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Our beauty trend editor Kate Fannin gives us the low down on the best and brightest in anti-aging products.

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As I celebrate my birthday today, it’s the perfect time to mention some favorite anti-aging products (and some that just make me feel or look younger than my 42 years!).

I started using sunscreen in high school (and am thankful I did; I shockingly still get carded sometimes). Also, I diligently follow my dad’s greatest ‘beauty’ advice, “keep a lip balm in every jacket pocket”–that has saved my lips more times than I can count! Ultimately, you’re truly as young as you feel, but a little ‘preventative maintenance’ and good old-fashioned primping never hurts. Nor does a glass of champagne and gourmet cupcake on your b-day…

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Backstage Beauty: NARS for Rodarte

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‘Delicate, refined beauty’ were the words renowned makeup artist James Kaliardos used to describe his stunning makeup creation for NARS cosmetics at Rodarte today. We immediately noticed light literally bouncing off the model’s skin, which made us wonder—it’s the middle of winter; how is skin this pearlescent even possible? That was our first moment of wonder. The second happened when we saw the gorgeous glint coming from the models’ eyes. Being the beauty girls that we are, we flocked for a closer inspection. We were delighted to see sparkle underneath the eyes and just knew: this look was our spirit animal.

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Expert opinion alert: Beauty stylist Anthony Tippins from the flagship Nordstrom in Seattle, WA, spoke to us about six mini stocking stuffers that he considers must-haves for these dark days of winter. His comments are below, broken out

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Three Last-Minute Halloween Looks

Still agonizing over your Halloween costume? We’ve got your back. Here are three gorgeous makeup looks you can pull together in a snap.

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What You’ll Need

1.) Giorgio Armani ‘Face Fabric’ Foundation in #001 for that porcelain complexion.
2.) NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna for the apples of your cheeks.
3.) Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink for that sad clown face paint.
4.) M·A·C 30 Lash to up the drama on those peepers.
5.) M·A·C ‘Cremesheen + Pearl’ Lipstick in Coral Bliss for a subtle kiss of color.
6.) The Topshop Leather Choker with Imitation Pearls and a bowler top hat (try your local Halloween-supply store) to complete the look.

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What You’ll Need

1.) Lancôme ‘Artliner’ Precision Point Eyeliner in Noir to define eyes and draw on nose.
2.) Laura Mercier ‘Smoky Suede’ Eyeshadow Palette for a smoky cat eye and to fill in and set the eyeliner on your nose.
3.) M·A·C Eye Kohl in Fascinating for your waterline.
4.) Dior ‘Addict’ Fluid Stick in 575 Wonderland for a splash on pink on your lips.
5.) The Topshop Lace Cat Headband for fashion cat allure.

Pop-Art Bombshell

What You’ll Need

1.) Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Harlow Red for those Lichtenstein-like dots (do this first) and lips (do this second-to-last).
2.) M·A·C Eyeshadow in Gesso all over your eyelids from brow bone to lash line. Press shadow onto lids for bolder color.
3.) M·A·C 3 Lash for larger-than-life lashes.
4.) Two coats of Dior ‘Diorshow – Black Out’ Mascara for eyes that POP!
5.) Lancôme ‘Le Lipstique’ LipColoring Stick in Clair for the highlight accent on lips (dab with the M·A·C Eyeshadow for a brighter white).
6.) Clinique ‘Quickliner for Eyes’ Eyeliner Pencil in Really Black for your cartoon contours.

Happy Halloween!

Product photos by Brooklyn Benjestorf, Porcelain Clown Doll image from Pinterest, Pretty Kitty image from Pinterest, and Pop-Art Bombshell image from Pinterest.

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We’re not all born with a sixth sense for shadows, creams and application methods, and even the best at-home wand-wielders find themselves at a cosmetics impasse every now and again. And sometimes, well, sometimes we just want a second opinion or a fresh set of eyes. Enter our Beauty Stylists. These skincare and makeup professionals are well-versed and experienced with all the lines we carry, and they have a client-focused, nuanced approach to helping you look and feel your best.

Case in point: Patricia Wolfkill, a 55-year-old former model and longtime fashion industry multitalent. Wolfkill visited Beauty Stylist Kristen Lawson at Nordstrom Bellevue Square and we were there to document what went down.

The goal: “I think as women age, the days of no makeup and/or too much makeup end,” Wolfkill told us. “I think the biggest concern for women of a certain age is to use a light hand, but in such a way as to create some of the facial contours that diminish with age. In addition to the issue of sagging or drooping skin, the texture of the skin changes. It’s key to use makeup products that help restore—or appear to restore—that healthy, hydrated, smooth skin of our youth. That’s the goal. At least that’s my goal.”

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model-nars-3Inspiration for the Creatures of the Wind S/S 2015 show was ‘undone tomboy,’ so makeup had a cool, wearable, boyish vibe.

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially begins this Friday, but Nordstrom Rewards members can shop Early Access right now! We’re loving these Beauty Exclusives from NARS: a get-you-gorgeous lip and nail set available in two different colors—complete with a keepsake box—and a versatile cheek palette that includes ‘Orgasm’, one of the most coveted shades on the market.

NARS ‘Schiap’ Lip & Nail Set | NARS Cheek Palette

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Accept François Nars’s invitation to ‘Rethink Pink’ with the NARS Final Cut Collection, available exclusively at Nordstrom. It’s a modern montage of passionate and provocative hues—a new attitude in pink. Available online and in store for a limited time only.

Watch as Jenny Smith, NARS Lead Makeup Artist, offers a few of her favorite tips for getting the most out of the new collection.

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Inspiration: Holiday Party Makeup

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It’s holiday-party season, and we’ve got you covered. After you’ve picked your perfect little party dress, complete your look with makeup that’s fresh and flawless with a subtle celebratory shine. Here’s how we achieved this look.

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Watch as one of the Head Makeup Artists for NARS, Cindy Rodriguez, shows you how to easily re-create two stunning looks using new NARS Eye Paint.

Smoky and smoldering with NARS Eye Paint in ‘Mesopotamia’

A perfect pop of color with NARS Eye Paint in ‘Mozambique’

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