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Behind the Scenes at Our Halloween Makeup Tutorial Shoot: Effie Trinket

There are some serious Hunger Games nerds in the Birchbox office (like, the entire editorial team). So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we jumped at the chance to dress up like our favorite characters from the books and movie for Halloween. Even though Katniss is our girl, Effie Trinket—with her eccentric Capitol style and larger-than-life personality—is clearly the more fun choice. Click through for step-by-step directions from makeup artist Reiva Cruze on how to score the look. PLUS, send us pictures of you in your Effie costumes (and any other Hunger Games costumes) and we’ll feature them here on the blog leading up to Halloween! Email us at community@birchbox.com or tweet @birchbox.

—Lorelei

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Halloween Inspiration with FAUX: Holly Golightly

FAUX is hands down our go-to resource for false lashes for any occasion. Their lashes range from first date wearable to costume party-ready…which is perfect since we’ve yet to nail down a Halloween costume. Luckily, the lovely ladies from FAUX — founder Sterling, COO Miranda, and chief of marketing and PR Alexia — have some fabulous costume ideas. We’ve already seen their amazing Black Swan and Cleopatra costumes and today we’re featuring a classic: Holly Golightly, aka Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. There’s only one week left to plan your outfit — don’t put it off any longer!


Read on for all the steps to achieve this look. Photos courtesy of FAUX.

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Halloween Inspiration with FAUX: Cleopatra

FAUX is hands down our go-to resource for false lashes for any occasion. Their lashes range from first date wearable to costume party ready…which is perfect since we’ve yet to nail down a Halloween costume. Luckily, the lovely ladies from FAUX — founder Sterling, COO Miranda, and chief of marketing and PR Alexia — have some fabulous costume ideas. Last week we showed you how to get dark and moody for Black Swan and this week we’ll have you walking like an Egyptian…it’s Cleopatra, inspired by the gorgeous Elizabeth Taylor!

Read on for all the steps to achieve this look. Photos courtesy of FAUX.

Step 1: Flawless Skin

Start by perfecting the skin with a full coverage liquid foundation, and add a bit of bronze sheen to the high planes of the face with a golden highlighter. Set with translucent powder. 

Step 2: Arched Brows

The eyebrows for this look are very defined, use a dark brown or black eyebrow pencil to create the desired shape and then set them with a dark brown or black powder eye shadow using a small angled eyeliner brush. 

Step 3: Dramatic Eyes

Sweep a soft shimmery teal blue eye shadow from lash line to brow bone. Using a black cream liner and your small angled brush, draw a very exaggerated line along the upper lash line extending it out to the temples. Blend the liner along the bottom lash line as well. Take a matte black shadow with your angle brush and draw a line starting from the outer tip of your liner into the crease of your eye, forming a sweeping V shape. With a compact chiseled eye shadow brush fill in the outer corners of the V with the same black shadow, fading it in as you go. 

Step 4: Major Lashes

Curl your natural lashes and apply a thick coat of mascara to top and bottom lashes. Add FAUX’s Dark Slant lashes to enhance the cat eye effect of this look. 

Step 5: Finishing Steps

Apply a peachy bronze blush to the apples of the cheeks, extending the color back along the cheekbones to contour. For the final step apply a bright coral lipstick to the lips and add a dollop of matching lip gloss over the top. Caesar will not be able to resist!

Check back next Friday for the last costume in our series of Halloween inspiration! 

Halloween Inspiration with FAUX: Black Swan

FAUX is hands down our go-to resource for false lashes for any occasion. Their lashes range from first date wearable to costume party ready…which is perfect since we’ve yet to nail down a Halloween costume. Luckily, the lovely ladies from FAUX — founder Sterling, COO Miranda, and chief of marketing and PR Alexia — have some fabulous costume ideas. We’ll be featuring a costume a week for the next three weeks PLUS the steps needed to achieve the look. First up: one of this Halloween’s most in demand costumes. Get your tutus ready…it’s Black Swan.

According to the ladies of FAUX, this extreme look “takes a bit of artistic expression, and works best with long wear or waterproof make up formulas.”

Read on for step by step instructions!

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