Halloween

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For us makeup lovers, Halloween is a favorite night to get a little crazy with our brushes. Here at Nordstrom, we have an army of super-talented makeup artists and Beauty Stylists, so we met with a couple of them—along with some up-for-anything co-workers—for a mini photo shoot to create four Halloween makeup ideas. From amping up the volume on glam to letting the imagination (and eyeshadow) run wild, we’re sharing each this week to inspire getting into the spirit this October 31.

Pretty Halloween makeup idea: Doe, a Deer.

For our final Halloween look, Brooklyn Benjestorf—one of our pro copywriters—gets into the spirit with a fantastical doe, though this look could easily be transitioned into a number of creatures. Samantha Ruud, the artist who created this look, has all the steps to releasing your inner spirit animal.

Pretty Halloween makeup idea: Doe, a Deer.

SEE ALL THE STEPS TO THIS HALLOWEEN LOOK >

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For us makeup lovers, Halloween is a favorite night to get a little crazy with our brushes. Here at Nordstrom, we have an army of super-talented makeup artists and Beauty Stylists, so we met with a couple of them—along with some up-for-anything co-workers—for a mini photo shoot to create four Halloween makeup ideas. From amping up the volume on glam to letting the imagination (and eyeshadow) run wild, we’re sharing each this week to inspire getting into the spirit this October 31.

Pretty, easy Halloween makeup idea: The classic red-lip bombshell.

 

Say hello to Ambra Washington, one of our marketing project managers. Lead artist Rachael Craig is back at it again waving her beauty wands into Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘The Bombshell’ look. A classic with Charlotte’s signature feline flick, this is another stunner that’s easy and versatile–throw on some cat ears or a devil’s tail, and you’re on your way to a beautiful Halloween. Boom!

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For us makeup lovers, Halloween is a favorite night to get a little crazy with our brushes. Here at Nordstrom, we have an army of super-talented makeup artists and Beauty Stylists, so we met with a couple of them—along with some up-for-anything co-workers—for a mini photo shoot to create four Halloween makeup ideas. From amping up the volume on glam to letting the imagination (and eyeshadow) run wild, we’re sharing each this week to inspire getting into the spirit this October 31.

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Our second look goes rogue with Krista Fredricks, one of our web designers. The lead artist at our Charlotte Tilbury counter, Rachael Craig, took charge of turning up the volume on Tilbury’s ‘The Rebel’ look. A bold red lip amps it up without taking things too far, which makes it a perfectly versatile idea for almost any costume you can dream up. Team Tilbury has all the steps below for getting a little (or a lot) rebellious.

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For us makeup lovers, Halloween is a favorite night to get a little crazy with our brushes. Here at Nordstrom, we have an army of super-talented makeup artists and Beauty Stylists, so we met with a couple of them—along with some up-for-anything co-workers—for a mini photo shoot to create four Halloween makeup ideas. From amping up the volume on glam to letting the imagination (and eyeshadow) run wild, we’re sharing each this week to inspire getting into the spirit this October 31.

Halloween makeup ideas: pretty fairy slash Jem and the Rockers.

Our first look features the Twiggy-esque Katie Joy Blanksma. Our final result straddles the line between woodland fairy and a character from Jem and the Holograms. We love it. Our artist who created this look, Samantha Ruud, shares her steps and product recommendations for creating it yourself.

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SEE OUR STEPS TO RE-CREATE THIS LOOK YOURSELF >

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Three Last-Minute Halloween Looks

Still agonizing over your Halloween costume? We’ve got your back. Here are three gorgeous makeup looks you can pull together in a snap.

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What You’ll Need

1.) Giorgio Armani ‘Face Fabric’ Foundation in #001 for that porcelain complexion.
2.) NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna for the apples of your cheeks.
3.) Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink for that sad clown face paint.
4.) M·A·C 30 Lash to up the drama on those peepers.
5.) M·A·C ‘Cremesheen + Pearl’ Lipstick in Coral Bliss for a subtle kiss of color.
6.) The Topshop Leather Choker with Imitation Pearls and a bowler top hat (try your local Halloween-supply store) to complete the look.

Pretty Kitty

What You’ll Need

1.) Lancôme ‘Artliner’ Precision Point Eyeliner in Noir to define eyes and draw on nose.
2.) Laura Mercier ‘Smoky Suede’ Eyeshadow Palette for a smoky cat eye and to fill in and set the eyeliner on your nose.
3.) M·A·C Eye Kohl in Fascinating for your waterline.
4.) Dior ‘Addict’ Fluid Stick in 575 Wonderland for a splash on pink on your lips.
5.) The Topshop Lace Cat Headband for fashion cat allure.

Pop-Art Bombshell

What You’ll Need

1.) Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Harlow Red for those Lichtenstein-like dots (do this first) and lips (do this second-to-last).
2.) M·A·C Eyeshadow in Gesso all over your eyelids from brow bone to lash line. Press shadow onto lids for bolder color.
3.) M·A·C 3 Lash for larger-than-life lashes.
4.) Two coats of Dior ‘Diorshow – Black Out’ Mascara for eyes that POP!
5.) Lancôme ‘Le Lipstique’ LipColoring Stick in Clair for the highlight accent on lips (dab with the M·A·C Eyeshadow for a brighter white).
6.) Clinique ‘Quickliner for Eyes’ Eyeliner Pencil in Really Black for your cartoon contours.

Shop Halloween Makeup here.

Happy Halloween!

Product photos by Brooklyn Benjestorf, Porcelain Clown Doll image from Pinterest, Pretty Kitty image from Pinterest, and Pop-Art Bombshell image from Pinterest.

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Go for an original Halloween makeup 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!

SHOP: Halloween makeup

Photos by Jeff Powell

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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.

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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.

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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

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