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Top 10 Most Inspired Makeup Looks at NYFW

Usually when we’re backstage at fashion week, we gravitate towards makeup that’s exaggerated or particularly bold, and typically that means it isn’t very real-world friendly. For spring 2014, however, most of what we loved could easily be translated into a more standard day-to-day or evening out look. After much consideration, here are our top picks that we can’t wait to test out ourselves. 

  1. Marchesa: Who says you have to wear light lip colors in the spring and summer? Global Artistic Director for Revlon, Gucci Westman, bent the seasonal rules (bravo!) by applying a deep purple to lips. (Photo: Courtesy of Revlon)
  2. Rag & Bone: Another great lip color and another look by Gucci Westman, the citrus pouts at Rag & Bone had every beauty expert predicting this would be the “it” hue for next year. (Photo: Courtesy of Revlon)
  3. Jason Wu: A picture may be worth a thousand words, but this image doesn’t do the eye makeup at Jason Wu justice. Diane Kendal for Lancôme achieved shimmering rose gold lids that were both romantic and dramatic. (Photo: Courtesy of Kerastase)
  4. DKNY: The matte, almost stained orange pouts really stood out at DKNY. To get this particular look, artist Charlotte Willer for Maybelline first applied a nude lipstick to act as a base and make the orange really pop. (Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline)
  5. Cynthia Rowley: Given that Cynthia herself likes to surf, it was no surprise that the designer’s favorite pastime found its ways into the beauty inspiration. Sarah Lucero for stila made the girls look like they had gotten some color by applying a rosy hue to cheeks and the bridge of the nose, as if they had just come in from the beach. She finished everything off with the most amazing shiny pink gloss. (Photo: Courtesy of stila)
  6. Lela Rose: If you had told us a few weeks ago that chartreuse shadow could look cool, we would have said no way. Romy Soleimani proved us dead wrong at Lela Rose. (Photo: Courtesy of stila)
  7. Carmen Marc Valvo: Reaffirming that dewy is dead, makeup artist Uzo for Nars chose to do matte skin, which resulted in retro sixties-inspired eyes that really stood out.  (NARS)
  8. Helmut Lang: While we loved the fall-esque deep cherry lip, the flushed cheeks that Hannah Murray for Nars created at Helmut Lang were a unique highlight. Instead of using blush, Murray used a crimson lipstick and lip pencil and then blended with her fingers. (Courtesy of: Nars)
  9. Kate Spade: Barbie-meets-Sophia Loren was the vibe at Kate Spade. To achieve that effect, Neil Scibelli for Jouer created a double cat eye using contrasting white and black liner. 
  10. TIBI: The bold streaks of striking white shadow by Alice Lane for Maybellne brought all the focus to the eyes at Tibi.  (Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline)

Check out more of our NYFW coverage here. 

Jason Wu for Lancôme Revealed, Blowdrying Your Eyelashes, and More

Set to launch during fashion week, here’s a preview of Jason Wu’s collection for Lancôme. [Daily Mail] 
From catwalk to sidewalk, here’s how to get wearable metallic lips. [Refinery 29]
Here’s a hairbrush crash course according to brush type. [Allure]
Learn the difference between acne marks and scars so you can treat each more effectively. [Huffington Post]
The new documentary on fashion tastemaker Carine Roitfeld Mademoiselle C is now out. [Fashionista]
These editors and beauty experts are spilling their best beauty secrets, from blowdrying eyelashes to using Chapstick on hair. [She Knows]
—Geraldine
Peek inside one of the airport beauty vending machines from 3FLOZ. 

Jason Wu for Lancôme Revealed, Blowdrying Your Eyelashes, and More

The 5 Fall Makeup Trends to Try Right Now

One of the best things about previewing fall collections in February? The makeup trends that are meant to be worn in autumn are actually seasonally appropriate for these last few days of winter. Before the official onset of spring and warmer weather, here are the five fashion week-inspired looks that we’re trying right now. Which one is your favorite? 

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Phillip Lim fall 2013. (Photo: Courtesy of NARS)

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How to Get Amanda Seyfried’s Purple Smoky Eye Featuring Celebrity Makeup Artist Ana Marie
Birchbox staffers fell head over heels in love with Amanda Seyfried’s makeup at this weekend’s Oscars Award show. It’s romantic, it’s dramatic, and we can’t stop staring. Earlier this month we were also wowed by the purple-blue jewel tone eyes on the models at Jason Wu and Thakoon’s shows at New York Fashion Week. Inspired by the models on the runway, we enlisted celebrity makeup artist Ana Marie to give us a step-by-step tutorial on a more wearable version of the jewel tone eye using Lancôme products. 
Watch below for the tutorial, which just happens to look like a slightly more dramatic version of Amanda Seyfried’s eye look at Sunday’s show! 

—Charisse
Check out the products used in this video in the Birchbox shop, for a limited time only.
(Photo: Getty Images)

How to Get Amanda Seyfried’s Purple Smoky Eye Featuring Celebrity Makeup Artist Ana Marie

Birchbox staffers fell head over heels in love with Amanda Seyfried’s makeup at this weekend’s Oscars Award show. It’s romantic, it’s dramatic, and we can’t stop staring. Earlier this month we were also wowed by the purple-blue jewel tone eyes on the models at Jason Wu and Thakoon’s shows at New York Fashion Week. Inspired by the models on the runway, we enlisted celebrity makeup artist Ana Marie to give us a step-by-step tutorial on a more wearable version of the jewel tone eye using Lancôme products.

