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Look Fresh for the Weekend with This Pretty Makeup Tutorial
Hooray! It’s the first official weekend of summer—except it’s terribly grey and rainy if you’re in New York. In honor of the first few spots of sunshine for the year (everywhere else), we’re going to be rocking this easy-breezy makeup look all weekend.
All you need is soft purple eyeshadow, sheer pink gloss and a pop of color on the cheeks. Learn how to create the simple look yourself from makeup artist Stefanie Syat in this video:

Look Fresh for the Weekend with This Pretty Makeup Tutorial

Hooray! It’s the first official weekend of summer—except it’s terribly grey and rainy if you’re in New York. In honor of the first few spots of sunshine for the year (everywhere else), we’re going to be rocking this easy-breezy makeup look all weekend.

All you need is soft purple eyeshadow, sheer pink gloss and a pop of color on the cheeks. Learn how to create the simple look yourself from makeup artist Stefanie Syat in this video:

How to Transition Your Eye Makeup From Day to Night

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Makeup artist Stefanie Syat is a regular at our monthly video shoots, where she keeps us camera-ready and even makes the occasional star turn. Yesterday, she came by to check out our new digs and, naturally, we used the opportunity to get some real-time beauty advice. 

We took advantage of her seemingly bottomless store of product knowledge to solve the ultimate busy gal’s dilemma: (quickly!) transitioning eye makeup from day to night. Equipped with just theBalm® cosmetics’ Balm Jovi Rockstar Face Palette (which you can buy for the next 24 hours in today’s Discovery Dash sale!) she showed us how to get a mini 5 o’clock makeover. Click through to learn how she transformed our PR and Events Coordinator Jamie! 

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The New Year’s Eve Makeup Look That Will Kick 2013 Off on the Right Foot

New Year’s Eve is just three short days away, and for us that means it’s time to break out the glitter! Whether you’re attending a big, fancy shindig or a small gathering with friends and family, you want to feel special as you leap into 2013. We’ve got just the look for you—watch as makeup artist Stefanie Syat transforms Birchbox staffer Deepica for a big night out. 

—Lorelei

Even if you don’t want to go all out with glitter, you can still look special on New Year’s Eve. Editorial Director Mollie shows us her go-to special occasion makeup look

Turn Down the Lights to Turn Up the Makeup: Guest Blogger

It’s no secret that we absolutely love finding out makeup artists’ insider tips, which is why we couldn’t be happier to have beauty maven Stefanie Syat on the blog this week. (You may have seen her work on our staffers in Birchbox’s Fall Lookbook from earlier this year.) Syat is also the founder of Pre-Dame, a New York-based makeup party service that comes to you at any location and helps you prep for a night on the town. Stay tuned all week for even more of Syat’s expert tricks!

Marilyn fully appreciated dramatic makeup that really made an impression. (Photo: lifewith4boys.com)

Do you ever feel like you’re not wearing any makeup as you head out for the night, even though you spent 30 minutes in front of the mirror getting ready? If you’re buying the right products, studying countless YouTube tutorials, and you still feel like your eyes don’t have that pop, you could be glamming up in light that’s just too good.

One night this week, try this: step away from the magnified mirror, dim those awfully bright bathroom lights, or better yet, take the beauty session into your bedroom—anywhere that the light is more “moody.” This will force you to apply your eye shadow and liner with a heavier hand since it’s hard to see what you’re doing.

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Post-Dame Makeup: Guest Blogger

It’s no secret that we absolutely love finding out makeup artists’ insider tips, which is why we couldn’t be happier to have beauty maven Stefanie Syat on the blog this week. (You may have seen her work on our staffers in Birchbox’s Fall Lookbook from earlier this year.) Syat is also the founder of Pre-Dame, a New York-based makeup party service that comes to you at any location and helps you prep for a night on the town. Stay tuned all week for even more of Syat’s expert tricks!

Don’t miss the rest of Stefanie’s great tutorials—here are even more makeup tricks from Pre-Dame.

How to Turn Problem Skin into a Flawless Complexion: Guest Blogger

It’s no secret that we absolutely love finding out makeup artists’ insider tips, which is why we couldn’t be happier to have beauty maven Stefanie Syat on the blog this week. (You may have seen her work on our staffers in Birchbox’s Fall Lookbook from earlier this year.) Syat is also the founder of Pre-Dame, a New York-based makeup party service that comes to you at any location and helps you prep for a night on the town. Stay tuned all week for even more of Syat’s expert tricks!

(Photo: healthcare9.com)

Last week, I received an email from my friend asking for some pointers on her skin: “I know nothing about it. Help!”  Here are some quick tips and tricks to give problem skin a flawless look in just a few minutes. Follow the steps below to even out redness and cover blemishes without masking your entire face. 

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Birthday Girl Glam Makeup: Guest Blogger

It’s no secret that we absolutely love finding out makeup artists’ insider tips, which is why we couldn’t be happier to have beauty maven Stefanie Syat on the blog this week. (You may have seen her work on our staffers in Birchbox’s Fall Lookbook from earlier this year.) Syat is also the founder of Pre-Dame, a New York-based makeup party service that comes to you at any location and helps you prep for a night on the town. Stay tuned all week for even more of Syat’s expert tricks!

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Bridesmaid Beauty Bootcamp

This weekend, my best friend from college is getting married in Charlottesville, VA. Since the weather is going to be a steamy 100 degrees (yes, you read that right), I am taking my makeup seriously. After all, I don’t want to look like a melted bridesmaid in all the photos! I called on my friend Stefanie Syat, founder of PreDame parties and genius makeup artist, for a crash course in pretty, long-lasting bridesmaid makeup.

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Perfect Your Brows With Makeup Artist Stefanie Syat’s Tips

Makeup artist Stefanie Syat gives Mollie some much-needed brow advice.

We’re on set with Birchbox Man today, lending a helping hand and moral support. Pre-Dame founder and all-around awesome makeup artist Stefanie Syat is here too, and we’re selfishly picking her brain. In addition to her commercial and editorial work, she also hosts tons of makeup tutorial parties. At her most recent one, Syat taught seven girls how to master their brows. “Most of the girls were either not filling them in or using a pencil the same color as their hair.” Syat says that’s a common mistake. You should be using a lighter pencil/brow color and aiming to shade in the skin underneath the hairs to give the brow a fuller, more fresh look. “You don’t want a harsh, defined brow,” Syat says.

Syat has a foolproof technique for applying color. Start at the inner corner of your eye and apply in an upward diagonal motion until you hit your arch; then, change directions and continue applying but in a downward motion. The reason, Syat says, is that you want to use the color to create lift in the middle and then lengthen the brow toward the edge. After you’ve applied the color, you can smooth any wonky hairs with a clear brow gel. Click through for Syat’s top three brow pencils!

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Pre-Dame Parties Put the Fun Back Into Getting Ready

Photo: Group Lesson Pre-Dame Makeup Party; Gina Valenti

In college, half the fun of going out was piling into someone’s dormroom, rummaging through their closet for an outfit to borrow, and cranking up the Top 40 while you put makeup on. These days, getting ready is a less convivial affair. Happily, Stefanie Syat is putting the fun (and glamour) back into party prep.

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