The Top Beauty Stories of 2013

The Top Beauty Stories of 2013

In honor of Byrdie’s five month birthday—and the end of the year!—we thought we’d share the site’s most popular stories thus far. It’s clear that you guys love clicking through our editorials as much as we love producing them, but you’re also into our drugstore makeup guides, celebrity beauty routines, and a few surprises. The 17 features you’ve spent the most time with, above.

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    In September, we asked makeup artist Georgie Eisdell to have fun with fall’s love of burgundy on Dianna Agron. The actress was game for anything—and a joy to shoot—and we let hair stylist Jenny Cho go to town. The results were a (not-at-all-surprising) hit.

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    Not surprisingly, everyone wants to know how to emulate Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio’s beauty look. From YSL to Neutrogena, she happily shared her must-have products.

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    Our definitive guide to getting the best fringe—we’re talking length, volume, and placement—for your face shape.

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    We hate to tell you this, but you’re probably wearing the wrong concealer. We broke down the best textures, colors, and application techniques with the help of Ginnifer Goodwin’s makeup artist, Mai Quynh.

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    From Audrey Hepburn to Rooney Mara, Lily Collins walked us through the women who’ve inspired her style so far—while also talking brows, beauty, and pixie cuts.

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    Whatever new color or cut you’re thinking of experimenting with in 2014, read this first. Your hair will never reach its health potential if you’re not taking care of your scalp.

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    Like big brows, blunt cuts ruled on the red carpet, in magazines, and on runways. Nicole Richie went short, Erin Wasson went long, and a parade of models and actresses landed somewhere in between. Here’s how to find the right length for your face shape.

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    Having trouble organizing all of the products Deschanel and Chung just convinced you to buy? Here’s what you need to know to keep your vanity clutter-free.

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    Alexa Chung’s a wealth of beauty knowledge. She enthusiastically spilled the secrets to her perfectly tousled hair and retro eye liner when we asked her everything about her beauty routine.

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    Apparently, we’re not the only ones over nail art. We’ve covered runway trends and classic reds, but it was our rundown of the best nude nail polishes on the market that caught your attention.

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    The biggest beauty story this year was the brow. Thanks to British model Cara Delevingne, fuller is most definitely better so we asked Katy Perry’s makeup artist Jake Bailey to swing by and tell us which products he’d pick up at his local drugstore to build a pair of statement arches.

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    We’ll never tire of clicking through our inspiring holiday hair ideas story. Thank you Pinterest!

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    Julianne Hough’s August editorial is the reason that colorful makeup is a regular part of our weekend beauty routine. You might also be surprised to learn her fallback career (not that she’ll need it), in our exclusive interview.

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    We had a ball testing the best drugstore lipsticks with Amanda Seyfried’s makeup artist Monika Blunder this year—especially as prestige lipsticks sported higher-than-ever price tags. CoverGirl won this round, too. Blunder named CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolor ($7) her top pick.

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    Zooey Deschanel’s been playing with makeup since her days on a community theater stage. Needless to say, the New Girl actress has learned a lot since then. We were most excited to learn the secret to her signature cat eye: Hourglass’ Calligraphy Liner ($32). See what else she swears by here.

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    Lily Collins’ artist Kayleen McAdams made a solid case for the under $10 mascara. Her absolute favorite? CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara ($8) in Very Black. Click here for the rest of her picks.

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    Did we mention it was the year of the brow? Makeup artist Sage Maitri was kind enough to walk us through a fail proof how-to.



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