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Top 10 Most Inspired Makeup Looks at NYFW

Usually when we’re backstage at fashion week, we gravitate towards makeup that’s exaggerated or particularly bold, and typically that means it isn’t very real-world friendly. For spring 2014, however, most of what we loved could easily be translated into a more standard day-to-day or evening out look. After much consideration, here are our top picks that we can’t wait to test out ourselves. 

  1. Marchesa: Who says you have to wear light lip colors in the spring and summer? Global Artistic Director for Revlon, Gucci Westman, bent the seasonal rules (bravo!) by applying a deep purple to lips. (Photo: Courtesy of Revlon)
  2. Rag & Bone: Another great lip color and another look by Gucci Westman, the citrus pouts at Rag & Bone had every beauty expert predicting this would be the “it” hue for next year. (Photo: Courtesy of Revlon)
  3. Jason Wu: A picture may be worth a thousand words, but this image doesn’t do the eye makeup at Jason Wu justice. Diane Kendal for Lancôme achieved shimmering rose gold lids that were both romantic and dramatic. (Photo: Courtesy of Kerastase)
  4. DKNY: The matte, almost stained orange pouts really stood out at DKNY. To get this particular look, artist Charlotte Willer for Maybelline first applied a nude lipstick to act as a base and make the orange really pop. (Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline)
  5. Cynthia Rowley: Given that Cynthia herself likes to surf, it was no surprise that the designer’s favorite pastime found its ways into the beauty inspiration. Sarah Lucero for stila made the girls look like they had gotten some color by applying a rosy hue to cheeks and the bridge of the nose, as if they had just come in from the beach. She finished everything off with the most amazing shiny pink gloss. (Photo: Courtesy of stila)
  6. Lela Rose: If you had told us a few weeks ago that chartreuse shadow could look cool, we would have said no way. Romy Soleimani proved us dead wrong at Lela Rose. (Photo: Courtesy of stila)
  7. Carmen Marc Valvo: Reaffirming that dewy is dead, makeup artist Uzo for Nars chose to do matte skin, which resulted in retro sixties-inspired eyes that really stood out.  (NARS)
  8. Helmut Lang: While we loved the fall-esque deep cherry lip, the flushed cheeks that Hannah Murray for Nars created at Helmut Lang were a unique highlight. Instead of using blush, Murray used a crimson lipstick and lip pencil and then blended with her fingers. (Courtesy of: Nars)
  9. Kate Spade: Barbie-meets-Sophia Loren was the vibe at Kate Spade. To achieve that effect, Neil Scibelli for Jouer created a double cat eye using contrasting white and black liner. 
  10. TIBI: The bold streaks of striking white shadow by Alice Lane for Maybellne brought all the focus to the eyes at Tibi.  (Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline)

Check out more of our NYFW coverage here. 

Top 10 Eye-Catching Manis From Spring 2014’s NYFW

The days of over-the-top nail art manis may be behind us, but plenty of designers opted for colors and designs that were memorable at the Spring 2014 shows. Here’s a look at our absolute favorites and get this: so many of these ideas are actually wearable! 

  1. Ruffian: The brand is known for its signature crescent moon mani and this season, nail artist Cheryl Natoli took the look to new heights by extending the darker accent color further up the nail. What’s even cooler? She used only shades from Ruffian’s first lacquer collection, which is exclusive to Birchbox(Photo: Tom Newton)
  2. Mara Hoffman: Using Hoffman’s trademark prints as inspiration, nail artist Honey for Maybelline created bright orange flourishes that stood out nicely against the nude base color. (Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline)
  3. Prabal Gurung: Candy-color nails were done best for spring at Prabal Gurung, where nail artist Ana-Maria for Sally Hansen was being mindful to contrast lip and nail colors. (Photo: Courtesy of Sally Hansen)
  4. Tadashi Shoji: This opalescent matte nail created by Katie Hughes for butter London was such a stunner in large part because of its simplicity. (Photo: Courtesy of Butter)
  5. Suno: Bright orange digits like these seen at Suno (courtesy of Maybelline) are predicted to be the hottest nail color for spring 2014. (Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline)
  6. Tibi: If you want to have a go at nail art, but don’t have the steadiest of hands, this look created by JINsoon is right for you. We’re particularly fond of it because the black lines only appear on three fingers on each hand. (Photo: Courtesy of JINsoon)
  7. Kate Spade: Cap toe shoes were the inspiration for Deborah Lippmann's punchy color-block design at Kate Spade. (Photo: Tom Newton)
  8. Rebecca Minkoff: Since the show was inspired by Frida Kahlo, manicurist Michelle Saunders for Essie decided on a Day of the Dead design. (Photo: Courtesy of essie)
  9. Cynthia Rowley: To get these blinged out manis, nail artist Casey Herman for Essie used a mishmash of blue, black, and two different sparkly topcoats.(Photo: Courtesy of essie)
  10. Charlotte Ronson: Nail artist Shelly Burns for Color Club opted for a uniform polka dot design that’s not just adorable, it’s also easy to replicate yourself.  

