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MAC Debuts a Punk Couture Collection, RiRi’s New Hair, and More

On the heels of this year’s punk-themed Met Gala, M.A.C Cosmetics debuts a Punk Couture Collection available for a limited time. [SheFinds]
Famous on air psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers, who is credited with helping to bring psychology to the mainstream, passed away on Monday. She was 85 years old. [New York Times]
Lighten your suitcase this summer with these vacation packing tips. [Cheeky Chicago]
Rihanna changes her hair color, yet again.  Check out how her blonde hue looks. [Glamour]
Leave it to the Refinery29 beauty team to invent one of the coolest ways to wear liquid eyeliner. [Refinery29]
The New York Times follows up on Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy op-ed with a piece on the painful dilemma facing women with BRCA mutations. [New York Times]
—Charisse
Love to colorblock your outfits?  Learn how to use this trend in your beauty routine from guest blogger, Annie Dean.
(Photo: MAC)
MAC Debuts a Punk Couture Collection, RiRi’s New Hair, and More

—Charisse

Love to colorblock your outfits?  Learn how to use this trend in your beauty routine from guest blogger, Annie Dean.

(Photo: MAC)

OPI Gets Inspired By SF, Karl Lagerfeld’s Actual Age, And More
OPI debuted its fall polish collection with 15 new shades all inspired by San Francisco. [SheFinds]
Learn how to get a ’20s-inspired The Great Gatsby beauty look with this MAC tutorial. [Beauty High]
Alli Webb, founder of Drybar, points out her five beauty must-haves. [Well + Good NYC]
Refinery29 puts a new aerosol body bronzer to the test.  [Refinery29]
Prada enlists Roman Coppola and Wes Anderson to create a film series for its newest fragrance Candy L’Eau. [WWD]



—Charisse
Learn how to create our rendition of the princess roll hairstyle here.
(Photo: OPI)

OPI Gets Inspired By SF, Karl Lagerfeld’s Actual Age, And More

How To Use A Curling Wand, Beyoncé In The New H&M Commercial, And More

—Charisse

(Video: Beauty High)
Kim Kardashian’s First Pregnant Shoot, Michael Kors Sells Millions of Shares, and More
Kim Kardashian is glowing on the March issue of DuJour, posing for the first time since announcing her pregnancy. [Fashionista]
Michael Kors is set to sell 3 million of his shares after the company reached an all time high closing price on Tuesday. [Business of Fashion]
Rihanna is diving head first into the beauty world by doing a major collaboration with MAC. [WWD]
For obvious reasons, we’re superpsyched about Mayor Bloomberg’s new “We Are Made in NY” initiative that supports NYC-based tech startups. [Made In NY]
-Charisse
Get ready for this Sunday’s Oscar party with the Birchbox How To: Primp Like A Star guide.
(Photo: Bruce Weber for DuJour)

Kim Kardashian’s First Pregnant Shoot, Michael Kors Sells Millions of Shares, and More

-Charisse

Get ready for this Sunday’s Oscar party with the Birchbox How To: Primp Like A Star guide.

(Photo: Bruce Weber for DuJour)

BURGUNDY HUES TAKE CENTERSTAGE AT ZAC POSEN

If designer Zac Posen’s Fall 2013 collection is any indicator of beauty trends to come, burgundy is about to have a major moment. Backstage models were sporting glossy, port-wine manis and deep plum lips. Essie’s lead manicurist Michelle Saunders told us that the lacquer hue  was chosen to match several evening dresses in the designer’s collection.

To create the look, Saunders and her crew applied two coats of essie’s Carry On. The crimson shade looked smashing, and its very apt name appropriately described the post-Nemo mood backstage.

MAC’s key makeup artist Kabuki contrasted ethereal white eye shadow with a wow-factor pout to build on the collection’s rich color story, outlining lips with the Pencil NC15 in Vino Lip Liner to keep lipstick smudge- and crease-free. Next, he applied MAC’s Lip Mix in Burgundy with a slim makeup brush.

Elaborating on the color, Kabuki explained, “I had Tilda Swinton in the back of my mind.” The finished look definitely evoked the regal actress’s elegance and boldness.

—Ally

Find more exclusive behind the scenes images from NYFW on Birchbox’s NYFW page.

