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Join Us In Celebrating International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day! To bring more attention to the holiday, new movement #RockTheLips is trying to get one million women to wear red lipstick today. The Birchbox staff is definitely doing its part to spread the word, just take a look at all the ladies of our office sporting crimson puckers—and the men are even showcasing kiss marks on their cheeks!

Tweet at us with a picture of yourself in your favorite red lipstick using hashtag #RockTheLips and we’ll add you to our Pinterest board!

- Rachel

Anyone can wear red lips, you just need to find the right shade.  

Two-Toned Lips: Hot or Not?

Photo: Refinery 29

Hot on the heels of two-tone manicures, dual-hued lips are emerging as an offbeat holiday trend. The makeup mavens over at Refinery 29 suggest using a lip brush to apply a classic burgundy red on your bottom lip, then filling in your top lip with a complementary shade of dark pink. But personally, I’m not so sure I have the courage to rock this bold look. What do you think: are two-toned lips wearable? 

—Mai


 Before you head to all those holiday parties, pick up an on-trend lip color from the Birchbox Shop. 

Which Red Lipstick Would You Buy?

Calling all Birchbox fanatics: we need your help! We’re trying to decide which is the perfect shade of red to add to our catalog (just in time for the holidays!) and we want your input. We sent three staffers (Mai, Meredith, Charlie) with varying complexions to try on shades from our new favorite line, Beauty is Life. Check out the pics below and tell us which is your favorite. We’ll add whatever shade gets the most votes in the poll below to our site — how many other companies let YOU choose what they sell?

1) Color: Royal

Our Take: This dark berry was the deepest color we tried — not for the timid!

2) Color: Kingdom

Our Take: Not as dark as the first, this shade might be our fave. It’s cheerful and bright, with nice blue undertones.

3) Color: Red

Our Take: The brightest of the three, this is a great retro cherry red.

Tell us what we should add to the Birchbox Shop by voting in our poll below!

I Love Redheads: Happy 100th Birthday, Lucille Ball

Before Tina, Chelsea, or even Joan — there was Lucy. The original funny lady would be turning 100 tomorrow, August 6th, and her signature look is still unique. Ball’s curly, flame-colored updo, immaculate brows, extra-long lashes, and red lips are as recognizable today as they were 60 years ago. If for some reason you’ve never watched I Love Lucy, I suggest you head over to Hallmark Channel, where they’re airing a 48-hour marathon starting tomorrow at 6 am.

-Lorelei

Find your own signature beauty in the Birchbox shop.

Guest Blogger: We Heart This’ Five Steps to Red Lips

Photo courtesy of We Heart This

This week, we have Stef and Tyna of We Heart This blogging all about grown up beauty. Today, Stef muses on mastering the staple of sophistication: the red lip.

One of the best things about being older (there are a few good things about aging, honest!) is that I can now proudly wear red lipstick, and gloss, and not feel like a kid who’s raided her mom’s makeup drawer. With age comes the confidence to pull it off (which is the case with most things in my life now, but that’s another post entirely). I always encourage people to try a red lip, especially the ones who are determined that they can’t. With these five simple steps, even the red-shy can be wearing it proudly!

1. Start with a gloss: The simplest way to bring red into your life is with a gloss, preferably one with very light pigmentation (Fresh’s Sugar Shag is a good choice). Anyone can easily master the ‘just eaten a cherry popsicle’ look. Too much? Take that first baby step with a tinted lip balm, like Burt’s Bees in Rose or Red Dahlia.

2. Move on to a sheer lipstick: Once you’re comfortable with red in gloss form, add a bit more pigment with a sheer lipstick. Pat it on with your fingers for a subtler look. If you’re still unsure, keep your makeup simple to avoid feeling too made up.

3. Determine whether you’re cool- or warm-toned: The quickest way to determine your tone is to look at the veins on the back of your arms. If they are more bluish, you’re likely to be cool-toned. If they have a green cast, you’re warm-toned. What does this mean as far as red goes? Warm-toned ladies should look for reds with orange, yellow, or brown undertones (a brick red would be perfect). Cool-toned gals are going to look best in blue-based red or those with pink undertones (think cherry or wine). Confused? Get thee to MAC! You won’t find more red lipsticks anywhere else. Try on shades such as: Chili, which is a brownish orange-red, and Lady Bug, which is a yellow red, whereas Ruby Woo, Russian Red or MAC Red are all bluish red.

4. Exfoliate your lips: Nothing ruins a bright pout (red or otherwise) faster than chapped lips. A bit of prep will assure you’ve got a smooth canvas to work with. I love Sara Happ’s The Lip Scrub, but you DIY girls can make your own with sugar in a base of just about anything (Vaseline, honey, and cocoa butter all work great).

5. Invest in a lip brush: I’ve heard countless tips — from applying foundation to your lips (hello, cakey!) to lining the whole lip with a pencil first — but I’ve found the best way to apply is slowly, carefully, and with a lip brush. You’ll have more control of your application, which assures a cleaner, more precise line. Give red a try, ladies! You’re only five steps away from a more glamorous you — I promise.

Watch our matte lips tutorial and step into a bold new world.

Check out our favorite liptastic products in the Birchbox Shop.

Beauty Resolution: Experiment with Lip Color

In 2011, I resolve to have more fun with lip color. For a really long time, I’ve been stuck in a sheer pink gloss rut because it’s just so easy to apply and it works well with my fair complexion. Next year though, I plan on amping up my daily lip color routine by experimenting with super-vibrant hues, like bright reds for the rest of winter and warm corals come spring and summer. To pull off these shades the right way, I’ll not only be looking to invest in some new lipsticks, but also a couple of quality lip liners (precision will be key to getting these looks right). — Meredith

Read Lipstick Queen Poppy King’s tips on rocking red lips. Our Quick Fix guide has solutions for all your lipstick-related snafus. If you’re feeling bold, try this season’s hottest color: orange.