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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.

HERO

Hi, lovelies! My name is Sarah Zaret, and every day, I’m tasked with the duty of guiding women through the glamorous world of makeup as a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist at the Mission Viejo store in the O.C. of California. I’ve been working in the cosmetics and skincare industries for more than 15 years, 11 of them with Nordstrom.

I graduated from the Studio Makeup Academy of Hollywood, and while training there, I developed a passion for old Hollywood, vintage-inspired looks.

Cover Girl: Ricki VanDusen, photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue, March 1948

My great-aunt, Ricki VanDusen, was a supermodel in the ’40s and ’50s and appeared on several covers for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazines. Isn’t she flawless? Her skin was perfection! Mastering the art of timeless beauty is not only my passion; it’s also part of my DNA.

For seven years, I performed facials as an Instructrice de Beauté for Clarins, where I learned that importance of cleansing the skin every morning and evening, the benefits of exfoliation and the best tips to hydrate the skin from the inside out. Right now, I can’t live without Kate Somerville’s ‘DermalQuench Liquid Lift’ Advanced Wrinkle Treatment. One of the key ingredients is hyaluronic acid, which deeply hydrates the skin to improve elasticity, firmness and texture.

Movie Magic: Gene Kornman snaps Marilyn Monroe’s publicity photo for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953

Since I was a little girl, photos and women that exuded radiant beauty have surrounded me. My great-grandfather, Gene Kornman, was a famous still glamour photographer from the 1930s to the ’50s, and he captured some of the most iconic images of Marilyn Monroe for films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Niagara.

Timeless Glamour: My great-grandfather took this photo of Marilyn for the 1953 film Niagara. Here’s my best pinup girl-inspired style (right), photographed by Laura Byrnes.

My gramps knew how to bring out a woman’s natural beauty, and he certainly passed down those skills to me. While working as a makeup artist for Laura Mercier, I truly adapted her philosophy on creating a “naturally flawless face.” Make a shimmering statement and snag the Laura Mercier ‘Enchanted’ Color Collection, which is a Nordstrom exclusive ($89 value).

If you’re looking for new look or just a simple revamp of products in your makeup bag, let me help you bring out your own unique star quality.

Nordstrom Beauty Stylists are professionally trained across all our beauty, fragrance and men’s grooming brands to handpick the perfect products for you. If you’re in the O.C. area, stop by and say hi to Sarah (and get some of her beauty expertise!) at our Mission Viejo store. You can also Live Chat with an online Beauty Stylist now, or call 1.800.7beauty to schedule an appointment in store.

Since our days of trick-or-treating with a bag around the neighborhood are long past, we thought we’d round up all the sugary goodies we’d want in our shopping bags instead. The best part of all? We can indulge as much as we like in these luscious beauty treats—without having to watch our waistline.

Prada ‘Candy’

YSL ‘Rock Candy’ Eyeshadow Palette | Ciaté ‘Caviar Manicure – Candy Shop’ Set | Clarins ‘Prodige’ Lip Gloss in ‘Candy’
philosophy ‘i love candy corn’ | Whish Sugar Scrubs | YSL ‘Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy’ Glossy Lip Balm

Here in Seattle, April showers bring May…showers, followed by a totally unpredictable month we refer to as “June-uary.” But every Seattleite knows that, somehow, consistent summer weather always begins right after Independence Day.


Miles Tucker via Visit Seattle Facebook page.

Today is no exception, with sunny skies predicted as far as our weather apps can see. It’s the season that makes enduring months and months of grey skies worth it to every Jet City dweller. What better time to talk about some of our favorite ways to keep our skin gorgeous and healthy during Seattle’s most beautiful time of year.

Here’s how we soak up the sun while saving our skin from damage with suncare.

1 – Faux Tanning Supplies. Faux tanning technology has come so far, and there’s no reason to risk damaging your skin over time to get a tan (nobody wants to look as leathery as a handbag). Add a little real luxury to that nobody-will-know-it’s-fake tan with 24-karat gold leaf for shimmering skin with this Xen-Tan Set (pictured).

2 – After-Sun Care. SPF protection is meant to shield you while outdoors. After you come inside, rehydrate, cool and guard your skin against signs of premature aging with a product formulated for after-sun care. [Pictured: Clarins After Sun Moisturizer Ultra-Hydrating]

3 – SPF Protection for Face. Sometimes you don’t need full-body protection for daily care or you need something specifically designed for the face that’s light and absorbs quickly. [Pictured: philosophy ‘here comes the sun’ age defense facial sunscreen]

4 – Total-Body SPF Protection. Make sure you pack total-body protection in your day-at-the-beach bag. When you have an all-in-one sunscreen meant for face and body, it’s a no-brainer essential. [Pictured: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion for Face & Body SPF 60 PA+++]

5 – Tinted SPF Moisturizer. Moisturizer + SPF + tint? It’s a perfect-for-everyday trifecta. [Pictured: La Mer ‘The SPF Fluid Tint’ Broad Spectrum SPF 18]

6 – Sunscreen Wipes. We can’t get enough of sunscreen wipes. They’re totally packable, kid-approved and make applying sun protection so, so easy. [Pictured: Dr. T’s Supergoop! Sunscreen Swipes SPF 30+]

7 – Eye & Lip SPF Protection. Don’t forget these delicate parts of the face! For everyday or added protection, be sure to give your pout and your peepers some extra-special loving. [Pictured: Kiehl’s Lip Balm SPF 15 | Clarins Sunscreen for Eyes Wrinkle Control Cream SPF 30]