Inspiration

Of course one of our favorite things about award shows and red carpet events is seeing what all the stars are wearing and checking out the beauty looks complementing all that glamour. Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury was on the scene (where else would she be?) and gave us all the secrets to re-creating three makeup looks we loved at the Golden Globes.

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SEE ALL THE LOOKS AND TILBURY’S EXPERT STEP-BY-STEP TIPS

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Right now everyone’s talking about a “new year, new you.” While that makes for some catchy ad copy, there’s really no way—no matter what you do—to start over and get a new you. We’re all, each one of us, stuck with ourselves. But there’s liberating hope! Just take a deep breath and try working toward the possible, achievable goal of a new year, a better you … one day (even just one baby step) at a time.

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That’s what Dawn Russell, creator of 8G Greens Superfood Supplement, aims for—even if she does end up grabbing something from her favorite burger joint, In-N-Out. After being diagnosed with cancer at age 25, Russell started writing a new chapter in her book of life and began her wellness journey. Of all that she learned along the way to remission, she decided to take her knowledge of—and life-changing experience with—nutrient-dense foods and come up with a way to share it with everyone.

Now a business owner, mother of two and avid racecar driver, Russell is offering the results of many years of research and development with her nutritional supplement that packs a ton of greens and vitamins into one tablet that effervesces in water and makes boosting your daily intake of greens a whole lot easier. (Baby step #1.) Not to mention it’s lemon flavored!

Russell gave us some time to talk about everything from the importance of each green in the supplement to her favorite wellness resources and her secret for a happy, healthy life.

SEE DAWN’S SECRETS, FAVORITE RECIPES AND WHERE SHE ESCAPES TO FEEL BETTER

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The holidays are suddenly around the corner—and so is the winter weather that can be murder on sensitive skin and lips. M·A·C Director of Makeup Artistry Gregory Arlt breaks down what he loves most about the brand’s new line of Mini Patentpolish Lip Kits.

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“The holidays are all about dressing up with little bursts of color, and your makeup shouldn’t be any different. The new M∙A∙C Cosmetics Irresistibly Charming Mini Patentpolish Lip Pencil Kits are the perfect gift for a friend (and yourself!) this season. What I love about these products are not only their handbag-friendly size and color choices, but also their hydrating qualities in the unforgiving winter chill that can leave lips looking dry. There’s a beautiful see-through quality about the lip kits that creates a perfect stain on the lips.

The Mini Patentpolish Lip Kits can be used to create so many different looks! If you want to rock a smoky eye and a softer mouth, try using Lip Pencil in Spice all over your lips with Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Revved Up or Innocent in the center for an extra pop. Or, if you would like to go a little more retro-chic, create a cat eye and a softer red lip using Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Fearless with Crème Anglaise from the Irresistibly Charming Mini Lip Gloss Kit (Pink) over it.

The Lip Kits also work well with many different skin tones. For deeper skin tones, I love a wash of gold shadow over the lids (try Eyeshadow in Amber Lights) and a deep, berry lip using Lip Pencil in Burgundy and Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Sultana over it.

Adding to the versatility of the Mini Patentpolish Lip Kits, try a more natural, everyday look by filling in your lips with Lip Pencil in Whirl and using Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Mojo Maker (only available as part of the new lip kit) on top.

For a day when you’re feeling a little more girly and flirty, try using Lip Pencil in Rosy Rim and topping it with Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Pleasant—super cute!”

Follow Gregory on Twitter for all of his favorite beauty picks and how-tos.

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For us makeup lovers, Halloween is a favorite night to get a little crazy with our brushes. Here at Nordstrom, we have an army of super-talented makeup artists and Beauty Stylists, so we met with a couple of them—along with some up-for-anything co-workers—for a mini photo shoot to create four Halloween makeup ideas. From amping up the volume on glam to letting the imagination (and eyeshadow) run wild, we’re sharing each this week to inspire getting into the spirit this October 31.

Pretty Halloween makeup idea: Doe, a Deer.

For our final Halloween look, Brooklyn Benjestorf—one of our pro copywriters—gets into the spirit with a fantastical doe, though this look could easily be transitioned into a number of creatures. Samantha Ruud, the artist who created this look, has all the steps to releasing your inner spirit animal.

Pretty Halloween makeup idea: Doe, a Deer.

