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The 3 Coolest New Nail Trends from Fashion Week 

Over the last few fashion weeks, nails have become just as important as the hair and makeup. This past season was no exception and we were delighted by all the bold colors and creative designs that we spied. After taking it all in, we’ve narrowed down all the incredible looks to our top three favorites. Will you be trying any of these trends?  

1) Studs: Deborah Lippmann for Kate Spade NY 

The bright pink talons at Kate Spade NY perfectly matched the Pop Art-and NYC-inspired fall collection. We’re definitely picking up some metallic pyramids to affix to our nails ASAP. Plus, we can almost guarantee we’ll be seeing more almond-shaped nails on celebrities and trendsetters this fall. In fact, Deborah Lippmann called it the “nail shape of the season.” 

2) Oil Slick Motif: Essie for Rebecca Minkoff 

These multi-tonal oil slick nails were not only prettyaccording to the lead manicurist Michelle Saunders they were so easy to do that one of the models did her own nails. Click through to see how to get the look yourself.

3) Picture Framing: Color Club for Charlotte Ronson 

The nails at Charlotte Ronson’s show are always inspiring. Remember last season’s wave nails? This season, nail artist Simcha Whitehill (aka Miss Pop) created picture frame nails that really stood out. Whitehill gave us the deets on creating the look ourselves and having tried it with some success, we feel confident that with a little practice, this style isn’t too hard to do. 

—Lorelei

Want to get inspired for spring nail looks? Take a look at our 10 favorite designs from the spring 2013 shows.

Backstage at Fashion Week, The Birchbox Guide to Awards Shows, Curling Irons and Burnt Hair and More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news you need to read this weekend. Don’t forget to join us on Sunday for our live Twitter coverage of the Oscars!

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  • How To: Match Your Personality to the Awards Show: The Oscars are this Sunday! (If you didn’t know that, we can’t be friends.) We’re extra excited for the show, but even if the high glamour of the Dolby Theatre isn’t for you, we’ve got the awards show with your name on it. 
  • Birchbox Man March 2013 Box Preview: Three things appear in this video which have us totally envious—golf ball juggling, long-neck beer bottle koozies and fancy leather shoe horns. Belated Valentine’s day presents, anyone? 

  • A Cautionary Tale of Curling Irons and Burnt Hair: We couldn’t believe this gasp-inducing video—this young beauty guru managed to completely burn off a section of her hair with just her curling iron. 
  • 5 Reasons Girls Type Like Thiiiiiissss: Female tendencies to elongate words with extra vowels has been a buzzy topic of discussion on the interwebs this week—from The Atlantic to New York Magazine. Herewith, a quick guide to understanding all the extra lettersssss.

Catch up on all the week’s news with our Morning Must Reads.

Bare Lashes: The Fashion Week Trend We’re Trying Right Now

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We loved New York Fashion Week’s attention-grabbing beauty trends like burgundy lips and messy halo braids. But in the midst of all the big, bold looks for this fall, there was one beauty product that was conspicuously absent on many of the runways: mascara. DKNY, Lacoste, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and several other shows featured models with clean lashes that drew attention away from the eyes and instead focused it on features like flawless skin or pouty lips. We admittedly feel a bit naked without a quick swipe of mascara before heading out the door, but this new modern look has us considering leaving the makeup bag staple behind and trying something different.

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A MODEL’S NYFW DIARY: MARCHESA

When it comes to high fashion, model Alana Zimmer is one of the biggest names in the industry. Some of her latest accomplishments: starring in the current Akris and Givenchy Beauty ad campaigns and walking in the Armani Privé and Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture shows last month in Paris. The Canadian beauty headed to the Big Apple for New York Fashion Week and did her second backstage photo diary for us, a collection of supercool pics from a model’s perspective! 

1. Tight backstage! A model having her dress sewn minutes before the show.

2. Fresh makeup by Gucci Westman. Chignon by Odile Gilbert.

3. Models getting ready for rehearsal

4. Rich red pedicure by Sally Hansen

5. Closeup of the embroidery on one of the dresses

6. Sui He’s vibrant dress being hung up after the show

Don’t miss the rest of Alana’s behind-the-scenes NYFW coverage. Check out even more of her Model Diaries.

A MODEL’S NYFW DIARY: MICHAEL KORS

When it comes to high fashion, model Alana Zimmer is one of the biggest names in the industry. Some of her latest accomplishments: starring in the current Akris and Givenchy Beauty ad campaigns and walking in the Armani Privé and Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture shows last month in Paris. Currently the Canadian beauty is in the Big Apple for New York Fashion Week and doing her second backstage photo diary for us. Check back each day for more of her supercool pics from a model’s perspective! 

1. Me in my Matrix-style shades

2. Bette having her ponytail perfected

3. Close-up! Latex tape was used for the shiny ponytail holder. Hair by Orlando Pita.

4. Direction for the makeup look designed by Dick Page

5. Close-up of the eye look

6. Caviar cream shadow by Shiseido

7. Close-up detail of Marie’s lasered skirt

8. Close-up of Romina’s look

—Alana

For more behind the scene pics, check out our Fashion Week photo coverage.

The Birchbox Editors’ Fashion Week Diaries

This New York Fashion Week, our editors, photographers, and guest contributors raced around the city from show to show for a preview of the beauty trends that will be huge for Fall 2013. We put this video diary together to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the hairstylists, makeup artists, and models that bring the fashion shows to life. If you’ve ever wondered what really happens backstage, here’s your chance for an inside glimpse. Enjoy!

