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John Stapleton, M·A·C Cosmetics Senior Artist, has the scoop on how to work runway colors into your everyday beauty routine using M·A·C Playland.

Nothing looks better against bronzed, summery skin than a bright pop of color on lips, cheeks and eyes. But that doesn’t mean you have to wear them all together! Just in time for the season, M·A·C Playland offers an array of colors that can be worn off the runway for every day.

Dare to wear yellow on the eye for an extra punch of color. First, start with a M·A·C ‘Pro Longwear’ Paint Pot to ensure hours of wear for eyelids. I also suggest trying Paint Pot in Soft Ochre for a shade that’s kind to all skin tones and lends the perfect backdrop to the yellow pigment. Carve out the crease with a warm eyeshadow like Shadow in Texture (light to medium tones) and Handwritten (deeper skin tones). When working with pigment, I suggest using a firm brush to apply color. Opt for the 252 Large Shader Brush then add ‘Playland’ Pigment in Ever So Yellow and sweep away any excess gently with the 242 Shader Brush. Coat the lashes with M·A·C’s newly launched Studio Sculpt Lash to play up the drama.

Photographed by Albert Sanchez

Turn the pin-up look upside down and swap out your red lip for orange! For a perfect orange lip and guaranteed lasting results: First apply Prep and Prime Lip. Then sketch along the perimeter of the lip line with a bright orange pencil for light to medium skin tones, using ‘Pro Longwear’ Lip Pencil in What a Blast!

Shot by Vijat Mohindra

For deeper skin tones, pump up the color by adding a little bit of red, like Lip Pencil in Redd. Line the perimeter and blend into the lips with a lip brush. Apply Morange Lipstick and top it off with a sheer blast of ‘Playland’ Tinted Lipglass in Live It Up.

Follow John on Twitter for daily beauty tips and how-tos @MAC_John_S.

Our favorite trend right now? Midnight Bronze. Our beauty trend editor, Kate Fannin, and our national director of beauty, Debra Redmond, are teaming up to bring you the steps to achieve this gorgeous look for the coming spring and summer.

“Bronzed and glowing skin is always in for spring and summer. This season, we love touches of gold to enhance the overall ‘goddess’ look—especially at night. It all starts with a flawless complexion, and bronzer adds a warm glow for an overall radiance. Hints of gold on the eye and even lips add a cool metallic touch. For a more dramatic effect, try a flash of blue on the eye or nail. A pop of aqua or cobalt is perfect for summer!”
—Kate Fannin

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Nancy Nesby, a Beauty Stylist at The Grove in L.A., is getting us all excited about her favorite new 2-in-1 product—below, she tells us how to wear it this spring.

Hello, Nordstrom beauties!

Springtime is here, and when I think of spring, images of newly bloomed flowers, sweet chocolate and radiant sunshine come to mind. What better time than this to showcase my love affair with all things fresh and pretty and show off the new 2-in-1 Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Kiss & Blush?

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Nobody really wants to talk about acne. But that doesn’t help solve any problems, so let’s just face it. Whether you have the occasional blemish or more of an ongoing problem, here are our top five tips to prevent and treat acne breakouts.

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In this guest blog post: Lev Glazman (left), cofounder of Fresh, journeys to China to reveal the making of and inspiration for the highly sought-after Black Tea Skincare Collection.

01-FRESH-founders-Lev-Glazman-and-Alina-Roytberg-in-China-discovering-Black-TeaLev Glazman and Alina Roytberg founded Fresh in Boston in 1991.

This past November, we embarked on a highly anticipated trip to Hangzhou, China, one that brought us incredibly close to the source of most of our teas. Alina and I hosted editors from four different regions—China, Hong Kong, Korea and the United States—and completely immersed them in the rich history of tea—particularly black tea, the antioxidant-rich hero of our age-delay skincare that offers the ultimate in protection.

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We’ve already introducedPretty Striking” as one of our favorite looks for spring. It’s all about bright pink or orange lips, endless lashes and faintly flushed cheeks that all make a lasting impression. Get this look for yourself with our how-to video and a few Beauty Stylist tips from Cory Treadwell at our Downtown Seattle store.

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Some helpful tips from Cory when customizing this look:

1. Clean and prep the skin.

2. Go backward with your makeup application, and start with the lips instead of ending with them. By applying a ‘striking lip’ first, you can then tailor the rest of your makeup accordingly. How many times have you completed all of your makeup and added a bold lip last, only to realize that your flirty, romantic look turned into a dark and smoldering circus? Bonus with this method: you get the maximum output with the least amount of products.

