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VMA Highlights, Tory Burch’s Beauty Line, And More 
When *NSYNC reunited on stage at last night’s VMAs, our hearts soared. Can there be an encore performance?!? [Just Jared] 
And in case you missed any of the scantily-clad, barely-there frocks from yesterday’s red carpet, you can take a look at all of the what-not-to-wear moments here. [Huffington Post] 
The SoulCycle founders open up about how they got their business off the ground, where they look for inspiration, and why being their own customer is so important. [Refinery 29] 
The first photos of Tory Burch’s forthcoming beauty line have been revealed. [SheFinds]
Blemish be gone with help from one of these handy concealer palettes. [Beauty High] 
Here are our top 5 tips to faking flawless skin. 

VMA Highlights, Tory Burch’s Beauty Line, And More 

Here are our top 5 tips to faking flawless skin. 

5 Tips For Faking a Flawless Face Every Day


Not all of us are born with perfect skin. If you’re like me, your face doesn’t exactly glow like a goddess when you wake up in the morning. Some women can walk out the door with just a swipe of mascara and a dash of gloss, but for me, I need at least a bit of concealer (okay, maybe A LOT of concealer) to feel presentable. I’ve accepted my imperfections but I’ve also learned a few tricks for faking flawless skin to use when I need a little extra help. Here are my favorite 5 tips:

1. The Benefit Primer That Outlasts Birchbox Co-Founder Katia’s 15-Hour Day

The very first step in having long-lasting, flawless makeup is using a great primer. After working hard to perfectly blend your foundation, there’s nothing worse than having it break up or smear throughout the day. That’s why I’ve added this Stay Flawless Primer from Benefit to my makeup arsenal. It holds up for 15-hours, which means you won’t have to worry about your makeup sliding or wearing off. 

2. Top Beauty Blunders: Foundation Blending

Now that we’ve got our face primed, next is foundation and concealer. While it may seem easy enough to blend out your base makeup, a lot of women fall victim to disastrous foundation situations. From mismatched shades to concealer abuse, these top beauty blunders expose the most common foundation blending mistakes and how to fix them. 

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Top Beauty Blunders: Foundation Blending

Blending your foundation is an essential skill that every makeup-wearing gal should know. A great base not only sets the stage for your entire makeup look, but it also ensures that people are looking at you and not your poor makeup job. We’ve all seen unfortunate cases of mismatched foundation, too-bright concealer, awkwardly covered brows, and more. 

Here, Birchbox staffer Deepica shows us how to avoid these top beauty blunders. (We can admit it: We’ve all fallen victim to at least one of these issues at some point.)

What are some of your biggest beauty blunders?


Got your foundation blending down pat? Check out these 4 Essential Eye Looks to add to your beauty résumé.

The Window Thigh Dress, Red Lipstick as Concealer, and More
Georgia May Jagger introduces a brand new window dress trend. [Huffington Post]
Makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff shares a must-try red lipstick trick for deep skin tones. [Huffington Post]
Throwing a Cinco de Mayo party this weekend? Try one of these 10 recipes for a healthy entreé option. [Greatist]
Estée Lauder launches its first new scent in a decade. [BellaSugar]

Introducing a new skincare system to your face? Try this “moisture sandwich” trick to help ease the process. [Glamour]

Have you seen our Birchbox Man channel? Check it out to learn a ton of cool grooming tips and much more.
(Photo: © Harry Pluviose ./Retna Ltd./Corbis)

The Window Thigh Dress, Red Lipstick as Concealer, and More


(Photo: © Harry Pluviose ./Retna Ltd./Corbis)

Places We Wish We Were Right Now: Come See Benefit + Birchbox Next Week!


Public service announcement: Next Tuesday and Wednesday we’ll be throwing a few awesome events with Benefit—and we want to meet you! If you’re in LA or Connecticut, swing by the locations listed below for some serious treats including a complimentary brow shaping courtesy of Benefit’s experts, delicious libations, and a special Benefit + Birchbox gift box. Click the links below to RSVP for the events and come say hi! 

Los Angeles


Don’t worry! Even if you can’t make it to the events, you can still score your very own Fakeup in the Birchbox Shop.

The 4 Greatest Beauty Matchups, a 36-Hour Spa Weekend, Finding the Right Concealer, and More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news you need to read this weekend.


  • The 4 Greatest Beauty Matchups of All Time: There’s no better March matchup than a classic rivalry: Kansas vs. Kansas State, Georgetown vs. Syracuse, Duke vs. North Carolina—the list goes on. In the spirit of college ball’s most memorable face-offs, we bring you four of the greatest beauty showdowns ever.
  • The 36-Hour Spa Weekend: Need to recharge? Try Brooklyn. Birchbox Man shows you how to spend a day and a half shopping, eating, and grooming like a true monarch in the county of kings.
  • How to Find the Right Concealer for You: We’ve all suffered from the various face problems that require a bit of cover-up — acne, scars, blemishes, undereye circles, etc — so here’s a mini-guide to find the perfect concealer for you.
  • Our Latest BB Cream Obsession: MarcelleIf there’s been one game-changing product from the last year, it’s BB Cream (and CC Cream), and we’re head over heels for this one from Marcelle that comes in three very different shades for all skin tones.


This weekend is the perfect time to catch up on our March magazine issue. Browse all our articles and videos here

How to Find the Right Concealer for You


Last week my aunt shot me a semi-despairing email that plaintively asked, “Candice, what’s a concealer that really covers dark circles?” She had unsuccessfully tried several formulas that wouldn’t even last through a normal workday, and was in need of some serious help. Her note reminded me that in the wide world of concealers, it’s important to know which formulas are best suited to your particular concerns so you choose the best product.

Since I’ve suffered from every face malady requiring a concealer—acne, scars, blemishes, undereye circles, the list goes on—and my combination skin poses its own set of challengesI decided to come up with a mini-guide on how to find the perfect concealer for you.

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Sky-high Hair at Chanel Pre-Fall 2013, Pizza Hut’s Fragrance, And More

For pre-fall 2013, models at Chanel got tall, teased, Elizabethan-style ‘dos and crazy-cool graphic black liner. [Beauty High]
How to choose the right concealer for your skin tone. [Beautylish] 
Nails Inc. is bringing leather-textured manis stateside with their Bling It On Black Leather & Skulls nail set.  [SheFinds]
Thanks to enthusiasm from social media, Pizza Hut is launching its own pizza-scented perfume. [Fashionista] 
Gold leaf nails are a major trend right now. Here’s how to create your own gilded mani with foil from a craft store. [BellaSugar]

Once you’ve found the perfect concealer, be sure to use the right technique! Here’s how to use Benefit Cosmetic’s concealers to hide all your skin woes. 


Sky-high Hair at Chanel Pre-Fall 2013, Pizza Hut’s Fragrance, And More