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London-based makeup artist and mother of 1.5 (son Flynn, pictured above, is 4; baby #2 is due in June), Charlotte Tilbury has long been on the industry’s short list for styling top-tier cover shoots, fashion editorials and ad campaigns around the world. A flame-haired beauty herself, Charlotte counts Kate Moss, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow among her loyal clients and friends, relationships bolstered no doubt by a common bond of having young children. In honor of Mother’s Day, we caught up with the endlessly energetic, effervescent industry star to get her refreshingly honest—and uniquely British—take on being a modern mum.

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Supermodel, tsunami survivor and founder of the Happy Hearts Fund Petra Nemcova has partnered with Clinique to help children around the world. Together they’re promoting a limited-edition Clinique Happy Heart Perfume Spray and A Different Nail Enamel in ‘Happy’, with a portion of the proceeds for both going toward rebuilding schools in communities devastated by natural disasters.

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A leader in luxury home fragrance, Antica Farmacista blends the finest essential oils and natural ingredients to create one-of-kind fragrances for the home and body. We find Seattle-based best friends and the co-creators of the brand, Shelley Callaghan and Susanne Pruitt, in conversation, as Shelley finds out about Susanne’s favorite holiday scents and how she gets ready for the holidays.

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BFFs in Business: Susanne Pruitt (left) and Shelley Callaghan launched Antica Farmacista in 2003. The pair attributes their success to laughs and friendship.

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As the go-to manicurist of fashion editors, top photographers, preeminent designers and A-list stars, Jin Soon Choi is a celebrity in her own right. But in talking to her, you’d never know it. Down to earth, enthusiastic, humble and totally cool in a real girl’s girl kind of way, the Korean-born, Manhattan-dwelling Jin makes you feel like an old friend in a matter of minutes.

We connected with Jin, who recently teamed up with Nordstrom to sell her award-winning eponymous collection of JINsoon nail polishes, each named by one of the models she regularly works with. In honor of the new partnership, Jin created a gorgeous nail-art design exclusively for our Beauty Blog. Here, she reveals her inspiration and how-tos for this unique look—and fesses up about her own nails.

BEAUTY CONNECTIONS: This nail design is so artistic—it looks like a [modern abstract expressionist] Jasper Johns painting.
JIN SOON CHOI: Well, I hadn’t really thought of it that way, but you’re right! I’m a huge fan of modern abstract art—MoMA is my favorite museum and I go there all the time, so maybe I was subconsciously influenced. More than anything, I wanted to create a design that was simple, modern and artistic, one that really shows the raw brushstrokes. I love the idea of irregularity, because it lets you have more creative freedom and it doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect. In fact, that imperfection only makes it better: your mistakes become your art!

Well that’s good news for all of us shaky-handed coffee drinkers in Seattle…
(laughs) Or anywhere! Another thing that inspired me: I was at your Seattle store recently and noticed how much modern art there was hanging on the walls. I wanted to make a design connection to that.

Map, 1961 by Jasper Johns (image courtesy of MoMA)

And the blue shades, what inspired those?
My family lives in Olympia, Washington [south of Seattle], so I’m out there often and love it. I was thinking about the rain and all the surrounding water [from Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean]. And the sky out there is so big and open—completely different from my city life—so I wanted to convey the idea of all those colors in an abstract way.

Just curious: How do you do your own nails? Are you into colors or more nude looks?
Actually, I don’t wear any polish…I’m always doing other people’s nails, in the salon or on shoots, and I want to be able to focus completely on my work and not worry about messing up my own manicure.

What about for special events or a fun night out?
Even then, I don’t wear polish—it takes too much time and I’m just too impatient. I always try to keep my nails cut short, to look neat and professional. To be honest, as I’ve gotten older I’ve also become a bit self-conscious about my hands. When I have more time, I want to develop some good skincare products for hands and feet!

Backstage at the Vera Wang spring ’14 show (photo collage courtesy of Jin Soon Choi)

Lots of the magazine covers and fashion shows you’ve done recently have featured nude nails, which deviates from some of the trends for this season.
I really do appreciate colors for nails, but truly high fashion is all about simple, classic, elegant beauty, especially in Europe, where I do a lot of my shoots [with fashion photographer Steven Meisel, who uses Jin for nail styling on all of his editorials]. The clean-looking nail is so much more my personal style. It’s funny: I did create some glitter polishes for my holiday collection, and some of my friends were like, ‘Glitter? You?!’ I told them, ‘Don’t worry, it’s subtle—and still very me!’

Speaking of being ‘you,’ you seem remarkably unaffected considering all the attention you’ve gotten and the star circles you work in.
I just want to hold on to my identity, to be real—I’m still just a manicurist, after all! I feel so blessed by the amount of support I’ve gotten as I’ve launched my company. All the models I’ve worked with were so excited to help me name my products, even though I couldn’t afford to pay them. They just wanted to be there for me as friends.

