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The Perfect Pedicure Colors to Compliment Marais USA’s Spring Line

SANDALS

Top: Woven Sandal in Blush, $88, maraisusa.com; Color Club Polish in Peace Out Purple, $8, birchbox.com. Bottom: Espadrille Wedge in Denim, $110, maraisusa.com; Zoya Polish in Sooki, $8, birchbox.com

WEDGES

Top: Oxford Espadrille in Navy, $125, maraisusa.com; RGB Polish in Dove, $16, birchbox.com. Bottom: T-Bar Wedge in Clay, $160, maraisusa.com; Deborah Lippmann Polish in Naked, $16, birchbox.com

I am really picky about shoes. Like hyper picky. In my opinion, someone can be wearing a super-cute outfit and if their shoes aren’t that great, it ruins the whole thing. Not to mention, I believe you can easily distinguish between the trendy and the truly stylish by their footwear. 

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Spring Must-Have: Chantecaille’s Entire Collection

If yesterday’s gorgeous weather here in New York was any indication, winter has decided to give us a break and let spring roll in a little early. No complaints here. After seeing Chantecaille’s latest collection, I’m more than ready for the seasonal shift—and their new launches will be factoring prominently in my spring makeup lineup.

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Spring’s 4 Hottest Polish Shades: Nailing It

Operations associate, Loren, has a thing for nails- and we can’t blame her. We love reading about new finishes and fun techniques, so we thought we’d give her a weekly slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related. Check back every Thursday for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.

After watching all the gorgeous bright and blush-tone gowns flow down the red carpet at the Golden Globes on Sunday, I got inspired for spring colors. Based on how awards season has started and the spring 2012 shows, I’ve picked the four shades I think will be blossoming on everyone’s nails come warmer weather. Take a look and let me know the polishes you’ll be springing for in comments!


Canary Yellow: Yellow is going to be B-I-G for spring. Designers like Derek Lam, Rodarte, BCBG (above), and Diane Furstenberg all incorporated this sunny shade in a significant way into their collections. To spread the love to your digits, try China Glaze’s Shunshine Pop from their new Electropop Collection.

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Karlie Kloss’ Top 5 Lipstick Looks From Spring 2012: Guest Blogger

We’re suckers for a bright red pout, but this week’s guest blogger, Julianne Carell, is even more addicted to bold lips than we are. In fact, her blog, PeaceLoveLipstick.com, is an ongoing ode to her favorite makeup category, covering everything from news to helpful application tips. This week, the lipstick-lover is showcasing her obsession on our site — check back each day for a new dose of lip color inspiration!

One of my favorite models is Karlie Kloss. From ad campaigns to Vogue spreads, her beautiful face is everywhere. Love her as much as I do? Well, you’re in luck because I rounded up some of her best beauty looks from the spring 2012 shows. Enjoy!


Prabal Gurung: Charlotte Tilbury for M.A.C. outlined lips with Pro Chromagraphic Pencil in Process and then filled them in with a mixture of Lip Mix in Burgundy and Fuchsia.


Dior: Makeup artist Pat McGrath chose from three shades of red at Dior depending on each model’s outfit and skin tone.

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Bill Blass Does Bold Liner — And Little Else

While liner on the upper lids has been a huge hit both on and off the runway for a while (could the retro cat eye look be any more popular?), liner underneath the eye hasn’t been as big of a trend. At the Bill Blass show last Thursday, however, there was dramatic black liner on only the lower lashline — not to mention very little makeup anywhere else. “We wanted to do something to make [the models] look younger and edgier,” said lead makeup artist for the show, Lisa Butler. “The clothes are so classic that it needs that twist to it.”

From far away it wasn’t as noticeable, but up close you could see that the liner extended out slightly beyond the eye. (It sort of reminded me of the undereye upsweep that stila pro artist Sarah Lucero did for the fall 2011 Rebeca Minkoff show.) “We kicked the liner out at the corners to make it look a little punky,” explained Butler of the cool effect, which was created by using MAC’s Technakohl Graphblack Eyeliner. So easy and  so fresh, I’m hoping that dramatic liner on the lower lashes makes a real comeback well before next spring.