—Lorelei

For more Fashion Week coverage, check out our photo stream.

Miss Ladyfinger at Milly

For New York Fashion Week Fall 2013, we couldn’t have landed a better nail correspondent (put that title on a business card!). Taryn Multack, the genius behind Miss Ladyfinger, initially started her blog as a way to translate fashion trends to manicures. Since those early days, she’s partnered with top designers and brands. She’ll be reporting all of next season’s must-try hues and designs.

Walking into the backstage area before the Milly show, anyone else might have noticed the models. Not me. I spied the holographic pieces of the collection from across the room and immediately started salivating. I went closer for a better look, and there was so much to see. Digitized prints, new fabrications, and the aforementioned holographic items were to die for, so it was no surprise the nail look was a little more subdued.

Michelle Saunders, lead manicurist for Essie, smiled at me as I was envisioning all the nail art I could make from the show. “I know there’s a lot we could have done in the way of nail art for this collection, but we wanted something that would help make the collection shine,” she admitted. The result was Power Clutch by Essie—a dark neutral gray with green undertones—inspired by menswear. 

According to Michelle, picking the right gray is less about skin tone and more about the season. “For spring, you can play with lighter grays, like dove and French grays, but for fall, pick darker ones.” To get the look, apply two coats of Power Clutch and top it with Good to Go by Essie. 

—Taryn

For more Fashion Week 2013 behind-the-scene pics, check out our photo stream. 

7 NYFW Street Style Beauty Looks to Copy Right Now

At New York Fashion Week Fall 2013, the insanely cool outfits, spot-on make up, and lush locks outside the shows impressed us just as much as the trends we peeped backstage. And considering the crazy weather (including a little storm called Nemo), it took a lot of work to look impeccably chic. As an ode to the gorgeous ladies who nailed it—in sky-high heels, naturally—we put together a slideshow of our favorite beauty looks. 

1. Sea of Shoes’ Jane Aldridge rocked vivid strawberry-blond hair and bright lips.

2. Samantha, an Assistant Editor at WGSN, paired blunt bangs with barely there face makeup and a classic red pout.

3. Model Mariana protected her sensitive skin and dyed locks from sun damage with ginormous designer shades and a cozy fur hat.

4. Fashion blogger Kim (pictured at right) pulled off impressive retro-inspired cat eyes.

5. Seventeen Accessories Editor Jasmine kept it casual with a sleek topknot.

6. Kelly opted for slicked back strands—and yes, of course, she’s a model.

7. Just when we though ombre hair was quickly becoming passé, we crossed paths with Serena. The foodie and fashion blogger made the look seem totally fresh. 

—Ally

Want to see more Birchbox snaps? Check out all our photos from NYFW.

Miss Ladyfinger at Reem Acra

For New York Fashion Week Fall 2013, we couldn’t have landed a better nail correspondent (put that title on a business card!). Taryn Multack, the genius behind Miss Ladyfinger, initially started her blog as a way to translate fashion trends to manicures. Since those early days, she’s partnered with top designers and brands. She’ll be reporting all next season’s must-try hues and designs.
If you’re craving a new nail look but can’t bring yourself to give up your go-to products (trust me, I can’t!), New York Fashion Week unveiled a way to get a brand-new look using your favorite polishes. 
Backstage at Reem Acra, two iconic Essie polishes combined and layered to create a manicure that matched the dark red lips the models were sporting. One of Essie’s lead manicurists, Gina Edwards, created the look using Bordeaux and Sole Mate. “Start with two coats of Bordeaux, followed by two coats of Sole Mate and you’re good to go,” she explained. “The red comes through the deep purple, creating a powerful statement.” 
 
Takeaway: Customize your own shades using polishes you already own. The effect is subtle, dimensional, and a great way to amp up your favorite colors.
 
—Taryn
 

Retro Updos and Hues Reimagined at Badgley Mischka

We’ve come to expect serious glamour from the duo that dresses A-listers like Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, and Eva Longoria. And Badgley Mischka’s Fall 2013 collection didn’t disappoint. For their latest catwalk triumph, the designers drew inspiration from Alfred Hitchock’s femme fatales (think Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren).

Playing on the collection’s cinéphile theme, Moroccanoil’s lead hair stylist Peter Gray created a retro-inspired updo with a modern twist, while nail guru Deborah Lippman debuted a classic red polish from her upcoming Holiday 2013 collection.

To construct the ‘do, Gray started by weaving a classic-school girl braid from the nape of the neck to the top of the crown and fastening the braid with an ecstatic. Next, he fashioned the un-braided fringe into pin curls, pinned down and reinforced with a one-inch barrel curling iron. Finally, he gently racked a wide paddle brush through the wavy rolls on the top of the head to create an undone French brioche shape.

While we watched him work his magic backstage, Gray gave us some practical tips for pulling off the look: never braid clean hair and spritz hair spray onto yours palms for better grip. Gray explained that the finished product complemented the collection’s “long silhouettes and elongates the neck fantastically.”

We also got a chance to catch up with nail guru Deborah Lippmann. Her unreleased Red Silk Boxers polish added instant pizzazz to the models’ nails. And while the 1950s-inspired hue is classic, it dries to a trendy matte finish. Lippmann predicted that matte and textured polishes would be a huge fall trend: “Finish is huge for Fall—it’s definitely no longer about a pretty sheer pink.”

We expect we’ll be seeing these two looks a lot more come September. 

-Ally

Missed the first couple days of #nyfw? Don’t worry. You can catch up by checking out all our backstage coverage.