There are so many options when it comes to your foundation wardrobe. We know! Primers, tinted moisturizers, concealers, finishing powders … we have hundreds of ’em. While we love choices, we also love some great advice for selecting the perfect foundation and supplementary products. So we’re enlisting the expertise of a few Beauty Stylists to be 100% ensured of the best look possible, whatever the skin type or concern. They had so much information to share, we’re making it a miniseries.



Victoria Lucido, Nordstrom Walnut Creek

I believe that your skin is so important! That’s why I can’t live without my Kate Somerville Dermal Quench Liquid Lift. I prime my face by spraying this before foundation. It plumps out fine lines and gives my skin a lift.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is what I apply next. It’s my favorite foundation! I apply it with the beautyblender and my fingertips. It gives you a beautiful glow.

I set my foundation with DiorSkin Nude Air Powder. It holds my makeup on all day and adds a healthy glow!



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There are so many options when it comes to your foundation wardrobe. We know! Primers, tinted moisturizers, concealers, finishing powders … we have hundreds of ’em. While we love choices, we also love some great advice for selecting the perfect foundation and supplementary products. So we’re enlisting the expertise of a few Beauty Stylists to be 100% ensured of the best look possible, whatever the skin type or concern. They had so much information to share, we’re making it a miniseries.



Judy Monachello, The Village at Corte Madera

My perfect foundation look includes five products. After applying my skincare, I move on with a generous amount of the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer. This primer is amazing for any skin type and makeup application. You will look like you have a soft-focus lens on your face and beam with a soft glow. Blend all over the face with fingertips.

Next, I use the Amorepacific CC Compact in color 106. The CC compact is so wonderful! It has a powerful broad-spectrum SPF 50, is ultra hydrating and provides long-lasting, flawless coverage. I apply this compact with the Bobbi Brown Full-Coverage Brush.

Under my eyes, I first apply La Prairie Cellular Eye Essence Platinum Rare. This instantly lifts, firms and brightens–it’s perfect under any concealer! Then I use the new Dior Fix it 2 in 1 Prime & Conceal Concealer, two light swipes under each eye, then tap it in with your ring finger. This concealer has a built in primer, so it glides on flawlessly and provides excellent coverage that lasts all day.

Last, I set everything with the LaMer Translucent Setting Powder. This powder is light, luminous and so silky, so you can use a generous amount without a dry or chalky look. I apply my foundation everyday at 6am, and I am ready for my day, which starts by taking my 8 year old to school. Then I head to work, come home make dinner, help with homework, read a bedtime story…and before I know it, it’s 11pm, and I haven’t had a minute to look in the mirror until I’m ready to wash my face. But my foundation looks just good as when I applied it that morning!




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!



As Vice President of Sales and Promotions for Chantecaille, Alex Chantecaille has to travel the world as part of her job. We’re sure it’s not all glamorous jetsetting, but still. Sounds pretty fantastic! She also has a passion for practicing and promoting stewardship of our planet’s wilderness. It’s a trait that runs in her family–all of whom happen to play parts running the company started by Alex’s mother, Sylvie. And because it runs through the family that still runs Chantecaille, it also runs through the brand, which is known for raising awareness of important environmental concerns.

Alex Chantecaille took some time to tell us about the favorite places she discovered during a recent journey to Turkey and share information about how we can all get involved in protecting our natural resources; she also doled out tips on wearing Chantecaille’s most recent collection and (because we couldn’t resist asking) show us her adorable rescue pup, Ella.


Alex at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“Do what makes you fly”—from my mom.

That and “start swimming; stop running”—from a friend’s dad who is an ortho (it saved my knees!).

As a beauty expert, what’s the one question you get asked the most, and what do you say in reply?
Which cream/serum/eye cream do I use for night and which do I use for day? As we don’t specify Day or Night on Chantecaille skincare products this comes up a lot. The answer is: it depends on your skin type, needs, and where you live/will be using these products. Climate affects our skin a great deal; we often forget about that when buying a cream. It might be perfectly moisturizing while you’re in Scottsdale, Arizona for a golf trip, but too rich once you’re back home in the humidity of the Northeast.

Depending on your skin type, some creams are ideal for day, giving a boost of hydration and relaxing wrinkles; however, if you’re younger and oilier, this type of cream may be too rich for you. I’m always coaching my team to look and listen to the women in front of them. They need to address the very specific needs of that person and customize a personal regimen for her.



