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Giving the perfect gift is right up there on the list of things that feel amazing, but it just got even better. Nordstrom is now donating 1% of Gift Card proceeds to our nonprofit partners. That means when you give, you give twice. You give powerfully.

We believe in connecting with and empowering the communities we are part of, so we’re thrilled to be supporting organizations that positively impact our cities. As part of our 2015 focus on youth and kids, your Gift Card contributions will help Ronald McDonald House, Boys and Girls Clubs, Special Olympics and other like-minded enterprises as they literally change the world.

For a closer look at how one Northwest-based charity transforms lives via a quintessential childhood experience, keep reading.

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Following the lead of our sister fashion blog, we’re starting a 5 Ws video series here on the beauty blog. Quick and candid, our first micro-interview features one of our favorite celeb makeup artists, Charlotte Tilbury. She tells us who she idolizes and how anyone can look like Kate Moss—all in just two minutes, no less!

SHOP: Charlotte Tilbury

Show of hands: who else out there kind of hates trying to shop for foundation? There are so many options to sift through. What kind of coverage you need? What finish is right for the look you’re after? Shopping shouldn’t be overwhelming! Use our foundation guide to help answer your questions and navigate your way to the best product for you and your skin.

SHOP: Our Foundation Guide

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We know what probably comes to your mind when we mention rose-scented perfumes. Old fashioned. Overpowering. Old lady. Until recently we may have felt similarly, but now we think it’s time to rethink roses. Revamped formulations and unexpected scent combinations make for some extraordinary fragrances with rose notes. Read on as our Online Beauty Stylists share their expertise and give us a few of their favorite, modern rose perfumes and fragrances—with a few notable classics thrown in.

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World-class celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury joined us and a crowd of fans in store to share her tips for creating her much sought-after red carpet looks–from giving lift to your eyes with her signature ‘feline flick’ to cheating your way to bigger lips. ICYMI, watch our video edit of her steps and best techniques.

Bonus: if you’re in the Dallas or Houston area, join us and Tilbury as she shares more skincare and makeup secrets live in person. Also, take advantage of Tilbury Transformations and receive a complimentary consultation with a Charlotte Tilbury makeup artist throughout the week.

NorthPark Center: Tuesday, March 24 from 6-8pm. Makeup artist consultations and Tilbury Transformations Friday, March 20 through Tuesday, March 24. Call (214) 231-3900 for more details and to RSVP.

Nordstrom Galleria: Thursday, March 26 from 6-8pm. Makeup artist consultations and Tilbury Transformations Wednesday, March 25 through Sunday, March 29. Call (832) 201-2700 for more details and to RSVP.

SHOP: Charlotte Tilbury

M∙A∙C Cosmetics Senior Artist Ashley Rudder explains how to re-create the face used for Kate Spade’s A/W ’15 runway show at New York Fashion Week.

“What was your favorite show this season?” That’s a question I keep hearing in the wake of Fashion Month. A slight bit of panic ensues after anyone asks me what my favorite looks were this season! However, as I mentally scroll through all of the glorious A/W ’15 shows, a few standout looks come to mind: perhaps the romantic, smoky-grey eyes that were created at Thom Browne? Or the futuristic “Bond Girl” black-and-white eyeliner at The Blonds?

Surprisingly enough, the look at Kate Spade–created by M∙A∙C Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry Lyne Desnoyers–has remained my makeup crush all season long!

I don’t want to keep this crush to myself, so here is how you can get the look (one you might get after walking on a brisk fall evening through the woods) with its subtly flushed cheeks and rosy pouts.

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Smashbox is celebrating a big anniversary–25 years in the biz! To spread the love, we’re sharing three favorite products we’ve seen from Smashbox lately. Treat yourself, and help us raise a glass to their silver jubilee.

