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You probably won’t find many feasts where thanks are being given for beauty products, but we think they deserve a little love today too. We polled a portion of our beauty team to find out what they’re most beholden to among their cosmetics crop:
I’m thankful for my CLARISONIC® Skincare Brush because I’ve been using it for almost ten years, and am convinced that’s how many years it has taken off my face! It’s probably the reason I’ve been carded twice in the last six months. —Kate Fannin, Beauty Trend Editor
I’m thankful for my Clé de Peau Concealer, because it’s the perfect travel companion for easy touch-ups on the go. With just one product, it’s bon voyage to dark circles, spots and unwanted imperfections! —Debra Redmond, National Beauty Director
I’m thankful for my diptyque ‘Do Son’ Eau de Toilette, because this scent takes me back to my honeymoon in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. It’s such a beautiful white floral fragrance, so clean and fresh. —Natalie Kraft, Beauty Marketing Manager
I’m thankful for my Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Mascara, because I’m an incurable night-owl, and this eye-opening, luscious-lash-making miracle is my key to look less Walking Dead at work. —Stefanie Frank, Beauty Features Writer
I’m thankful for my SK-II Facial Treatment Masks, because I love instant gratification, and when I use one of these in the morning, my skin glows all day. —Autumne West, Assistant Skincare Buyer
One reason we’re looking forward to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire? The inspirational beauty! Sure, the looks may be a little out of this world, but that’s why we love them. Red lips and French manicures will always be a staple, but beauty trends are leaning more and more toward experimentation with personal expression in unexpected ways.
Take a cue from Effie Trinket. Makeup is a low-commitment way to show off your personality, and from the runways to street style, unique beauty looks are everywhere. Here are some images from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire website and Instagram to get you inspired…along with a few of our picks that will help you unleash your unconventional side.
This Saturday only (November 9): It’s Mascara Madness. Buy 2 mascaras and get 1 free! Mix and match 3 mascaras from your favorite brands, and we’ll automatically deduct the cost of the lowest-priced mascara in Checkout. No promo code required! It’s a perfect time to stock up on your favorites—or try something new.
Speaking of madness, don’t let your mascara drive you crazy. Here are five expert tips to keep you levelheaded about your lashes.
1. Longer lashes. It’s the mascara that you apply at the base of your lashes that makes them appear longer—not at the tips—so give the wand some extra wiggle as you start before extending it out.
2. Dump the clump. Use a clean mascara wand (you can clean and upcycle an old one) and draw it through your lashes when they’re wet to prep, or use it to gently remove clumps after applying your layers.
3. Water safety. We love a good tube of waterproof mascara, but you should consider using it only when you really need that extra protection. Regularly removing waterproof mascara can be harsh on the delicate skin around the eyes and can also dry out your lashes. For everyday wear, a quality mascara or one that’s merely water-resistant will do the job nicely.
4. Extra volume. Turn it up by applying a little powder to your lashes as a base. It helps give the mascara something extra to grip on to.
5. Resist the pump. All that in-and-out motion introduces extra air into the tube, which dries out your formula more quickly and leads to less-than-stellar results.
Here are just a few things I love to share with my clients about the ‘Hot Cocoa’ Palette:
1. Travel friendly: It comes with blush, eight eyeshadows and a mirror for touch-ups.
2. Goes from day to night: The palette includes soft, matte colors for day as well as shimmery shades to take you into night.
3. Versatile: This is perfect for an everyday soft nude eye or a fun holiday look.
4. Givable: It makes an amazing gift—for a seasoned Bobbi girl or someone new to the line.
5. Multi-use: The deepest shade in the set, ‘Black Chocolate’, can also be used as an eyeliner.
6. Best of all: It’s great for all skin tones, eye colors and ages!
“I wanted really gorgeous, rich, saturated color inspired by a kind of seventies-meets-twenties hedonistic mood, a little blurred, a little sheen.” —Tom Ford
Tom Ford Beauty is a testament to the visionary designer’s desire for any woman, no matter her age or features, to have the ability to create a complete look in which her uniqueness is amplified and she appears to radiate from within.
