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:
Classic From gorgeous greys and deep browns to modern cinnamon and plum tones, smoky never looked so good.
Smoldering 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
Bobbi Brown has a secret—and she’s telling all! She shows us the easy steps to creating gorgeous eyes that you don’t have to be a makeup artist to replicate. Her Nordstrom-exclusive Secret to Standout Eyes Set (with 12 eyeshadow shades, a mini ultra-fine brush, full-size long-wear gel eyeliner and mascara) comes with a handy guide to three distinct looks: classic, smokey and party eyes. For more inspiration, watch the video where she creates this look below.
Brows are back in a big way! Beautiful brows act as a frame for your face, so it’s important to shape them properly. Luckily, M∙A∙C has three different brow products within the Wash & Dry Collection that will help enhance the look of brows.
“Summer is all about the Right Bright Lip! Shades of watermelon, raspberry and orange are a must. The texture can vary; it can be a lipstick, a gloss or a stain…as long as it’s bright, it’s right!” –Loredana Grama, Nordstrom National Beauty Director
“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.
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:
Classic: From gorgeous greys and deep browns, to modern cinnamon and plum tones, smoky never looked so good (Christian Siriano, Alexander Wang, Derek Lam).
Our beauty trend editor Kate Fannin picks some of her favorite new fragrances with clean, modern scents that put a fresh spin on floral.
Like many women my age, my earliest “perfume memories” are heavily scented with Love’s Baby Soft, Jean Naté After Bath Splash and a few Designer Imposters body sprays (you know you had one in your locker). But my first true love was Tea Rose. Although my siblings begged me to stop spraying it everywhere, I’m pretty sure it’s why I still love floral-based scents (that, and memorizing every word to “The Yellow Rose of Texas”).
My go-to scents at home (along with a couple favorite vintage brooches and the must-have Louboutin nail polish!).
Thankfully, my “nose” for fragrance has evolved over the years, and I’m excited that florals continue to find new ways to reinvent themselves. Read on for my newest picks, classic favorites and must-haves for your home.
Expert opinion alert: Beauty stylist Anthony Tippins from the flagship Nordstrom in Seattle, WA, spoke to us about six mini stocking stuffers that he considers must-haves for these dark days of winter. His comments are below, broken out
“I love making women feel beautiful and empowered,” says Beauty Stylist Nadia Tyby at Nordstrom Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA. “And everything about make-up is about a feeling.” If, as the holiday season approaches, the feeling you’re going for is sparkly and bright, Tyby can help with that, too. The four-year Nordstrom beauty pro says she’s already got her favorite Adrianna Papell shimmering party dress primed for party duty, and she was more than happy to turn us on to the three top tools in her glitter bag.
For your face: “I am obsessed with beautiful luminating skin. Shimmer Brick by Bobbi Brown is a perfect balance of shimmer and radiance leaving the skin looking healthy and youthful.”
For your eyes: “Adorn your eyes by pressing perfectly sparkly Mac Pressed Pigments onto the lids. Totally dresses up any outfit. Feeling a little sassy? Before applying your shadow, Spray Fix Plus on to your shadow brush and then pack that pigment on!”
For your lips: “Dior Golden Shock – Addict is pretty amazing. It’s lightweight and plumping, creating fuller luscious lips that say ‘kiss me.'”
Whether your wand goes for electric blue feathers, demure brown brushstrokes, blackest black long-distance runners or somewhere in between, you’re going to love this: On Saturday November 8, when you buy two mascaras, a third tube is yours free.
Unleash—or would that be unlash?—your inner batting beauty. Let’s do this!
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