SEE ALL THE STEPS TO THIS HALLOWEEN LOOK >

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For us makeup lovers, Halloween is a favorite night to get a little crazy with our brushes. Here at Nordstrom, we have an army of super-talented makeup artists and Beauty Stylists, so we met with a couple of them—along with some up-for-anything co-workers—for a mini photo shoot to create four Halloween makeup ideas. From amping up the volume on glam to letting the imagination (and eyeshadow) run wild, we’re sharing each this week to inspire getting into the spirit this October 31.

Pretty, easy Halloween makeup idea: The classic red-lip bombshell.

 

Say hello to Ambra Washington, one of our marketing project managers. Lead artist Rachael Craig is back at it again waving her beauty wands into Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘The Bombshell’ look. A classic with Charlotte’s signature feline flick, this is another stunner that’s easy and versatile–throw on some cat ears or a devil’s tail, and you’re on your way to a beautiful Halloween. Boom!

GET THE STEPS TO GOING BOMBSHELL >

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For us makeup lovers, Halloween is a favorite night to get a little crazy with our brushes. Here at Nordstrom, we have an army of super-talented makeup artists and Beauty Stylists, so we met with a couple of them—along with some up-for-anything co-workers—for a mini photo shoot to create four Halloween makeup ideas. From amping up the volume on glam to letting the imagination (and eyeshadow) run wild, we’re sharing each this week to inspire getting into the spirit this October 31.

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Our second look goes rogue with Krista Fredricks, one of our web designers. The lead artist at our Charlotte Tilbury counter, Rachael Craig, took charge of turning up the volume on Tilbury’s ‘The Rebel’ look. A bold red lip amps it up without taking things too far, which makes it a perfectly versatile idea for almost any costume you can dream up. Team Tilbury has all the steps below for getting a little (or a lot) rebellious.

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For us makeup lovers, Halloween is a favorite night to get a little crazy with our brushes. Here at Nordstrom, we have an army of super-talented makeup artists and Beauty Stylists, so we met with a couple of them—along with some up-for-anything co-workers—for a mini photo shoot to create four Halloween makeup ideas. From amping up the volume on glam to letting the imagination (and eyeshadow) run wild, we’re sharing each this week to inspire getting into the spirit this October 31.

Halloween makeup ideas: pretty fairy slash Jem and the Rockers.

Our first look features the Twiggy-esque Katie Joy Blanksma. Our final result straddles the line between woodland fairy and a character from Jem and the Holograms. We love it. Our artist who created this look, Samantha Ruud, shares her steps and product recommendations for creating it yourself.

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SEE OUR STEPS TO RE-CREATE THIS LOOK YOURSELF >

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No stranger to the Nordstrom Blogs (we do love her style), Margaret Zhang is a writer, photographer, stylist and the creative powerhouse behind the blog Shine By Three. Oh, not to mention a law student at the University of Sydney and a brand ambassador for Clinique. We can barely keep up! Zhang found some time between all that (and traveling the world) to give us a peek into her universe. Read on for our full Q&A with this inspiring young entrepreneur.

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Beauty Blog: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Margaret Zhang: My mum has the most fantastic pearls of wisdom. Throughout my career in the fashion space, she has always reminded me that longevity comes from real skills, so you should never stop learning and trying to improve your work. It might take longer than faking it ’till you make it, but “at least you can sleep at night,” she says.

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What three things do you never leave home without?
I always have my phone, Lucas Papaw Ointment and Clinique Black Honey in my wallet. I don’t know what that says about me!

What’s you beauty regimen? How has it changed over time?
I cleanse, tone and moisturize every morning and evening, do some kind of sheet mask or clay mask once a week, avoid hot showers as they can be quite drying, drink 2-3L of water a day, and fit in 1-2 hours of exercise 5-6 days a week. Obviously, the products I use change as I travel because of different climates, mineral content of tap water and time permitted to work out, but that’s my baseline and I tweak from there.

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We’re extra excited about the M•A•C Cosmetics ‘Nordstrom’s Finest’ Eyeshadow Palette. Wanting to put together the top shadow colors we think you’ll love for fall, our beauty buyers worked with the team at M•A•C to create a Nordstrom-exclusive palette that includes them all. That’s where the “finest” part comes in! One of our makeup artists, Sarah Swain, created two gorgeous looks with these most-wanted eyeshadows at Studio N—golden hues with a hint of autumnal glimmer and an ombré deep-berry smolder. Read more to see her step-by-step guide to re-creating these looks.

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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.

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