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Rock a Red Lip on the Big Day:

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 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 best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.


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When it comes to wedding day beauty, many brides opt for a classic look: glowing skin, smoky eyes, and pink or nude lips. But there’s another classic look we love: bold lipstick. And while we’re fans of a vintage red lip, there are so many other ways to show off this look; it works for modern, boho, and traditional brides alike. Here are our favorite bridal bold lips from—and some tips on how to score a gorgeous crimson pout.

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The Search for the Ultimate Red Lipstick


Lancôme ROUGE IN LOVE in Rouge Saint Honore

My recent editorial stint at Birchbox isn’t entirely to blame for my sudden infatuation with red lipstick. But my co-workers wholeheartedly supported my newfound fixation, and I was suddenly inundated with lipsticks, glosses, and stains in various shades of crimson, brick, and scarlet.

As methodical as I usually am (very), there was no real strategy to my sampling. I smeared on the proffered color and solicited feedback. This one was too glossy, that one was too matte; this one made me look like the blow-up doll in Old School, that one aged me. I tended to like pink- and blue-reds over reds with orange-brown undertones, and preferred a bit of shine, but not too much.

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Sneak Peek! Smashbox’s Limited Edition “Love Me” Collection



Valentine’s Day normally conjures up images of gourmet chocolates and long-stemmed roses, but this year I have my sights set on a different kind of gift: Smashbox’s recently unveiled limited edition Love Me collection.

Yesterday, I got to ogle the new goodies and meet the man behind the makeup: renowned artist Curtis Kulig. In 1999, Kulig moved from North Dakota to New York City, picked up a can of spray paint, and began emblazoning the words “Love Me” on rooftops and billboards all over the city. He quickly gained a cult following, and now the tag can be seen on everything from Van’s sneakers to Tokyo street signs.

Inspired by Kulig’s signature aesthetic, the collection features bold colors and sleek, modern packaging. These are a few of our favorites from the line that’s now available in select department stores and Sephoras:

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Get Taylor Swift’s Beauty Look in Just 5 Steps



Taylor Swift is, without a doubt, one of 2012’s leading ladies. Thanks to her best-selling album Red (1.2 million copies sold in one week, thankyouverymuch) and some love life ups and downs (here’s looking at you, young master Kennedy), the Nashville-based country pop star was never ever ever too far from the spotlight.

But beyond the career and romantic escapades, Tay Tay also established a signature look this year: bold red lips, eye-grazing fringe, and a much more sophisticated style—and we totally want to steal it for ourselves. Luckily, the beauties at JolieBox have deciphered how to score her style in just a few steps.

Here’s how to get Taylor’s look.


Happy 2013! Our staffers have a long list of new year’s resolutions. What are yours?

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Rocking Red Lips

Some girls’ beauty routines are intensive labors of love, while others adhere to a minimalist philosophy. I definitely fall into the latter category. My AM routine usually involves hitting the snooze button to steal a few more minutes of beauty sleep, so I don’t have tons of time to apply makeup. 

But even though I have a lackadaisical beauty style, you would never know it. Why? I’ve mastered a way to rock bold red lips in just three steps. 

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The Votes Are In: You’re So Over Ombre Highlights and Nail Art

Earlier this month, we revealed the results of Beauty Pulse Survey, including the trend that respondents were most excited about (beachy waves, duh). But what about the meh factor? Respondents said that they are totally over ombre highlights and nail art—the trends tied, each with 22 percent of the vote. That said, the Birchbox community is generally trend-loving, with 36 percent of respondents still psyched about all the trends we listed. If you’re ready for something new, we have suggestions for you.

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How I Learned to Wear Red Lips: Guest Blogger

Raw and honest, Rachel Wilkerson’s blog, The Life & Lessons of Rachel Wilkerson, is captivating and heartfelt. Covering the trials and tribulations of her personal life, her blog gives advice on everything from the serious (like moving house, which is so stressful) to the mundane (fun nail art!) and everything in between. We appreciate anyone that keeps it real the way she does, so we’re excited to have her as this week’s guest blogger. 

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved iconic red lips. But loving red lips is different from wearing (and rocking) red lips. Here’s how I learned to pull them off.

1988. My dad gives me an acting kit with waxy stage makeup pencils in blue, black, red, and white. I request red lips and a beauty mark. A three-year-old with red lips? Alas, the lips are wearing me and not the other way around.

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