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.


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.



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.




Hit rewind. Deborah Lippmann’s new collection is throwing us back to the ’80s, and these new colors are totally boss. Six vivid shades channel the decade with a full burst of energy and color to the max. Paint them on, and top the charts! Here are a couple fun manicure ideas to get you inspired.

Colors: She Drives Me Crazy (teal), Maniac (purple), Don’t Stop Believin’ (orange)

Walking On Sunshine (yellow), Whip It (pink), Video Killed The Radio Star (blue)

Re-create this look for yourself! Here’s how:

1.) Prep the nails with Gel Lab base coat. When dry, apply one thin coat of ‘Whip It’.
2.) Paint the lower half with ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’.
3.) Paint the left half of the top section with ‘Walking On Sunshine’.
4.) Finish with Gel Lab top coat.

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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.



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.”

Put your best face forward with Jouer.

Photos courtesy of Jouer



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)



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.



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.


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


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