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Halloween makeup

Go for an original Halloween look with the helping hand and artistry of a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist. Elaine Raymond, our Beauty Marketing Planner, took a trip to our Seattle flagship store and enlisted the assistance of Beauty Stylist Cory Treadwell, who created a spooky-chic look in 7 easy steps.

Inspiration: Katy Perry’s deer/alien look in the music video “E.T.”

STEP 1) Skin Prep

Apply M·A·C ‘Prep + Prime’ Natural Radiance Base to the entire face using a M·A·C Duo Fiber Face Brush #187, which will smooth out the skin’s surface texture so you won’t need as much foundation. Then dab on M·A·C Fix+ to tone down any skin redness.

STEP 2) Even Out Complexion

Using NARS ‘Radiant’ Cream Compact Foundation, dampen the sponge with a spritz of water and apply foundation on your face for sheer coverage. Next, stipple (applying by using small, short touches) the sponge on your cheeks and chin, or in the areas where you want more coverage.

STEP 3) Eyes

Try M·A·C ‘Mineralize’ Concealer in a shade lighter than your skin tone and apply it with a M·A·C 195 Concealer Brush as you would a highlighter, under the eyes and under the arch of the brow. Spritz M·A·C Fix+ throughout the process to keep moisture in.

The eyes are the focal point of this look, so start the base with M·A·C ‘Pro Longwear’ Paint Pot in Vintage Selection on the lids. Next, apply two shades of NARS Single Eyeshadow: Blondie to the eye crease for more definition, and then Bali for shading the inner corner and beneath the brow, which is then connected to the Blondie color on the crease.

You want to bring the shadow color down the sides of the nose and follow your own shape to create an almost ‘alien-like’ contouring effect—so it looks like an otherworldly structure. Be sure the shadow is applied evenly on both eyes; when it doubt, apply one more shadow application.

STEP 3.5) Liner

Create a winged shape using M·A·C Fluidline in Blacktrack and M·A·C 266 Small Angle Brush. Start on the lash line, applying Blacktrack corner to corner of each eye, allowing the application to dry for at least 10 seconds. Then, build out the wing shape from left to right, going as far out as the end of the brow. Extend the line to the end of the eye point, and then go back to connect the lines. (Have Q-tips handy for clean-ups!)

STEP 4) Inner Wing Corner

Using NARS ‘Larger Than Life’ Long Wear Eyeliner in Santa Monica Blvd (white), line the water line (inner lash line) of the eyes. Use a white or nude color on the bottom side of the lash line to make eyes appear wider. Then apply a brownish eye shadow (try M·A·C Deeply Dashing) under the lash line for more definition, smudging the color out with your finger. Take a black eye shadow, like Jet Couture, and apply it halfway to the inner corner of the eye, smudging it out and further extending the wing.

STEP 5) Define Brows

Now, here’s where the fun really comes in: Using M·A·C Eyeshadow in Carbon, create a very unnatural shape and extend the brow line into your wing.

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STEP 6) Bronze & Seal

Add some drama to your spooky look with bronzing powder a few shades darker than your skin tone; try M·A·C Bronzing Powder under the cheekbones and take it to the hairline. Give the apples of your cheeks a spot of color using M·A·C Powder Blush in Sweet Cocoa.

To seal in your makeup, use a colorless setting powder for long-lasting wear, like M·A·C ‘Prep + Prime’ Transparent Pressed Finishing Powder.

STEP 7) Lips

Finally, over-define and fill in your lip shape, using a shade like M·A·C Lip Pencil in Chestnut to add the finishing ‘otherworldly dimension’ to the look.

And voilà—you’re Halloween-ready in under one hour!

Photos by Jeff Powell

M·A·C Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry Romero Jennings shares two DIY looks for Halloween—plus tips on making them last until the witching hour and beyond.

Halloween has always been a reason to celebrate the creepy, the cute and, of course, the sexy. This year, instead of rushing to buy a plastic mask at the last minute, say bye-bye to uncomfortable elastic cords and say hello to a customized look that’s all you.

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Vamp (photo by Pino Gomes)

This year, vampires will have plenty of extra vamp—with fashion trends so deeply entrenched in gothic looks, ghouls have never been so glamorous. These two ideas will make for a frightfully good Halloween, whether you want to go bone-chilling or boo-tiful.

Cool Ghoul (photo by Romero Jennings)

To help create a look that lasts, be sure to start by prepping the skin with a long-lasting matte primer. I love using M·A·C’s ‘Prep + Prime’ Skin Refined Zone Treatment all over the face, applied with the 109 Small Contour Brush. Next, apply a thin layer of the M·A·C ‘Prep + Prime’ Transparent Finishing Powder with the 116 Blush Brush.

Now that your canvas is ready, go wild. Create a colorful complexion and add some dramatic contouring by highlighting structural features: lids, cheeks and brows. Pay attention to shape, texture and definition, and have fun bringing your Halloween alter-ego to life. As a finishing touch, add another layer of the Transparent Set Powder to seal and protect the makeup, ensuring that it will last for hours.

Don’t forget: Finish off the evening with M·A·C Cleanse Off Oil to remove your makeup with ease.

Want more tips and inspiration? Follow Romero on Twitter.

Transform into the queen of Halloween beauty by reviving the allure of Marie Antoinette. Pamper yourself the French royal way, with makeup tips from Nordstrom Beauty Stylist, Alexander Ross.

Signature Look  – Flawless Porcelain Skin
Start by cleansing and moisturizing the skin. “Create a flawless face by concealing any dark spots and under eye shadows,” says Ross, who is based out of the Nordstrom Durham, North Carolina store. “Try Estée Lauder Smoothing Creme Concealer in Smooth Ivory and apply around the inner corners of the eye, near the nose, and under the eye area.”

This look is all about the sunless parasol-carrying glow. Ross suggests using an oil-free highlighter like Yves Saint Laurent ‘Teint Parfait’ Complexion Enhancer in Radiant Mauve, followed by NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Siberia. “Set the foundation with Trish McEvoy ‘Professional’ Powder Puff, then powder the whole face with Laura Mercier Mineral Finishing Powder. I prefer a rock ‘n’ roll technique with the puff, which means not wiping the face, but pressing and rolling the puff for a full application of powder,” adds Ross.

Halloween is traditionally characterized by dark makeup colors, so your porcelain complexion will surely put you in a league of your own.