Fall 2008 Ready-To-Wear Makeup Explosion

By Jenna Rocca

Fall will soon be upon us, and the makeup concepts, as per the Fall 08 RTW collections, are very pleasing and inspirational, along the lines of things I have been doing since I was a teeny-bopper. You know how they say that sooner or later you will develop an aesthetic for your appearance that will have been very trendy at the onset, but then will stay with you until you’re old and grey, like those old ladies who still have short curly hair from the sixties? Well I think 2008-09 may be my year. All this dark lipstick and thick eyeliner is currently hot, hot, hot, and so I get to tell people “told you so.”

The dominant trends are classic fire-engine-red lips, and/or doll-like, chol-lined and lashed eyes, winged-tips optional, cat-like effect imperative.

Here are some variations on these themes from the runway:

Here is Lara Stone for Karl Lagerfeld with the dark and dramatic eye, and a nude lip.


Always a classic. This is a great update of an initially 60s look with the smokier, blended end drawn along the crease and disappearing into the temples. Make sure to apply the liner on the bottom on the lash-line itself, and not inside of it. That is the key to the 60s eye.

Shannan Click for Dsquared² is rocking the thickly drawn eyebrows that dominated the show. The eyes and the rest of the face are fairly neutral without heavy lines, but the lips are what it’s all about:

Lily Donaldson in Christian Dior looked the best of that whole show, probably because she has a naturally high-arched brow, and didn’t look overly fake which was clearly Galliano’s intention with the whole show. Everyone looked quite scary in over-the-top 60s eyes that don’t look half bad from far away.


Daria Werbowy for Versace shows another variation of the dark eyes and neutral palette, again smoky and heavier on the shadow than the liner; like at Lagerfeld but thicker and smokier underneath as well. Daria also has liner inside the lash line which creates a whole different effect:


Dolce and Gabbana was probably my favorite, because it found a happy medium between dramatic eyes and heavy-duty red lips. The eyes are shaded with very-neutrals and lined only on top. This is what I wear daily. Isabeli Fontana and Lara Stone:


Lara Stone in a detail shot for Dolce & Gabbana:


The look was similar at Zac Posen. Lara Stone again:


Natasha Poly for Balenciaga, with the dark eye trend at its extreme:


Erin Heatherton, Emina Cunmulaj, and Lindsay Ellingson backstage at Badgeley Mishka are wearing yet another variation of the dramatic eye trend. This time, it’s more doll-like than ever with the blush and eyeshadow operating as one and the same, blending from the lid and brow-line onto the upper cheekbone. Lips are a light-pink, similar to the tone of the eye-shadow:


Bruna Tenorio for Bill Blass.:


Many of the models in this show didn’t look very good in this makeup, but Bruna did. Catherine McNeil looked horrendous, as a smaller-eyed beauty, but if you have larger eyes, like Bruna, go for the liner on the inside of the lash-line, on the rim of the lid on the bottom, with the same shadow-blush from Badgley Mishka, and you’ll look like this. This time they used the nude lip and of course smokier and dramatic on the upper eye-lid.

And now you’re all caught up on the Fall makeup trends, so happy shopping!

You can use colours from Estee Lauder’s Fall Makeup Collection to create your looks.

You’ll also want an eyeliner that smudges but stays in place!

You might want to opt for a dark coloured lip stain rather than a lipstick when creating these looks.

Check out this post on Fall Couture which can inspire you further!

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1 Response to Fall 2008 Ready-To-Wear Makeup Explosion

  1. claudia, vintage muse. says:

    great review, thanks so much!

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