I also want to stay true to my longtime clients and try to get into the salons at least once every other week. I have an emotional connection there: when you do someone’s nails every week, you hear about her life, her work, her kids, and you get personally invested in her. It’s important to me to keep in touch with my customers—they’re like family!

How to Create Jin’s Exclusive Nail Art:

Step 1: Start with a clean background, painting one coat of JINsoon ‘Tulle’ Nail Lacquer (a neutral, milky nude polish that doubles as a base coat) on all nails.

Step 2: Begin applying your ‘brushstrokes.’ The key to this effect is to make sure you wipe your brush on the lid edge really well so you don’t have too much polish. Jin begins her brushstrokes at the top but says you can go any direction you like: top to bottom, side to side—remember, it’s YOUR art! Use JINsoon ‘Rhapsody’ Nail Lacquer, a deep navy named by model Coco Rochas.

Step 3: Add more brushstrokes with JINsoon ‘Blue Iris’ Nail Lacquer, a brilliant marine color named by model Saskia de Brauw.

Step 4: Layer on some final brushstrokes with JINsoon ‘Poppy Blue’ Nail Lacquer, an electric, minty blue named by model Tati Cotliar.

Step 5: Finish with JINsoon Top Gloss & Coat to seal in the colors and protect your masterpiece.

Want to check out more amazing nail polishes? Shop our full JINsoon collection.

—Stefanie Frank

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Chantecaille’s gorgeous new Wild Horses Palette includes three eyeshadows and one blush in perfectly on-trend colors for fall—plus a world-changing bonus: a percentage of all palette proceeds will be donated to The Humane Society to support its mission to help wild horses run free in America. We spoke with Chantecaille Creative Director and spokesmodel Olivia Chantecaille to learn more about her family’s efforts to make a difference through the company.

BEAUTY BLOG: Olivia, tell us why you support this particular cause.
OLIVIA CHANTECAILLE: There’s an urgent need to help our country’s wild horses roam freely. Embodying the spirit of freedom, wild horses have graced the American landscape for centuries, reminding us of our deepest connection to the earth. Sadly, in just the past 40 years over 22 million acres of wild horse habitat has been lost in the U.S. To make room for cattle, gas and oil production, the government has been systematically placing wild herds into captivity, which costs taxpayers upwards of $78 million per year. By conserving our public land for our wild horses, we not only help save the herds, but we also ensure that the land will be preserved for future generations.

How does The Wild Horses Palette reflect the cause it supports?
The palette reflects not only the colors of the wild horses, but those of the magnificent landscape they live in. It’s a striking yet neutral palette that perfectly complements the trending colors in this fall’s fashion—warm earthy browns, rich neutrals, grounding black, camel and pops of red.

Beauty and heart: Olivia Chantecaille models The Wild Horses Palette.

This isn’t the first time you’ve created a palette inspired by a cause [last spring the company released its Save the Sharks Palette; in years past it has created palettes to benefit endangered tigers and elephants in Africa].
Yes, we have always sought to raise awareness for environmental causes that are most urgent and require immediate attention. This is an integral part of our brand and our way to give back to nature. Each season we launch a ‛cause-metics’ collection, and are particularly passionate about our commitment to the oceans and endangered species.

Of all your recent charitable efforts, which cause has held the most significance for you and your family?
It is impossible to choose one cause over another. Each one is vital in its own right, and when you look at the larger picture you realize that everything is connected. There is one unifying message that comes from all of these causes: We need to respect Nature and be aware of the negative influence we play.

Are there skincare or other makeup products that work best with the Wild Horses look?
Our new Le Stylo Ultra Slim Liquid Eyeliner and the new lash-defining Supreme Cils Mascara really highlight and complement the neutral shades of the eyeshadow palette. On lips, Persimmon Hydra Chic Lipstick is a bold tomato red with a flattering burst of orange that is the perfect modern take on a classic red lip. Complete the look with Future Skin Foundation and a spritz of our Pure Rosewater.


Watch a behind-the-scenes look at The Wild Horses Palette photo shoot.

For more information on the effort to help wild horses, visit The Humane Society.

Shop our complete online collection of Chantecaille makeup, fragrance and skincare.

—Stefanie Frank

Get to know Karla Deras, fashion blogger of Karla’s Closet: Sartorialist muse and Daddy’s girl.

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BEAUTY BLOG: How do you stay inspired?

KARLA DERAS: I love making digital mood boards—I make them all the time.

Best compliment from a fan?

