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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
A few months ago, we told you that we had an exciting new partnership in the works with Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW). Each year, the organization of 5,500 industry insiders holds their Beauty Insiders’ Choice Awards (basically the Oscars of the beauty world) where they select the latest and greatest from all of the year’s newly launched products—it’s one of the most coveted awards in the beauty world.
Well, we’re happy to say that we’re ready to reveal the details of our collab! Today, we’re launching two limited edition boxes with CEW featuring winners and finalists from their Insider’s Choice awards. If you prefer more high-end products, you can opt for the CEW Prestige box, which includes products from Julep, IT cosmetics, Living Proof, La Fresh, and Elizabeth Arden.
For anyone looking to find out about the best drugstore brands, you’ll want to try the CEW Mass box. There you’ll be able to test the hottest releases from Revlon, Simple, Burt’s Bees, L’Oreal, Nivea, and Olay. For those of you who are major beauty aficionados, we suggest snagging both for a special price of $26, but regardless of which one you choose, each is chock full of the best new beauty goodies around!
Operations Coordinator, Loren, has a thing for nails—and we can’t blame her. We love reading about new finishes and fun techniques, so we thought we’d give her a slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related
America’s birthday is almost here and to celebrate, a few of the ladies on the Operations team at Birchbox HQ are sporting some particularly patriotic nail art. To help inspire your own Independence Day designs, take a look at the fabulous digits below and get ready for those fireworks!
Food first isSAVEUR’s motto. This week the magazine’s senior web editor, Helen Rosner, is sharing her favorite recipes and culinary picks in honor of our limited edition Birchbox Home: From the Garden collection.
The unavoidable truth of food and drink is that (unless you’re dealing with some seriously high-concept molecular gastronomy) it’s an activity that uses your mouth. As a lipstick-wearer and chapstick addict who also happens to be a professional eater, I refuse to choose between the two—and years of trial and error have left me with a relatively foolproof system to keep the color on my lips instead of on my wineglass. Or banh mi sandwich. Or mingling with the garlic and olive oil as a sauce for my agnolotti.
For me, the secret is L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick, which goes on thick and dry and a little sticky, but after a few minutes, it forms an almost magical budge-proof wall of incredibly pigmented color that takes serious elbow grease to remove. I apply, blot, dust with translucent powder, and apply again. That’ll take me through almost any meal. (And when it comes to wine glasses, I do a strange but weirdly effective trick that a friend’s mother taught me: Just before taking your first sip, give the edge of your glass a tiny flicker of a lick. The saliva creates a barrier that prevents any of your color from adhering to the glass.)
Of course, everyone is is different. My friend Gabriella Gershenson, who works with me at Saveur, rocks a matte lip like no one else and it stays strong through the most epic of meals. Her go-to is MAC: “I just wear a shade that stains,” she told me when I asked her for her secrets. “I like MAC So Chaud, an orange-red matte that literally saturates my lips in color. I also like their creamier Mineralize Rich Lipstick in All Out Gorgeous. It’s moisturizing, unlike the matte, but tints my lips a pretty berry red all night long—and sometimes the next morning, too.”
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?
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!
We’re devoted fans of all things polish in the Birchbox offices, so of course Gina Galullo’s nail polish blog, Prim and Polished, caught our eye. A lawyer-by-day and a lacquer connoisseur-by-night, Galullo posts thoughtful reviews of new shades along with colorful swatches, so even novice polish-wearers have an insider’s guide to the prettiest hues. This week, she shares the products she can’t live without, plus the work-appropriate shades you can even rock in your cubicle.
We’re big fans of this week’s guest blogger, Natalie Higdon. Not only is she a Tennessee resident and a connoisseur of all things Memphis; she’s also a contributor to the Birchbox magazine! (Don’t miss her stellar article on 5 Surprising Facts About SPF). This week, she interviews a hot new singer, reveals her favorite two-in-one products, and schools us on how to trim our own bangs.
Margot Tenenbaum, from Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, is one of my favorite chain-smoking, compulsive lying characters ever. She’s also my No. 1 pick for my Halloween costume this year. While I look for a full-length faux fur coat, check out my makeup picks to get her look (cigarettes and wooden finger not included):