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M·A·C Senior Artist Neil Young reveals his top beauty secrets for achieving a natural, youthful glow using products from the new Sharon Osbourne for M·A·C collection.

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M·A·C Senior Artist John Stapleton demonstrates how to create a smoldering smoky eye using products from the Kelly Osbourne for M·A·C collection.

Working as Kelly Osbourne’s makeup artist has been incredible, and it all began with a lipstick. One of the first lipsticks I used on Kelly was M·A·C Pink Nouveau. The lipstick was loud, crazy, and left of center, much like the young singer.

The M·A·C Kelly Osbourne collection is perfect for all her fashion-forward fans. The smoky purples from her Bloody Brilliant Quad will be stunning on any woman. Read on to learn how to achieve the perfect smoky eye.

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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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Senior M·A·C Cosmetics Artist Fatima Thomas has all the details on achieving a sun-kissed glow.

Want a natural, sun-kissed look without the skin damage that comes with sunbathing? Want it year-round? Who doesn’t! Allow me to introduce you to your new best friend: M·A·C Bronzing Powder.

Read on for my tips on selecting the bronzer for your skin tone and how to achieve a perfect application.

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Our National Beauty Director, Debra Redmond is here to make sure we’re all getting the most out of our mascara with a little schooling on the basics. Read on to get all of Deb’s expert tips.

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John Stapleton, M·A·C Cosmetics Senior Artist, has the scoop on how to work runway colors into your everyday beauty routine using M·A·C Playland.

Nothing looks better against bronzed, summery skin than a bright pop of color on lips, cheeks and eyes. But that doesn’t mean you have to wear them all together! Just in time for the season, M·A·C Playland offers an array of colors that can be worn off the runway for every day.

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In this guest blog post: Lev Glazman (left), cofounder of Fresh, journeys to China to reveal the making of and inspiration for the highly sought-after Black Tea Skincare Collection.

01-FRESH-founders-Lev-Glazman-and-Alina-Roytberg-in-China-discovering-Black-TeaLev Glazman and Alina Roytberg founded Fresh in Boston in 1991.

This past November, we embarked on a highly anticipated trip to Hangzhou, China, one that brought us incredibly close to the source of most of our teas. Alina and I hosted editors from four different regions—China, Hong Kong, Korea and the United States—and completely immersed them in the rich history of tea—particularly black tea, the antioxidant-rich hero of our age-delay skincare that offers the ultimate in protection.

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Gregory-Arlt-Director-of-Makeup-ArtistryGregory Arlt, M·A·C Cosmetics Director of Artistry, has the lowdown on his new favorite product: Mineralize Lipglass.

This season at Fashion Week, it was all about creamy, well-hydrated, glossy lips. The look was more dewy than gooey, with an emphasis on sheen rather than a hugely reflective look.

Mineralize Lipglass is my go-to product when creating a dewy glow. It contains 77 minerals that condition the lips over time, so you get perfect feeling AND looking lips in very modern hues!

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Backstage Beauty: DKNY, Peter Som (top) & Donna Karan fall 2014 runway looks.

We saw ‘Lovingly Yours’ backstage at Diane von Furstenberg. ‘Ray of Sunshine’ was used at Donna Karan as well as at Peter Som, so it’s definitely a must-have shade for seasons to come. Use it alone by applying it with the provided applicator. Or, if you want to use it over a lipstick in an intense color, like ‘Morange’, transfer the gloss to a lip brush like the #316 in order to not taint the color of the gloss by getting it on the wand.

For a daytime look, simply apply and you are good to go. And yes, Mineralize Lipglass can still come in handy when it’s time to switch gears from day to date night. Pair it with your favorite lipstick to give it an extra pop of shine! I love these for the red carpet as well. They give a little pop of light to any lipstick you choose to use with it and feel extra hydrating and comfortable on the lips.

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Photos: Luca Cannonieri

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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