KARLA: When a girl says that my blog has encouraged her to just be herself, to feel comfortable in her own skin—or to go ahead and dress up. Everyone has insecurities; everyone has times when they feel ugly. When someone says I’ve helped to boost her confidence, it boosts my confidence!

Have you ever made a beauty mistake?

KARLA: I once dyed my hair blond. I looked like Eminem’s character, ‘Slim Shady’! And overdoing it with eyeshadow—that’s not a good look for me.

What does the future hold for Karla Deras?

KARLA: Anything and everything that’s creative. I would like to flip houses. I like designing—maybe jewelry, coffee table books, Creative Director for a brand. Or just opening a restaurant.

Any surprises while working with Duncan, your Nordstrom Beauty Stylist?

KARLA: I loved his take on the smoky eye. He created a really deconstructed, smudged-out look.

How does beauty affect your style?

KARLA: My style really changes with my hair. When I had a pixie, I wore a lot of vintage clothing. My style got a little sexier as my hair grew out.

Any beauty muses?

KARLA: I think Rooney Mara. Not stereotypical beauty. Christy Turlington; Lara Stone with a gap in her teeth.

Find out how Karla experiences her beauty.

Inventive. Imaginative. Funny. Well moisturized. Just a few ways to describe Erica Domesek, the savvy DIY doyen behind PS. I Made This.
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“DIY is in my DNA. It’s just how my brain is programmed–but anyone can think that way. You just have to keep your eyes and mind open.” One of our favorite moments working with Erica came as that DIY DNA sprang into action, and she started customizing her Estée Lauder lipstick tube with colorful tape. Anything, no matter how small, can have a personalized touch.

“I grew up always looking at function and fashion. Re-purposing and re-imagining everyday objects has always been a part of my life.”

Erica’s space was filled with creativity and inspiration. You never know what’s going to fall out of my pocket!”

We love the idea of simple, everyday objects getting whipped up into something unexpected that’s both pretty and functional. Make your own tiered makeup stand with Erica’s step-by-step guide.

Erica’s beauty routine. “I’m pretty basic and simple. I’m a big moisturizer person. Big time! I get out of the shower and start with moisturizer. Makeup is great, but your skin is your own canvas, and you need to take care of it.” Shop Erica’s beauty picks.

“Beauty doesn’t have to mean a lipstick. It can mean the shade of a chandelier—gorgeous candlesticks to a flight of modified paints. Beauty is just something that makes you smile instantly.”

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For Chriselle Lim, fashion blogger behind The Chriselle Factor, beauty is all about feeling good and feeling healthy. This fashion guru shares how she experiences beautyand in the process showed us a few camera-ready hair tricks.

When it comes to beautiful hair, Chriselle is drawn to big, sleek waves. We find her at Nordstrom picking up a Sultra Bombshell Curling Rod as she prepares for her night.

So what’s her everyday beauty style? “As a fashion blogger, I’m always changing it up,” says Chriselle. “One day I’m a rocker chick. The next day I’m boho. But when it comes to beauty, I’m such a creature of habit. My go-to products are: BB Cream, lip tint, cheek stain and mascara. Super easy! My makeup is pretty neutral; what’s important to me is dewy skin. I’m a sucker for skincare. I could spend all my money on that.”

Step 1: Starting 2-3″ from roots, wrap 1″ sections of hair around curling rod. Roll rod toward scalp to complete the curl. Before curling, spray each section with a setting spray.

Step 2: While curled section is still warm, wrap hair around two fingers to create a pin curl.

Biggest beauty mistake? “Shaving my brows in high school!”

Ideal brow? “I love thick brows, a little tattered and messy—not perfect. Like Cara Delevigne—I’m obsessed with her thick, straight brows.”

Step 3: Using a double-pronged curl clip, place clip inside curl, securing hair against your scalp. Keep pin curls in place until hair has cooled.

Step 4: When hair is cool to the touch, remove curl clips.

“Every moment is an ‘insta’ moment,” says the snap-ready tastemaker.

Not convinced? We suggest checking out her Instagram feed. Chriselle was born to document and share fabulous style inspiration.

Step 5: Gently brush curls with a mixed-bristle brush, shaping curls into desired wave. Set with a medium-hold hairspray and shine spray.

Favorite beautiful place? “I recently went to Taiwan. And while you wouldn’t necessarily think of anything peaceful in such a crazy-busy city, we visited Sun Moon Lake, which is perhaps the most amazingly beautiful place I’ve ever seen. It was so peaceful and serene.”

Glam Girl: This look represents Chriselle—and a hairstyle option that works for just about every situation.

Photo Fab: #Instagood #Nordstrom

Wondering how to turn a bad hair and makeup day into a good one? Check out Chriselle’s Picks!