Watch below for the tutorial, which just happens to look like a slightly more dramatic version of Amanda Seyfried’s eye look at Sunday’s show! 

—Charisse

Check out the products used in this video in the Birchbox shop, for a limited time only.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Michelle Obama is Loyal to Jason Wu, Rachel Zoe Opens Up A Hair Salon, and More
The first lady stays true to her favorite designer, Jason Wu, for her State of the Union gown. [FabSugar]
Watch out, Dry bar. Rachel Zoe’s DreamDry opens today in NYC. We predict plenty of gossip in those chairs. [New York Times]
Who doesn’t love HBO’s Girls? Incoco launches a collection of nail appliqúes, featuring four different designs for each inspiring lady. [SheFinds]
Learn how to make life-size conversation hearts for your loved one this Valentine’s Day. [P.S.-I Made This]
Keira Knightley is banned from the screen in the UK on account of being too provocative for children’s television in her new Chanel Coco Mademoiselle commercial. [Huffington Post]
Who What Wear masters the art of perfect waterline liner with the help of makeup artist Julie Harris. [Who What Wear]
-Charisse
Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day to any of these four pretty beauty palettes.
(Photo: Getty Images)

Michelle Obama is Loyal to Jason Wu, Rachel Zoe Opens Up A Hair Salon, and More

-Charisse

Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day to any of these four pretty beauty palettes.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Zooey Deschanel’s Beauty Routine, Get the Jason Wu Cat Eye, and More
Find out how Zooey Deschanel gets her adorkable look. Who What Wear has her beauty routine. [Who What Wear]
Turns out we’re not the only ones addicted to Dannijo’s envy-inducing Instagram feed. NYT shows how the powerhouse duo sells their brand (and lots of bibs) through social media. [New York Times]
Jason Wu and Lancome charm editors with a bold matte cat eye. Find out how to recreate it at home. [Beauty High]
Going to the gym together is now considered a date? Couples workouts go beyond just Valentine’s Day. [Well + Good NYC]
Paper by Fifty Three artists capture NYFW 2013 in stunningly evocative sketches. No filter necessary. [WWD on Paper]
-Charisse
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Zooey Deschanel’s Beauty Routine, Get the Jason Wu Cat Eye, and More

-Charisse

Be sure to follow us on Instagram for exclusive Birchbox photos and up-to-date beauty news.

(Photo: Jeff Vespa)

Beyonce Nails It, Gisele is the New Face of Chanel, and More

—Charisse

Speaking of Lancôme, we’re so excited to be working with the brand for the first time this month! Check out the details in our February Sneak Peek. 

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5 Runway-Inspired Ponytails For Any Holiday Occasion

While the usual low-slung pony is great for day-to-day, holiday party season provides the ideal opportunity to experiment with a different style. That’s why we’ve teamed up with one of our favorite sites, Beauty High. Each week, they’ll be sending over a few runway shots to inspire you to try something new for your upcoming festive fetes.

One of the biggest trends on the runways for the past couple of seasons has been the dressed up ponytail. From slicked-back to slightly disheveled, there is a pony out there for you, no matter your style. And we’re not talking about that haphazard, running-to-the-gym ponytail—we’re talking about a ponytail that you can wear to your boyfriend’s parent’s house.

With all of your holiday events over the next few days, having a couple of great sophisticated styles to rely on is a must. Check out a few of our favorite runway-ready ponytails to try below. 

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Jason Wu. (Photo: Imaxtree)

This slicked-back ponytail seen on the runways at Jason Wu is event-appropriate and features a tight ribbon wrapped around the ponytail holder to step the look up a notch.

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5 Sleek Runway Hairstyles to Wear to Your Holiday Parties

While the usual low-slung pony is great for day-to-day, holiday party season provides the ideal opportunity to experiment with a different style. That’s why we’ve teamed up with one of our favorite sites, Beauty High. Each week, they’ll be sending over a few runway shots to inspire you to try something new for your upcoming festive fetes.

This holiday season, the hairstyles du jour aren’t glam curls or impossible-to-achieve updos. If there’s one thing that we learned from the fall 2012 runways, it’s that sleek and straight will always be an old standby, and when done right, can take our look to an entirely new level.

Although the line between shiny and greasy can be a hard one to walk, stylists have shown us how just a touch of sheen can add class to any ponytail or chignon. We drew inspiration from the runway shows below to get us through our packed holiday party schedules and beyond.

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Marc Jacobs. (Photo: Imaxtree)

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The 5 Beauty Trends to Know from New York Fashion Week Spring 2013

After sorting through all of our favorite beauty looks from the Spring 2013 collections, we narrowed down the many styles to the top five that you have to know. Herewith, our cheat sheet on the trends-to-try for early next year. From perfected matte complexions to aggressively-placed parts, you won’t want to miss any of these fun new styles.


Oceanic eye colors at Kate Spade. 

1. Blue Eyeshadow

Blue shadows once only existed in our (awkward) memories of the ’90s or in the makeup kits of the very bold. But no longer. This season we caught sight of gorgeous sky blue, sapphire and marine hues swept onto eyelids at shows like Kate Spade, Monique Lhullier, Jason Wu, Tibi, and Patrick Ervell. 

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