Beauty Stylist


There are so many options when it comes to your foundation wardrobe. We know! Primers, tinted moisturizers, concealers, finishing powders … we have hundreds of ’em. While we love choices, we also love some great advice for selecting the perfect foundation and supplementary products. So we’re enlisting the expertise of a few Beauty Stylists to be 100% ensured of the best look possible, whatever the skin type or concern. They had so much information to share, we’re making it a miniseries.



Judy Monachello, The Village at Corte Madera

My perfect foundation look includes five products. After applying my skincare, I move on with a generous amount of the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer. This primer is amazing for any skin type and makeup application. You will look like you have a soft-focus lens on your face and beam with a soft glow. Blend all over the face with fingertips.

Next, I use the Amorepacific CC Compact in color 106. The CC compact is so wonderful! It has a powerful broad-spectrum SPF 50, is ultra hydrating and provides long-lasting, flawless coverage. I apply this compact with the Bobbi Brown Full-Coverage Brush.

Under my eyes, I first apply La Prairie Cellular Eye Essence Platinum Rare. This instantly lifts, firms and brightens–it’s perfect under any concealer! Then I use the new Dior Fix it 2 in 1 Prime & Conceal Concealer, two light swipes under each eye, then tap it in with your ring finger. This concealer has a built in primer, so it glides on flawlessly and provides excellent coverage that lasts all day.

Last, I set everything with the LaMer Translucent Setting Powder. This powder is light, luminous and so silky, so you can use a generous amount without a dry or chalky look. I apply my foundation everyday at 6am, and I am ready for my day, which starts by taking my 8 year old to school. Then I head to work, come home make dinner, help with homework, read a bedtime story…and before I know it, it’s 11pm, and I haven’t had a minute to look in the mirror until I’m ready to wash my face. But my foundation looks just good as when I applied it that morning!




There are so many options when it comes to your foundation wardrobe. We know! Primers, tinted moisturizers, concealers, finishing powders … we have hundreds of ’em. While we love choices, we also love some great advice for selecting the perfect foundation and supplementary products. So we’re enlisting the expertise of a few Beauty Stylists to be 100% ensured of the best look possible, whatever the skin type or concern. They had so much information to share, we’re making it a miniseries.



Terri Craft, Nordstrom SouthPark

What woman doesn’t want beautiful skin?

One of the first steps to achieve flawless skin is prepping with a great primer. After you apply your moisturizer, apply a primer. Just like you prime your walls before you paint them, using a primer beforehand allows your foundation to go on smoother by filling in any pores or lines; plus, your foundation will have a longer wear—who doesn’t want that?

YSL Touche Éclat Blur Primer is my new go-to because it blurs imperfections, primes, adds an extra boost of radiance to the skin and increases your social media following (well, kind of).



Bold Lips for Fall | Trending Now

Right now we’re into making a statement with a look that’s all about the bold lip. Four of our Beauty Stylists from around the country show us their favorite products and tips for mastering fall’s boldest makeup trend.


Stacey Schannon, Nordstrom Horton Plaza

Stacey-Schannon-2Bold lips are my jam! To create the perfect bold lip, I start by priming with Guerlain KissKiss Liplift (available in store). Priming helps your lipstick to adhere, and this one has a bonus of plumping and smoothing lips too! Then I line my lips with a lip liner in the same color family as my chosen lipstick to prevent feathering. I start in the center or bow of my lips and sketch outward. Some of my favorite colors are Nightmoth and Burgundy lip pencils from M•A•C and CHANEL Aqua Crayon in Rouge.

Next, I apply my lipstick starting in the center and working outward. I prefer a matte, bold lip and some of my go-to products are NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Damned and Cruella, M•A•C Matte Lip Shades in Instigator, Matte Royal and D For Danger and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Femme Fatale.

Pro tip: Use Anastasia’s Highlighting Pencil over the bow of your upper lip and under your lower lip to get some extra POP!



Sunscreen, sun protection, sun care, UVA, UVB, SPFs … there are so many choices and a lot of jargon when it comes to taking care of your skin in the sun. Sometimes you just want an expert to tell you what they wear, how they wear it and why they love it.


We rounded up seven of our Beauty Stylists to give it to us straight and find out the secrets to wearing sun protection: which ones to get for specific needs, how to wear it with makeup–both before you put on makeup and reapplication that won’t ruin your look after–plus the best new products out there.

Turns out, even with all the options available, there was a hands-down favorite among almost all of them. Read on to find out what it was and see all their other sun-care essentials.


Now that summer is here, sunscreen is a must for me, and I carry these products everywhere I go to make sure I stay protected throughout the day. They make it super easy to touch up, and they never run or cause my makeup to look cakey.

1. Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15: My go-to touchup powder. It’s super slim, compact and leaves my makeup looking fresh and natural all day without a heavy look or feel. I love that it comes with a convenient little puff. Plus, you can’t beat that it has your sun protection added as well! I also make sure to press the product into the skin rather than swiping; it gives a more natural look.

2. Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm SPF 10: Our lips need some love too when it comes to sun care, and this is one of my ultimate favorite lip balms for the day. It is nice and creamy, super hydrating and plumping as well. I use it during my morning routine alone, and I carry it with me to touch up. The great thing is that you can apply on top of or mix into any lip color you want (I’ll usually use a lip brush). Trust me, this product lasts a long time and is worth the price.

