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How to Get the Most Out of Your Pre-Wedding Makeup Trial:

We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of, a wedding inspiration and e-commerce site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind will be sharing their expert advice for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.


(Photo by: Anne Robert Photography on Bridal Musings via

Most brides who have their wedding makeup professionally done opt to do a test run before the big day. This is a great idea; it ensures that you and your makeup artist are on the same page beforehand, so you don’t end up looking like an ’80s beauty queen for, say, your boho wedding. Here are our tips for getting the most out of your test-run session.

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How To Get The Airbrushed Look Without the Hassle

At last week’s Birchbox video shoot, we were lucky enough to have the fabulously talented Reiva Cruze on set. In addition to rocking some seriously stylish turquoise specs from Xray, she also shared some of her pro tips.

Cruze, with her awesome Xray glasses, at our shoot.

Cruze is a master at airbrushing and loves the way it looks. But she knows that most people aren’t attempting to do it themselves. She says you can get a similar effect by using airbrush foundations as tinted moisturizer—just smooth it on with your fingers or a synthetic foundation brush. Or, for a more sheer look, Cruze likes to mix the foundation with a silicone-based primer like Temptu Pro’s S/B Primer.

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