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John Stapleton, M·A·C Cosmetics Senior Artist, has the scoop on how to work runway colors into your everyday beauty routine using M·A·C Playland.

Nothing looks better against bronzed, summery skin than a bright pop of color on lips, cheeks and eyes. But that doesn’t mean you have to wear them all together! Just in time for the season, M·A·C Playland offers an array of colors that can be worn off the runway for every day.

Dare to wear yellow on the eye for an extra punch of color. First, start with a M·A·C ‘Pro Longwear’ Paint Pot to ensure hours of wear for eyelids. I also suggest trying Paint Pot in Soft Ochre for a shade that’s kind to all skin tones and lends the perfect backdrop to the yellow pigment. Carve out the crease with a warm eyeshadow like Shadow in Texture (light to medium tones) and Handwritten (deeper skin tones). When working with pigment, I suggest using a firm brush to apply color. Opt for the 252 Large Shader Brush then add ‘Playland’ Pigment in Ever So Yellow and sweep away any excess gently with the 242 Shader Brush. Coat the lashes with M·A·C’s newly launched Studio Sculpt Lash to play up the drama.

Photographed by Albert Sanchez

Turn the pin-up look upside down and swap out your red lip for orange! For a perfect orange lip and guaranteed lasting results: First apply Prep and Prime Lip. Then sketch along the perimeter of the lip line with a bright orange pencil for light to medium skin tones, using ‘Pro Longwear’ Lip Pencil in What a Blast!

Shot by Vijat Mohindra

For deeper skin tones, pump up the color by adding a little bit of red, like Lip Pencil in Redd. Line the perimeter and blend into the lips with a lip brush. Apply Morange Lipstick and top it off with a sheer blast of ‘Playland’ Tinted Lipglass in Live It Up.

Follow John on Twitter for daily beauty tips and how-tos @MAC_John_S.

Liquid and gel-based eyeliners make it a snap to give your eyes a precise pop—whether you want movie-star glam or something a little more fresh and funky. Here’s a down-and-dirty mini guide for a few easy eyeliner looks.

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Known for uniquely blending classic Italian style and modern sensuality, Dolce&Gabbana translate their iconic fashions into an inspiring collection of makeup now available at Nordstrom. From Luminous Cheek Color Blush to Glow Bronzing Powder, let the allure and richness of the Mediterranean coast transform your complexion.

Spring has sprung and we’re sweet on Dolce, a new fragrance by design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana—where feminine white flowers meet the freshness of neroli leaves.

Make your own rules with Dolce&Gabbana Beauty.

Our favorite trend right now? Midnight Bronze. Our beauty trend editor, Kate Fannin, and our national director of beauty, Debra Redmond, are teaming up to bring you the steps to achieve this gorgeous look for the coming spring and summer.

“Bronzed and glowing skin is always in for spring and summer. This season, we love touches of gold to enhance the overall ‘goddess’ look—especially at night. It all starts with a flawless complexion, and bronzer adds a warm glow for an overall radiance. Hints of gold on the eye and even lips add a cool metallic touch. For a more dramatic effect, try a flash of blue on the eye or nail. A pop of aqua or cobalt is perfect for summer!”
—Kate Fannin

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Nancy Nesby, a Beauty Stylist at The Grove in L.A., is getting us all excited about her favorite new 2-in-1 product—below, she tells us how to wear it this spring.

Hello, Nordstrom beauties!

Springtime is here, and when I think of spring, images of newly bloomed flowers, sweet chocolate and radiant sunshine come to mind. What better time than this to showcase my love affair with all things fresh and pretty and show off the new 2-in-1 Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Kiss & Blush?

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For most teens, prom is a very important social event. Flash back to your high school heyday and check out these fun prom-inspired nail looks that work for grown girls too!

What you need: BP. ‘Perfect Polish’ Nail Lacquer in Ivory Stain, Chocolate Mystery, Lavender Lust and Pistachio Paradise.

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Accessorized with Stephan & Co. Stone Stretch Bracelet (Juniors)

The Look: Glitter Ombré

STEP 1: Paint nails one solid base color.
STEP 2: Apply a thin coat of glitter nail polish starting at the base and ending halfway up. Next, layer on another coat of glitter nail polish starting at the base and ending a third of the way up to create an ombré effect.
STEP 3: Show off your perfect prom mani!

The Look: Chevron

STEP 1: Paint nails one solid base color.
STEP 2: Using a contrasting color, paint a thin angled line to create one side of the chevron (use tape if your hand’s unsteady!). Repeat on the other side to finish up.
STEP 3: Your nails are ready to rock!

Discover even more chic hues for spring in our Women’s Nails boutique.

This Saturday, April 12, all Nordstrom stores will be hosting the BP. Social Saturday Prom Nail Party, where you and your girls can try the latest DIY nail trends. Plus, check out the large selection of prom dresses to match your nails! Get specific details on the event happening at a store near you.

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Nobody really wants to talk about acne. But that doesn’t help solve any problems, so let’s just face it. Whether you have the occasional blemish or more of an ongoing problem, here are our top five tips to prevent and treat acne breakouts.

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This may be the first full week of spring, but warmer temps are still lagging behind (at least here in Seattle). We’ll just have to keep waiting to break out the sunny weather dresses and sandals. Sigh. In the meantime, at least we still can update any look with a fresh and fun mani. Here are a few nail polish ideas we’re loving while we’re waiting for those May flowers.

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In this guest blog post: Lev Glazman (left), cofounder of Fresh, journeys to China to reveal the making of and inspiration for the highly sought-after Black Tea Skincare Collection.

01-FRESH-founders-Lev-Glazman-and-Alina-Roytberg-in-China-discovering-Black-TeaLev Glazman and Alina Roytberg founded Fresh in Boston in 1991.

This past November, we embarked on a highly anticipated trip to Hangzhou, China, one that brought us incredibly close to the source of most of our teas. Alina and I hosted editors from four different regions—China, Hong Kong, Korea and the United States—and completely immersed them in the rich history of tea—particularly black tea, the antioxidant-rich hero of our age-delay skincare that offers the ultimate in protection.

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We’ve already introducedPretty Striking” as one of our favorite looks for spring. It’s all about bright pink or orange lips, endless lashes and faintly flushed cheeks that all make a lasting impression. Get this look for yourself with our how-to video and a few Beauty Stylist tips from Cory Treadwell at our Downtown Seattle store.

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Some helpful tips from Cory when customizing this look:

1. Clean and prep the skin.

2. Go backward with your makeup application, and start with the lips instead of ending with them. By applying a ‘striking lip’ first, you can then tailor the rest of your makeup accordingly. How many times have you completed all of your makeup and added a bold lip last, only to realize that your flirty, romantic look turned into a dark and smoldering circus? Bonus with this method: you get the maximum output with the least amount of products.

3. Do not forget about skincare. The better the canvas is prepped, the better the topcoat lasts and looks. Plus, the better your skin looks, the less makeup you actually need!

Get all the tools and products to get Pretty Striking this spring.