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Foundation is a skin-perfecting staple that possesses a long, storied past. From the whitening paste that women used in Ancient Greece to the invention of Max Factor’s groundbreaking “pancake” makeup from the early 1900s, we traced the roots of this hardworking formula through the ages with the help of history-obsessed beauty pros.
Find out how foundation became the beauty power player that it is today.

Foundation is a skin-perfecting staple that possesses a long, storied past. From the whitening paste that women used in Ancient Greece to the invention of Max Factor’s groundbreaking “pancake” makeup from the early 1900s, we traced the roots of this hardworking formula through the ages with the help of history-obsessed beauty pros.

Find out how foundation became the beauty power player that it is today.

With fall premieres upon us and our heritage theme in full swing, we’re looking back fondly at some of our favorite 90s TV style icons.
From the hair trick we learned from Angela Chase on My So-Called Life to the style tips we picked up from Steve Urkel (seriously!), here’s some excellent insight from one of our favorite decades.

With fall premieres upon us and our heritage theme in full swing, we’re looking back fondly at some of our favorite 90s TV style icons.

From the hair trick we learned from Angela Chase on My So-Called Life to the style tips we picked up from Steve Urkel (seriously!), here’s some excellent insight from one of our favorite decades.

Ruffian’s First Nail Lacquer Collection, Tina Fey’s New NBC Show, Hosting Your Own Cocktail Competition, and More: Weekend Reading List

Introducing Ruffian’s New Nail Lacquer Collection: One of our favorite New York-based fashion labels has finally created their very own polish collection—and you helped pick three of the shades. Find out all the deets in the video above.

Host Your Own Cocktail Competition: Jazz up the party by staging your own DIY cocktail competition. From wild cards to secret surprise ingredients, here’s how to keep things interesting for your guests.

The Nose Has It: Florists Weigh In on Our Favorite Scents: We asked top New York floral designers to lend us their olfactory expertise to deconstruct some of our favorite scents.

From Power Rangers Villain to Skincare Entrepreneur: An Interview with Jennifer Yen of Pur~lisse [xoVain]: Pur~lisse founder Jennifer Yen opens up about scoring her role on the hit children’s show and taking big chances to start her own business.

Tina Fey Has a New Show on NBC! Plus, a Liz Lemon GIF Tribute: Our favorite comedic femme fatale is coming back to NBC with a new show—and we are excited. To honor her time as Liz Lemon, here’s our GIF tribute to some of the best lessons Fey’s taught us over the years. 

—Geraldine

Take the time this weekend to learn how to properly layer skincare and find out how you can get an exclusive Juice Beauty lip gloss for free.

Surprising Color Combinations That Actually Work
The dog days of summer are the perfect time to ditch the neutrals and explore other parts of the color wheel.
For inspiration, we tapped two experts with different backgrounds but a shared love of unexpected color mash-ups: Los Angeles makeup artist Julianne Kaye and New York interior designer Betty Wasserman.
Find out the inspired combos that they chose—more Beyoncé and Jay-Z than The Odd Couple—and how to wear them by clicking here.

Surprising Color Combinations That Actually Work

The dog days of summer are the perfect time to ditch the neutrals and explore other parts of the color wheel.

For inspiration, we tapped two experts with different backgrounds but a shared love of unexpected color mash-ups: Los Angeles makeup artist Julianne Kaye and New York interior designer Betty Wasserman.

Find out the inspired combos that they chose—more Beyoncé and Jay-Z than The Odd Couple—and how to wear them by clicking here.

Get to Know: Drybar Founder Alli Webb

If you’re lucky, you live in a city with a Drybar. For those who are unfamiliar, Drybar is superchic salon chain that specializes in blowouts. The founder, Alli Webb, is an inspirational beauty who is expanding her empire at at breathless pace. Read more about the woman who revolutionized the wash and dry experience.

For the best blowout, it’s necessary to have great, healthy hair. Get it with this exotic oil.

Tanning Diaries: A Faux-Glow Novice’s Guide to Faking It

I treat myself to a pedicure. Big mistake. The leg massage and scrub that felt so rejuvenating also had the effect of stripping away my lovely bronze color from my shins down. Sad face. Luckily I still have more product at home.

Avoid this tanning mishap (and other Snooki-level orange moments).
Let this Birchbox staffer’s foray into the world of fake tanner be your guide to more beautifully bronzed pastures.
For even more tips on how to score a perfectly even glow, here are tips from Birchbox’s resident self-tanning expert.

Tanning Diaries: A Faux-Glow Novice’s Guide to Faking It

I treat myself to a pedicure. Big mistake. The leg massage and scrub that felt so rejuvenating also had the effect of stripping away my lovely bronze color from my shins down. Sad face. Luckily I still have more product at home.

Avoid this tanning mishap (and other Snooki-level orange moments).

Let this Birchbox staffer’s foray into the world of fake tanner be your guide to more beautifully bronzed pastures.

For even more tips on how to score a perfectly even glow, here are tips from Birchbox’s resident self-tanning expert.

Triple Braided Hairstyle Tutorial, Flowers for Every Season, How to Score Dewy Skin, and More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss. Read them while you’re laying on the beach or relaxing indoors.

—Geraldine

Birchbox August Spoiler: What’s Hiding Inside Those Kicks?
Can you guess what the product is hiding inside the sneaker? Here’s a clue: Makeup artists for shows like American Idol and The Glee Project love using this to keep contestants’ faces shine-free for eight hours.
Dying to know? Find out more about this product that some subscribers will be receiving in their August box by clicking here.

Birchbox August Spoiler: What’s Hiding Inside Those Kicks?

Can you guess what the product is hiding inside the sneaker? Here’s a clue: Makeup artists for shows like American Idol and The Glee Project love using this to keep contestants’ faces shine-free for eight hours.

Dying to know? Find out more about this product that some subscribers will be receiving in their August box by clicking here.

The Perfect Sock Bun Tool, Fighting Frizzy Hair, BBQ Essentials, & More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss. Read them while you’re laying on the beach or relaxing indoors.

How To: Sock Bun Tutorial with The Wrap Up: Our social media guru @racheljosilver loves this hairstyling tool so much that the sock bun has become her signature do. See how easy it is to look put-together and chic in no time.

Frizz Frenzy: Summer humidity never fails to turn a good hair day into a bad hair day. Whether our hair is straight or curly, the moist, sticky air always manages to bring out the worst. Here are our top solutions for fighting the frizz.

5 Steps to a Super Zen Spa Treatment at Home: Pamper yourself this weekend with one of these simple, but effective at-home treatments. Not only are they luxurious and nourishing, but with all the dough you’ll save, you’ll definitely be able to afford that extra bottle of champagne.

4 Unexpected Summer BBQ Essentials: From all-natural hand wipes to bold platters, these items take the basics to a whole new level. Step up your game and you’re sure to be the belle of backyard bbqs.

What Sleeping in Your Makeup Does To Your Skin [Daily Mail UK]: It’s essential to remove our makeup before bed, and for the most part, we do. But for those days when you feel too tired or lazy to cleanse, the results of this mini experiment will get you right back on track.

—Geraldine

You don’t have to spend your whole weekend under the sun to get a bronzed look. Surprisingly, the right nail polish will take care of that.