Meet Victoria Levy, a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist of two years, based at our Seattle flagship store. Victoria is on a mission to help you love what YOU see in the mirror.
BEAUTY 24/7: What is the best thing about your job?
VICTORIA LEVY: The best thing about my job (by far) is the opportunity I have to make women LOVE what they see in the mirror. Many of my clients come to me when they are going through a major life change—a new job, marriage, divorce—and playing with makeup and skincare allows them to recharge their batteries and refresh their looks. Being able to inspire confidence and heighten a client’s self-esteem is incredibly rewarding.
BEAUTY 24/7: How can we break out of a makeup rut?
VICTORIA: Visit your favorite counter and challenge the beauty advisor to teach you how to use the colors that you’d typically never wear. One of my favorite low-risk ways to play with color is eyeliner. A deep teal or emerald green is incredibly on-trend right now, but it looks clean and daytime-appropriate with neutral shadows.
BEAUTY 24/7: What other hues do you love for makeup this season?
VICTORIA: I am obsessed with rich plummy browns and deep greens! I love a monotone look with emphasis on eyes, lips and cheeks. To keep it from looking too “done,” use multitasking matte colors with the same undertone. Use your peachy blush as an unexpected crease color, as well as on the apples of your cheeks. Emerald green is huge. For a subtle eye-brightening effect, I press M·A·C Eye Kohl in Minted into the lash line.
BEAUTY 24/7: Tell us about runway makeup trends for spring that we can try at home.
VICTORIA: Contoured cheeks are huge this season. To enhance contours, layer highlighting powder on the tops of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, the cupid’s bow of your lips and the top of your chin. M·A·C. Mineralize Skinfinish adds a glow to even the palest winter skin.
BEAUTY 24/7: What are some common beauty mistakes that women make?
VICTORIA: Too often, we see women who don’t take care of their skin and try to remedy the resulting issues with makeup—great age-appropriate skincare is imperative! Recently, I seem to have a lot of clients who avoid using eye cream, which is a HUGE mistake, as often the eye area is the most revealing of someone’s true age. In terms of color, I think the biggest issue for women to overcome is the fear of trying something new. In the words of François Nars, “Don’t be so serious—it’s only makeup”.
BEAUTY 24/7: Which five beauty products can’t you live without?
VICTORIA: My Clarisonic! For skin, I’m addicted to any (and every!) thing by La Mer. Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara has been a fixture on my vanity since it launched a few years ago. I also always have a couple of tubes of YSL Glossy Stains in the bottom of my bag—#8 and #29 are my current favorites.
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