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How to: The Ombre Lip Fade

Take a quick twirl through Pinterest and you’ll notice that along with hand-crafted mason jar chandeliers, two-toned lips are having a major moment. The purposefully faded look draws attention to your face and lets you show off two of your favorite lip hues. Here, our always-chic French coworkers show us how to pull off this secretly simple makeup style.

—Ally

For more tips and tricks, check out Birchbox on Pinterest!

Our Top Beauty Predictions for 2014

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We don’t have a physic on call, but we do have access to an impressive group of bloggers, makeup artists, and skincare gurus. We reached out to our favorite experts and tapped their trend-spotting powers to find out what will be hot—and what won’t—come 2014. Click here to check out their predictions.

—Ally

Searching for a beauty trend you can pull off right now? Here are 3 supercool ways to update your mani for fall

Dispatch from Seoul: Gradient Lipstick is Huge Right Now

South Korea has become ground zero for beauty innovation in the last few years (BB creams, anyone?). Lucky for us, former Birchbox copywriter Mai is teaching English in Seoul this summer—and sending us weekly updates about her finds in beauty, food, and beyond. This week, she gives us the scoop on the hot lipstick trend sweeping the nation. 

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Korea is always one step ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to beauty trends—so allow me to predict that by this time next summer, American women will be wearing gradient lipstick, a look that’s being sported by approximately 98 percent of the female population right now in Seoul. (Okay, that’s me guesstimating a little, but it seems like everyone is wearing it!)

While this trend may sound as bold as, say, bright blue eyeliner, it’s actually demure and natural-looking when done right. I learned from my photogenic subject Irene that the best way to get the look is to start by dusting your lips with a beige face powder, apply a nude lipstick, then finish with a bolder hue. Read on to get the full scoop! 

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VIDEO: Top Three Summer Beauty Trends

Even though summer doesn’t officially start until June 20th, we’re in full on warm weather mode over here. We’re planning vacations, dreaming of the beach, and pulling out all our favorite beauty products for summer. Lucky for you, Candice has already scouted out the three most important trends this summer. Watch our video to learn more. 

Looking to sass up your ponytail? Try this easy three-product look.