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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!


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


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)

Clover Canyon was one of our favorite looks of the week. A ‘light reflective’ look was created by Deanna Melluso of Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, inspired by American artist James Turrell’s use of light and space.

The overall makeup look was a great complement to the bright coral accents in Clover Canyon’s clothing. It was so wearable and pretty, we can’t wait to try it.

 Get the look with these Kevyn Aucoin Beauty products:

Face: To achieve a look of overall luminosity, makeup artist Deanna Melluso mixed  ‘The Loose Shimmer’ Eyeshadow with Creamy Glow in ‘Tansoleil’, pressed on to cheekbones and the bridge of the nose to create a sparkling luminescence on the face.

Tip: Melluso says using your fingers melts the product and allows for a natural look.

Eyes: We know sometimes makeup artists get creative backstage using different products in different ways, but this took the cake! Melluso used  The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil as an eyeliner, applying it from the outer lash line to the inner. (Lip liners are a great substitute if you don’t have a colored eyeliner.) Adding this colored liner made the eyes pop in a soft, diffused way.

‘The Sensual Skin Enhancer’ Makeup was applied in the crease of the eye to set the look. Mascara used only on the bottom lashes allowed for a soft, flawless look.

Lips: Melluso applied The Matte Lip Color in ‘Timeless’ with her ring finger and then added The Lip Gloss in ‘Reyna’ to the center of the lips over the lipstick to add the effect of light. When the whole look comes together it gives off an essence of radiant dimensional space.


For her spring 2014 collection, CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist Misha Nonoo was inspired by the surrealism and freedom present in artist Gerhard Richter’s work, as well as by the Royal Air Force uniforms of her native England. The collection evokes a woman who is a little undone and natural but strong at the same time.

Bobbi Brown created a complementary makeup look that features clean, fresh skin with a nude eye and a popsicle stained lip (stained lips are something we have seen a lot of this season). The emphasis is on the skin, which exudes a youthful and innocent glow.

Face: ‘Hydrating’ Face Cream, Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation and Foundation Stick.

Eyes: Nectar & Nude Eye Palette (the Nectar & Nude Collection launches in spring 2014, but for a similar look now try the ‘Katie’ Palette), Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in ‘Espresso Ink’ and  ‘Smokey Eye’ Mascara (a Nordstrom Exclusive).

Cheeks: Brightening Nudes Brightening Finishing Powder (the Nude Glow Collection launches in spring ’14; for now try ‘Pink’ Brightening Brick Compact), Retouching Powder in ‘Pink’ and Blush in ‘Nude Pink’.

Lips: Blazing Red & Miami Pink Lip Color (debuting spring ’14); these Bobbi Brown Lip Colors are now available.

Quick How-To: Create a stained look by pressing lip color into your lips with your finger; blot and repeat until the desired color is achieved. Pressing and blotting allows the color to be absorbed into the lip and gives it staying power. (It’s best to exfoliate and moisturize your lips the night before for longer lasting color.)

Celebrity hairstylist Philip Pelusi and team created a Venetian-inspired look using organic products by Tela. Tela is the first brand to bring USDA-certified organics to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!

Re-create the look with these Tela Beauty Organics products:

Prep with ‘Healer’ Hair Repair.
Step 1: Make a center part 3/4 of the way from the hairline to the crown. Use ‘Dri’ Shampoo as needed throughout the look.
Step 2: Section a triangle around the crown of the head. Pin this section aside.
Step 3: On each side of the head, create a twisted rope braid; ponytail it off just below the crown.
Step 4: Use 12-inch sections of prebraided hair. Pin the prebraided pieces on top of the natural-hair rope braid. The prebraided hairpieces should meet at the nape of the neck, creating a V shape.
Step 5: Ponytail all hair tight to the nape. For hold, shape and definition use ‘Encore’ Organic Dri Styling Créme and Split End Repair. Braid remaining hair into a 3-strand braid.
Step 6: Tuck remaining hair under and pin.
Finish with ‘Composer’ Organic Styling for moisture-rich shine and to hold the look.

You can also try twisting instead of braiding for an easier at-home solution.


Inspiration: For MARC BY MARC JACOBS spring/summer 2014, Shiseido Artistic Director Dick Page offset bold blocks of color with very clean, almost “transparent” skin. Combining a soft and cool blue shade with a very vivid bright blue from the just-released Limited-Edition Eye Color Bar, the finished look is “natural with a crescent of blue.”

Get the look with these Shiseido products:

Eyes: Page did the eyes first, applying pale blue Shimmering Cream Eye Color in ‘Ice’ from lid to crease and blending up toward the brow. Then, the electric blue Curacao shade from the Eye Color Bar was added in a “kind of crescent, half-moon,” following the natural shape of the eye to create more weight.

Tip: When you’re working with a cream shadow, use a fluffy brush and build on the color to prevent creasing.

Face: Using a light wash of the ‘Sheer & Perfect’ Foundation SPF 18 helped skin look as bare as possible. A dusting of powder kept skin natural, matte and “very real.”

Lips: Lips were neutral and smooth thanks to ‘Benefiance’ Full Correction Lip Treatment.