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With spring finally here, it’s time to start perfecting that sunny-weather makeup and strobing technique. (Think of strobing as the opposite of contouring—using highlights on the “high areas” of the face rather than sculpting shadows to create depth and dimension.) Charlotte Tilbury and team are lending us a few tips and easy steps to help you bring your natural beauty to light with products designed to do all the work for you.

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GLOW WITH IT: GET CHARLOTTE’S TIPS AND HOW-TO

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Four Fresh Makeup Looks for Spring: Lip and Nail Color Inspiration with New Collections from CHANEL

Leave it to CHANEL to launch two truly innovative new formulas just in time for spring: moisture-rich CHANEL ROUGE COCO STYLO Complete Care Lipshine and durable LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour. We couldn’t wait to get our hands on the newest collections and get to work in our photo studio having fun experimenting with the new shades and formulas.

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We rounded up a small crew at Studio N. Our first reaction? Loving the variety of perfectly edited colors that run the gamut from classic glamour to freshly modern. We incorporated a few different inspirations throughout the shoot, which give you a tiny glimpse of the countless looks anyone can create with these superior hues. From day to night, see all our looks and more ways that CHANEL has you covered for spring and beyond with these two covetable collections.

LIP AND NAIL INSPO: SEE OUR FOUR FRESH LOOKS FOR SPRING

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Meet your new favorite thing in beauty: the Nordstrom-exclusive Bobbi Brown Everything Eyes Palette. With nine day-to-night eyeshadows and four pro brushes—all handpicked by Brown herself—this versatile compact is powered up to take you anywhere you want to go. To prove it, Bobbi Brown sent us three of her favorite ready-for-anything looks along with her steps to create each: classic, smoky and party eyes. Get her how-tos and pro tips after the jump.

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MASTER THREE LOOKS TO LOVE FROM BOBBI BROWN

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For our spring 2016 beauty trends photoshoot, we tapped the genius Kali Kennedy to work her magic on our models. When this California native wasn’t waving her beauty wands or taking selfies with just about everyone on set, she took some time to tell us about how she got into makeup artistry, her best makeup advice and what it’s like living and breathing beauty. Get to know Kali Kennedy–a force of positivity who takes a refreshing approach to her craft.

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YOUR BEAUTY PHILOSOPHY
Every unique feature you have is something that nobody else possesses, and those features are what make you beautiful–that freckly skin, big brows or whatever. You can’t not love the beautiful parts about you that make you unique. I tell people they’re beautiful every day, and I mean it. Everybody needs to be told that they’re beautiful, because they are.

 

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GET KALI’S BEAUTY ADVICE AND MORE ON-SET WORDS OF WISDOM

 

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Our latest fashion edition of The Realest features the smart and smiling baker and business owner Kate Sigel in some of our favorite spring dresses. To complement each outfit, hair and makeup artist Jenny Verador created a look that’s classic and clean, with just the right amount of strategically placed color.

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For lips that evoke the feeling of spring without being overpowering, we brought all 12 shades from our new Nordstrom-exclusive collection of Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-in-Stick Lipsticks for Jenny to work her magic with. She was a fan of “the amazing color range with great color payoff and moisture.” Kate really loved how they felt, too. And we all loved their sweet hint of mango scent.

See the colors, makeup application and Jenny in action with our how-to video as she takes us through the steps and products she used to create this fresh and pretty makeup look for Kate.

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WATCH: JENNY’S HOW-TO STEPS AND SEE MORE LOOKS

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For our most recent installment of The Realest over on The Thread, our real-woman model Caitlin Braam showed us around her office—a brewery and cidery where she is president of both companies.

We spent the day photographing her around her workplace and outfitting her with new dresses to try for spring. Since we had a hair and makeup artist on hand as well as a photographer, we thought we’d share how to get her fresh, minimalist and perfect-for-spring makeup look. Bonus: artist Jamyrlyn Mallory takes it from day to night with a pop-of-color lip and just the right amount of bronzer and contour from the new NARS Hot Sand Collection. Pretty. Easy.

GET JAMYRLYN’S MAKEUP TIPS AND HOW-TO STEPS

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Behind the scenes of our January trend shoot

Too often you only get to see the talented faces in front of the camera, not those equally gifted and often adorable souls who work their magic behind the lens. During our January Trend shoot, we reversed our camera angle to highlight the artists who execute the style and vision that make fashions come to life.

Hear from two fashion photographers plus nail and hair stylists on how they launched their successful artistic careers and what makes them excited about their crafts—including tips on how to perfect your manicure and hairdo.

Ashlee Rose styling the mode's hair for the Nordstrom January Trend shoot

LIGHTS, CAMERA, (HAIR & NAILS): READ MORE ON THE THREAD

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For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

charlotte-tilbury-interview-with-nordstromTalk about gifted. As one of the most in-demand artists in the industry, Charlotte Tilbury pretty much has the Midas touch when it comes to makeup. So, what’s on Charlotte’s list to give and receive this year? We know, we know! (Because she was nice enough to tell us). See what this gifted giver has in store for her family and A-list friends this holiday season.

SEE CHARLOTTE’S FAVES TO GIVE AND RECIEVE

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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.

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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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GET ALL OF OUR STYLISTS’ TIPS & RECOMMENDATIONS >

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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.

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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!

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GET ALL OF OUR STYLIST’S TIPS & RECOMMENDATIONS >

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