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What’s on the Birchbox Editors’ Desks: Makeup Artist Edition

In case you couldn’t tell by our posts earlier, today was video shoot day at Birchbox! That means arriving extra early to our studio, going through scripts, setting up the perfect camera angles, and best of all…having makeup artist Nam Vo work her magic! We thought we’d take the opportunity to show you Nam’s desk o’ makeup. This is a lot for even us to take in!

1.     Notice the amazing set of Jouer cream eyeshadows near the center of the image? Color us insanely jealous - Nam actually has the entire Jouer makeup collection to use on her editorial shoots.

2.     Another Birchbox favorite, the Laura Mercier Transluscent Powder mattifies our shiny foreheads so we look as polished at the end of the day as we did at 8AM. Quite a feat for a single product. 

3.     Smashbox High Definition Foundation smooths our models’ skin and gets them ready for filming in HD. No visible pores here!

Holy makeup brushes, Batman!

-Lorelei

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Nam Vo Stops By, Dissects My Desk

Our favorite makeup artist, the inimitable Nam Vo, stopped by this afternoon. Not only did she come bearing red velvet twinkies from Lulu Cake (unreal), but she also gave us a few impromptu makeup tips. To Meredith: “Remember, your eyebrows are sisters, not twins. Let them each have their own shape.” She also rummaged through all the various products on my desk and picked out her favorites.

YSL Rouge Volupte Provocative Pink: I love this. It’s a hot tamale.

Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow in Golden Retriever: This is so pigmented. The gilded bronze is perfect for hazel and green eyes.

Ling Skincare Ginseng Therapy Moisture Mask: I go to Carol at Ling’s for my facials. She does all the models and she’s amaaaazing.

By Terry Gloss Delectation in Mandarina: Full pigment - this is beautiful. I’d wear this with a wash of champagne shadow on my eyelid - very springy, summer.

Pangea Balancing Oil: When I was younger I would always look for things that were oil-free. Now that I’m a little bit older I’m all about oils. So good for your skin!

Dr. Gross All-in-One Cleanser with Toner:  My roommate actually works for Dr. Gross so I get to try everything — so lucky. This is my favorite face wash because it’s gentle and makes my skin feel moisturized after.

Check out other treats in the Birchbox Shop.

Watch Nam do her thing in our latest video, How to: Matte Lips.

Look like a Teenage Supermodel with Rodin Oil

Do the dew. The dewy face, that is. Nam, one of our favorite makeup artists, says pressed powder is a surefire way to look dated. She usually skips powder altogether, or uses an ultrafine translucent powder to set makeup. But if you’re not a teenage supermodel, you may need a little help to get your complexion glowing. And that’s where Rodin Oil comes in. Veteran fashion stylist Linda Rodin tinkered for a year to come up with the perfect blend of essential oils that would nourish her skin and give it a beautiful sheen. Blended from 11 essential oils, including jasmine, sweet almond, and neroli, Rodin smells heavenly, sinks in easily, and makes skin look healthy, not greasy. Since launching, her creation has become an insider favorite; makeup artists use it to give models a luminous glow and celebs buy it buy the liter to use as a highlighter and calming oil. Nam suggests using it anywhere you’d use highlighter - on your cheekbones, browbones - or mixing it with tinted moisturizer. Despite the price (approximately $140 for the face oil) Rodin has trouble keeping it in stock and has even rolled out special body and hair formulations.

Fake Lash Fun with Nam Vo

Oh how we love Nam Vo. She breezed into our office today, all bouncy hair and glowing skin, for a combination catch-up and technical help session (check out her new blog!). In return, she showed us her new obsessions: Kre-at False Lashes, which are incredibly high quality. She tested them out on me (lucky, I know!) and I was amazed at how natural they look. The difference, she says, is that the lashes are individual clusters that you carefully insert in between your lashes using tweezers. Applying false lashes this way looks more subtle than simply plopping on a band of false fringe because a real lashline is uneven anyway. “It’s like a wig versus extensions,” she says. Nam made it look incredibly easy, simply dipping each clump into a tiny bit of glue and then placing them on my lashline — in reality, it’s a little trickier. I’ll report back once I try it myself!

More of Nam’s picks and tips soon!