Spring 2009 Runways: All About The Smoky Eye and The Bright Lip

Tips on how to achieve the perfect Smoky Eye or Bright Lip look, thanks to Spring 2009 runways.

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How to … from the NYC Fashion Week Spring 2009 Runway

-Paige Herman-Axel

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The Spring 2009 runways were awash in color – and, to contrast, quite a few smoky eyes … two va-va-voom looks that work with any complexion.

The Smoky Eye:

This is one trend that just won’t quit, and while it’s best reserved for after sunset, there’s no need to wait until Spring to try it out.

I’m a fan of the many smoky eye “kits” that are essentially paint-by-numbers for your face (keep an eye out for Chanel‘s limited edition Smoky Eye Quadra Eye Shadow compact this fall), but if you have an artistic bent, here’s the step-by-step courtesy of M.A.C, as seen on the Doo.Ri runway. (M.A.C artists created similarly smoky looks for Nicole Miller, Carolina Herrera and Halston).

1. Line the inner rim of the eye (carefully) and top lashline with “Smolder” Eye Kohl and blend.
2. Apply “Boot Black” Liquid Liner over the top lash line.
3. Use “Silver Fog” Pigment over the upper lid, diffusing it outward into a cat’s-eye shape. (This is a M.A.C Pro product, but you can visit your local M.A.C counter for a close substitute.)
4. Blend “Carbon” Eye Shadow into the crease.
5. Blend “Reflects Pearl” Glitter Pigment on top of the lid. (This is another M.A.C Pro product.)
6. Apply several coats of Zoom Lash Mascara in “Zoomblack” to curled lashes.

Note: When sporting a smoky eye, it’s best to leave lips nude or neutral.

The Bright Lip:

Nothing says spring like a big pop of color on your lips. After spending the winter in our deep berry hues, we’ll be looking forward to the bloom ahead. But – why not try it now?

Wearing color isn’t always easy, and I always recommend enlisting the help of a professional when trying something new. Not only do get advice on selecting a shade, you get valuable how-to free of charge.

M.A.C brightened up many of the Spring 2009 runways with bold, colorful lips. It was all about coral at Catherine Malandrino, but some of the most serious lips of Fashion Week were seen at Proenza Schouler. Here’s how the M.A.C artists achieved the look.

1. “M.A.C Red” Lipstick was applied as a base layer.
2. The lipstick was set with M.A.C Pro Set Powder. (Substitute with your own loose powder.)
3. M.A.C Pro Pigment was dusted on top of the loose powder for a highly pigmented matte look. (Remember, this was for a fashion show. Lip liner and lipstick alone should be enough for a night out on the town.)
4. For a pink hue, “Red Electric” M.A.C Pro Pigment was added on top of the red pigment.

Note: It’s important to prep your pout, especially when you’re going to be wearing a bold, attention-grabbing color. Try a lip exfoliant like GlöSpa’s Exfoliating Lip Wand to ensure a smooth, flawless application and long-lasting color. $15, gloskincare.com

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