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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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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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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!

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“The real statement of the makeup look is the satin-textured orange lip. It contrasts the color and finish of the opalescent-textured eye, and it also references the era of the artist Eugene von Bruenchenhein, which was a source of inspiration for Shane and Chris. We loved the idea of translating this into the beauty look as well.” —Lead Artist James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry

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Get the look with these NARS products:

Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

Immaculate Complexion Concealer

Duo Eyeshadow in Iceland

Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Red Square

Lipstick in Timanfaya (this shade will be available in spring; for now, try Heat Wave)

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Next year, NARS will celebrate 20 years as a leading innovator in both cosmetics and skincare. The man behind all the makeup magic, François Nars, shares his respected POV on beauty with us.

BEAUTY 24/7: How do you define beauty?
FRANÇOIS NARS: Character and personality are the most important things when it comes to beauty. Confidence is the most glamorous thing to me.

When did you know you’d found success in the beauty industry?
Knowing that I started something that didn’t exist at the time. I created NARS because I knew what I, as a makeup artist, wanted to use. What we brought to the market was a very special product.

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The modern face of summer: NARS Summer Shock

What’s the one product you can’t live without?
The Multiple! For someone on the run, the Multiple is the best product to use. I love the new color for summer, ‘Puerto Vallarta.’ The shimmering tangerine shade can be used on cheeks, eyes, lips—anywhere you want that perfect summer flush.

You have been quoted as saying that makeup is “a great way to make you feel better.” Can you describe a moment that defines this quote for you?
My books are the perfect example. In X-Ray, I showed transformations from well-known personalities to fantastical characters and had so much fun. With Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself, I showed real women and men and how they can enhance their natural features and embrace their individual beauty.

What advice do you have for women who want to change their looks but don’t know where to start?
It’s very important that you really believe in yourself. Believe in yourself first, but also believe in your own beauty. Makeup is there to enhance that, but beautiful makeup starts with beautiful, healthy skin. Moisturize with NARSskin Aqua Gel Luminous Oil-Free Moisturizer and add a red lipstick like NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg. That combination provides a sexy, very beautiful feeling right away.

All of your product have such great names. Which name is your favorite and why?
It’s difficult to choose just one! They are all my favorites. One that I am very fond of is ‘Shanghai Express’ Lipstick, after the Marlene Dietrich film. I keep a small notebook for names of products and sometimes, in the middle of the night, I’ll wake up and write down a name for a lipstick or an eye shadow. Inspiration comes from anything; literature, movies, opera, traveling, nature, poetry, sometimes even the street. We had fun with the most recent collection of Satin Lip Pencils because we named them after really well-known parks and public spaces.

Make your mark with NARS this summer.