klum Collection Lip Gloss in Cupcake

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  • Reply Kaman November 18, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    i think the tan is making her look so old in the first pic

  • Reply Jacqueline November 19, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Phyllis, I went and bout the Dolce Vita NARS blush and I LOVE IT! thank you for recommending it!

  • Reply PITIUSA November 20, 2008 at 6:51 am

    There are another brand like MAC that have this eyeshadows colors?

  • Reply Megan November 20, 2008 at 7:47 am

    I love trying to find out what makeup the girls wore on the runway because it alawys looks so beautiful. whenever I search though, and I see backstage photos there are always tons of products not from the victoria’secret makeup line which makes me skeptical.

    I am going to go check out these products, I already have the cupcake gloss but I really want that blush you mentioned.

    Great post đŸ™‚

  • Reply Citrine November 20, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Adriana’s baked tan…Oh my

    Miranda is cute cute though…

  • Reply Anonymous November 20, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t get some of the VS models. They look very masculine. There are only a few that are sweet looking. Adrian Lima is overrated.

  • Reply Shoegal623 November 21, 2008 at 8:37 am

    I tried the Bare Bronze liquid shimmer. While it worked great, giving me that nice bronze glow, make sure you test it on a small patch of skin first. I learned the hard way when I broke out all over, as a result of an allergic reaction. The product worked, but make sure your skin can handle it first.

  • Reply Phyllis November 23, 2008 at 10:52 pm


    I went to VS over the weekend and got some swatches of the colors that were used for the show. Will update asap so please check back in a day or two.

  • Reply Kohl Girl November 24, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Phyllis, do you mind if I post this blog post on my own blog ( and reference you? I love these looks!

    P.S. I’m from Chicago too!

  • Reply Kohl Girl November 24, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks! I’d love to exchange links…I’ll add you tonight!

  • Reply Barbie.Doll November 26, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    You are so AMAZING! Thanks so much for those swatches. ♥ I love your blog!

    Adriana is also my favorite model. She is SO amazing. I met her in '04 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas and let me tell you… she looked like a barbie doll. I mean, she was so gorgeous that I seriously doubted her mortality or something. lol.

  • Reply PatrĂ­cia November 27, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Hi Phyllis!!
    First of all, I love your blog! Anything that I want to know about makeup is here!Congratulations for all those amazin’ post’s!!And, I’m brazilian girl!
    I want to know if in this look got a black liquidliner. If is possible, do a tutorial with that tips to get the look!Thanks!!!

  • Reply Anonymous December 5, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Thanks for the info, girl. I’ve been searching online like a mad woman trying to figure out what they wore.

    You’re the only one that has it posted with great detail.


  • Reply Anonymous December 9, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Which colours wear in eyes and lips Marissa ;iller?

  • Reply Tasha January 29, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    GREAT info! đŸ™‚ I love this. But i don’t think it is easy to recreate that look, VS models have a TEAM of make up artists/ hair stylists and it is known that it takes 3 hours to complete the look.

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