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—Geraldine
 
Where are you headed this Independence Day weekend? Birchbox staffer Madelyne is headed for Disney World.

What’s The One Beauty Look You Wish You Could Pull Off (But Know You Can’t)?

You’ve probably heard by now that we’re teaming up with Glamour for our July Birchbox. To help celebrate this awesome partnership, the gracious Girls in the Beauty Department will be sharing their beauty expertise with us for an entire month. Lucky us!

I strongly believe that most women can get away with most trendy beauty looks, most of the time. But we all have that one thing we kinnnnnda know would never work for us, right? Well mine is…

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Out-there Beauty From the Paris Couture Shows

Cindy Louwho would approve of this unreal hairstyle on the Alexis Mabille runway. (Photo: bellasugar.com)

—Caroline

Check out more of our haute couture coverage.

Would You Dare Wear Neon Makeup?

Bright eyes and lips at Dior’s Couture show earlier this week. (Photo: style.com)

Neons have been a big hit all season, and the trend was particularly underscored earlier this week at Dior’s Couture runway show. Models strutted down the catwalk with bold lime green and shocking pink eyelids with matching false lashes to boot. The show’s makeup artist, Pat McGrath, also gave the girls eye-popping electric cerise lips to round out the look. 

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An Updated Version of the Smoky Eye Courtesy of Versace

Photo: fashionisingpictures.net

Haute couture has been showing in Paris this week, and we noticed a sexy new beauty look that popped up at Versace: an extra-bold, smoky cat eye with metallic accents.

Unlike the standard smoky look that finishes within the hollow of the eye, Versace’s version pushed the color out beyond the socket to the end of the brow. We loved that the primary color was an extra dark charcoal shade, but our favorite part was the shimmery gold highlight on the inner corner of the models’ eyes. It was such an unexpected pop of bright on an otherwise intensely monochromatic look.

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Olivia Palermo Inspires Me To Go On A Colorful Shopping Spree

NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Palladium, $24, narscosmetics.com; Valentino cat eye sunglasses, $275, solsticesunglasses.com; Deborah Lippmann Between the Sheets Polish, $16, birchbox.com (temporarily sold out, more in stock soon); Madewell Floral Croquet Dress, $79.99, madewell.com; Stila Eyeshadow in Mambo, $18, birchbox.com 

Olivia Palermo is truly a style icon. The New York socialite has been out and about in Paris this past week for the couture fall/winter 2011 shows.Throughout all the elegant events that coincide with the four-day affair, the trendsetter has been on a major sartorial roll. From Giambattista Valli to Valentino to Armani Prive and even the White Fairy Tale Love Ball, Palermo has stepped out in one covet-worthy ensemble after another. (I wonder how many suitcases she had to pack?) While I’ve adored her every fashion moment, I am particularly smitten with the outfit she wore front row at Stephane Rolland. The vibrant watercolor dress and dramatic purple accessories have me just itching to go on a shopping spree and incorporate some more color into my summer wardrobe. Inspired by her look, these are the items I’d love to buy.

—Meredith

For other bright product to make your look pop, visit the Birchbox Shop.

Cool, And Surprisingly Easy, Upside Down French Pony

Images from the Stephane Rolland fall/winter 2011 haute couture show.

While all the fashion at the haute couture shows (going on right now in Paris) is only aspirational, sometimes the beauty looks are actually attainable. At the Stephane Rolland fall/winter 2011 show yesterday, models’ lofty gowns and bold embellishments were accented by very dark makeup and one of the coolest hairstyles I’ve seen in a while: an upside down French ponytail. While I’m not crazy about the way that the hair was finished, with an oversize floppy loop resting on the forehead, I adore the very funky vertebrae-like back. Though it seems complicated, when I looked closer, I realized it’s actually really easy to achieve. Here’s how to get the style:

Start with a small amount of hair at the base of your neck and secure it into a pony with an elastic. Next, gather a little more loose nearby hair, pull it into your existing pony, and fasten with an elastic. Keep building your pony this way (like you would a French braid) until you hit the crown of your head. At this point, I would recommend putting the rest of your hair up in a bun instead of extending it any further (as they did in the show) for a truly wearable style.

Would you try this look?

—Meredith

Help get the adventurous hairstyle you’re itching to try by using products from the Birchbox Shop.

Summer Beauty Idea: Wear Your Blush As Eyeshadow

Backstage at yesterday’s Giambattista Valli haute couture F/W 2011 show in Paris. 

Summer beauty looks are undeniably my favorite. A fresh face is so youthful and pretty, and not to mention easy to achieve. Despite the fact that it was the autumn/winter collection, yesterday’s Giambattista Valli haute couture show in Paris has me inspired to try a new warm-weather style: using the same color on my cheeks and lids. This image of the lovely Melissa Tammerijin backstage showcases just how well a soft apricot shade can work as both a blush and a shadow—and effortless warm-weather beauty is all about paring down your products and asking them to do double duty. While not all hues of blush will work, steer clear of anything red or too dark, light tangerine and pink colors are perfect to create this feminine and vibrant aesthetic. The two products I’ll be using to get this look will be Laura Geller’s Baked Blush-n-Brighten in Pink Grapefruit as well as Benefit’s Dandelion.  

Would you wear your blush as a shadow? 

—Meredith 

Love coral makeup as much as we do? Check out our Peachy Keen editorial

The Prettiest Plaits Maybe Ever

Looks from the Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Haute Couture show. Photo: Stylelist

Couture isn’t just about beautiful ball gowns—it’s about taking everything to that ultimate, showstopping level, including makeup and hair. Yesterday we talked about our fascination with the flame-red uber-dramatic eyebrows that models sported during John Galliano’s Dior show. Today, we’ve fallen in love with another over-the-top look: pretty plaits. At the Alexis Mabille show, hairstylist Odile Gilbert did long braids woven with faux-flowers and vines. The result was the most beautiful princess-worthy hair we’ve seen in a while. Who can resist loving such a romantic, Rapunzel-perfect look? Even though you can’t wear this hairstyle in real life, a girl can fantasize.

—Meredith

For lovely locks of your own, take a look at our favorite hair products in the Birchbox Shop.