‘Photo Angle’ Pure Pigment Gel Liner | ‘Crush on Blush’ Palette | ‘Photo Finish’ Primer Water

SHOP: Smashbox Cosmetics

“Confused by the ‘no-makeup’ makeup trend? Consider adding hints of pink, rose or lilac to eyes and lips to jump-start your all-natural spring look. And don’t forget a moisturizer, because hydrated, glowing skin is a must for acing the neutral trend.” –Kate Fannin, Nordstrom Beauty Trend Editor

Get product recommendations and our Beauty Stylist tips for shaking up spring with beautifully neutral shades for eyes, lips, cheeks and nails.

SHOP: The New Neutrals

From “Rock & Roll Spanish Women” and “Smoky Chelsea Girls,” to “Utilitarian Punk” and “Twiggy’s Daughter”—these were just a few of the inspirations heard backstage as we endured the freezing temps in NYC for Fall 2015 Fashion Week. Equipped with weatherproof boots (thank yo,u Aquatalia and Valentino!) and Mom’s super-warm hand-knit legwarmers (thank you, MOM!), we braved wind, snow and sauna-like backstage tents to see fall beauty in all its splendor.

The Eyes Have It

Fall has always been the season for the Smoky Eye. And 2015 is no exception, although new, modern approaches make it exciting, sophisticated and definitely dramatic. Regardless of the techniques and colors used, we saw many cool variations including:

nyfw-aw15-backstage-beauty-n-millerClassic: From gorgeous greys and deep browns, to modern cinnamon and plum tones, smoky never looked so good (Christian Siriano, Alexander Wang, Derek Lam).

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Sure, there’s a lot of buzz about the dresses on the red carpet (rightly so!), but what about all that beautiful makeup? For her gorgeous look, Sienna Miller tapped her longtime friend (and one of the best makeup artists around) Charlotte Tilbury. We asked Tilbury to share what it’s like behind the scenes getting ready for the red carpet at the Academy Awards. Here’s how she created the look (while the two rocked out to some Bob Dylan).

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1.    Charlotte started with her Goddess skin clay mask, a product she says “is the key to shrinking pores and tightening the skin, leaving you with a perfectly dewy, plumped and revived red-carpet glow.”

2.    Magic Cream (Charlotte’s secret to red-carpet skin) and Wonderglow were applied to hydrate the skin and create a soft focus, which she says is “amazing for HDTV.”

3.    Next, Charlotte applied Light Wonder foundation in 6 medium and 7 medium, then the retoucher concealer in 2 fair under the eyes and 3 medium for the rest of Sienna’s face.

4.    Air Brush Flawless Finish powder in 1 fair and 2 medium was applied only to the T-zone to control shine while keeping from taking away from the dewiness on the rest of the skin.

5.    To enhance Sienna’s eyebrows, Charlotte used Brow Lift in Grace K and Cara D.

6.    Rock ‘n’ Kohl eye pencil in Bedroom Black and the Feline Flick quick fine line shodo pen were used over the lash line to dramatically define the eyes.

7.    Using her eye smudger brush, the Luxury eyeshadow palette in The Sophisticate and full fat lashes, Charlotte accentuated Sienna’s “winged” eyes, focusing on the crease and lash-line areas.

8.    To enhance the cheekbones, Charlotte applied Filmstar Bronze & Glow with the powder & sculpt brush, following the hollows of the cheeks and along the jawline with the bronzer and applying the highlighter shade to the top of the cheekbones.

9.    To further accentuate Sienna’s features, Beach Stick in Moon Beach and Ibiza were used to illuminate and sculpt.

10.  To prep the lips, Charlotte used Lip Love lip scrub and Lip Magic. Lip Cheat lip liner in Pillowtalk was applied to mimic the pigment of Sienna’s lips and filled in with K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Bitch Perfect.

11.  Last, for an allover glow, Charlotte applied Supermodel Body all over Sienna’s limbs.

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Want even more step-by-step instructions and smart tips from a famed makeup artist? Meet Charlotte Tilbury in person as she recreates some of her red-carpet looks at Nordstrom The Grove, February 24, 6-8 pm. Call 323.900.1418 to RSVP.

SHOP: Charlotte Tilbury