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Art, nature and the human body were inspirations at Osklen today, where hairstyles took central focus backstage.

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We can’t think of any designer who is more known for sheer romanticism than Vera Wang. Her spring/summer ’15 collection was the exact representation of that—from fashion to makeup and nails.

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The Zero + Maria Cornejo SS15 collection was a combination of nostalgia and femininity, inspired by a recent trip to London and Venice which was reminiscent of her time spent there in her youth—Cornejo used lace and light weight fabrics to create a casually understated effect. Dick Page for Shiseido and James Pecis for PHYTO and T3 were tasked with creating a fresh, summery, innocent look.

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Our beauty trend editor, Kate Fannin, ran into the ineffable Charlotte Tilbury hard at work behind the scenes of New York Fashion Week.

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Charlotte was creating a “no makeup, makeup” look for the Edun show.

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Join us backstage at the Monique Lhuillier spring 2015 bridal collection show for an insider’s view of the gorgeous nail and makeup looks.

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February 27, 2014

Spring Beauty Trend Event 2014

It’s time again for our Beauty Trend Event! Get the front-row treatment at our in-store events with a look at runway-inspired trends, complimentary beauty consultations with pro stylists, exclusive gifts and samples. Visit a store near you to reserve your spot and get complete event details.

Can’t make it to our Beauty Trend Event? Shop our favorite spring looks, and Live Chat with us or call 1.800.7beauty to book a free consultation with a Beauty Stylist.

 

You get to meet a lot of talented artists at Fashion Week, and today was no exception. We had an incredible experience watching one of the world’s top makeup artists, Charlotte Tilbury as she created the looks for M•A•C at Cushnie et Ochs.

With work appearing in Vogue, Vanity Fair, V—the list goes on—and a client list full of celebs that reads like a who’s who of the fashion industry, Charlotte is a well-established and widely recognized name in the world of beauty and glamour. Here’s what she created at the show.

Elongated, winged eyeliner was the call to action for creating simple but elaborate standout eyes at Cushnie et Ochs. Charlotte described it as the ‘feline flick’, and walks us through how to get the look.

“I used M•A•C Kohl Pencil in Feline to draw an elongated feline shape and added exaggerated intensity with M•A•C Gel Liner in Blacktrack over the top. The lashes were then curled, and mascara was applied along the top lash line. Last, I added the Feline pencil to the top waterline of the lashes to really build that hypnotizing, feline shape.”

Charlotte’s tip: Draw a dot on the outer corner of the eye where you want the flick to end. From the dot, draw a line downward to the lash line, which creates the perfect triangle every time.

Our Global Fashion Trend Reporter, Crystal Nicodemus, took a break from her street style coverage on The Thread to take us backstage at Topshop Unique.

Topshop Unique is one of London Fashion Week’s most coveted tickets, so it was a dream to be granted access to the backstage area. Witnessing the behind-the-scenes mayhem of a huge fashion show was a privilege, even if it was totally overwhelming!

There were a million photographers, models and stylists running around, and the vibe was chaotic and exciting. Then Jourdan Dunn and Cara Delevingne jumped into the mix and the scene got even crazier! Watching the talented stylists prep all the models and seeing what goes into the making of a runway show gave me a new appreciation of Fashion Week.

I had a blast backstage, and I hope you all enjoy this little glimpse into the inner workings of one of London’s biggest shows!

xo,
Crystal

Shop the look with these Topshop Beauty Products:

Face: Topshop Bronzer was used to create a nice summer tan + a pop of Blush in the center of the cheek. The face was kept simple, as the look was all about the eye….



Eye: Metallic Eye Pencil in Pocket Money (spring ‘14) was applied in the inner corner—we love this inner-eye shimmer that we’ve been seeing for spring! Next, apply Grunge Stick in Unkempt (Spring ‘14) over Kohl Pencil around the eyes.

Then apply brown shadow (try Topshop Eye Duo in Woodland Walk) with a clear gloss across the lid, and top it off with Volume Lash Mascara.

Lip: With the emphasis on the eye, the lips were kept nude—try Topshop Lipstick in Nevada or Lip Bullet in There She Goes.




Nails: Metallic Nail Polish in Heart of Gold with Glitter Nail Polish in Ice Crush on top.

Get the full lowdown on the must-have Topshop Unique spring ’14 fashions on The Thread blog.

Photos by Crystal Nicodemus

Our beauty trend editor, Kate Fannin, dishes on all her favorite spring looks and trends from New York Fashion Week last week.

Armed with sunscreen, my trusty iPhone, an old-school notepad and my favorite lip gloss, I survived the backstage madness at NYFW (and even a few shows). I couldn’t be more excited about spring, and it helped that New York’s weather was indeed very spring-like. Our national beauty director Debra Redmond and I saw new products, techniques and tips and, best of all, we have since developed our take on the newest beauty trends to watch for in spring 2014. Here they are!

A White-Hot Season

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Jouer for kate spade new york Spring 2014

From matte nails and eyeliner to inner-corner shimmer on the eyes (which I’ve already acronym-ed as “ICS,” I’m so excited about it), get ready for a clean slate. Gone are the days of putting Liquid Paper on your nails; this new white is soft and beautiful and completely wearable, I promise! There’s no question about it: White is making a statement.

Shop the look with these products:
-Dior Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in White: This kohl pencil is formulated with a super-smooth texture to dramatize the eye and highlight the color of the iris. Its easy-glide formula allows for maximum comfort and outstanding staying power, while its integrated sharpener makes it a practical beauty essential. Beauty tip: Apply along the inside of the lid for greatest intensity.