 

The Suede-Wrapped Ponys At Monique Lhuillier Were Entirely Too Cool

Usually when ribbon is used in hair, it’s fastened into a girlish bow around a ponytail, but such was not the case at Monique Lhuillier’s fall 2013 show. Kerastase’s lead stylist Odile Gilbert and her army of assistants used black suede ribbon in a very creative way to achieve low twisty knots that were completely wrapped in the fabric.

Gilbert and her team created the elegant ‘dos by first misting the models’ hair with water. After adding a deep side part, the wet hair was pulled back into a low ponytail and secured with an elastic. Finally, buttery suede ribbon was wrapped around the pony  and then the pony was twisted up into a chic knot and secured with bobby pins. Any stray strands were smoothed down with Kerastase’s DOUBLE FORCE hairspray. Odile explained that the resulting look was, “elegant without being too understated.” We couldn’t agree more.

 -Ally

Create your own tricked out updo by wrapping one of these colorful headbands around the base of your ponytail.  

Pale Skin, Red Eyes, Windblown Hair, and Gothic Veiled Nails at Ruffian

At Ruffian’s F/W ‘13 show today, the theme of Scottish moors meets Victorian Gothic was carried through the makeup, hair, and nails. Backstage makeup artist James Kaliardos for M.A.C Cosmetics used Love’s Lure, a new muted crimson shade, on both eyes and cheeks to give them an otherworldly look. Then, he layered Red Statement and Fashion Scene on the lips for a multidimensional stain.

Neil Moodie for Bumble & Bumble created a windblown “modern day Snow White meets Victorian girl on the Scottish Highlands” look. He pinned the backs of the models’ hair into low buns, then crimped the front from mid-lengths through the ends. He finished by brushing it out to create a slightly frizzy texture.

Keri Blair, the lead manicurist for M.A.C Cosmetics, designed “gothic veil” nails for the show. First, fake nails were painted with Nocturnal and a clear coat. Then, small pieces of black tulle were affixed to each nail. On each hand, Blair created a statement nail using miniature cameos and pieces of tulle to create mini black veils.

—Lorelei

Find more backstage pictures from Fashion Week on Birchbox’s NYFW page.

Borderline Black Lipstick for Black Friday: Guest Blogger

Nothing gets us giddy like a good wedding. Katelyn Koepke Lewis, one of our lovely freelance writers, got hitched this October and we couldn’t resist asking her to share her bridal wisdom. The former PR maven and J-school grad recently went back to her editorial roots, working as a feature writer and editor for Be U Weddings, a Chicago-based blogazine. This week, Katelyn’s sharing her newlywed advice, from bridal beauty tricks that you can use post-wedding to how to pick hostess gifts for your new in-laws.

Considering it’s Black Friday and you’re all undoubtedly scouring stores for killer deals (report back!), I thought I’d take the day’s name to heart as color inspiration—for lips! Yep, I’m going there: the vampy, brooding, almost-black lips we saw all over the fall runways. From deep wines to cherry blacks, here are my of-the-moment picks for keeping the pout chic, but not too gothic. (C’mon, you know you have to at least try this dusky, seductive lipstick craze!)

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How To Fake Gorgeous Lashes with Mascara: Guest Blogger

Girl Around Town co-founders, Leigh Evans and Mary Cunningham, created an online community for women to talk about the latest in fashion, beauty, food, and more. The site boasts jet-setting writers who are based in Los Angeles, Houston, and New York, all of whom have the insider deets on the hottest things to do and see all over the globe.

Friends regularly ask me two questions: “Are you wearing fake eyelashes?” and “What do you do to your eyelashes to make them so big?”

I’m not one to spend too much time getting ready in the morning, but this is the one step that I’m willing to spend an extra 60 seconds on in my makeup routine everyday—the results are totally worth it. Watch the video above for a step-by-step tutorial, and be sure to check out the end to see the eye-popping effect!

Here are the mascaras I used to get the look: MAC Studio Fix Lash and Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping.

What’s your go-to trick to amp up your lashes?

—Mary Joan Cunningham

Don’t miss even more smarty-pants beauty advice from Mary and Leigh. Check out the rest of their guest blogger posts here.