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Beauty Inspiration: Spring 2013’s Most Striking Fashion Campaigns

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

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Kurt Reiger’s spring campaign. (Photo: Elle)

Besides it being awards season, there’s another reason why this is my favorite time of year: It’s the release of spring ad campaigns! Although I love the bundled up looks for fall, spring collections are always fresh, fun and bursting with brilliance. Plus, I get particularly hyped for the latest ads since the beauty is more experimental as well. From the slick hair and dark lip at Kurt Reiger to the peach lid and nude pout at Max Mara, here are the looks that I’m really feeling for spring.

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4 (Super Wearable) Lip and Eye Pairings from Paris Fashion Week

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.

Following my roundup of London Fashion Week beauty, here are four beauty looks that caught my eye in the City of Lights. Although the garments were as decadent as ever, it was refreshing to see a more natural, wearable beauty look on the runways this season.

Lanvin: Alber Elbaz’s spring 2013 collection was surprisingly minimalist this season. To complement a black-white-nude palette punctuated by the occasional jewel tone, the French fashion house’s creative director opted for a smudged smoky eye and nude pink lips. I love that the lower eyelid gets all the drama and the upper is mostly bare. For this look, I’d reach for a nice smudge-ready liner like this one by Noir.

Balmain: Blink and you’ll miss the super subtle sparkle at the Balmain show. Just a teeny-tiny bit of glitter on the lids adds a light punch to an otherwise bare face. To nab a similar dewy glow, I’d lightly swipe on a bit of Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow Liner in R.S.V.P., a sparkling champagne hue.

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Guest Blogger: Inspired by Balmain

A style force to be reckoned with, Sara Zucker is well known for providing daily outfit inspiration and scoping out incredible finds via her Tumblr, Farpitzs (which is the Yiddish word for ‘all dressed up,’ just in case you were curious). As if being one of the most popular fashion voices in the blogosphere wasn’t time consuming enough, the well-heeled trendsetter also happens to be Glamour Magazine’s community manager. Lucky for us, she was able to make some time in her busy schedule to guest blog for us this week. Check back daily as Zucker shares everything from her favorite fall trends to what’s in her cosmetics bag.

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For a beauty look that is simple to recreate and on-trend for the season, I looked toward the Balmain spring 2011 runway. The brand is known for its bad-ass leather pieces, but the models were painted in tame, ultra-wearable cosmetic colors. Hair was kept sleek and smooth in order to highlight the main event: the eyes. To create something similar to the Balmain catwalkers, use a lash conditioner to encourage eyelash growth, brush lashes with a few coats of voluminous black mascara, and add a shimmery, champagne-colored shadow.

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Balmain You Can Actually Afford. No…Seriously

Above: Balmain’s new hair care lines. Below: Balmain fall 2011 looks.

Storied French fashion house Balmain has been raising the bar for high fashion since the ’40s and has a following following of style-savvy individuals with big pockets to prove it. While we’d all surely love to add a few statement pieces to our wardrobe—specifically a $4,500 wool coat to pair with skinny jeans or a pair of suede pants pushing $4,000—I’d also like to keep my car. So for us beauty lovers, the announcement of the brand’s plan to launch two hair care lines, has us just as giddy as the fall 2011 collection.

Unfortunately, they won’t be available in the U.S. anytime soon, but if you hop across the pond right now, you can get your hands on these high-end products. And guess what? The prices won’t break the bank. The first set, Nutrition Intense, ranges in price from £29-£37 (about $46-$60) and includes a woody scented shampoo, conditioner, styling spray and masque, all targeted for normal hair. Products in the Hydrant range are similarly priced between £29-£39 (about $46-$63) and include a shampoo, ultralight conditioner, and hydrating spray with more flowery notes, all for fine hair. And since it’s only appropriate for a high fashion brand to value high fashion hair, each product works to create 10 percent more volume. For the vertically challenged like me, this brings us one step closer to the runway.

For details on how to purchase these luxe lines, visit www.balmainhair.com for more information.

—Shana

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