3. COOLA Suncare ‘Classic Face’ Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30: Here’s another little gem that I’ve added to my purse recently (it’s amazing for traveling). I am constantly looking for the newest additions for sun protection–especially something for touchups, since we should be reapplying every two hours. I apply right before I leave the house to set my makeup and easily reapply it during the day too. It not only instantly hydrates, but leaves you protected as well. Just remember: don’t get too close to the face, and you’re good to go!


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It’s travel season, and we’re all daydreaming about vacations and long weekends and a few lazy days to come. We love looking our best, but we’re also always on the lookout for multitaskers, must-haves and travel-sized beauty products to keep packing as painless as possible. We asked a handful of our Online Beauty Stylists to let us in on their favorite destinations, some pro tips and what they pack to get away.



We know what probably comes to your mind when we mention rose-scented perfumes. Old fashioned. Overpowering. Old lady. Until recently we may have felt similarly, but now we think it’s time to rethink roses. Revamped formulations and unexpected scent combinations make for some extraordinary fragrances with rose notes. Read on as our Online Beauty Stylists share their expertise and give us a few of their favorite, modern rose perfumes and fragrances—with a few notable classics thrown in.



’Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

Amanda Torres isn’t just part of the team of knowing voices at the other end of the line when you connect with our online Beauty Stylist program. She’s also a self-described gym rat, which makes her the perfect person to help you fill your virtual gym bag with sweat-proof beauty products for your workout.

“My love for fitness stems from a resolution-turned-reality when I lost 75 pounds between 2013 and 2014,” Torres told us. “I find myself at the gym five nights a week, and I know that even with my extensive beauty background, being beautiful at the gym can be tough!

Notice she doesn’t say impossible. Nope. Our beauty pro has the eight products you need—and lots of good tips too. In fact, we’ll just slide on over and give her the floor.



5 Tips for a Beauty Hangover

It happens to all of us: you’re having a great time, stay a little later than planned—and indulge in a few extra sips of champagne. Beauty Stylist Marine Sargsyan from Nordstrom The Grove has a few tips and tricks that she says will “fool everyone into thinking you got a full night’s worth of beauty sleep.” Here’s her recipe for curing a beauty hangover.

1. Water, Water and Water: It’s key for a healthy glow, so keep your skin hydrated. Up your water intake throughout the night, before you go to bed and when you wake up. I add a mist to the mix. Mario Badescu has a refreshing, hydrating spray I love. Formulated simply with fragrant herbal extracts, aloe and rosewater, it’s a pleasant pick-me-up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin. Perfect for the morning after a long, fun night!

2. De-puff and Refresh: Use an eye cream that will help with puffiness and the look of fatigue. I am currently obsessed with Algenist’s eye renewal balm. This eye cream will not only help decrease puffiness, it will also hydrate the eye area. Alguronic acid, vitamin C, caffeine, cucumber, aloe and green tea extracts help to recharge your appearance all day. Bonus: it’s perfect for men and women.

3. Beige Fake-Out: Here’s a great beauty secret for a more wide-eyed look: Use a beige-colored eyeliner in the waterline. Why? This will help your eyes look brighter and more awake. Smashbox has a great eyeliner that really does the trick. Plus, it’s a self-sharpening eyeliner, so you get a precise tip every time.

4. Divert Focus to Where You Want It: Start by curling your top lashes and then load them up with your favorite mascara. The trick is to only apply mascara to your top lashes to draw attention away from any puffiness below. Lancôme Hypnôse Drama is one of my go-to mascaras for volume, length and curl. It’s a triple threat and just the thing for the morning after.

5. Bronzer and Blush: Give your skin the look of a beautiful glow by applying bronzer to the perimeter of the face and blush only on the apples of your cheeks. The NARS blush and bronzer duo is not only compact, but perfect for both early mornings and late nights!


James Webb, a Beauty Stylist at our Fashion Valley store in San Diego, shares his three favorite candles to give and receive. They’re gender neutral and ready for warming the home with fragrance this winter.

diptyque Baies: This scent is currently gracing my living room with hints of red roses and currant leaves. It’s inviting, it’s distinctive and it’s a great way to welcome guests into my home.

NEST Fragrances Blue Garden: This candle is extremely special to me. NEST gives a portion of its proceeds to Autism Speaks. The notes are fresh and floral and leave you wanting more.

Voluspa Maison Noir – Crisp Champagne: Voluspa candles are my go-tos for gift giving. They’re packaged beautifully and priced just right. The Maison Noir scent has hints of vanilla and barrel oak. The sparkling brut champagne is a fun match for a NYE party hostess gift, but this candle is great for any occasion.

SHOP: Candles & Home Scents


How To: Apply False Eyelashes

With holiday parties a-flurry, ’tis the season to sparkle up (see Stylist Picks: Sparkling Accents) and go a little more glam. Why not have fun with false eyelashes? Lash extensions are a commitment, but falsies are for tonight. You can take them off and wear them again if you treat them well, and while the application is a process, even the inexperienced can do it perfectly on the first try with a little guidance.

To that end, major thanks to Tina Salazar, Nordstrom beauty stylist at The Shops at Mission Viejo, CA, for gracing us with her wisdom.