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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!

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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.

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Liquid and gel-based eyeliners make it a snap to give your eyes a precise pop—whether you want movie-star glam or something a little more fresh and funky. Here’s a down-and-dirty mini guide for a few easy eyeliner looks.

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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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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.

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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.

Penélope Cruz stepped out on Oscar night in fine form, looking amazing (especially for being the new mom of a 7-month-old). The Oscar presenter, who donned a pale pink Giambattista Valli draped gown, tapped British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury for her red carpet preparations, and we’ve got the scoop on the sultry eye statement directly from the woman who created it.

“When I am creating a look for the red carpet, it’s so important to marry the makeup with the dress. Because Penélope’s dress was so bold, I wanted to keep the look neutral and glossy but with that touch of old-school Hollywood glamour,” says Charlotte.

“Penélope’s look was inspired by sultry silver screen siren Sophia Loren. I wanted to really exaggerate her incredible almond-shaped eyes and make them the main focus of her look. I did this by filling in her gorgeously lush brows into an arch shape and gelling them into place. I took a black kohl liner onto the top lash line, right into the root of the lashes and into the inner corner of the eye, for a hypnotizing look. I lined the inner rims of the water line and created a copper smoky eye, with smoky browns all over the lid and metallic coppers into the socket. I curled the lashes, coated on layers of black mascara and added a few individual lashes to the outer corner of the eye to really exaggerate and create intensity for a mesmerizing, red-carpet ready look.”

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M•A•C’s Director of Makeup Artistry, Gregory Arlt, tells us everything we need to know about the perfect way to transition our beauty look from winter to spring.

Like flowers pushing up through the snow, spring color feels fresh, soft and gives an exciting sense of renewal.

It’s time to think about transitional makeup to take you from winter to spring. My favorite way to bridge between winter and summer extremes is our Fantasy of Flowers Collection. The palette is sheer, pastel and a very wearable way to introduce spring hues. We saw many trends backstage utilizing the collection, and the colors and textures are all truly “must-haves” for the makeup bag!

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Spring/Summer 2014, Desigual, New York | Credit: Luca Cannonieri

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Iconic designer Tory Burch’s approach to beauty reflects her fashion philosophy of understated chic. Feminine and tomboy. Clean and polished. Glowing skin, a hint of color, a modern yet classic scent. With Tory’s collection of makeup, bath and body products and fragrance now available at Nordstrom, we wanted to connect with the busy entrepreneur and style maven for a few quick questions:

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Accept François Nars’s invitation to ‘Rethink Pink’ with the NARS Final Cut Collection, available exclusively at Nordstrom. It’s a modern montage of passionate and provocative hues—a new attitude in pink. Available online and in store for a limited time only.

Watch as Jenny Smith, NARS Lead Makeup Artist, offers a few of her favorite tips for getting the most out of the new collection.