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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.

Dare to wear yellow on the eye for an extra punch of color. First, start with a M·A·C ‘Pro Longwear’ Paint Pot to ensure hours of wear for eyelids. I also suggest trying Paint Pot in Soft Ochre for a shade that’s kind to all skin tones and lends the perfect backdrop to the yellow pigment. Carve out the crease with a warm eyeshadow like Shadow in Texture (light to medium tones) and Handwritten (deeper skin tones). When working with pigment, I suggest using a firm brush to apply color. Opt for the 252 Large Shader Brush then add ‘Playland’ Pigment in Ever So Yellow and sweep away any excess gently with the 242 Shader Brush. Coat the lashes with M·A·C’s newly launched Studio Sculpt Lash to play up the drama.

Photographed by Albert Sanchez

Turn the pin-up look upside down and swap out your red lip for orange! For a perfect orange lip and guaranteed lasting results: First apply Prep and Prime Lip. Then sketch along the perimeter of the lip line with a bright orange pencil for light to medium skin tones, using ‘Pro Longwear’ Lip Pencil in What a Blast!

Shot by Vijat Mohindra

For deeper skin tones, pump up the color by adding a little bit of red, like Lip Pencil in Redd. Line the perimeter and blend into the lips with a lip brush. Apply Morange Lipstick and top it off with a sheer blast of ‘Playland’ Tinted Lipglass in Live It Up.

Follow John on Twitter for daily beauty tips and how-tos @MAC_John_S.

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.

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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.

Follow Gregory on Twitter for daily beauty tips and how-tos @MAC_Gregory_A.

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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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.

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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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Kate Fannin, our beauty trend editor, gets imperial about the popularity of purple and shares her list of majestic must-haves.

I’ve always been fascinated by all things Renaissance, royal and regal (just ask my college roommate who was reluctantly dragged to the Texas Renaissance Faire three years in a row—costume required), so I’m thrilled with the many recent pop culture trends surrounding this “royal subject.” (Not to mention how excited I am to share a name with the most stylish noblewoman in the news and future Queen of England).

From the popularity of the song “Royals” by Lorde, to the new CW series Reign, you can’t avoid the current fascination with royalty.

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Reign (courtesy of the CW) | Me at the Texas Renaissance Faire | Lorde ‘Royals’
Tasha ‘Runway Crown’ Headband | Katy Perry ‘Killer Queen’ Fragrance Set

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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.