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We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

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Kate Fannin‘s job is a girly-girl’s dream. As our Beauty Trend Editor, Kate gets paid to play with new makeup, lotions and perfumes, and hit trend shows, line launches and celebrity appearances at stores across the country. Oh, and twice a year she flies to New York Fashion Week, where she hangs out backstage with famous friends like makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury and nail guru Deborah Lippmann. But when Christmas rolls around, the down-to-earth Texan puts all her focus on gifts for her family, including 14 nieces and nephews and 3 tiny dogs.

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Ever wonder what goes into designing a scent? Well, block out the next 15 minutes of your life and get ready to hear all about the genesis of La Nuit de Bohème directly from Anna Sui herself, who shared this great behind-the-scenes photo and gave us these notes on inspiration, muse selection, and how it all came together.

“I have to say that I really do enjoy the entire process of creating a fragrance,” the designer told us. “I am very much involved in every single step. Every time I see a new fragrance coming to life, I’m even more inspired.”

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Our beauty trend editor, Kate Fannin, gives us the scoop on the latest from Trish McEvoy.

I’ve been fortunate to meet the legendary Trish McEvoy several times, and I’m always impressed by her grace, humor and true passion for beauty (not to mention her very cool NYC loft offices, which are always wonderfully scented with one of her signature fragrances). She also has some amazing products, so I was very excited to try one of her latest—the two-in-one Beauty Booster Lip and Cheek Color.

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As you’ve guessed, you can use it on lips and cheeks, and let me assure you that it really works well on both. The chunky, twist-up pencil has a super-silky texture that adds just the right amount of color (and a hint of shine) on the lips but also blends seamlessly on cheeks (perfect for those of us who can quickly get heavy-handed). These Beauty Boosters are great for travel or to throw in a clutch for holiday parties!


Me with Trish McEvoy | Trish’s puppies

I love this picture of the beautiful Ms. McEvoy and me together, but she is so much more than just a pretty face. Here are eight reasons why Trish is one of the best in the beauty biz:

1. She invented the Makeup Planner, and they’re the must-have for beauty girls on the go.

2. Trish McEvoy brushes are extremely high-quality and luxurious—you feel prettier just using them!

3. She sometimes brings her adorable pups, Oliver and Lucy, to the office—just as irresistible as her Wild Blueberry Candle (which is the best housewarming gift, truly).

4. All her skincare is designed by a dermatologist; try the Beauty Booster Cream SPF 30 (I’ve been through at least three tubes).

5. The Brightening Eyeshadow Primer seriously delivers on brightening while also creating the perfect base for shadow.

6. We adore her signature off-the-shoulder sweaters; no matter the season, Trish epitomizes breezy chic!

7. The Instant Eye Lift is called that for a reason—if you missed some extra ZZZ’s, this is all you need.

8. Ms. McEvoy was born in Ireland, which likely explains her jovial spirit and endless charm, and why her eyes are always smiling (well, Irish genes and her award-winning mascara)!

And that’s my take,
Kate

SHOP: Trish McEvoy

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Circus performers, psychics, pop darling Lily Allen, So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley and Kim Kardashian looking positively radiant in the ‘Golden Goddess’ palette? Yes, it’s true: the Charlotte Tilbury VIP Launch Party on October 9 was a decadently gorgeous affair.

Held outside our store at The Grove in LA, Charlotte Tilbury’s Makeup Your Destiny Launch Party and two-day Beauty Festival was a carnival-themed extravaganza, including a Mesmerizing Eye Bar, a K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lip Bar and one-on-one ‘Tilbury Transformations’ with members of the British beauty maven’s varsity squad. 

The powerhouse turnout was no surprise, of course. You might recall that Tilbury crafted Amal Alamuddin’s makeup look—using the ‘Sophisticate’ eye palette and Chic to Cheek Blush in ‘Love Glow’—when Alamuddin married George Clooney. Her client list is star-studded. But devotees of the renowned expert’s holistic approach also appreciated the presence of notable naturopath Dr. Nigma, who demonstrated the incredible age-erasing capabilities of Charlotte Tilbury’s cult-status skincare line.

Our photo album is like a retroactive full-access pass. Enjoy!

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My Burberry is the true embodiment of our brand, in scent, in design and in attitude. A fragrance that takes its lead from the iconic Burberry trench has to be outstanding in every way.” —Christopher Bailey, chief creative director & CEO, Burberry

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Capturing the essence of a London garden after the rain, My Burberry is more than just the newest fragrance from a beloved British icon; it’s the brand’s signature scent. For a launch this important, Burberry tapped Kate Moss and Cara Delevigne to star in a campaign shot by none other than Mario Testino.

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Charlotte Tilbury & model.

The world-class makeup artist has created her own collection, including cult-status skincare and complete makeup looks to fit any style. Check out our new Charlotte Tilbury Beauty.

Bombshell | Ingenue

Rebel | Glamour Muse

Vintage Vamp | Dolce Vita

Rock Chick | Sophisticate

Golden Goddess | Uptown Girl

Kate Fannin, our beauty trend editor, dishes on her favorite new product from Armani—and its surprising versatility.