—Meredith

If you’re into this look, check out Sue Devitt’s Eye Intensifier Pencil.

J. Mendel Goes More Grunge Than Glam

I’ve been covering fashion shows for a few seasons now, and I’m rarely surprised by anything that goes on backstage. But at yesterday’s J. Mendel show, revered Revlon makeup artist Gucci Westman threw me for a loop. “There’s not really a clear inspiration, per se,” said Westman when I asked her about the look. What? No inspiration?! Despite being a little startled, I continued the interview. “It’s kind of a more cool, futuristic girl,” explained Westman.

Revlon’s Gucci Westman doing makeup for Karolina Kurkova backstage at J.Mendel

Aside from the fresh, dewy skin (courtesy of Revlon’s Age Defying Spa Face Illuminator), my favorite part was the smudgy eye makeup. A mix of greys, browns, metallics, and pearls, Westman was applying a range of moody shades. “It’s very like how these kind of girls would wear their makeup,” said Westman. “It’s edgy, it’s tougher. It’s the opposite of glamorous.”

Karolina Kurkova

The models’ hair also echoed the-night-before vibe with TIGI stylists working diligently to create coarse, stiff styles using copious amounts of Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray. “It’s a bit sort of Debbie Harry-inspired. A bit punky, a bit grungy,” said Paul Hanlon of TIGI about the severe look.

Karlie Kloss

Parted off to the side and matted down with plenty of Session Series Work It Spray, the models all rocked netting over their hair up until showtime. “It’s to press the hair to keep it flat,” explained Hanlon of the temporary lunch-lady effect. “The idea is to make it look like they’ve had a hat on.” Intentional hat hair? You’ve gotta love fashion week.

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Hervé Léger Shows Strong Hair and Brows

"It’s very Art Deco meets Navajo Indian," said Bumble and bumble editorial stylist Neil Moodie of the hair look at today’s Hervé Léger show. After preparing the hair with Bumble and Bumble’s Prep Spray and Styling Lotion, stylists pulled the hair back into three separate ponytails and attached them all together. “You get this very sort of streamlined, sort of structure running over the back of the head,” explained Moodie. The result was a very edgy and wearable look. (Bonus: It’s not that hard to do yourself, so now I just need to figure out the right outfit to give this look a whirl.)

As excited as I was for more hair inspiration, I was even more thrilled to find out that the makeup look had a major emphasis on the brows. “Our inspiration is a very strong woman so there is a focus on beautiful clean skin and a strong brow,” said Corey Bishop, the global lead artist for Temptu. He assured me that brows are going to be “all the rage” again for spring and that airbrushing is a great way to fill them in and define them. “We don’t want a chiseled theatrical brow,” explained Bishop. “With the airbrush, you get kind of a diffused edge on both side, so it gives it the strength without the drawn-on kind of fake look.”

—Meredith

If you don’t own a airbrushing machine, but want beautiful brows, check out our offerings from Anastasia.

butter LONDON for Yigal Azrouel’s Cut25 

butter LONDON’s Founding Creative Director, Nonie Creme, is one of our favorites to watch every Fashion Week. At yesterday’s Yigal Azrouel’s Cut 25 presentation, she debuted what she’s calling an ombre nail, but we think looks more like ikat. Here’s what Creme had to say about the look:

We created bespoke mixes for the look at Yigal Azrouel’s Cut25 - Salmon Pink, 80’s Turquoise, and Pastel Pistachio. This is a butter London moment of greatness!  Introducing the “ombré” manicure - softly layered, fabric woven-like nails that perfectly accent the woven jewelry here, the ultimate accessory. This is about visual texture; a loose, artistic nail art- I’m all about “fine art for nails” no palm trees or sunsets please!”

Lorelei

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