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4 Summer Beauty Savers to Test Drive This Weekend

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.


Photo: Gina Tricot

Now that summer is fast approaching (the season unofficially started after Memorial Day, but officially starts on June 21), my makeup bag is more minimalist than usual. When I’m in a setting where the sun is beaming and the water is splashing, the last thing I want is a full face of (melting) makeup, which is why “keep it simple” is definitely my beach beauty mantra.

Inspired by Aussie model Shanina Shaik’s look above, here’s a roundup of four products that will help my channel a similar so-fresh-and-so-clean vibe this weekend.

1. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($10): I can’t stop talking about this adorable little lifesaver. Although it’s meant to groom your tiniest lashes, it’s also a great overall mascara to tote in your back pocket or little pool party clutch. To look as fierce as Shanina, apply a light coat after jumping in the water.

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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.


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