Leave it to Christian Louboutin—creator of the iconic red sole—to dream up a new classic. Last year, we went crazy for his innovative nail color and bottle design, and now we’re enamored with his newest innovation: lip color in three textures and lots of shades, all enrobed in an exquisitely designed case. (And we don’t use the word exquisite lightly.) Now that it’s available at Nordstrom, we couldn’t wait to try it out for ourselves, so the Beauty Blog took a few of these unique little lovelies down to a crew at Studio N.
We asked Shannon Rasheed—our makeup artist responsible for this glamorous, gorgeous, gotta-have-it look—for her thoughts on a bold lip and working with the new collection.
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M·A·C Senior Artist Keri Blair extols the virtues of the new M∙A∙C Haute Dogs Collection and shares a how-to on one of her favorite looks. Woof!
“Taking cues from our canine companions, this fall gives us a chance to leave the dog days of summer behind and embrace the sophistication of M∙A∙C Haute Dogs. Looking beyond the literal translation of this cheeky moniker, we see that this collection is the perfect combination of both color and texture. Whether you are a makeup artist extraordinaire, makeup enthusiast or someone who loves to dabble, there is something for everyone (even those lovers of the feline persuasion) in this collection. Read more for my steps to get the look!
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Summer days are coming to an end, and whether or not you’re mentally prepared for the fall weather to come…your skin should be. After all the time spent outside, it’s time to give your skin a refresh. Whether it’s helping hyperpigmentation, dry skin or shedding dead layers built up from all that sunscreen, our Beauty Stylists are getting you ready for the new season to come with a roundup of their top picks to treat sun-damaged skin.
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So often dry and dull, matte lipstick can be a tricky formulation to balance right. Leave it to beauty genius Charlotte Tilbury to crack the code! She has us rethinking matte with velvety lipstick that not only hydrates, but also offers buildable coverage and reflects light in all the right ways for the illusion of fuller, wider lips.
Finding ways to incorporate the techniques she’s learned (and become sought after for by celebrities) over the years, Charlotte’s packed all the tricks in her book into one long-lasting lipstick, and it’s finally available here in North America. The name says it all—these ten Nordstrom-exclusive shades are a matte revolution.
Shop: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution | All Charlotte Tilbury
No stranger to the Nordstrom Blogs (we do love her style), Margaret Zhang is a writer, photographer, stylist and the creative powerhouse behind the blog Shine By Three. Oh, not to mention a law student at the University of Sydney and a brand ambassador for Clinique. We can barely keep up! Zhang found some time between all that (and traveling the world) to give us a peek into her universe. Read on for our full Q&A with this inspiring young entrepreneur.
Beauty Blog: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Margaret Zhang: My mum has the most fantastic pearls of wisdom. Throughout my career in the fashion space, she has always reminded me that longevity comes from real skills, so you should never stop learning and trying to improve your work. It might take longer than faking it ’till you make it, but “at least you can sleep at night,” she says.
What three things do you never leave home without?
I always have my phone, Lucas Papaw Ointment and Clinique Black Honey in my wallet. I don’t know what that says about me!
What’s you beauty regimen? How has it changed over time?
I cleanse, tone and moisturize every morning and evening, do some kind of sheet mask or clay mask once a week, avoid hot showers as they can be quite drying, drink 2-3L of water a day, and fit in 1-2 hours of exercise 5-6 days a week. Obviously, the products I use change as I travel because of different climates, mineral content of tap water and time permitted to work out, but that’s my baseline and I tweak from there.
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A three-part miniseries in which we ask the founders of beloved home fragrance brands to share their favorite aromas and their secrets to creating a home’s signature scent.
Since launching in 2008, award-winning NEST Fragrances has quickly developed a devoted following of its luxurious, well-curated fragrances thanks in no small part to the discerning taste (and nose) of founder Laura Slatkin.
Of all in the world, what are your top three favorite smells?
My three favorite aromas are always with me when I am entertaining guests at home, which is something I am very passionate about and enjoy very much. The first is the scent of the perfume I am wearing and the cologne my husband, Harry, puts on as we dress for dinner. Then, I start to smell the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen while dinner is being prepared, and that always makes me smile. And last, but certainly not least, I will light either Grapefruit or Sicilian Tangerine 3-Wick Candles in the entryway of my home to set a festive mood for my guests as they arrive. Fresh citrus and tropical fruit home fragrances are always best to use when entertaining because they are universally appealing—everybody loves a refreshing, citrusy fragrance!
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“Norman Parkinson to me is one of the great photographers of the world. As a makeup artist, I am constantly inspired by photography and art and films, and he has been one of the people that I have referenced over and over and again. The way he played with color; the way that he captured color… it’s such a complete inspiration.” — Charlotte Tilbury
It’s here! The new collection from Charlotte Tilbury inspired by and featuring the incredible work of one of the fashion world’s most sought-after photographers, Norman Parkinson. On the outside, compact covers and cases are printed with Parkinson’s work with glamor icons Jerry Hall, Carmen dell’Orefice and Wenda (Parkinson’s wife and muse). On the inside, all the covetable colors and and accessories to create the fresh, dreamy looks like those captured by the magical touch of Parkinson and his lens.
Shop: Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson
Fall has always been the season for the smoky eye—and 2015 is no exception—but new approaches make it exciting, sophisticated and defiantly dramatic. Regardless of the techniques and colors used, we love these fun variations:
From gorgeous greys and deep browns to modern cinnamon and plum tones, smoky never looked so good.
Layering deep jewel tones like purple or metallic chocolate creates retro-like lids with amazing finishes.
Artistic and Graphic
Cue the black eyeliner revolution because this is way more than the traditional cat eye.
— Loredana Grama, Nordstrom National Beauty Director
Shop: Modern Smoky Eye | Modern Winged Liner | Sexy Brows
Bobbi Brown is a woman who needs no introduction, so let’s jump right into our recent interview with this much-adored beauty mogul as she shares her expertise, tips and tricks, a delicious (and simple!) summer soup recipe and so much more.
What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
Bobbi Brown: My mother taught me that confidence is true beauty.
As a person who loves healthy food, what things do you find yourself going back to this summer? Even better, do you have a favorite recipe you could share?
My three-step soup on my blog, Everything Bobbi, is perfect for summer as it’s easy and works well with whatever veggies you have on hand.
Another summer favorite is my Coconut Kale Shake. I make it using coconut milk, cocoa powder, chia seeds, chocolate protein powder, frozen organic banana, frozen organic cherries and, of course, kale. It’s great for breakfast or as a midday snack.
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We’re extra excited about the M•A•C Cosmetics ‘Nordstrom’s Finest’ Eyeshadow Palette. Wanting to put together the top shadow colors we think you’ll love for fall, our beauty buyers worked with the team at M•A•C to create a Nordstrom-exclusive palette that includes them all. That’s where the “finest” part comes in! One of our makeup artists, Sarah Swain, created two gorgeous looks with these most-wanted eyeshadows at Studio N—golden hues with a hint of autumnal glimmer and an ombré deep-berry smolder. Read more to see her step-by-step guide to re-creating these looks.
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