ICS for Prabal Gurung Spring 2014

-M·A·C Eyeshadow in Crystal Avalanche: Vibrantly toned. Velvety soft. Shimmeringly metallic. Veluxe eyeshadow, overlaid with high-shine pearl.


butter LONDON nails for Band of Outsiders Spring 2014

-Ciaté ‘LA Confidential’ Paint Pot: A natural, off-white crème to complement any skin tone.

Texture Mix


NARS for Carmen Marc Valvo Spring 2014

The spring skin buzzword was “demi-matte” or “neo-matte.” Translation: a beautiful, luminous face that appears creamy and natural. More than one artist described this lit-from within healthy glow as looking as though someone drank 20 glasses of water a day. Skin wasn’t matte, and it wasn’t glossy—just gorgeously radiant!

Shop the look with these products:
-Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Eye Serum: This product contains hyaluronic acid and antioxidants that help attract and retain moisture and immediately illuminate skin tone and complexion.
-Laura Mercier ‘Spellbound’ Face Illuminator: Apply directly to the top of the cheekbone, sweeping up and around the brow to give just the right amount of radiance. Be careful to not overuse by applying all over; the intent is to offer a radiant highlight, not to add all-over shimmer to the face.


Lancôme for Jason Wu Spring 2014

-YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Lip Balm: This is like a sheer veil of color with ultra-light texture, and it keeps lips hydrated for up to eight hours.


butter LONDON for Milly Spring 2014

-butter LONDON Matte Finish Shine Free Topcoat: Matte Finish has become the talk of the season! Create a new look for every lacquer by using this shine-free topcoat. Turns any color matte, flat and utterly beautiful.

Orange Influence


Kevyn Aucoin for Clover Canyon Spring 2014

From bright tangerine and bold tomato to sun-ripened peach and soft coral: lips, cheeks and even eyelids sported this juicy hue.  Whether it was just a pop of color in one place or swept in a softer way across the face, orange tones give spring beauty a major dose of vitamin C!


Shop the looks with these products:
-stila Convertible Color Lip & Cheek in Gerbera: stila’s ingenious lipstick and blush prove irresistible—this versatile favorite brightens cheeks and lips with creamy, translucent color. Tap the sheer tint onto cheeks for a natural glow and press onto lips for fresh, radiant color. The two-in-one compact holds the key to easy, monochromatic makeup.

Golden Spice


M·A·C for Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014

With a slight nod to the ’70s (think earthy suede, not glam-rock disco), spicy colors like cinnamon and nutmeg were a fresh take on brown for eyelids and even lips. But the Midas touch was also evident in gold lids, ranging from glitter (somehow overt yet gorgeous and wearable) to soft metallic dusting.

Shop the look with these products:
-NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave


Lancôme for Jason Wu Spring 2014

-Estée Lauder Pure Color Gelée Powder Eyeshadow
-Smashbox Waterproof Eyeshadow Liner in Metallic Marble


NARS for Naeem Khan Spring 2014

-Lancôme Artliner-24 Hour Precision Point Eyeliner in Gold
-Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Lipstick in #201 with a touch of Guerlain Maxi Shine – Gloss d’Enfer Lip Gloss in No. 400 Gold Tchlack

Blue Streak


Shiseido for MARC BY MARC JACOBS Spring 2014

It’s the Pantone color of the season, and it started to emerge in the form of ethereal, watery blue on nails (softened by a thin top coat of shimmer pink = gorgeous!), and bold, statement-making eye shadows. With a range of light to intense, everyone can play in this pool.

Shop the look with these products:
-NARS Eye Paint in Ubangi
-Clinique All About Shadow Eyeshadow Quad in Galaxy
-butter LONDON Princes’s Plums Nail Lacquer

September 13, 2013

Jason Wu Jets In for Lancôme

heroJason Wu should be exhausted. After weathering the whirlwind of New York’s Spring 2014 Fashion Week (where his latest runway looks garnered love and air kisses from the fashion press), Jason flew into Seattle yesterday to celebrate the launch of his new, exclusive-to-Nordstrom makeup collection for Lancôme. Inside our flagship store, we caught five minutes with the design star—who looked cool, collected and anything but jet-lagged.

BEAUTY BLOG: Jason, you’ve just finished the Olympics of fashion on one coast, and now you’re on the opposite coast to talk beauty. How are you still standing?
JASON WU: (laughs) I’m used to it—doing all these personal appearances is like a sport. I’m already starting to train for my next collection! It’s all good; I felt great about how well received my spring collection was, and how my creative vision came through.

I’m also so excited about doing makeup now—it’s been something I’ve always wanted to create. I’m known for making sophisticated, feminine clothes and part of the whole look has to be the beauty aspect. Color is something that has always been important to my work and part of my design process (I always start with the colors), so translating that kind of vision into makeup palettes, from eye shadows to lipsticks to nail polish to mascara, was organic and came naturally to me.

hero A picture-perfect palette: the Jason Wu for Lancôme Collection

hero The whole look: pieces from the Jason Wu fall ’13 collection at Nordstrom

Why Lancôme?
Lancôme was just the right match for me because their product is beautiful and sophisticated and their brand has really rich history and is very luxurious. I couldn’t think of anyone better to collaborate with, actually! This collection is so versatile and glamorous—I love the idea that you can transform yourself through a little bit of makeup.

 Jason and Darais, national makeup artist for Lancôme.


Your birthday is coming up—any plans?
I’m going to be in Europe, which will be really fun, but no plans yet. I’m just trying to get through the next few weeks!

Happy Birthday, Jason!

Get Jason’s Spring ’14 Fashion Week backstage beauty how-to’s, and shop the full Jason Wu for Lancôme Collection at Nordstrom.

—Stefanie Frank (photos by Kirby Calvin)