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Liquid and gel-based eyeliners make it a snap to give your eyes a precise pop—whether you want movie-star glam or something a little more fresh and funky. Here’s a down-and-dirty mini guide for a few easy eyeliner looks.

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Penélope Cruz stepped out on Oscar night in fine form, looking amazing (especially for being the new mom of a 7-month-old). The Oscar presenter, who donned a pale pink Giambattista Valli draped gown, tapped British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury for her red carpet preparations, and we’ve got the scoop on the sultry eye statement directly from the woman who created it.

“When I am creating a look for the red carpet, it’s so important to marry the makeup with the dress. Because Penélope’s dress was so bold, I wanted to keep the look neutral and glossy but with that touch of old-school Hollywood glamour,” says Charlotte.

“Penélope’s look was inspired by sultry silver screen siren Sophia Loren. I wanted to really exaggerate her incredible almond-shaped eyes and make them the main focus of her look. I did this by filling in her gorgeously lush brows into an arch shape and gelling them into place. I took a black kohl liner onto the top lash line, right into the root of the lashes and into the inner corner of the eye, for a hypnotizing look. I lined the inner rims of the water line and created a copper smoky eye, with smoky browns all over the lid and metallic coppers into the socket. I curled the lashes, coated on layers of black mascara and added a few individual lashes to the outer corner of the eye to really exaggerate and create intensity for a mesmerizing, red-carpet ready look.”

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British beauty Kate Beckinsale, 40, brought glamour to the red carpet at last night’s Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. The Total Recall star turned to Adam Breuchaud, her go-to makeup artist, who created a fresh and smoky eye statement using Jouer cosmetics. Find out how you can re-create this look from the man who did it.

Dressed to Impress: Kate wows in a sculpted Zuhair Murad gown, Jimmy Choo shoes, Edie Parker clutch and Chopard earrings.

Adam shares how he created Kate’s great look:

“When I first saw the silver and gunmetal metallic dress, I immediately thought it needed sexy, rock ‘n’ roll makeup. We decided on a smudged kohl eye, almost the day-after look.

“I started by smudging Jouer Crème Eyeshadow in Suede all over the eye. I blended Jouer Powder Eyeshadow in Opal in the inner corner for a highlight, then layered the same powder eyeshadow in Chocolat over her lid. Next, I applied Jouer Eye Definer in Noir along the top and bottom lash line. Over that I blended an additional powder eyeshadow in Licorice to really smoke out the look.

“After cleaning under her eye I applied Jouer ‘Age-Repairing’ Concealer in No. 3 Cameo where needed. Then I applied Jouer ‘Luminizing’ Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Bronzed as a foundation. It is sheer enough to let the skin show through where you want and build more coverage where you need.

“On Kate’s cheeks, I applied Jouer Cheek Tint and Mineral Powder Bronzer in Sunshine—my favorite go-to duo. Together they define and brighten the cheek effortlessly. To finish off the look I used Jouer Lip Gloss in Cherish.”

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Photos courtesy of Jouer

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Heading to a festive fiesta? Don’t go empty handed! Check out our guide for holiday Hostess Gifts.

For The Hostess with The Mostess: Jo Malone ‘English Pear & Freesia’ Collection & L’Occitane ‘Delicious Almond’ Body Care Collection (Limited Edition)

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One reason we’re looking forward to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire? The inspirational beauty! Sure, the looks may be a little out of this world, but that’s why we love them. Red lips and French manicures will always be a staple, but beauty trends are leaning more and more toward experimentation with personal expression in unexpected ways.

Take a cue from Effie Trinket. Makeup is a low-commitment way to show off your personality, and from the runways to street style, unique beauty looks are everywhere. Here are some images from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire website and Instagram to get you inspired…along with a few of our picks that will help you unleash your unconventional side.

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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

Looking for a way to get all those makeup brushes organized? Here’s a seriously simple how-to from P.S.- I made this…

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We’ve got loads of DIY inspiration over at Nordstrom Beauty Spot, and even more every day on our beauty Pinterest board.

Calling all beauty girls! The Nordstrom Beauty Spot wants to know: what’s in your makeup bag?

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June 4, 2013

Beauty on the Scene

Sometimes, the most everyday objects can inspire your beauty routine. We asked three Beauty Stylists to take note of the colors and textures they see daily and to then pick a product on their radar that celebrates the beauty around them.

