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October 7, 2014

Trending Now: Night Shades

Kate Fannin introduces our favorite beauty trend right now: night shades for eyes.

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The smoky eye gets dusky this season—grounded in cool, flinty shades of slate gray and metallic pewter. This trend can be smoldering and sultry for night (try our new “halo” technique below), or you can simply define your waterline for a modern approach for day. Shimmering cocoa adds yet another option that’s perfect for day or night.

Nails can accent this edgy yet feminine look with gunmetal, mica or black patent polish and accented with gold flecks for a shock of color.

Try this trend yourself with Charlotte Tilbury’s pro tips for creating a super-easy smoky eye.

World-class makeup artist. Brit beauty. Force of nature. We’ve got 10 reasons you’ll want to know more about this industry It girl, mum and modern maven. Find out all about what she loves, who she hangs out with and her pro picks for looking fab. Meet Charlotte Tilbury.

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Save the date! Join us tomorrow, May 9 from 12-1pm PST and chat with the one and only Bobbi Brown. She’s excited to answer all your beauty questions and to talk about her most recent launches: Art Stick (lipstick and liner in one) and her gel eyeliner pencils. Be part of the conversation using #nordstromxbobbi and follow us on Twitter @Nordstrombeauty.


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Sarah Jessica Parker, guest editor on Nordstrom.com’s The Thread blog, debuts her SJP Collection looking flawless, thanks to her trusted hairstylist Serge Normant. As the pair embarks on the SJPxNordstrom cross-country shoe launch, she puts the spotlight on Serge, camera-phone interview style, to candidly discuss how their storied relationship started at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Best on-the-fly styling advice from Serge Normant:
“When all else fails and you’re in a panic, just do a timeless ponytail.” —Sarah Jessica Parker

Maintain your own head-to-toe star style wearing SJP shoes & with tools by Serge Normant.

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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.

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What’s white-hot for makeup? The inner corner eye shimmer: a simple sweep of brightness that makes your eyes look more open and luminous, and complements glowing winter skin. Watch our new ‘Illumination’ video, then be enlightened on how to get the model’s beaming look.

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The countdown to New Year’s Eve is on! If you’re not lucky enough to have the day off, you may need to transform your look at the office in a flash. Here’s how you can go from day to evening with ease.

Buy what you need and get the complete look.

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If Hollywood handed out awards for best hair, Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker and Julianne Moore would need to prepare acceptance speeches. We imagine they’d first thank their parents for the genes that coded their luscious locks, then give all remaining credit to their mane man: hairstylist Serge Normant.

Born and raised outside of Paris, and a New York City resident since 1988, Serge is adored by all of his celebrity clients. Not only does he make them look like goddesses, they call him a trusted friend. After meeting the iconic stylist at a local appearance to promote his eagerly awaited Serge Normant Hair Care Collection, we quickly understood why. Warm, philosophical and suave in a très français (translate: authentic) kind of way, Serge charmed—and sometimes surprised—us with his ideas about beauty, style, success and serendipity…

American beauties or French belles?
There’s this perception that Europeans think American women are over the top with beauty, but actually we are fascinated by how American women pay attention to looking beautiful, to enhancing and celebrating the fact that they’re women. Sometimes French women go too far the other way, wearing absolutely no makeup or looking disheveled because they think it’s cool. What’s beautiful to me, whether you are French or American, is subtle glamour: taking care of yourself and making an effort to play with style. I think French actresses like Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marian Cotillard embody that effortless chic in the same way Julia and Sarah Jessica do.

Long hair or short?
Hair length is not a question of age—it’s about style, personality. I have a friend who’s 70, and she has had the same long hairstyle for 50 years. She should never cut her hair short—it just wouldn’t look like her. Look, I’ll admit it: I love working with a gorgeous, extravagant head of hair like Julia’s, but I’m not saying that a woman has to have long hair to be beautiful. What’s important is how a woman feels about her hair, not what society dictates she should look like. Hair is such a great accessory—you can make mistakes and it grows back! You have to have fun with your hair, to enjoy it. Fashion changes, taste changes, play with your hair.

Hair apparent: Serge styled Julia Roberts for the cover of his book Metamorphosis (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2004) and Sarah Jessica Parker for the Harper’s Bazaar September 2013 issue.
(Images courtesy of sergenormant.com)

Timing or talent?
Early on, I got introduced to the right people at the right time. I never forced anything; I never had a career plan—all I wanted was to do great work, to be part of a great team creating great moments, great photographs. Things just happened for me: I met Julia on the set of her first Vanity Fair shoot with Herb Ritts. I met Sarah Jessica on a shoot in Los Angeles. As a hairstylist, you’re in so many different intimate situations with your celebrity clients—you fly together, you eat together, you’re in a small room at 6am to get ready together. To sustain these relationships, you have to connect on a personal level.

Image or inspiration?
At the end of the day, I am a hairdresser, providing a service. When a client walks the red carpet, I don’t want her wearing ‘Serge Normant.’ She needs to be herself first, and my job is to enhance her. I am so inspired by women—I was inspired by my mom when I was growing up, and I’ve continued to be inspired by all the women I meet. The problem with being too focused on yourself is that whenever you do anything in the spotlight, you’re always judged. So I’m only as good as my last haircut, which keeps me grounded!


No bad hair days: Watch Serge work his magic using his incredible ‘Meta Revive’ Dry Shampoo.

Serge created his hair care line using products he has relied on for his entire career to create hair that looks luscious, healthy and gorgeous. Along with luxurious shampoos, conditioners, volumizers, styling and finishing products, Serge recently introduced ‘Avah’ Eau de Parfum, an exotic fragrance you can mist on your body and your hair. Shop our complete Serge Normant collection to add a little ‘Serge glamour’ to your life.

—Stefanie Frank

Watch as one of the Head Makeup Artists for NARS, Cindy Rodriguez, shows you how to easily re-create two stunning looks using new NARS Eye Paint.

Smoky and smoldering with NARS Eye Paint in ‘Mesopotamia’

A perfect pop of color with NARS Eye Paint in ‘Mozambique’

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Reserve your spot to get the front-row scoop on the latest fall beauty at our fabulous in-store trend shows. With runway-style presentations featuring exclusive gift giveaways, free makeovers from pro stylists and a chic Nordstrom Beauty Spot tote bag filled with deluxe samples, what’s not to fall for? Take a look at this video to see all the fun you’ll have:

For just $20 a ticket (redeemable toward your beauty purchase), you and your friends will be treated to backstage-style makeup expertise from national stylists representing all the major brands, including Lancôme, Estée Lauder, NARS, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, M·A·C, Giorgio Armani, butter LONDON and more. Learn to master the graphic eye, redefine the smoky eye or pick out the perfect bordeaux lip color to create on-trend fall looks that work for you.

To add to the excitement, you might even have a chance to get up-close-and-personal with top beauty stars like skincare guru Kate Somerville, makeup mavens Alex Chantecaille and Vincent Longo and celebrity hairstylist Serge Normant—all making special appearances in selected stores. So what are you waiting for? To find out why thousands of beauty fans line up all over the country for each season’s shows, visit our site to get all the details, locate your nearest store and make your reservation today!