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On your mark, get set… party! The winter holidays are here, which means Secret Santas, cocktail soirees, family gatherings, and if you’re lucky, an event requiring an evening gown. Tis the season for merrymaking, and when it comes to makeup, you might need to pull off a party look in a pinch. We asked Australian beauty authority Napoleon Perdis about the latest and greatest of this season’s makeup trends, as well as better-than-best tips for selfies, glitter, and that time-honored holiday classic—the bold red lip.

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October 7, 2014

Trending Now: Night Shades

Kate Fannin introduces our favorite beauty trend right now: night shades for eyes.

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The smoky eye gets dusky this season—grounded in cool, flinty shades of slate gray and metallic pewter. This trend can be smoldering and sultry for night (try our new “halo” technique below), or you can simply define your waterline for a modern approach for day. Shimmering cocoa adds yet another option that’s perfect for day or night.

Nails can accent this edgy yet feminine look with gunmetal, mica or black patent polish and accented with gold flecks for a shock of color.

Try this trend yourself with Charlotte Tilbury’s pro tips for creating a super-easy smoky eye.

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After 20 years of helping top-notch models and actresses to look their most beautiful, British beauty and makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury decided it was time to channel all of her expertise into her own line. Since its launch, Charlotte’s incredible lineup has been taking the UK by storm, and starting this September, it will be available right here at Nordstrom. So excited! Luckily, none of us have to wait until fall to try one of her amazing products, because we’re offering the Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Killer Cheekbones’ Set right now as a limited-time Beauty Exclusive during our Anniversary Sale.

Packaged in a compact that’s inspired by the elegance and glamour of the 1920s, these genius powders allow you to sculpt your face just like the stars in Tinseltown. Apply the shading color where you want to sculpt (the hollows of your cheeks, temples, jawline and the sides and tip of your nose), then apply the highlighter on top of the cheekbones and down the center of the nose, cupid’s bow and brow bone. Just blend, and bam—you’re ready for the red carpet!

We can’t wait to bring on even more from Tilbury. Stay tuned for official dates and more highly coveted beauty products from this much-adored Brit makeup maven.

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Killer Cheekbones’ Set

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Join us backstage at the Monique Lhuillier spring 2015 bridal collection show for an insider’s view of the gorgeous nail and makeup looks.

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Save the date! Join us tomorrow, May 9 from 12-1pm PST and chat with the one and only Bobbi Brown. She’s excited to answer all your beauty questions and to talk about her most recent launches: Art Stick (lipstick and liner in one) and her gel eyeliner pencils. Be part of the conversation using #nordstromxbobbi and follow us on Twitter @Nordstrombeauty.


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Kate Moss for Topshop is here, and we’re loving the makeup in the campaign and on the model below as much as we do the clothes! Top makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury created this covetable beauty look, and we’ve got all the details so you can get it right now.

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Proenza-Schouler-woman-is-captured-in-a-new-collection-for-MAC-now-at-Nordstrom_The youthful zeal and sophistication of Proenza Schouler is available for the first time in the form of cosmetics, thanks to an exciting partnership with M·A·C. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the charismatic duo behind the coveted label, have created a collection that captures the essence of the Proenza woman, with confident colors and limited-edition packaging.

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John Stapleton, M·A·C Cosmetics Senior Artist, has the scoop on how to work runway colors into your everyday beauty routine using M·A·C Playland.

Nothing looks better against bronzed, summery skin than a bright pop of color on lips, cheeks and eyes. But that doesn’t mean you have to wear them all together! Just in time for the season, M·A·C Playland offers an array of colors that can be worn off the runway for every day.

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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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Gregory-Arlt-Director-of-Makeup-ArtistryGregory Arlt, M·A·C Cosmetics Director of Artistry, has the lowdown on his new favorite product: Mineralize Lipglass.

This season at Fashion Week, it was all about creamy, well-hydrated, glossy lips. The look was more dewy than gooey, with an emphasis on sheen rather than a hugely reflective look.

Mineralize Lipglass is my go-to product when creating a dewy glow. It contains 77 minerals that condition the lips over time, so you get perfect feeling AND looking lips in very modern hues!

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Backstage Beauty: DKNY, Peter Som (top) & Donna Karan fall 2014 runway looks.

We saw ‘Lovingly Yours’ backstage at Diane von Furstenberg. ‘Ray of Sunshine’ was used at Donna Karan as well as at Peter Som, so it’s definitely a must-have shade for seasons to come. Use it alone by applying it with the provided applicator. Or, if you want to use it over a lipstick in an intense color, like ‘Morange’, transfer the gloss to a lip brush like the #316 in order to not taint the color of the gloss by getting it on the wand.

For a daytime look, simply apply and you are good to go. And yes, Mineralize Lipglass can still come in handy when it’s time to switch gears from day to date night. Pair it with your favorite lipstick to give it an extra pop of shine! I love these for the red carpet as well. They give a little pop of light to any lipstick you choose to use with it and feel extra hydrating and comfortable on the lips.

Follow Gregory on Twitter for daily beauty tips and how-tos @MAC_Gregory_A.

Photos: Luca Cannonieri