Meet DJ Kiss: Celebrity mixmaster. Soul sister. Fragrance fanatic. This Nordstrom Beauty Spot guest blogger shares how she rocks her makeup routine from day to night.

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Beauty, to me, comes in so many different shapes and forms. It’s about finding your own beauty and being comfortable with it—being confident. Being comfortable in your own skin is sexy and beautiful! You’ll see someone and they may not be 5’11, 120 pounds – but they have an inner beauty that you can’t escape. I’d take that any day. Outer beauty fades, so it has to radiate from within.

Here’s how I rock my day beauty routine with the help of some great brands:

Step 1: Apply Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation SPF 15 with a makeup sponge. I use a lighter shade all over my T-zone and a darker shade along my hairline where the sun hits. Pat Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer with a finger, under the eyes and wherever else you need it.

Step 2: Using short strokes, add depth to the lash line with Yves Saint Laurent Dessin du Regard Eye Pencil and smudge out with a blending tool.

Step 3: Sweep Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara to your lashes in a zig-zag motion, coating top and bottom lashes as you go.

Step 4: Use M·A·C Powder Blush to add a pop of color to the apples of the cheeks. You’ll want to work your brush (I love my Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush) in a circular motion back toward hairline.

Step 5: Apply Bobbi Brown Rich Color Lip Gloss, starting in the center of lips and blending out for a perfect pout.

Music and beauty go hand-in-hand for me; I listen to it when I’m getting ready. Right now I really love indie dance and also nu disco, because it has a really strong element of funk—which is something that I love. Classic Soul is one of my favorites to spin, but I find beauty in all types of music, even classic rock—because it has soul too!

Often, just out of habit, I’ll gravitate toward my go-to brands—when really, there are tons out there. It’s great to explore and find different products.

Kiss The Girl: M·A·C Lip Pencil, M·A·C 116 Blush Brush, M·A·C Powder Blush, Essie Nail Polish – Blues, M·A·C ‘Haute & Naughty Lash’ MascaraJo Malone London French Lime Blossom Cologne (3.4 oz.) and Bobbi Brown ‘Rich Color’ Lip Gloss

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When I change my look from day to night, I just make everything bigger and bolder. For my eyes, I take a normal-length line out to a cat-eye look, and add a darker, shimmery, charcoal eye shadow (usually in the corner of my eye to make it pop and add to the cat-eye shape); then I’ll add a pop of blush on the apples of my cheeks and finish it up with a bright lip gloss. That’s my signature nighttime look.

Check out DJ Kiss’ beauty picks for transitioning your makeup from day to night! You can also Live Chat or schedule an appointment in store with a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist, who can help introduce you to new products across the board and share some great tips for keeping your look fresh and interesting.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be highlighting the experts featured on our Nordstrom Beauty Spot. First up, the delightful manicurist Madeline Poole (from MPNAILS).

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About Madeline. “I’m from Baltimore, MD. I started experimenting with nails about two and a half years ago and went to beauty school in LA. I started working about a year after that, full time, and I just recently moved to New York.

“When I was little my dad asked me what I wanted to be. I said, ‘I just want to be an expert.’ At the time, I didn’t know what kind. But now I am! I usually just say, ‘I’m a manicurist.’ Yes, I am a nail artist, but I’m also a manicurist. I take care of the hands, and clean manicures are beautiful to me. I don’t want to be pigeonholed as a nail artist.”

Beauty Stylist experience. “Stephanie, my stylist, was great! She brought me classic lip colors and a tinted moisturizer—because I’m scared of too much makeup. I like to even out my skin tone because it’s a little blotchy.

“Stephanie introduced me to this Giorgio Armani ‘Flash’ Lip Lacquer (Pink 522). I never wear lip gloss, but it’s almost like you’re wearing a clear gloss and have naturally pink lips. It’s a good lip option for the daytime.

“I love the way mascara looks, but when I’m out all day, I always come home with the raccoon look. Stephanie recommended Trish McEvoy High-Volume Mascara. The comb is really thin. It doesn’t collect a lot of mascara on it.”

Check out Madeline’s step-by-step instructions for three amazing custom-curated nail art looks.

Tips for a professional-quality manicure. “Create a clean canvas. Really prep your nails before you start. Scrub your nails with soap water and really clean them—it really helps and gets rid of cuticle. But don’t cut your cuticles!

“If you want your nail polish to stay longer, swipe with Deborah Lippmann ‘The Stripper’ Nail Lacquer Remover. It removes oil from the nail plate. Oil is the enemy of nail polish. This helps polish adhere longer.

“Also, if you’re looking for long-lasting polish, I’ve found that colors with a bit of shimmer tend to stay better.

“To clean up nail polish spills on skin, use an angled makeup brush (like M•A•C’s #266).”