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The New Smoky Eye at Jill Stuart

What’s better than the perfectly crafted smoky eye? An updated version that uses bold, unexpected hues. This morning at Jill Stuart, lead makeup artist Diane Kendal created a new take on the old classic by using an earth-toned palette. “It’s faded hollywood glamour,” said Kendal. “We’re doing a really soft greasy eye using brown-reds.” To get the look, Kendal used a Jill Stuart brown pencil right along the lashes that was blended above and then a Kryolan grease paint blended up and around the eye. To help carry the color down throughout the face, MAC Cremeblend Blush was used only on the cheeks, and a light stain of Korres Cheek Butter in Chara Crimson was used on the lips. 

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Perfectly Undone Hair and Lilac Eyes at Jill Stuart

The Show: Jill Stuart

The Hair: Odile Gilbert for Kerastase

The Makeup: Diane Kendal for Jill Stuart Cosmetics

The Vibe: Cool and undone. The hair was a lesson in bedhead. Odile Gilbert, head stylist for Kerastase said, “We’re not brushing the hair because we want that cool look: easy, fresh, very stringy.” To get the look, “we’re using Mousse Substantive, and then drying the hair with only a dryer and our hands. From the mousse we go to Fibre Architecte and finish with a hairspray.” Read on for the makeup.

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Jill Stuart Nails for Advanced Artists: Guest Blogger

You may have noticed that here at Birchbox, we have a deep, abiding love for all things nails. Which is why nail artist extraordinaire Taryn Multack, a.k.a Miss Ladyfinger, is a great fit as this week’s guest blogger. Multack, who’s spent time working at fashion staples like Oscar de la Renta and W Magazine, uses trends and looks straight from the runway to create gorgeous, imaginative designs for her digits. The most impressive part? She does all of her art while keeping a day job in the fashion world. This week, she teaches us how to make our nails just as fabulous as hers.

The year is winding down and travel season is under way. Whether you’re headed somewhere warm, or claiming real estate next to the fireplace at home, I’ve got the perfect nail art for you. Jill Stuart’s opening look from her spring 2012 line is the a great hybrid design: it hints at spring with a fun Palm Springs motif, yet it’s totally holiday appropriate with its festive red hue. For this advanced tutorial, I used a nail art brush with Choco-Latte by Sally Hansen and Lollipop by Essie.

Click through for a step-by-step tutorial on how to do this Jill Stuart look yourself.

1. Prep your nail with base coat.

2. Apply your nude color to your whole nail.

3. Draw a V at the bottom of your nail using a nail art brush dipped in red polish.

4. Using the photo as a guide, outline a palm tree motif on one half of the nail.

5. Mirror the same design on the other half of the nail.

6. Fill in the design with red.

7. Top off with Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat and you’re all set! Gorgeous Jill Stuart nails ready for a night out on the town.

In the mood for another shade of eye-popping red? Try this polish by Deborah Lippmann.