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The 5 Fall Makeup Trends to Try Right Now

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? 


Phillip Lim fall 2013. (Photo: Courtesy of NARS)

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The 3 Coolest New Nail Trends from Fashion Week 

Over the last few fashion weeks, nails have become just as important as the hair and makeup. This past season was no exception and we were delighted by all the bold colors and creative designs that we spied. After taking it all in, we’ve narrowed down all the incredible looks to our top three favorites. Will you be trying any of these trends?  

1) Studs: Deborah Lippmann for Kate Spade NY 

The bright pink talons at Kate Spade NY perfectly matched the Pop Art-and NYC-inspired fall collection. We’re definitely picking up some metallic pyramids to affix to our nails ASAP. Plus, we can almost guarantee we’ll be seeing more almond-shaped nails on celebrities and trendsetters this fall. In fact, Deborah Lippmann called it the “nail shape of the season.” 

2) Oil Slick Motif: Essie for Rebecca Minkoff 

These multi-tonal oil slick nails were not only prettyaccording to the lead manicurist Michelle Saunders they were so easy to do that one of the models did her own nails. Click through to see how to get the look yourself.

3) Picture Framing: Color Club for Charlotte Ronson 

The nails at Charlotte Ronson’s show are always inspiring. Remember last season’s wave nails? This season, nail artist Simcha Whitehill (aka Miss Pop) created picture frame nails that really stood out. Whitehill gave us the deets on creating the look ourselves and having tried it with some success, we feel confident that with a little practice, this style isn’t too hard to do. 


Want to get inspired for spring nail looks? Take a look at our 10 favorite designs from the spring 2013 shows.


When it comes to high fashion, model Alana Zimmer is one of the biggest names in the industry. Some of her latest accomplishments: starring in the current Akris and Givenchy Beauty ad campaigns and walking in the Armani Privé and Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture shows last month in Paris. Currently the Canadian beauty is in the Big Apple for New York Fashion Week and doing her second backstage photo diary for us. Check back each day for more of her supercool pics from a model’s perspective! 

1. Me in my Matrix-style shades

2. Bette having her ponytail perfected

3. Close-up! Latex tape was used for the shiny ponytail holder. Hair by Orlando Pita.

4. Direction for the makeup look designed by Dick Page

5. Close-up of the eye look

6. Caviar cream shadow by Shiseido

7. Close-up detail of Marie’s lasered skirt

8. Close-up of Romina’s look


For more behind the scene pics, check out our Fashion Week photo coverage.

The Birchbox Editors’ Fashion Week Diaries

This New York Fashion Week, our editors, photographers, and guest contributors raced around the city from show to show for a preview of the beauty trends that will be huge for Fall 2013. We put this video diary together to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the hairstylists, makeup artists, and models that bring the fashion shows to life. If you’ve ever wondered what really happens backstage, here’s your chance for an inside glimpse. Enjoy!


For more Fashion Week coverage, check out our photo stream.

Miss Ladyfinger at Milly

For New York Fashion Week Fall 2013, we couldn’t have landed a better nail correspondent (put that title on a business card!). Taryn Multack, the genius behind Miss Ladyfinger, initially started her blog as a way to translate fashion trends to manicures. Since those early days, she’s partnered with top designers and brands. She’ll be reporting all of next season’s must-try hues and designs.

Walking into the backstage area before the Milly show, anyone else might have noticed the models. Not me. I spied the holographic pieces of the collection from across the room and immediately started salivating. I went closer for a better look, and there was so much to see. Digitized prints, new fabrications, and the aforementioned holographic items were to die for, so it was no surprise the nail look was a little more subdued.

Michelle Saunders, lead manicurist for Essie, smiled at me as I was envisioning all the nail art I could make from the show. “I know there’s a lot we could have done in the way of nail art for this collection, but we wanted something that would help make the collection shine,” she admitted. The result was Power Clutch by Essie—a dark neutral gray with green undertones—inspired by menswear. 

According to Michelle, picking the right gray is less about skin tone and more about the season. “For spring, you can play with lighter grays, like dove and French grays, but for fall, pick darker ones.” To get the look, apply two coats of Power Clutch and top it with Good to Go by Essie. 


For more Fashion Week 2013 behind-the-scene pics, check out our photo stream. 

7 NYFW Street Style Beauty Looks to Copy Right Now

At New York Fashion Week Fall 2013, the insanely cool outfits, spot-on make up, and lush locks outside the shows impressed us just as much as the trends we peeped backstage. And considering the crazy weather (including a little storm called Nemo), it took a lot of work to look impeccably chic. As an ode to the gorgeous ladies who nailed it—in sky-high heels, naturally—we put together a slideshow of our favorite beauty looks. 

1. Sea of Shoes’ Jane Aldridge rocked vivid strawberry-blond hair and bright lips.

2. Samantha, an Assistant Editor at WGSN, paired blunt bangs with barely there face makeup and a classic red pout.

3. Model Mariana protected her sensitive skin and dyed locks from sun damage with ginormous designer shades and a cozy fur hat.

