“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!
SHOP:Mascara Fine print: doesn’t apply to lash primers, serums, enhancers or mascara sets.
We’re not all born with a sixth sense for shadows, creams and application methods, and even the best at-home wand-wielders find themselves at a cosmetics impasse every now and again. And sometimes, well, sometimes we just want a second opinion or a fresh set of eyes. Enter our Beauty Stylists. These skincare and makeup professionals are well-versed and experienced with all the lines we carry, and they have a client-focused, nuanced approach to helping you look and feel your best.
Case in point: Patricia Wolfkill, a 55-year-old former model and longtime fashion industry multitalent. Wolfkill visited Beauty Stylist Kristen Lawson at Nordstrom Bellevue Square and we were there to document what went down.
The goal: “I think as women age, the days of no makeup and/or too much makeup end,” Wolfkill told us. “I think the biggest concern for women of a certain age is to use a light hand, but in such a way as to create some of the facial contours that diminish with age. In addition to the issue of sagging or drooping skin, the texture of the skin changes. It’s key to use makeup products that help restore—or appear to restore—that healthy, hydrated, smooth skin of our youth. That’s the goal. At least that’s my goal.”
Kate Fannin introduces our favorite beauty trend right now: night shades for eyes.
The smoky eye gets dusky this season—grounded in cool, flinty shades of slate gray and metallic pewter. This trend can be smoldering and sultry for night (try our new “halo” technique below), or you can simply define your waterline for a modern approach for day. Shimmering cocoa adds yet another option that’s perfect for day or night.
Nails can accent this edgy yet feminine look with gunmetal, mica or black patent polish and accented with gold flecks for a shock of color.
Try this trend yourself with Charlotte Tilbury’s pro tips for creating a super-easy smoky eye.
Give your face a subtle pop of color this summer. Recently launched, these cheek and lip shades from Clinique add a bright little burst without going overboard.
Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm blooms on contact to highlight the natural tones and hues of your lips, giving you a little bit of color and a whole lot of hydration. The Cheek Pop blush is truly mistake-proof—you don’t even need a mirror! Just apply it with two fingertips and you’re good to go for a natural summer-flushed look. Great for your on-the-go makeup kit, these buildable, sheer colors are essential for a no-fuss touch-up.
Kate Fannin, our beauty trend editor, is gearing up for the summer season with bright, brilliant color.
Nothing says summer like a Popsicle™ (remember when you and your friends would fight over who got the red one?) – which is why we’re so excited about all the Popsicle-bright shades for lips and nails this season. The best part is, anything goes! Pops of pink, magenta, fuchsia and cherry are always fun for lips. OR, try a new trend by layering colors—a bold pink gloss looks amazing over a fun orange lipstick to create your own custom color.
For nails, take a vacation from elaborate nail art and keep it simple but punchy with colors like watermelon, tangerine, lemon and cantaloupe – who knew your granny’s citrus Jell-O mold could inspire such a hot summer trend? If you’re feeling more than one color or can’t decide, try different hues on different fingers, or contrast your fingers with your toes. And don’t forget a great top coat – not only will extend the life of your mani/pedi, but high-shine is a must for a summer “wet look.” Just grab your swimsuit, slather on the sunscreen, and you’re ready to show your bright side (no Jell-O mold required)!