For most of us, prom night is a fuzzy memory marred by not-so-subtle makeup, questionable dresses, and awkward boutonnière-clad dates. Luckily, we’ve grown older, wiser, and more makeup-savvy in the intervening years. For all our readers who are heading to prom this spring, we’re here to offer some fresh ideas and a little guidance. Snag a prom-ready look with these tips and tricks:
Valentine’s Day normally conjures up images of gourmet chocolates and long-stemmed roses, but this year I have my sights set on a different kind of gift: Smashbox’s recently unveiled limited edition Love Me collection.
Yesterday, I got to ogle the new goodies and meet the man behind the makeup: renowned artist Curtis Kulig. In 1999, Kulig moved from North Dakota to New York City, picked up a can of spray paint, and began emblazoning the words “Love Me” on rooftops and billboards all over the city. He quickly gained a cult following, and now the tag can be seen on everything from Van’s sneakers to Tokyo street signs.
Inspired by Kulig’s signature aesthetic, the collection features bold colors and sleek, modern packaging. These are a few of our favorites from the line that’s now available in select department stores and Sephoras:
Blush and I have always been buddies. The brighter, the better. I still remember playing with my mom’s demure rose-colored shade when I was in middle school and thinking, ‘This is it?’ It’s no wonder that Bobbi Brown’s Apricot was my favorite shade for a good ten years.
A Birchbox subscriber gets a mini-makeover.
Last night, NYC-area Birchbox subscribers came out to visit Laura Geller’s posh Upper East Side Makeup Studio in honor of the brand’s 10th anniversary. Between snacking on pink cupcakes and sipping on champagne, they got the chance to get mini-makeovers courtesy of Laura Geller’s pro team of makeup artists. Best of all, Queen Bee Laura Geller herself was there to mix and mingle with her fans. Missed out on the event? No worries—you can still get pro blush application tips from Laura Geller by clicking through to watch our How To: Blush and Brighten video!
This week’s guest blogger, Vida Lee, hits close to home for us—literally! She’s a beauty guru based in our hometown: New York City. Aside from being a product addict, she’s also a medical school student (whoa!) who makes time on the side for her pretty blog, P.S. It’s Vida. Over the next few days, the smarty savant will be sharing her greatest tips and tricks for staying prepped and primed for summer.
As a beauty blogger, I take my products almost everywhere I go, even to the beach for some minor primping. Here are a few things I like to use to keep it simple when going on beach trips:
Having a round face myself, I learned these tricks to help certain features stand out. Using these simple techniques, you’ll be able to emphasize your angles using bronzer, blush, and highlighter:
This week’s guest blogger, the lovely Alissa Kelly, offers up fun fashion and beauty advice on her blog, Feeling Good. (Our favorite feature? Kelly’s fun nail posts!) We love her optimistic attitude and useful tips. Up first: the pros and cons of cream and powder blushes.
For most of my makeup-wearing life, I went the powder blush route. Then I discovered cream blush and haven’t looked back since. The product that converted me? Maybelline’s Dream Mousse Blush.
Freelance makeup artist Jennifer Duvall has kept us entranced with her blog jennysuemakeup.com for months. The Georgia blogger is the ultimate multi-tasker as both a makeup guru and a mommy of three! We love her great how-to advice and awesome product reviews, which is why we’re so excited that this week, she’s graciously sharing her style secrets with us.
When I say contour, it means you’re adding definition to your face by bringing certain features out, and playing down others. The payoff is big! There are a couple ways you can add contour to your face—either with liquid foundations or with powders. It’s about personal preference and how much time you have on your hands (powder takes less time to perfect in my opinion, and is easier for amateurs to pull off).
My main goals when contouring: create chiseled cheekbones, shorten the length of my long face, and make my nose seem thinner. I usually apply all of my makeup first, eyes and foundation, then apply the bronzer, blush, and highlighter last. Use a matte bronzer only a shade or two darker than your natural skin tone for contouring, since shimmer would look too fake if you’re using it on multiple areas of your face. Here’s a play by play of how to quickly contour a face.
Operations associate, 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 weekly slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related. Check back every Thursday for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.
After watching all the gorgeous bright and blush-tone gowns flow down the red carpet at the Golden Globes on Sunday, I got inspired for spring colors. Based on how awards season has started and the spring 2012 shows, I’ve picked the four shades I think will be blossoming on everyone’s nails come warmer weather. Take a look and let me know the polishes you’ll be springing for in comments!
Canary Yellow: Yellow is going to be B-I-G for spring. Designers like Derek Lam, Rodarte, BCBG (above), and Diane Furstenberg all incorporated this sunny shade in a significant way into their collections. To spread the love to your digits, try China Glaze’s Shunshine Pop from their new Electropop Collection.