Enter into the flawless world of Tom Ford.
Go behind the scenes at Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan and Paris with M·A·C Senior Artists Fatima Thomas, John Stapleton, Tiffany Johnston and Cynthia Rivas. M·A·C supported over 200 shows this season, and the artists are boiling it all down by city into the top beauty trends and must-have products.
Juan Carlos Obando (makeup by Serge Hodonou)
“This season’s backstage beauty trends are easy to take from catwalk to sidewalk. One of the most popular trends has been the revival of late 1990s colors: chocolate, taupe, dirty pink, fleshy peach. A couple decades’ worth of technological advances make for more refined finishes with better skin affinity.
“If I were to list my most coveted products of the season, I’d have to go with M·A·C Cosmetics Eye Pencil in ‘Coffee,’ Pro Longwear Paint Pot in ‘Tailor Grey’ and Pro Gloss Coat.” –Fatima Thomas, M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist
Peter Pilotto (makeup by Lucia Pica) | Paul Smith (makeup by Petros Petrohilos)
The raw, sun-kissed skin seen at Paul Smith was achieved by using Cream Colour Base in ‘Tint’ across the nose and cheeks. For an even more luminous look, use your M·A·C opalescent pigments like ‘Vanilla’ and ‘Pink Opal’ swept across cheekbones, down the nose and into the bow of the lip.” –John Stapleton, M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist
Marni (makeup by Tom Pecheux)
“This season in Milan, I saw some amazing uses of white color. The skin was neutral with real texture, highlighting areas of the face with various translucent powders. To push light into the skin tone, apply with a fluffy powder brush. This technique yields a gentler contour by utilizing the natural shadows of the bone structure. It was a clean and refreshing look for the spring and summer season.” –Tiffany Johnston, M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist
Gareth Pugh (makeup by Alex Box) | Haider Ackerman (makeup by Stéphane Marais)
“I couldn’t imagine a better city than Paris to close the SS14 season. The architectural backdrop was the perfect setting for the makeup looks. It was all about taking a moment to stop and really look at the details, shades, shapes and textures.
The makeup for Gareth Pugh was one of my favorites. It became ‘double take’ makeup, with an unexpected 3-D finish. Alex created eye pieces that were shaded from top to bottom with M•A•C Eye Shadows in ‘Carbon,’ ‘Soot’ and ‘Brule’ for a gradation of color. Then he placed them over the eye, covering the eyebrows, to create a floating eye makeup look. The rest of the skin was perfected using Face and Body Foundation and Studio Finish Concealer to spot-correct. He then dusted a sheer veil of Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder down the T-Zone to set.
Another show that focused on the eyes was Haider Ackermann. Skin was perfected with a sheer foundation; I like M·A·C’s BB Cream with Fix+ to create a natural glow. Then stunning graphic eyeliner was applied that looked incredibly striking on the runway. It was shaped using Fluidline in’Blacktrack’ and then set with Black Glitter, to appear almost wet-looking in the light.” –Cynthia Rivas, M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist
NYFW photos by M•A•C Senior Artist Fatima Thomas, all others by Luca Cannonieri
The winners are in! The editors at Allure spent months testing and experimenting until only beauty’s best of the best rose to the top. Here are just a few of the makeup winners from the Allure Best of Beauty Awards 2013.
Best Foundation for Oily/Acne Prone Skin | Best Eyelash Curler | Best Blemishes Concealer
Best Nude Lipstick | Best Lip Stain | Best Dark Lipstick
Best Lengthening Mascara | Best Foundation Brush | Best Brown Eyeliner
See how your favorites stacked up and discover some new ones! Check out all the winners at Nordstrom in our Allure Best of Beauty Award Winners boutique.
Five of our Beauty Stylists share their top tips for transitioning your makeup and beauty regimes from summer to fall.
