MAC Backstage, Part III: Spring/Summer 2008

Thanks to MAC Cosmetics and photos from, here is a recap of more beauty trends straight from Spring/Summer 2008 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.

Badgley Mischka

Badgley Mischka Spring 2008 Badgley Mischka Spring 2008

Tom Pecheux’s vision of the Badgley Mischka girl in spring/summer is, “she likes her time on the beach, and isn’t too bothered when it comes to dressing for evening.” She would toss on a Badgley cocktail dress, maybe swipe her upper lashes with mascara, have a rosy cheek already from the sun—and then pop on a stunning electric fuchsia gloss on her lips—enough to light up a whole room. “We made it for the show,” Pecheux said. Let’s hope MAC will package it this spring so we can all get that strong pink mouth that looks so great with almost no other makeup.


Preen Spring 2008 Preen Spring 2008

James Kaliardos was channeling the safari seventies of Lauren Hutton for the groovy English label Preen. The clothes were going a bit safari too. He used MAC Paint Pots for the eyes–a cream that dries to a powder, in gold and taupe tones. Again, he only wanted mascara on the top lashes, which is seventies-style. For the lips, he tried MAC’s hot new spring color 4N—a petal-sprigged pinky beige that’s sure to be the new Spice. and sure enough, we spied some glossy highlighter about the cheekbone. Let’s just say it was That Seventies Show.

Bill Blass

Bill Blass Spring 2008 Bill Blass Spring 2008

Some things in the world change and others pleasantly stay the same. The Bill Blass woman will always be a sleek grownup who wears tailored clothes, a well-traveled glow, and travels first class. For spring, Francello Daily added a bit of berry stain to her pout and a little shine on the cheek—and this “undone” look included the requisite brow and lipliner grooming that other designers eschewed for spring.

Carlos Miele

Carlos Miele Spring 2008 Carlos Miele Spring 2008

Carlos Miele does red hot glamour—slithery gowns and dresses that ooze ooh-la-la when everybody else was doing big volume. So Romy Soleimani added a little brown-red gloss to the berry lips, and the blush was a little warmer than the simple contour of other shows. Maybe there was a tiny bit less mascara than in seasons past in ode to the lighter makeup looks of this season—but not much.


Chaiken Spring 2008 Chaiken Spring 2008

The Chaiken woman has come into some cash. “She’s a jet setting expensive woman who gets off the red eye looking great,” said makeup artist Polly Osmond. “But that’s because she’s been in first class!” Call the look “beachy done”—and we’re seeing it all over the NY spring runways; cheeks highlighted and accented on the browbone. Beige-y lips (the famous Spice Lip Pencil filled in with Subculture Lip Pencil and 2N Lipglass) with a tint of pink and white eye pencil inside the eyes. Remember the smoky eye? This season, it’s on hiatus. Wide eyed is where it’s at.

J. Mendel

J. Mendel Spring 2008 J. Mendel Spring 2008

How many times do we have to hear the name “Lauren Hutton” before we smell a trend? for J. Mendel, Charlotte Tilbury evoked that seventies glamazon—and a Jerry Hall feeling—in the makeup. Last spring’s words like “fresh” and “pretty” have been replaced by “diva” and “expensive and glamorous.” On top of glowing skin and the ubiquitous 4N Lipstick (paled down by concealer), Tilbury bronzed out the models’ eyes with MAC Paint Pots, placing a copper shade right over the eyeball. You could almost hear Roxy Music playing in the background. “More than this…”

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