Runway Beauty Breakdown: Marchesa at Spring 2010 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

A simple, romantic look with soft skin and long, feathered lashes dominated the Marchesa Spring 2010 show.

“We contoured the skin with matte and shimmery textures and added feathers to the eyes to provide dimension to the face,” explained lead artist Talia Shobrook for NARS Cosmetics. A matte face was illuminated with a bit of shimmer. Feather lashes, custom created by NARS from the feathers on the Marchesa dresses, gave excitement to an otherwise simple look.

Mix Sheer Matte Foundation with Orgasm Illuminator (new for Spring 2010) and gently blend all over the face. Apply Concealer under the eyes and only where redness shows. Using fingers, apply Luxor Multiple (new for Holiday 2009) across the cheekbone. Apply Powder Foundation under the eyes and to the center of forehead. With Yachiyo Kabuki Artisan Brush, contour the cheeks with Nepal Single Eyeshadow. Apply a mixture of both shadows from Thebes Cream Duo Eyeshadow on the cheekbones, bridge of nose and on the upper temples.

Apply Abyssinia Single Eyeshadow all over the eye up to the brow. Line the top lashline, as well as the lower lash line, with Iceberg Eyeliner Pencil. Curl lashes with Eyelash Curler and apply one light coat of Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara on the top lashes, only. Using clear eyelash glue, apply custom-made feather lashes.

Apply Cruising Lipstick (new for Spring 2010) with fingers to the lips.

Images: WWD.

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.


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