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.
Although my go-to party look is a super-smoky cat eye and a rich rouge pout, some occasions deserve more experimentation. While perusing for New Year’s Eve beauty inspiration, I stumbled upon this brilliant editorial in French magazine Madame Figaro. Although the feature is meant to promote three of the season’s fiercest headbands, it also showcases three fantastic makeup options for this year’s ultimate party.
(Photo: Madame Figaro)
1. Victorian Vixen: Channel your modern Marie Antoinette by dipping into your spring pastel palettes for this look. After filling in brows, lightly apply Make Up For Ever’s #93 Irish Green (an exact match) or Stila’s Night Sky (a charming blue alternative) around the entire eye. Complete the look with a few coats of Alicia Silverstone for Juicy Beauty’s Pure Kissable Lip Color for the perfect pink pucker and a swipe of a creamy blush, like Jouer’s Poppy. Top your messy bun with a standout bejeweled headband and you’re good to go!
Show: Cynthia Rowley
Hair: Duffy for Amika
Makeup: Lottie for Make Up For Ever
The Vibe: Individualized looks. For hair, that meant tailoring each style to the specific model. “Each girl is going to be treated separately,” said Duffy, the lead stylist for Amika. “Some may have their hair up, some might have it loose, but we’re working with their face shape and outfits.” The hairstyles themselves were centered around loads of texture, which was achieved through three different techniques. First, the models’ hair was rough dried with the hands and saturated with mousse, as well as styling products containing alcohol to dry it out. Next, small sections of hair were wrapped around hair pins in a figure eight and then set onto the pins using soon-to-launch Cynthia Rowley Amika Styler. Other small sections were then wrapped tightly around curling iron barrels the width of a pen to create tight ringlets. “I want you see the three different textures, but I don’t want you to see three defined sections,” said Duffy, who was emphatic about melding the hair together using only his hands once the pins had been pulled from the hair.
We’ve got a little girl crush on singer-songwriter Madi Diaz. The songstress grew up in Lancaster, PA, the middle of Pennsylvania Dutch country, before attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music. (You might also recognize her from the 2005 documentary, Rock School.) Equal parts pop and country-tinged Americana, her debut single Let’s Go has been playing on repeat at Birchbox HQ. Earlier this month, we saw Madi play live at the Mercury Lounge and loved her retro-tinged style and rock star long locks. We caught up with the talented road warrior to find out her tour must-haves. Click through for Madi’s everyday beauty necessities.
This week we’re lucky to have Natalie Zfat as our guest blogger. As the co-founder of The Road Tested, a product review site committed to delivering honest, fearless critiques of beauty’s biggest brands on the road, Zfat is more than up for the challenge. In fact, she could do this sort of thing in her sleep. Zfat first got into the world of products and electronics while working in the editorial department at Rolling Stone, and now spends her time editing TRT and and working at New York events startup Poison Ivy.
We’re not sure if there’s a better setting to test eyeliner than at Jared Leto’s 30 Seconds to Mars Hurricane music video party, held last week at the Museum of Sex. The 300 twenty-somethings in the crowd seemed to agree, bringing their favorite liners to the Neil Strauss-hosted Q&A. Sure it was seven p.m. on a Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t rage!
Make Up For Ever’s Kohl Pencil eyeliner in Black 1K, injected with mango seed oil and Vitamin E, kept our eyes hydrated and gazes fierce for the nearly three-hour party. It even held up long enough to grab drinks with our pal Strauss after the show, and stare seductively at the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman. If you give us a chance, Jared, we promise we’ll share.
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