3. Do not forget about skincare. The better the canvas is prepped, the better the topcoat lasts and looks. Plus, the better your skin looks, the less makeup you actually need!

Get all the tools and products to get Pretty Striking this spring.

M•A•C Senior Artist Cynthia Rivas rounds up a few of her favorite makeup trends at Fashion Week.

When it comes to makeup trends backstage, color is back: white, black, bronze, blue, red and everything in between!

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Color was applied in a simple yet smart way at Adam Selman. A pop of saffron on the eyes paired with M·A·C Lipstick in ‘Lady Danger’ offered maximum impact with minimal effort. The face was beautifully sculpted with Matchmaster Foundation and Mineralize Powders for contour and highlight. The key for this look was application.

At Azede Jean-Pierre, key artist and our very own M·A·C Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry, Romero Jennings, created a look that can be taken off the runway and onto the street. He used M·A·C Eyeshadow in ‘Coppering’ on the eyes to create a winter glow that is gorgeous and sexy on all skin tones. At Calla, a sixties-inspired eye was made modern by using a soft wash of blue through the crease.

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Contrast in texture was another strong makeup trend this season. Metallic eyeshadows and gloss texture were some of the most popular products used backstage, seen mainly on the eyes against matte skin. At Peter Som, key artist Tom Pecheux created a sixties-inspired eye using M·A·C Blacktrack Fluidline to shape the eye. Gloss was then applied over the entire lid to create a dewy look. This trend was kept more neutral at Mathieu Mirano by using warm browns to enhance the shape of the face. Gloss was then applied across the entire eyelid to contrast the matte, warm skin.

Key products this season: Gloss, Haute & Naughty Mascara, 224 blending brush.

Follow Cynthia on Twitter for daily beauty tips and how-tos @MAC_Cynthia_R. Photos by Luca Cannonieri and via Azede Jean-Pierre.

Gregory-Arlt-Director-of-Makeup-ArtistryGregory Arlt, M·A·C Cosmetics Director of Artistry, has the lowdown on his new favorite product: Mineralize Lipglass.

This season at Fashion Week, it was all about creamy, well-hydrated, glossy lips. The look was more dewy than gooey, with an emphasis on sheen rather than a hugely reflective look.

Mineralize Lipglass is my go-to product when creating a dewy glow. It contains 77 minerals that condition the lips over time, so you get perfect feeling AND looking lips in very modern hues!

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Backstage Beauty: DKNY, Peter Som (top) & Donna Karan fall 2014 runway looks.

We saw ‘Lovingly Yours’ backstage at Diane von Furstenberg. ‘Ray of Sunshine’ was used at Donna Karan as well as at Peter Som, so it’s definitely a must-have shade for seasons to come. Use it alone by applying it with the provided applicator. Or, if you want to use it over a lipstick in an intense color, like ‘Morange’, transfer the gloss to a lip brush like the #316 in order to not taint the color of the gloss by getting it on the wand.

For a daytime look, simply apply and you are good to go. And yes, Mineralize Lipglass can still come in handy when it’s time to switch gears from day to date night. Pair it with your favorite lipstick to give it an extra pop of shine! I love these for the red carpet as well. They give a little pop of light to any lipstick you choose to use with it and feel extra hydrating and comfortable on the lips.

Follow Gregory on Twitter for daily beauty tips and how-tos @MAC_Gregory_A.

Photos: Luca Cannonieri

Kate Fannin, our beauty trend editor, is getting excited about the biggest trends for spring. She gives us the lowdown on her favorites, and they all add up to Pretty Striking.

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Lips:
Prep your smile, because it’s the season of the “perfect pout!” The must-have lip is all about bold colors—from bright pink to tangerine. Our favorite twist is layering a contrasting gloss color to create your own bespoke look. (Try orange gloss over a fuchsia lipstick.)

Eyes:
Get ready for “holy cow, WOW!” lashes with blacker-than-black mascara to get your serious wink on. This definitely isn’t the season to be shy.

Cheeks:
Maybe best of all? Blush is back. Just add a hint of pink (or coral) to finish the look. It’s the perfect touch of sweet with just enough edge. After all, who doesn’t want to be Pretty and Striking?

And that’s my take,
Kate

Read more about and shop the Pretty Striking spring trend.

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.