To take a look at other great NYFW trends, click here. 

The Top 10 Coolest Hairstyles At NYFW

New York Fashion Week may have ended last week, but we’re still reveling in the backstage festivities (and recovering). At this point, however, we’ve had some time to process it all, and we’re ready to deliberate on next season’s biggest trends and most fashion-forward looks. Today we’ve rounded up our favorite hairstyles, from the totally outrageous to the completely wearable. Check back tomorrow and Friday for our top makeup and manicure picks!  

  1. Rebecca Minkoff: The braided crown trend lives on! Frida Khalo was the muse for these unfussy updos crafted by TRESemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu. To create the style, she plaited three different ponytails into four-stranded braids before securing with pins.  (Photo: Courtesy of stila) 
  2. Zac Posen: Is there anything more romantic and feminine than white silk flowers strewn through hair? Odile Gilbert for Kérastase masterfully executed this hairstyle—and brides-to-be everywhere are swooning. (Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase)
  3. Cynthia Rowley: Surfer girl with edge was the style at Cynthia Rowley and Staci Child for Cutler/Redken pulled it off to a tee with her half beachy wave, half punky pulled back ‘do. (Photo: Tom Newton) 
  4. Marchesa: Goth glamour was the vibe at Marchesa, where stylist Odile Gilbert for Kérastase adorned strands with dark, moody plumage. (Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase) 
  5. Rachel Zoe: The perfect hybrid between a braid and a bird’s nest, this style is something you’d never want to do yourself (brushing that out must have hurt). That said, we’re so impressed by Antonio Corral’s fabulously frizzy plaits. (Photo: Courtesy of Moroccan Oil) 
  6. Alice + Olivia: When in doubt, a sleek, low bun is always a sophisticated choice. Stylist Nick Irwin for TIGI's pro tip was to add a shine spray, flat iron the hair, and then use mousse throughout the pony before coiling it to keep flyaways at bay. (Photo: Courtesy of TIGI)
  7. Jason Wu: Odile Gilbert for Kérastase can take credit for the stick-straight blunt ponys at Jason Wu. To add a hint of glam, he finished the minimalist look off with gold cuffed ponytail holders—a must-have accessory for next season. (Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase) 
  8. Kate Spade: Creating the perfect topknot might as well be an art form and hairstylist Tommy Bucket got it exactly right at Kate Spade. We especially loved that these chunky buns were slightly undone, which gave the hair a very effortless and real feel. (Photo: Tom Newton) 
  9. Mara Hoffman: Holy braid! The butt-grazing plaits by Nick Irwin for TIGI at Mara Hoffman were too long for real life, but we definitely plan to try a modified version of this style ourselves. (Photo: Courtesy of TIGI)
  10. Badgley Mischka: This delicate roll by Peter Gray for Moroccan Oil is so utterly sweet, we can’t stop staring. (Photo: Courtesy of Moroccan Oil)

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Big Apple Beauty at Kate Spade NY: Bardot Waves, Winged Liner, and Pop Art

At Kate Spade NY yesterday, classic New York—think 1970s Studio 54 and Andy Warhol—ruled. Lead artist Neil Scibelli for Jouer Cosmetics kept the makeup dramatic but clean, with an ultra-black cat eye and red statement lip. Scibelli also used Jouer’s Matte Moisture Tint to give model’s skin a soft, velvety finish. He said he wanted to give the models the “chic confidence of the New York girls of Kate Spade.”

Deborah Lippmann gave the models almond-shaped nails and either two coats of Fade to Black or a pink combination of Amazing Grace, Between the Sheets, and I Kissed a Girl with a gold gem near the cuticle. Lippmann said she was declaring almond the nail shape of the season.

The hair, by Tommy Buckett for Garnier, was mainly about big, bouncy waves achieved with pin curls—“Ask your mom if she still has her curlers from the 70s.” Buckett said that this is definitely “not a beach wave, this is full-on hair.” Ten girls also had sleek, center-parted low chignons, since Buckett said the show was also about celebrating individuality.

—Lorelei

Find more exclusive backstage pics on the Birchbox NYFW site.

