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Top 10 Beauty Influencers on Instagram, Perfume Oils vs. Sprays, and More
A roundup of the best makeup artists, hairstylists, and manicurists you should be following on Instagram. [Beauty High]
Based on your hair type, find out the best technique to use when straightening your hair. [Her Campus]  
Need lip color inspiration? Look no further. Glamour's done a great roundup that includes over 30 different shades that will shake up your look. [Glamour]
If your perfume fades away just a few hours after you spray, it may be time to invest in an oil. [The Cut]
The Gossip Girl finale was pretty epic. The only thing more epic is the New Yorker’s recap of the episode, with apt references to Geoffrey Chaucer. [The New Yorker]
(Photos from Gucci Westman’s Instagram feed.)
—Meredith 
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Top 10 Beauty Influencers on Instagram, Perfume Oils vs. Sprays, and More

(Photos from Gucci Westman’s Instagram feed.)

—Meredith 

We’re so excited about our exclusive Nail Art Kit with Color Club. For just $25, it has everything you need to create supercool designs!

Helmet Hair and Dolly Makeup at Oscar de la Renta

Show: Oscar de la Renta

Hair: Orlando Pita

Makeup: Gucci Westman, Revlon

Nails: Yuna Park using Oscar de la Renta polish

The Vibe: A daughter going to town in her mom’s Park Avenue closet. “It’s a little bit of a young girl playing dress up,” said Revlon’s global artistic director, Gucci Westman, of the look. “She’s just kind of having fun.” Certainly, the makeup conveyed whimsy, with doll-like rosy cheeks thanks to Revlon’s PhotoReady Cream Blush in Flushed (due out in May), and spidery lashes. “The mascara isn’t super perfect,” said Westman of the effect. “It’s a little clumpy and more of a cool girl look, but I like it. It’s nice to see mascara for once that’s not just pretty.”

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Athletic and Very (Very!) Windblown at Preen

Show: Preen

Hair: Paul Hanlon for Aveda

Makeup: Gucci Westman, Revlon

Nails: Revlon

The Vibe: Outdoorsy and very fresh. The models’ hair certainly looked very weathered with Aveda lead stylist Paul Hanlon creating coifs that he described as “aerodynamic” and “windblown.” To achieve these wild styles, hair was parted down the back of the head and then tied it into either one or two knots, depending on the length of the girl’s hair. Stylists added pins to keep the style secure, while loose ends and other errant hairs were blow-dried and sprayed pointing stick-straight back. To help get a matte, piece-y texture, Hanlon used two Aveda products: Phomollient, a weightless volumizing styling foam, and Pure Abundance Hair Potion, a hair-thickening cream that adds grit.

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Gucci Westman Used Three Different Liners for Rag & Bone Look

Show: rag & bone

Hair: Guido, Redken

Makeup: Gucci Westman, Revlon

The Vibe: Rock ‘n’ Roll traveler. “The look is as if Patti Smith lived in India,” said Gucci Westman, Revlon’s global artistic director. “I wanted the skin to be really porcelain-y and the eyes to be sort of rough.” To give the complexion a cooler effect, Westman layered primers, a little bit of white foundation, and some luminizers. But the emphasis was really all on the eyes. “I am doing different textures of eyeliner and only on the bottom,” said Westman who used not one, not two, but three different black Revlon liners: the Crème Gel Liner, the Luxurious Color Eye Liner, and the Liquid Liner.

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Reading List: Kate Moss Creates Lipstick, New Celeb Polish, and Concelear That Will Make You Say “Wow”

Photo: WWD

Happy Friday, Birchboxers! The cool weather has finally taken hold of the Northeast, but before you head to the orchard for apple picking (or, more importantly, to the store to find your Halloween costume), catch up on this week’s beauty news.

  • Peeking into a model’s makeup collection is a dream come true. This ITG feature on Coco Rocha, model extraordinaire, is an illuminating look at her beauty closet and favorite products. [Into The Gloss]
  • Speaking of models, Kate Moss, longtime spokespoerson for Rimmel, celebrated her ten year anniversary with the brand by creating a lipstick collection. There are 15 shades, but we already love 001, the red shade Moss sports in the ad campaign. The line has already hit stores in the UK, but should land on our shores in January. [WWD]
  • This is from a few weeks ago, but we just had to mention it. The always inspiring The Coveteur ran a feature on Revlon’s global artistic director, Gucci Westman. Click through to see pictures of her home…and her handbag collection. [The Coveteur]
  • If you’re a fan of OPI’s celebrity collections — Justin Bieber, The Muppets, Katy Perry, the Kardashians — you’ll be excited to hear that a new one will launch in January 2012. Want to guess with who? Drumroll please…it’s Nicki Minaj! [Fashionista]
  • We must admit, we’re not always satisfied with the coverage from our concealer. But after watching this ad for Dermablend Pro, we’re now officially in need this heavy duty makeup. The clip features Zombie Boy, a model who is covered head-to-toe in very dark tattoos, and the product literally makes them vanish. Honestly, the transformation will blow you away. [The Gloss]

Gucci Westman Does Magical Matte Red Lips At Luca Luca

Models backstage at yesterday’s Luca Luca show.

Revlon’s global artistic director, Gucci Westman, working her magic.

We here at Birchbox have been l-o-v-i-n-g matte lips recently, so you can only imagine how delighted I was to discover that the beauty look at yesterday’s fall 2011 Luca Luca show was all about matte red pouts. Orchestrating the entire backstage makeup effort was none other than Gucci Westman, the high-profile global artistic director at Revlon. The inspiration for the look, the beauty guru explained, stemmed from the idea of “a girl walking through the forest and having all these different experiences, like a fairytale.” Going into a little more detail, Westman said, “for me it was all about the skin, and the innocence of the skin and the lips setting off the contrast.” To create the perfectly pretty crimson puckers, the artist layered Revlon’s Matte Lipstick in Really Red underneath Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Choco-Licious, which she described as a “matte Bordeaux.” More motivated than ever to start experimenting with matte hues myself, I just had to get her best advice for someone looking to test drive shine-free lips. “With a darker color, it is often easier to use matte,” said Westman. Good to know, I don’t want baby pink lips in the middle of winter anyway—bring on the burgundy!

—Meredith

To read all our Fall 2011 Fashion Week Coverage, click here!