Victoria’s Secret 2008 Fashion Show Makeup Breakdown

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


Image credit: Celebutopia.net

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 the beauty editor for Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

15 COMMENTS

  1. 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 :)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Pitiusa,

    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.

  5. Phyllis, do you mind if I post this blog post on my own blog (www.roopcafe.blogspot.com) and reference you? I love these looks!

    P.S. I’m from Chicago too!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!!!

  8. 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.

    PERFECT!

  9. GREAT info! :) 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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