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Jane So, a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist from Montgomery Mall in Maryland, shares her guide to flawless, radiant skin.


My mom and me

Growing up, I always admired how beautiful my mother was. She is my greatest inspiration: a fashion designer and artist who always rocked her own unique style. I was inspired to embrace my own kind of beauty and not be afraid to stand out. After exploring different positions in retail, I fell in love with being a beauty stylist. My goal is to bring true beauty from within. I want to inspire people to be their own kind of beautiful and feel confident in their own skin, just like my mother taught me.

I love being a beauty stylist because it allows me the freedom to not only express my creativity but to customize beautiful looks for every customer. As a beauty stylist, I can share my knowledge and teach people how to be their very best! I love that I’m able to provide personal product recommendations and create a one-of-a-kind beauty. I am your ‘go-to’ girl, your best friend for beauty and someone you can trust! I will be there whenever you need me and you can count on me to make your day an amazing one! I love what I do because it embraces all that I am and gives me the chance to share my beauty secrets and bring true beauty within everyone. Today, let me share my secret to flawless, radiant skin!

“Be the best version of you!” This was a fun one-on-one beauty master class I had with my customer Michelle, where we focused on achieving radiant skin.

Want to glow and shine bright like a diamond? This season is all about healthy, glowing skin, and I want to share with you some of my favorite products!

First, I cleanse by gently massaging Erno Laszlo ‘Phelityl’ Pre-Cleansing Oil into the skin. Then I dip my Erno Laszlo ‘Sea Mud’ Deep Cleansing Bar into warm water and massage the bar directly onto the face, rinsing with warm water after a few minutes.

Once the skin is cleansed, I protect with Clarins ‘Double Serum®’ Complete Age Control Concentrate before applying any makeup products. This powerful serum is made up of 20 pure plant extracts and potent, high-tech molecules. You will get firmer skin, reduced wrinkles, more even skin tone and less visible pores in just four weeks.

To add radiance, I use Laura Mercier ‘Radiance Bronze’ Primer to give skin a smooth, glowy surface. Wear this fabulous product alone or under your foundation for a sun-kissed glow. Hydrating, water-based gel preps skin with radiance. It’s formulated with a blend of jojoba oils and vitamins A, C and E to keep skin healthy.

Lastly, I touch up the face with CHANEL ‘Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15′ powder to add a soft contour around the frame of the face. This is a beautiful product that will enhance, brighten and bronze for a custom glow with a sheer, luminous finish.

Christopher Stark, one of our talented Beauty Stylists from Nordstrom Natick Mall, shares some of his go-to summer beauty essentials as well as his current favorite makeup trends.

Twenty years apiece of hairdressing and makeup artistry allow me to be fairly edited as far as what and how I sell to my customers. 
It is my biggest belief that every person who sits in my chair should be given a look that she loves and can achieve at home. I always want people to feel their best and, most importantly, feel confident that they can apply their makeup themselves. Being a beauty stylist is a dream job, as I can be honest and straightforward about everything I recommend…and stay away from!

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We’ve already introducedPretty Striking” as one of our favorite looks for spring. It’s all about bright pink or orange lips, endless lashes and faintly flushed cheeks that all make a lasting impression. Get this look for yourself with our how-to video and a few Beauty Stylist tips from Cory Treadwell at our Downtown Seattle store.

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Some helpful tips from Cory when customizing this look:

1. Clean and prep the skin.

2. Go backward with your makeup application, and start with the lips instead of ending with them. By applying a ‘striking lip’ first, you can then tailor the rest of your makeup accordingly. How many times have you completed all of your makeup and added a bold lip last, only to realize that your flirty, romantic look turned into a dark and smoldering circus? Bonus with this method: you get the maximum output with the least amount of products.

3. Do not forget about skincare. The better the canvas is prepped, the better the topcoat lasts and looks. Plus, the better your skin looks, the less makeup you actually need!

Get all the tools and products to get Pretty Striking this spring.

February 19, 2014

Stylist Spotlight: Elina Dugan

Our Beauty Stylist Elina Dugan at store 423, The Village at Corte Madera, shares her passion for a bright, bold orange lip and how to wear it.

Are you ready to sparkle and shine your way into spring? This time of year awakens a craving for change and a need for expression. And there’s no better way to express yourself than through color. The garments decorating the runways of Fashion Week 2014 soak up splashes of color spanning all shades of the rainbow. The beauty trends also show a wide range of looks including pastel-swiped lids, icy lips, defined cat-eye liner and smoky-blue kohl-rimmed eyes.

Orange lips as seen at the fall 2014 shows of Anya Hindmarch & Adam Selman.

But the beauty trend that has enchanted me the most is the orange lip. When I was younger and just discovering lipstick, I admired women who had the confidence to wear red lipstick. Now I admire women who rock hues like tangerine or pumpkin.

I like to think of orange as my warm-weather red! And it doesn’t have to be scary. Orange, in one shade or another, has been a trend for a few seasons now. I’ve found that my clients with olive and golden complexions look best in true orange tones with warm undertones, like M·A·C Lipstick in Morange or Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Valencia Orange.

My clients with a rosy or fair complexion look better with oranges that have more pink undertones, like Laura Mercier ‘Spring Renaissance’ Crème Smooth Lip Color in Palm Beach or Trish McEvoy Lip Color in Flirt. Bolder shades can be toned down by choosing a deeper or more neutral lip liner. Choosing an orange gloss over an existing favorite lipstick may be a good way to ease oneself into this fun trend.

I showed my friend Deb, who ALWAYS wears a soft pink lip (very beautifully, I must add), that orange doesn’t have to be over the top and dramatic. For her light complexion, I chose CHANEL VARIATION ROUGE ALLURE VELVET LUMINOUS MATTE LIP COLOR in La Favorite and Yves Saint Laurent ‘Gloss Volupte’ Lip Gloss in #204. I defined the lips with Yves Saint Laurent Lip Liner Pencil in #7, which has cinnamon tones.