Kate Spade Designed a Royal Handbag Named Pippa, Beauty Bloggers Storm Fashion Week, and More
Kate Spade has designed a Pippa Middleton-inspired handbag We’re fans of the classic style. [InStyle]
Why beauty bloggers are an increasingly frequent (and welcome) sight at NYFW. [New York Times]
Justin Timberlake follows in the footsteps of Marc Jacobs. Our favorite boy band graduate is the new creative director for Bud Light Platinum. [E! Online]
Prabal Gurung celebrates his new Target collection with a carnival (complete with carousel!). Pretty Connected has a first look. [Pretty Connected]
We’re buttoning our coats and lacing our boots: Come rain, snow or Nemo, NYFW will go on. [WWD]
It’s safe to say we’re a bit singleminded: click through for all the best in beauty at NYFW 2013. [Birchbox]
-Charisse
Birchbox arrives in style for London Fashion Week! Check out our hot pink cabs!
(Photo: Noisey)

Kate Spade Designed a Royal Handbag Named Pippa, Beauty Bloggers Storm Fashion Week, and More

-Charisse

Birchbox arrives in style for London Fashion Week! Check out our hot pink cabs!

(Photo: Noisey)

Drybar Styling Tools, Mindy Kaling’s Gift Guide, and More
Love getting blowouts from Drybar? This spring, you’ll be able to purchase Drybar styling tools so you can take the salon experience home with you. [The Cut]
Mindy Kaling created a gift guide for ShopBop that is just as ingenious and stylish as she is! [SheFinds]
Take a look back at the top 10 beauty tutorial videos of 2012. [Beauty High]
Let’s be real—it’s hard to eat healthily during the holidays. Here’s how to get rid of the seasonal bloat. [Glo]
The launch date for Kate Spade’s Saturday line is still TBD, but the lookbook for pre-fall 2013 is now available. [SheFinds]
(Photo: Drybar)
—Hallie
We’re so proud to see our very own Hayley Barna included in Forbes' annual 30 Under 30 roundup, which spotlights the most influential young entrepreneurs and innovators of the moment! 

Drybar Styling Tools, Mindy Kaling’s Gift Guide, and More

(Photo: Drybar)

—Hallie

We’re so proud to see our very own Hayley Barna included in Forbes' annual 30 Under 30 roundup, which spotlights the most influential young entrepreneurs and innovators of the moment! 

Kate Spade and Lipstick Queen Release Mini ‘Sprinkles’ Nail Polishes!

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These Kate Spade nail polishes look like sugar, spice, and everything nice! (Photo: nordstrom.com)

—Hallie

To see more from beauty legend Poppy King, be sure to check out her gorgeous Lipstick Queen line

Grace Atwood of Stripes and Sequins Shares Her Holiday Gift Guide

Ah, the holidays—the greatest gift-giving time of the year. We know how tough it can be to come up with the perfect present for every friend, acquaintance, co-worker, and loved one in your life, which is why we’ve turned to our favorite tastemakers to tell us what they’ve got their eye on this season. To help us kick things off, this week Grace Atwood of fashion and DIY blog Stripes & Sequins shares a few of her favorite picks. 

Hi Birchbox readers, it’s Grace here. I was honored when Birchbox asked me to participate in this fun series because I’ve always been a huge fan of the brand. (In fact, I was a beta member back when Birchbox only had twenty subscribers!) Click through to check out my holiday gift picks.

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Hostess Gifts for the Holidays: Guest Blogger

Nothing gets us giddy like a good wedding. Katelyn Koepke Lewis, one of our lovely freelance writers, got hitched this October and we couldn’t resist asking her to share her bridal wisdom. The former PR maven and J-school grad recently went back to her editorial roots, working as a feature writer and editor for Be U Weddings, a Chicago-based blogazine. This week, Katelyn’s sharing her newlywed advice, from bridal beauty tricks that you can use post-wedding to how to pick hostess gifts for your new in-laws.

While I can barely believe Thanksgiving is tomorrow (where did 2012 go?), I’m poised and ready for pumpkin cream cheese cupcakes, a tryptophan-induced nap, and lots of belly laughs courtesy of my new nieces and nephews. It’s also time to stockpile that often uninspired token of appreciation: the hostess gift. This year, I’m nixing the tried-and-true candle staple (although I could “ooh” and “ahh” over Diptyque’s all day) for something a bit more memorable. Here’s what’s on my gifting list this year:

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WWD Reports Luxe Beauty is “Booming” Once Again

According to John Demsey, group president of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.,“aspirational beauty is back.” (Photo: Annick Goutal Body Cream, Serge Lutens Nuit de Cellophane, and Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss)

—Hallie

Sock buns are a great way to keep your hair from being trapped under your scarf during the winter. Test out the style with our step-by-step sock bun hair tutorial!