The newest from M•A•C is all about celebrating individuality and the inherent beauty that lies in the freedom to express your personality—whoever you are, whatever your style. Check out the contest winners handpicked by M•A•C to be the six inspiring faces of the new M•A•Cnificent! Me collection, then choose your favorite new products and get to showing the world your true colors!


Shop: M•A•Cnificent! Me collection | All M•A•C



“Norman Parkinson to me is one of the great photographers of the world. As a makeup artist, I am constantly inspired by photography and art and films, and he has been one of the people that I have referenced over and over and again. The way he played with color; the way that he captured color… it’s such a complete inspiration.” — Charlotte Tilbury


It’s here! The new collection from Charlotte Tilbury inspired by and featuring the incredible work of one of the fashion world’s most sought-after photographers, Norman Parkinson. On the outside, compact covers and cases are printed with Parkinson’s work with glamor icons Jerry Hall, Carmen dell’Orefice and Wenda (Parkinson’s wife and muse). On the inside, all the covetable colors and and accessories to create the fresh, dreamy looks like those captured by the magical touch of Parkinson and his lens.charlotte-tilbury-norman-parkinson-3



Shop: Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson


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Fall has always been the season for the smoky eye—and 2015 is no exception—but new approaches make it exciting, sophisticated and defiantly dramatic. Regardless of the techniques and colors used, we love these fun variations:

From gorgeous greys and deep browns to modern cinnamon and plum tones, smoky never looked so good.

Layering deep jewel tones like purple or metallic chocolate creates retro-like lids with amazing finishes.

Artistic and Graphic
Cue the black eyeliner revolution because this is way more than the traditional cat eye.

— Loredana Grama, Nordstrom National Beauty Director

Shop: Modern Smoky Eye | Modern Winged Liner | Sexy Brows


Bobbi Brown is a woman who needs no introduction, so let’s jump right into our recent interview with this much-adored beauty mogul as she shares her expertise, tips and tricks, a delicious (and simple!) summer soup recipe and so much more.


What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever been given?
Bobbi Brown: My mother taught me that confidence is true beauty.

As a person who loves healthy food, what things do you find yourself going back to this summer? Even better, do you have a favorite recipe you could share?
My three-step soup on my blog, Everything Bobbi, is perfect for summer as it’s easy and works well with whatever veggies you have on hand.

Another summer favorite is my Coconut Kale Shake. I make it using coconut milk, cocoa powder, chia seeds, chocolate protein powder, frozen organic banana, frozen organic cherries and, of course, kale. It’s great for breakfast or as a midday snack.


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Bobbi Brown has a secret—and she’s telling all! She shows us the easy steps to creating gorgeous eyes that you don’t have to be a makeup artist to replicate. Her Nordstrom-exclusive Secret to Standout Eyes Set (with 12 eyeshadow shades, a mini ultra-fine brush, full-size long-wear gel eyeliner and mascara) comes with a handy guide to three distinct looks: classic, smokey and party eyes. For more inspiration, watch the video where she creates this look below.




The CHANEL Travel Makeup Palette is an all-in-one beauty powerhouse complete with eyeshadow, blush, foundation, lip color, mascara and three applicator brushes. To have a little fun with this versatile face palette, the Nordstrom Beauty Blog brought one to our crew at Studio N, where our in-house photographers, hair and makeup artists, art directors, models and scads of other colleagues all hustle to make editorial magic happen on the daily.

Beauty DIY & How-To: Simple, natural makeup look for daytime.Beauty DIY & How-To: Simple, smokey eye makeup look.

Our initial thoughts? We were all super fans of the perfectly chosen colors, made up of several most-wanted shades. The options are almost limitless, but we were excited to showcase how easily this compact, travel-friendly product–sized just right for a handbag or jet-setting–has all you need to go from beautifully fresh, barely-there day makeup to a subtle-but-smoldering nighttime look. No magic required.

Beauty DIY & How-To: Simple, smokey eye makeup look.Beauty DIY & How-To: Simple, smokey eye makeup look.
Beauty DIY & How-To: Simple, smokey eye makeup look.

Read more for our simple (we promise!) step-by-step guide for going day to night with these two gorgeous makeup looks.