Victoria Levy: Nordstrom Downtown Seattle, WA
Trade glossy coral lips for a rich, matte burgundy, and keep your light summer shadows intact. Bonus: Use a stippling brush to buff the same color on the apples of your cheeks for a monotone blush effect—like NARS Lipstick in Scarlet Empress and Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in #510 Dolce.
Turn your favorite waterproof gel liner into the season’s simplest smokey eye. Use a bullet brush to smudge liner from the lash line up into the crease—with a windshield-wiping motion, diffuse the color out until you’ve created a soft, hazy effect over the entire lid. For added drama, build color under the eye and connect at the outer corner. I love the classic Bobbi Brown Gel Liner!
Iris Brostowicz: Nordstrom Michigan Avenue, IL
I recommend that customers exfoliate at least twice-weekly during seasonal transitions with Kate Somerville ExfoliKate — with 3 versions, there’s one for everyone! It helps to remove the excess cells that build up on the skin—specifically around the nose and brows, which makes foundation look thick or cakey when applied.
As we move toward winter, when the skin can look sallow, I suggest customers switch to a luminizing primer, like Laura Mercier Radiance Primer. The benefit is that the skin looks more radiant and bright under foundation, as if it is lit from within. The customer can also press it on the cheekbones for a pick-me-up look, whether midday or just before leaving the office. For a more purse-friendly option, use Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand to add brightness.
Jennifer Kochenour: Nordstrom The Plaza at King of Prussia, PA
Brighten your complexion with a highlighter. One of my favorites is NARS Blush in Nico. It has a satin texture with just a touch of glow. I love to apply this with the Laura Mercier Cheek Brush to the highest points of the cheeks, the center of the forehead and the edge of the top lip to enhance the cupid’s bow. For a very fair complexion, Nico may also be used as a brightener applied all over using a NARS Yachiyo #27 Kabuki Brush.
Sarah Zaret: Nordstrom Mission Viejo, CA
Transitioning your makeup wardrobe from summer to fall is pretty easy. Make sure to have a good bronzer on hand, but one that still matches your décolleté area. Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder is amazing, and helps to color-correct as well as maintain your faux glow.
Picking out a new lipstick that you can incorporate into your summer makeup is an easy way to transition your look into fall, and it will keep you looking on trend. I recommend trying the new Bordeaux lip. NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Palais Royal is one of my favorites—it’s a pencil and lipstick all in one, that feels great and is easy to use!
Paploua Xiong: Nordstrom The Mall of Georgia, GA
Use your tinted moisturizer and mix it in with heavier fall foundation to create more coverage. I love taking CHANEL Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid and blending it with other foundations to create a more airbrushed look.
For lips, I like using my summer pinks, but adding a darker liner to create that deep bordeaux lip for fall and give more dimension.
Want even more tips and advice? Book a complimentary Beauty Stylist appointment today.
M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist Gina Bettelli talks about the recent collaboration with Rihanna.
Just in time for the change in seasons, Rihanna and M·A·C Cosmetics have teamed up to create a collection of lavishly lush colors no girl can resist: RiRi Hearts M·A·C Fall. Fall is all about jewel tones and playing with juxtaposed textures;… RiRi Hearts M·A·C Fall helps you achieve the trends and vision of autumn.
Cool in color, RiRi Woo Lipstick is a super-wearable red matte and looks incredible on everyone. Rock it with a flick of Liquidlast Liner in ‘Point Black’ on the eyes. Finish the look with a tomboy bushy brow, using Veluxe Brow Liner and Brow Set, and you’re ready to demand attention.
Channel your inner icon and dare to go dramatic with a cobalt-blue satin eye. Why not flip that matte red lip for a shine by layering RiRi Woo Lipglass? After all, one of the impressive things about Rihanna is her ability to change her look in an instant—and own it every time.
Now’s your chance, shine bright.
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[Model photography by Peter Rosa | Makeup by Gina Bettelli]