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5 Runway-Inspired Ponytails For Any Holiday Occasion

While the usual low-slung pony is great for day-to-day, holiday party season provides the ideal opportunity to experiment with a different style. That’s why we’ve teamed up with one of our favorite sites, Beauty High. Each week, they’ll be sending over a few runway shots to inspire you to try something new for your upcoming festive fetes.

One of the biggest trends on the runways for the past couple of seasons has been the dressed up ponytail. From slicked-back to slightly disheveled, there is a pony out there for you, no matter your style. And we’re not talking about that haphazard, running-to-the-gym ponytail—we’re talking about a ponytail that you can wear to your boyfriend’s parent’s house.

With all of your holiday events over the next few days, having a couple of great sophisticated styles to rely on is a must. Check out a few of our favorite runway-ready ponytails to try below. 

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Jason Wu. (Photo: Imaxtree)

This slicked-back ponytail seen on the runways at Jason Wu is event-appropriate and features a tight ribbon wrapped around the ponytail holder to step the look up a notch.

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Our Top 10 New York Fashion Week Manicures

Whew. We’re still catching our breath after fashion week wrapped up here in New York last Thursday. After seeing as many shows as we did, they all start to blur together, but one thing really stands out in our opinion: the nail art. Graphic, bold, and utterly innovative, the designs we saw backstage for spring prove that this trend isn’t going anywhere. Here’s a look at ten standout manis that we can’t wait to replicate. 

Deborah Lippmann wowed us at Kate Spade with her gorgeous gingham. (Photo: Birchbox) 

Color Club used an innovative makeup sponge technique to create these “waves” at Charlotte Ronson. (Photo: Birchbox)

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Extra-Pointy Talons At Tracy Reese

"She wanted a long talon," said lead manicurist Tracy Lee for Sally Hansen at yesterday’s Tracy Reese show. “We decided on the pointy moon instead of the traditional rounded moon just to give that pointy talon an extra bit of exaggeration and to make it a little unique.” Indeed, the nails stood out from other looks we’ve seen, not only because of the edgy shapes and geometric designs, but also the color combos. There were four different shade pairings: red and orange, gray and brown, nude and black, and blue and turquoise. Some of the polishes were from Tracy Reese’s spring/summer polish collab with Sally Hansen, but others were just classic hues. Learn how to rock this edgy look after the jump! 

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Pops of Pigment and Messy Bedhead at Tracy Reese

The Show: Tracy Reese

Makeup: Mally Beauty

Hair: Jeanie Syfu for TRESemmé

Nails: Jin Soon Choi for Sally Hansen

The Vibe: Color, color everywhere. Nails featured a new Sally Hansen collaboration with Reese. The two shades, Scarab (pictured), and Copperhead will debut in October. We got the scoop from the lead manicurist, Jin Soon Choi, who told us the secret to the collection: the polishes are formulated with real silver, which gives it a metallic shine and longer lasting finish.

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Maybelline’s Great Lash Gets A Designer Makeover for Its 40th

Some of us are guilty of evading our birthdays in every way possible as the years go on, but Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara is ringing in its 40th in style—with an extreme makeover. Leaving the classic watermelon shades intact, three designers—Max Azria, Tracy Reese, and Vivienne Tam—will create their own interpretations of the tube. Even better, starting in August, these limited edition hot commodities will be sold at Target for $6.99 a piece. Just another reason to pop into the superstore that makes it just about impossible to leave with only what you came for.

—Shana

In the meantime, check out other star mascaras in our Birchbox Shop.