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Freshly Polished: Lancôme ‘Vernis in Love – Aquatic Summer’ Fade Resistant Gloss Shine Nail Polish

“I’m so in love with these new bold shades from Lancôme’s summer collection,” says Candace Duong, Beauty Stylist at the Nordstrom South Shore Plaza store in Braintree, Massachusetts. “You have to try Simply Aqua. It’s such a fresh hue, you’ll want to wear it with your favorite floral dress! And the best part about Lancôme’s nail polish is that one brush stroke will cover most of your nail bed, so one coat will do the trick.”

Need to Put Out a Fire? Kiehl’s Since 1851 ‘Skin Rescuer’ Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator

“Let’s start first by talking about the texture. This product melts over your skin, leaving a cooling sensation. Great for reducing visible signs of stress, fatigue, dehydration, blotchiness and redness,” says James Webb, Beauty Stylist at the Nordstrom Fashion Valley store in San Diego, California. “I like to use this product in the morning after I wash my face and before I use my serum. It doesn’t leave your skin greasy, and when I use the Skin Rescuer on my clients, their makeup gildes smoothly and keeps everything in place.”

Scents To Make Your House a Home: NEST Fragrances ‘Grapefruit’ Scented Candle and NEST Fragrances Diffuser

“The new NEST candles, fragrance and diffusers are AH-MAZING!! These home scents are moderately priced for such a beautiful product,” says Tannah Ives, Beauty Stylist at the Nordstrom Thousand Oaks store in Thousand Oaks, California. “Not only do all the scents smell wonderful—they are perfect as gifts and great for any home or office!”

Take notice of what’s new and fabulous in the world of beauty.

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Since my recent re-lo to Seattle, I’ve discovered there’s no need to get away during the summer. With the sun finally shining on nearby mountains, lakes, beaches, waterfalls and brilliantly blooming backyards, a Northwest staycation hands-down beats the hassles of long-distance travel. And while I love getting back to nature, I do have my limits with going au natural; luckily, I’ve found the perfect, portable beauty companions for each of my favorite staycation destinations.

Boating on Lake Washington. When you’re jumping in and out of the water, you need makeup that’s waterproof and towel-proof, like stila lip crush lip & cheek stain. This amazing product reacts with the pH levels of your skin to create a perfectly natural and unique pop of color that stays put, and the brush on the pen makes application a breeze. My favorite water-sporting color: Pomegranate Crush.

Camping near Mt. Rainier. My husband always challenges me to get everything I need into one backpack, so multipurpose items are a must. The answer to all of my skin needs (healthy, protected, natural-looking) comes neatly packaged in one tube of Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35. This wilderness wonder product covers and smoothes imperfections, provides an anti-aging serum and protects with a higher SPF. The silky formula is a treat when I’m roughing it.

Hiking on the Olympic Peninsula. When you finally reach the summit or waterfall, it’s nice to look (and feel) fresh for a picnic and your Instagram-worthy pictures. To keep sweat at bay, I always carry a few packets of DERMAdoctor MED e TATE Hyperhidrosis Control Wipes. Specially medicated for extra sweating, this handy product can still be used on your face, underarms and even your feet, and helps you stay drier on any trek.

A day at Alki Beach. Sunscreen is a no-brainer, but I also like to keep my hair from looking like it’s been through a hurricane. Salt water is so drying, and the breezes from Puget Sound can whip tresses into a frizzy tangle—unless you come prepared with a leave-in conditioner in your beach bag. My favorite: B. the Product Leave It In Conditioner. This lifesaver doesn’t weigh down even fine, thin hair like mine, and the spray pump helps the product reach your head instead of blowing in the wind. It’s great for kids’ hair too, and makes comb-out time much less painful.

Spa time at home. Why deal with traffic when you can simply lie back in the tub with a good book, a glass of Washington wine and some Aveda Stress-fix Soaking Salts? With lavender and sage essences infusing mineral-rich salt and sugar, this total-body indulgence is my go-to remedy for relaxing and unwinding—especially after days spent hiking, camping, boating and playing on the beach. (Sometimes I need a staycation after my staycation…)

I hope wherever you live, you’ll take some summer staycation days of your own. A little downtime is one of the best beauty treatments out there!

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Images courtesy of Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission