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

Porcelain Clown Doll
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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.

Pretty Kitty

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.

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.”

The stylist: Kristen Lawson, whose gorgeous bottle-blond locks and of-the-moment, partially shaved ‘do are a sort of calling card for her modern, fashion-forward approach to beauty and makeup.

The strategy: Lawson wanted to give Wolfkill a sophisticated, dewy look for evening. By creating this special-occasion glow Lawson could introduce our consultant and fashion-marketing instructor to a suite of products, and Wolfkill could edit or dial back the options and ideas for regular, everyday wear from there.

First steps: Lawson says she often asks her clients to bring in their personal makeup bag; this allows her to take a look at the customer’s existing collection and suggest not only updates and additions, but new ways of utilizing those current products as well. The focus here was on introducing Wolfkill to some new tricks and tools, however, so after Lawson and Wolfkill spent a little time gabbing about moisturizing, cleansing and general beauty routines, our pro went off in search of a few of her favorite things.

The essential prep: Clarisonic’s Opal just couldn’t come with a bigger and heartier endorsement. Lawson likes to see it used with Osmotics Eye Surgery. She gave Wolfkill a good workup with the tool, pointing out that this time of year—cold season, that is—the eye massager also works as a lymphatic drainage booster. “Oh yeah, this feels good,” said Wolfkill as the Opal hummed along.

The essential moisturizer: Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer

The essential primer: Laura Mercier Radiance; “Glow without the sparkle, which just isn’t right for a woman like Patricia.”

The essential tool: A mirror. “I always give my clients a hand mirror so they can follow along,” Lawson said. “It’s pointless if they can’t go home and replicate the process.”

 

 

Creating the look: Again, it was all about the glow—and to this end Lawson had a great point: The dewy, glowing look always trends in summer because it’s relatively easy to achieve. An afternoon of gardening or farmers’ market shopping in the sunshine and you’ve got it. But in the cold months, we really want and need to mentally and physically combat the doldrums. It just takes a little more effort.

Foundational: YSL’s Youth Liberator and Touche Éclat with a NARS eyeshadow base—”The best in the world.”   

Pivotal: Chanel Soleil Tan. “Just a little,” Lawson warned. “You can’t be doing Kim K. everyday.” But for just-right contour, both Lawson and Wolkfill—already a card-carrying fan of the product—agree. This is it.

Colorful: From there Lawson’s routine included 12 more products and applications, including La Prairie Cream Blush, NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliner in a nude shade—get this, pro tip!—on the inner rim of the lower lid, Dolce & Gabbana Passioneyes Mascara and Estée Lauder’s Nude Lip Pencill—”The very best nude.” There were lots of pencils, pots and sticks on the desk when she was finished, but it’s all about exposure. Lawson wants her clients to see the wide and colorful range. And a price range, too. There’s certainly no expectation that all of the appointment’s elements will go home with each client, and she says she actually loves the process of talking them all through and deciding what’s right for now and what can be revisited later. What does always go home with the client is a face chart—a handmade map of what was used and where, annotated and fully cross-referenced.

The result? That, friends, you can see for yourselves.

 

To make a free, no-pressure appointment with a Beauty Stylist near you, or to consult with one by phone or Live Chat, visit our Beauty Stylist page.

Images by Brooklyn Benjestorf

 

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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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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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Our beauty trend editor, Kate Fannin, dishes on all her favorite spring looks and trends from New York Fashion Week last week.

Armed with sunscreen, my trusty iPhone, an old-school notepad and my favorite lip gloss, I survived the backstage madness at NYFW (and even a few shows). I couldn’t be more excited about spring, and it helped that New York’s weather was indeed very spring-like. Our national beauty director Debra Redmond and I saw new products, techniques and tips and, best of all, we have since developed our take on the newest beauty trends to watch for in spring 2014. Here they are!

A White-Hot Season

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Jouer for kate spade new york Spring 2014

From matte nails and eyeliner to inner-corner shimmer on the eyes (which I’ve already acronym-ed as “ICS,” I’m so excited about it), get ready for a clean slate. Gone are the days of putting Liquid Paper on your nails; this new white is soft and beautiful and completely wearable, I promise! There’s no question about it: White is making a statement.

Shop the look with these products:
-Dior Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in White: This kohl pencil is formulated with a super-smooth texture to dramatize the eye and highlight the color of the iris. Its easy-glide formula allows for maximum comfort and outstanding staying power, while its integrated sharpener makes it a practical beauty essential. Beauty tip: Apply along the inside of the lid for greatest intensity.


ICS for Prabal Gurung Spring 2014

-M·A·C Eyeshadow in Crystal Avalanche: Vibrantly toned. Velvety soft. Shimmeringly metallic. Veluxe eyeshadow, overlaid with high-shine pearl.


butter LONDON nails for Band of Outsiders Spring 2014

-Ciaté ‘LA Confidential’ Paint Pot: A natural, off-white crème to complement any skin tone.

Texture Mix


NARS for Carmen Marc Valvo Spring 2014

The spring skin buzzword was “demi-matte” or “neo-matte.” Translation: a beautiful, luminous face that appears creamy and natural. More than one artist described this lit-from within healthy glow as looking as though someone drank 20 glasses of water a day. Skin wasn’t matte, and it wasn’t glossy—just gorgeously radiant!