To complement her peachy pout, I added CHANEL JOUES CONTRASTE POWDER BLUSH in In Love to the apples of her cheeks and swept it up on her cheekbones. I kept her eye makeup minimal but defined her lash line with Laura Mercier Longwear Eye Pencil in Noir and brightened her eyelids with Trish McEvoy ‘Eye Base Essentials’ Brightening Eyeshadow Primer in Sand.

There are hundreds of ways to wear an orange lip and dozens of shades that would look good on you. So plunge right in, or baby-step into it this spring. I would love to show you YOUR perfect orange lip.

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New Year’s Eve festivities are just one day away, which probably means a lot of dancing and champagne toasting into the wee hours of the morning. To help boost both your skin and your body’s resilience to late-night party fatigue, we’ve rounded up a few products and tips from our Costa Mesa, Californiabased Beauty Stylist, Elyse Reneau.

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This month, we’re shining a light on Stacey Schannon, one of our original Beauty Stylists hailing from Nordstrom Horton Plaza in San Diego. She’s giving us the lowdown on everything from her favorite 2014 trends to her top five must-have beauty products.

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Reporting from Chicago, our Michigan Avenue-based Beauty Stylist Iris Brostowicz breaks out the glitter to show you how to get the perfect holiday glow.

How can you subtly apply glittery eyeshadow?
IRIS BROSTOWICZ: There are a multitude of options to use glitter in a subtle manner that will add radiance to highlight a feature on the face, while also avoiding an over-the-top 2001: A Space Odyssey flashback. Keep in mind that the larger the glitter, the larger the flash of light, and the smaller the glitter, the more understated the look.

Subtlety at its best…
Apply your go-to palette of eyeshadows as you normally would, but add a contrasting touch of glitter directly at the lash line, above the iris, to attract light to the center of the eye. Try Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow in Silver Lilac. An expert tip to make this appropriate 24/7 is: The width of the highlight should not exceed the width of the iris. Use an eyeshadow and/or an eyeliner like stila ‘sparkle’ waterproof liquid eyeliner that has glitter in it, and stick to shades of white, champagne and/or pearl to achieve a hint of highlight.

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Acquaint yourself with Cory Treadwell, a Beauty Stylist at our flagship store in Seattle. Last month, Cory captivated us with his artistry for our Halloween makeover feature, and now he’s sharing a few skincare tricks and tips.

Which skincare product would you say is a winter necessity?
CORY: During the winter months, it is important to hydrate and hydrate some more! I absolutely recommend AMOREPACIFIC ‘Moisture Bound’ Rejuvenating Creme. Not only is it a lightweight crème, but it also has a time release of 24 hours! Meaning that once you put it on, it’s there to stay and you cannot wash off the benefits, which makes this product from AMOREPACIFIC not only effective but also simple.

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Chrissy Brooks, a Beauty Stylist at Nordstrom The Mall of Georgia, tells us why she can’t stop recommending the Nordstrom-exclusive Bobbi Brown ‘Hot Cocoa’ Palette.

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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!

Beauty Stylist Alex Ross has been doing makeup for over 19 years. And although, he started his career out studying special effects makeup in LA, his true calling turned out to be more on the classic side—everyday flawless to timeless wedding-day glow. Get to know this Durham-based artist with a passion for keeping his customers looking beautiful and fresh for all of life’s special occasions.

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BEAUTY BLOG: Bridal beauty is one of your areas of expertise. What excites you most about the art of wedding makeup?

ALEX ROSS: I really love creating a classic look. Being able to help someone customize her own unique take on ‘timeless’, on one of the happiest days in her life, makes doing bridal makeup so much fun!

How do you help a soon-to-be bride look her most beautiful?

ALEX: I truly love sitting down with a customer and learning about the concept of their wedding. Finding out about the colors, location and decorations allows me to devise a color palette specific to each bride. But, before I start consulting on the makeup, I want to know about her skincare regimen. Having great skin is half the work for doing a perfect bridal look. I want the skin glowing and fresh.

When it comes to planning a winter wedding, what types of makeup trends and products are on your radar?

ALEX: Most of the time, I like to avoid “trend” makeup looks for weddings. I want people to look back at their wedding albums and not be able to tell what decade they were married in. Did she get married in 1913, 2013, or 2113? However, I do love a blushing bride. Part of the look is giving a multi-dimensional cheek. I don’t think we have a perfect look unless we use at least 3 blushes. Also, what helps during the winter months is a traditional red lip. It can be tricky to maintain, but with a good lip liner, a semi-matte/cream lipstick, powder and a straw, you can have a great lip that will last for a few hours!

Tell us about one of the best bridal looks you created and what made it so special.

ALEX: I had a very close client of mine ask me to do her wedding. It was an amazing mix of traditional 1920s style with a flair of modern. We did false lashes in the style of the ’20s, a traditional red lip, and flawless skin. It was outdoors, so natural lighting was very important! I always think back to that wedding and all the bridesmaids. It was fun and challenging to give them each a unique look for the overall effect!

What makeup artists inspire you?

ALEX: I am inspired by Pat McGrath when it comes to edgy, fashion looks, but François Nars is still my hero. He once said, “Don’t be so serious, it’s only makeup.” And I really love this quote, because beauty should be fun.

Planning a wedding or just need a quick midday makeover? Visit Alex at the North Carolina Nordstrom store located at the Streets at Southpoint in Durham, or find a Beauty Stylist near you! And be sure to bookmark The Wedding Suite blog for 24/7 bridal bliss.