A/W 2009 Runway Eye Makeup Alert: White

Believe it or not but white used on the lower eye is one of the latest trend spotted at Paris Fashion week. Just check out the models at the Giambattista Valli A/W 2009 show, the white shadow worn on the lower eye instantly gave their eyes a lift.

To dupe the look, apply a matte white eyeshadow (MAC Gesso) heavily on the lower eye and MAC Blue Brown Pigment and MAC Taupe Eye Pencil on the upper eye, dragging the color outwards.

The look at the Veronique Branquinho A/W 2009 show was pale and almost ethereal. The models were seen with “furry lashes” on the under eye, which was created with MAC White Mascara, Chromaline in Pure White and Porcelain Setting Powder – all from the Pro line. MAC Pro Iridescent Powder in Silver Dusk was also used on the rest of the face to create a luminous glow.

Beauty Tip: Unless you have pale skin, wearing a lot of white on the under eye can look ashy and unnatural. Dark-skinned beauties should stick to a light beige for a similar effect.

Images: Style.com, WWD and Cortorture.

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. I am not feeling the white eyeshadow underneath the eyes on the models in the first set of pictures. I feel it accentuates bags under the eyes, making them look tired. The trend looks better (more fresh) in the second set of pics (Branquinho).

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