Shop the look with these products:
-Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Eye Serum: This product contains hyaluronic acid and antioxidants that help attract and retain moisture and immediately illuminate skin tone and complexion.
-Laura Mercier ‘Spellbound’ Face Illuminator: Apply directly to the top of the cheekbone, sweeping up and around the brow to give just the right amount of radiance. Be careful to not overuse by applying all over; the intent is to offer a radiant highlight, not to add all-over shimmer to the face.


Lancôme for Jason Wu Spring 2014

-YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Lip Balm: This is like a sheer veil of color with ultra-light texture, and it keeps lips hydrated for up to eight hours.


butter LONDON for Milly Spring 2014

-butter LONDON Matte Finish Shine Free Topcoat: Matte Finish has become the talk of the season! Create a new look for every lacquer by using this shine-free topcoat. Turns any color matte, flat and utterly beautiful.

Orange Influence


Kevyn Aucoin for Clover Canyon Spring 2014

From bright tangerine and bold tomato to sun-ripened peach and soft coral: lips, cheeks and even eyelids sported this juicy hue.  Whether it was just a pop of color in one place or swept in a softer way across the face, orange tones give spring beauty a major dose of vitamin C!


Shop the looks with these products:
-stila Convertible Color Lip & Cheek in Gerbera: stila’s ingenious lipstick and blush prove irresistible—this versatile favorite brightens cheeks and lips with creamy, translucent color. Tap the sheer tint onto cheeks for a natural glow and press onto lips for fresh, radiant color. The two-in-one compact holds the key to easy, monochromatic makeup.

Golden Spice


M·A·C for Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014

With a slight nod to the ’70s (think earthy suede, not glam-rock disco), spicy colors like cinnamon and nutmeg were a fresh take on brown for eyelids and even lips. But the Midas touch was also evident in gold lids, ranging from glitter (somehow overt yet gorgeous and wearable) to soft metallic dusting.

Shop the look with these products:
-NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave


Lancôme for Jason Wu Spring 2014

-Estée Lauder Pure Color Gelée Powder Eyeshadow
-Smashbox Waterproof Eyeshadow Liner in Metallic Marble


NARS for Naeem Khan Spring 2014

-Lancôme Artliner-24 Hour Precision Point Eyeliner in Gold
-Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Lipstick in #201 with a touch of Guerlain Maxi Shine – Gloss d’Enfer Lip Gloss in No. 400 Gold Tchlack

Blue Streak


Shiseido for MARC BY MARC JACOBS Spring 2014

It’s the Pantone color of the season, and it started to emerge in the form of ethereal, watery blue on nails (softened by a thin top coat of shimmer pink = gorgeous!), and bold, statement-making eye shadows. With a range of light to intense, everyone can play in this pool.

Shop the look with these products:
-NARS Eye Paint in Ubangi
-Clinique All About Shadow Eyeshadow Quad in Galaxy
-butter LONDON Princes’s Plums Nail Lacquer

“The starting point of the inspiration was Frida Kahlo, but we didn’t want the makeup to be a literal interpretation. Instead, eyes are softly defined yet translucent; the lips are the focal point with the faded and diffused berry shade complementing the collection.”-Lead Artist James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry

Get the look with these NARS products:

FaceSheer Glow Foundation and Radiant Creamy Concealer, applied only where needed to keep the skin looking natural.

Brow: To keep the brows from looking too literal to the Frida inspiration, only Brow Gel in ‘Oural’ was applied.

Lip: A mix of two Satin Lip Pencils were used: ‘Hyde Park’ and ‘Yu’; starting at the center of the lip, the color was pressed into the lips, creating a wine stain effect.

Eyes: ‘The ‘Multiple’ Stick in ‘South Beach’ was applied first on the lids, followed by  Single Eyeshadow in ‘Lola Lola’, used in place of liner; James used an Eye Shader Brush to apply, smudging the shadow with his fingertips.

Nails: Two colors by Essie Nail Polish: ‘A List’ for the fingers (‘Really Red’ is a comparable shade) and ‘Sugar Daddy’ for the toes.

“With its fresh spin on tribal motifs combined with luxe fabrics and intricate embellishments, the collection called for clean and polished makeup with a bit of playfulness. We added a hint of platinum shimmer and a strong, graphic black eyeliner. Keeping the look modern and updated, a nude lip complemented the athletic playfulness in the collection.”–Uzo, Lead Artist for NARS Cosmetics

Get the look with these NARS products.

Face:
Sheer Glow Foundation
Loose Powder

Eyes:
Mousson Cream Eyeshadow with Euphrate Single Eyeshadow layered on top
‘Delicate Pale Peach’ side of Key Largo Duo Eyeshadow
‘Sheer White Shimmer’ side of Pandora Duo Eyeshadow 
Black Valley Eye Paint (Eye Paints are new for fall and exclusive to Nordstrom)
Larger Than Life® Volumizing Mascara

Lips:
Radiant Creamy Concealer
Tashkent Pure Matte Lipstick

Tip: Lightly press concealer on lips (don’t use too much) to wipe out any color and make your lips a blank canvas. Plus, it helps your lipstick last longer.

These dip-dyed graduated bobs are to die for!