4. Fashion blogger Kim (pictured at right) pulled off impressive retro-inspired cat eyes.

5. Seventeen Accessories Editor Jasmine kept it casual with a sleek topknot.

6. Kelly opted for slicked back strands—and yes, of course, she’s a model.

7. Just when we though ombre hair was quickly becoming passé, we crossed paths with Serena. The foodie and fashion blogger made the look seem totally fresh. 


Want to see more Birchbox snaps? Check out all our photos from NYFW.

Miss Ladyfinger at Reem Acra

For New York Fashion Week Fall 2013, we couldn’t have landed a better nail correspondent (put that title on a business card!). Taryn Multack, the genius behind Miss Ladyfinger, initially started her blog as a way to translate fashion trends to manicures. Since those early days, she’s partnered with top designers and brands. She’ll be reporting all next season’s must-try hues and designs.
If you’re craving a new nail look but can’t bring yourself to give up your go-to products (trust me, I can’t!), New York Fashion Week unveiled a way to get a brand-new look using your favorite polishes. 
Backstage at Reem Acra, two iconic Essie polishes combined and layered to create a manicure that matched the dark red lips the models were sporting. One of Essie’s lead manicurists, Gina Edwards, created the look using Bordeaux and Sole Mate. “Start with two coats of Bordeaux, followed by two coats of Sole Mate and you’re good to go,” she explained. “The red comes through the deep purple, creating a powerful statement.” 
Takeaway: Customize your own shades using polishes you already own. The effect is subtle, dimensional, and a great way to amp up your favorite colors.
Anne Hathaway Gets Feathered Bangs, Taylor Swift Opens Up to Elle, and More
Are feathered bangs back in? Anne Hathaway’s wispy addition to her pixie cut makes us want to follow in her footsteps. [Glamour]
Taylor Swift speaks out on boyfriends, insecurities, and love on the March cover of Elle. []
Set your DVRs on February 26 for the inspiring, empowering PBS documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America. [Pretty Connected]
Kelly Clarkson rocks a glitzy, custom-colored manicure by Deborah Lippmann at the Grammys. [Huffington Post]
Karlie Kloss is taking over NYFW with a Kookie truck! The model is teaming up with NYC bakery Momofuku Milk Bar (home of the irresistible “crack pie”) to pass out her dairy- and gluten-free cookies today at Fashion Week locations. [Fashionista]
From frayed brushes to frizzy fly-aways, InStyle provides intel on how to solve 20 pesky beauty problems. [InStyle]
Hungry for more from NYFW? Birchbox has you covered! 
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Anne Hathaway Gets Feathered Bangs, Taylor Swift Opens Up to Elle, and More


Hungry for more from NYFW? Birchbox has you covered! 

(Photo: Getty Images)

Slick, Stick-Straight Strands at Theyskens’ Theory

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.

Yesterday’s Theyskens’ Theory show at Moynihan Station was a celebration of futurism. From trapeze-like dresses to boxy sweaters paired with A-line skirts, every look that stormed down the custom runway illustrated why Olivier Theyskens is one of today’s most exciting talents.

To complement the show’s minimalist-cool point of view, Kérastase lead hair stylist Odile Gilbert created a fresh, simple look. “I wanted the hair to be very straight and silky this season,” said Gilbert.

After creating a middle part and straightening hair with a flat iron, she secured the front side pieces behind the head with an elastic, creating a faux headband look. The stylist used Kérastase Mousse Substantive, Kérastase Resistance Double Force Controle Ultime and Kérastase Double Force to keep the ‘do in place.

When asked about collaborating with the designer, Gilbert explained that they keep their individual realms separate. “Olivier does clothes and I do hair. We understand each other and have been working together for 12 years.” Theyskens has certainly met his match.

- Natalie

For more runway coverage go to our New York Fashion Week photo feed.

Perfectly Imperfect Makeup by Bobbi Brown at TIBI

Saturday evening at Pier 59, Bobbi Brown Lead Makeup Artist Kimberly Soane called the Tibi girl “urban and confident.” The makeup was meant to look like the models did it themselves, imperfect and slightly smudged—”almost like they’ve tried to wipe it away.” We’re loving the heavily lined lower lash line. According to Soane, the trick to pulling the look off is to line the upper lashes as well, only using a thinner line up top. “Liner on the top and bottom opens the eye. Liner on the bottom only drags the eye down.”

Also making an appearance backstage: Fashion Week manicurist extraordinaire Jin Soon Choi, using new polishes from her JINsoon line. Models wore shimmery shades of grey, green, red, and black with a matte topcoat “Matte Maker” over the top. The contrast of the shimmer and matte gave nails a dimensional, velvet appearance. According to Choi, she was inspired to shift away from her traditional high-gloss manicures by TIbi designer Amy Smilovic’s designs that combined color and utility. 


Catch up on all the Birchbox editors’ backstage snapshots on the Birchbox NYFW site