How to Find the Perfect Shade of Foundation
Finding the perfect shade of foundation can make you feel like Goldilocks—it’s so hard to find one that is just right. Recently we had some of our Birchbloggers, a community of bloggers who get the exclusive on all things Birchbox, over to our office to find their perfect shade with makeup pro, Alison Raffaele. Since Alison’s foundation line makes finding your ideal match a no-brainer, each blogger left with her true foundation and concealer color in hand. Here, we share our top five takeaways from our morning with Alison:
1. 90% of the time you’ll want your foundation and concealer to be the same shade.
2. Don’t overdo it; there is nothing worse than trying too hard.
3. The proper order to apply your makeup is foundation, concealer, powder.
4. Never match your face to the color of your neck. Instead, match it to your upper chest. You want your whole body to look the same color.
5. Always apply concealer to the bottom of your nose; everyone is red there!
And because Alison won’t always be there to help you color match, check out our trusty Find Your Shade category to help you with your next order.
Struggling with applying your makeup? Learn how to apply foundation perfectly here!
Whether you’re new to the eye makeup scene or interested in going back to the basics, we’ve rounded up the four eye looks that you need to know. From a work-appropriate cat-eye to bold, eye-popping liner, we’re touching all the bases so you can rock your gorgeous peepers in any setting.
1. How To: Neutral Cat-Eye
Cat-eyes tend to fall on the dramatic side of eye looks but for those of us who want a more subtle look, here’s how to get a cat-eye that’s clean and neutral. Using a gel eyeliner like Cailyn Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner guarantees precision and lets you decide how thick or thin you want the line to be.
Etiquette guru Anna Post has flawless professional style. (Photo: WTS International)
We’ve all experienced the pre-interview jitters. The only thing worse than scrutinizing our resumes for the umpteenth time? Worrying about how we look. Since fall marks the start of recruiting and job-hunting season, we sat down with etiquette expert Anna Post (who happens to be the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post) to get tips on the makeup to wear for an interview in a more corporate work setting, and how to stay classy once you’ve landed your dream job.
Ever since Lorelei blogged about Los Angeles’ newly opened Blushington, I’ve been wanting to check it out myself. I stopped by the beauty mecca yesterday and left with a slew of pro tips.
The sunlit boutique is comfortable and stylish, with 14 tricked out beauty stations, not to mention rooms for waxing, lash extensions, and tinting. While it’s tempting to go for the regular makeup application (at $35, a complete steal), it’s Blushington’s classes that sets them apart. The goal, says Founder and CEO Stephi Maron, is to change the way people think about beauty. “It’s not just about makeup,” she says. “It’s about confidence, and feeling good.” Blushington offers basic one-hour Makeup 101 sessions, where you are encouraged to bring in your own products so a pro can teach you how to use them, plus a two-hour advanced class, and a special 45-minute New Mommy makeup tutorial.
I sat down with makeup artist Michele Des Groseillers to find out about the most frequently requested techniques, common makeup mistakes, and more. Click through to find out what I learned.