When we meet with vendors to see all of the great new products for the upcoming season, I keep a running list of must-get-as-soon-as-they-launch items. The waiting is truly the hardest part, since we often see products many months in advance! One of the products on my cannot-come-too-soon list for fall is Giorgio Armani’s new Eye & Brow Maestro. This one’s a game-changer for sure.

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M·A·C Senior Artist Cynthia Rivas introduces the new A Novel Romance Collection with a how-to guide for re-creating three different sultry looks, inspired by the tongue-in-cheek campaign imagery.

All three looks are focused around subtle pops of color against beautiful and natural looking skin, so begin each look by applying your favorite foundation and perfecting the skin. I recommend a lightweight, natural foundation, like M·A·C Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation, set with Mineralize Skinfinish Natural to give skin a romantic glow.

If you need more coverage, you can conceal any imperfections with (my secret weapon) Pro Longwear Concealer.

Once your skin is perfected, you can then focus on the rest of the look.

Seduction of a Scot

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A look to make the eyes pop—for someone who isn’t afraid of color.

1. Start by applying Fluidline Eye Pencil in ‘Deep Blue Sea’ all over the lid, from lash line to crease. Blend the edges with a soft fluffy brush like the 217 Blending Brush.

2. Blend Electric Cool Eye Shadow in ‘Switch to Blue’ over the lid, then soften the edges again with the brush.

3. Apply a healthy coat of black mascara. Finish by lining the waterline with Eye Kohl in ‘Fascinating’ to make eyes appear larger.

4. Apply Powder Blush in ‘Animal Instincts’ to the apples of the cheeks.

5. Define your lip shape with Lip Pencil in ‘Hip ‘N’ Happy ‘ and gloss them up with Lipglass in ‘Reckless Desire’ for the perfect kissable lips.

Scandal on the High Seas

A focus on the eyes using neutral tones.

1. Smooth on Pro Longwear Paint Pot in ‘Indianwood’ from lash line to crease.

2. Start with the ‘My Fantasy’ color from the ‘A Novel Romance’ Eyeshadow Palette all over your eyelids. Contour your eyes with Eyeshadow in ‘Wedge’. Line the top lash line with Fluidline Pencil in ‘Earth Sign’ to help create a fuller lash line.

3. Finish by curling lashes and applying Mineralize Multi-Effect Lash on both the top and bottom lashes.

4. Give cheeks a perfect blushing tone with Powder Blush in ‘Fun Ending’.

5. Define lips with Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in ‘Etcetera’, followed by Lipstick in ‘Myself’. Add a pouty effect by dabbing a small amount of Lipglass in ‘Pure Fiction’ to the center of the lips.

Ethereal Escape

A soft, romantic look for every day.

1. Apply Cream Color Base in ‘Pearl’ to eyelids, and also to cheekbones for highlighting.

2. Press Electric Cool Eye Shadow in ‘Love Power’ all over eyelids and blend Eyeshadow in ‘Wedge’ into the contour/crease of eye, creating a softened look.

3. Curl lashes and apply Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash to both top and bottom lashes.

4. Apply Powder Blush in ‘Fun Ending’ to cheeks, smiling while you do so to get the cheekbones at that angle. For lips, create a kissable, stained lip look by mixing Lipstick shades ‘Myself’ and ‘Good Kisser’, and press onto lips with fingers.

Follow Cynthia on Twitter for daily beauty tips and how-tos: @MAC_Cynthia_R.

August 13, 2014

Our New Foundation Guide

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No more wasting time trying out product after product to find your perfect foundation. In three easy steps, our new Foundation Guide steers you toward the one that’s just right for you. Analyzing every foundation in our arsenal, we do the legwork for you so you can find the right combination of coverage, formula and shade for your fabulously unique face. Bonus: our guide comes complete with stylist tips and advice. For even more, Live Chat with us or call 1.800.7beauty to book a free consultation with a Beauty Stylist at your favorite Nordstrom.

Christian Louboutin’s recently launched nail color collection is coming to Nordstrom! To kick things off, Rouge Louboutin’ Nail Colour is now available and ready for the statement-making.

Louboutin took this classic red shade straight from the signature, red-lacquered soles of his shoes and bottled it up. In fact, it’s come full circle: The idea to add that flash of red to his soles came to Louboutin after watching his assistant paint her nails in the studio.

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A red for any skin tone, this gorgeous polish comes in a specially designed bottle inspired by Louboutin’s highest heel, the Ballerina Ultima. That towering cap—topping off at a combined 8 inches high and fashioned after a calligraphy pen—makes the painting application feel like an artistic experience, with a patented brush specially designed to pick up the perfect amount of polish without any air bubbles. The formula is designed to be steel-strong and long-wearing, with pigment that delivers the depth of 20 layers of traditional lacquer in just two coats.

Starting in September, we’ll begin offering all 30 additional exquisite colors to choose from. (Yes, please!)

Christian Louboutin Beauté ‘Rouge Louboutin’ Nail Colour