Two of our beauty stylists are teaming up this month to bring you their top picks in Nordstrom Beauty. Meet Allyson White at the Walnut Creek store and Joy Schmitz at the Bloomington store.
Dior ‘Diorskin Nude’ Compact Foundation. With the weather getting warmer, we all should be setting our foundation with a powder. Personally, I prefer a loose powder, but this is one of my favorites. It keeps my skin feeling hydrated and gives a radiant glow without that mid-day shine. If you don’t use a liquid foundation, you can still use this powder alone to create a sheer matte look.
Tocca! I am so excited that Nordstrom is now carrying Tocca. They offer a variety of unique scents in perfumes, body washes, lotions and candles. I love the Canele da Viaggio travel candle set. It offers four mini-size candles—‘Cleopatra,’ ‘Grace,’ ‘Havana’ and ‘Kyoto’—wrapped in Tocca’s signature blue box. It’s the perfect hostess gift! Tocca also makes solid perfumes that are great for travel or just to keep in your purse for use on the go.
NARS Satin Lip Pencils. NARS’s newest lip product is a must! The pencils have a creamy, comfortable texture that gives a beautiful sheen to the lip—similar to a gloss but without the stickiness—and they make for an easy application of lip liner and lipstick in one. In a a range of 13 colors, from nude to a deep burgundy, there is something for everyone! A favorite for me is ‘Luxembourg’—a bright watermelon shade.
Nordstrom Nail Color. Nails are the biggest trend in beauty, not to mention one of my favorites! I am a nail polish junkie! Nordstrom has recently launched its own brand of beauty products, one of them being nail polish. With 28 colors available, there’s definitely one for you, whether you prefer a natural shade or something a bit more adventurous.
Two words: Downton Abbey.
The show’s Lady Mary character was the inspiration for NARS Director for Global Artistry James Boehmer. At Naeem Khan, decadence—and the idea of a strong woman in the 1920s—had the greatest influence on Boehmer’s makeup.
The brows had our attention. The strongest brow look we’ve seen so far for fall, it captured the essence of the 1920s by being drawn longer, straighter and extending outward and down. New brow definers (available fall ‘13) were used to provide shape, followed by Coconut Grove Shadow on top for extra impact.
Boehmer talked about the diffusion of light seen in black-and-white film and the idea of highlighting and shadowing for shape. Following this, highlighter was thoughtfully applied to the inner corners of the eyes to illuminate them. NARS Alahambra Duo Eyeshadow was applied on the eyelid and used as a highlighter in the center of the lip.
It’s amazing to think that before slick camera tricks were possible, makeup and lighting created those beautiful halos seeming to illuminate starlets’ faces.
We left backstage inspired to go home and practice our highlighting techniques in hopes of being our own modern starlet!
Dark lips, strong brows and side-swept, mussed tresses made for a low-key, grungy look at 3.1 Phillip Lim. Models were given dewy complexions with radiant cheekbones courtesy of NARS arists, who did all of the show makeup. We took a peek at some of the backstage prep. (see also our 3.1 Phillip Lim runway coverage)
- Mary O’Regan
“The Carmen Marc Valvo collection this season is baroque with a punk edge, so we wanted the makeup to have that same feeling. The beauty look is classically-inspired but not perfect, not too delicate. The girls look slightly haunted, but in a pretty way.” – James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry
Face: First, the skin was well hydrated with Luminous Moisture Cream and the new NARS skin aqua gel luminous oil-free moisture. James used NARS ‘The Multiple’ stick in Copacabana and Luxor (Maldives & Nepal for darker skin) as a highlight to the skin, prior to applying Sheer Glow Foundation, for a natural but polished look.
Eyes: New Black Valley Eye Paint (coming Fall ’13), an intensely pigmented gel eyeliner, was applied with an angled brush. It was intentionally left messy on the outer corners to convey the imperfect slightly punk part of the look. The surprise element was Triple X Lip Gloss, a clear shade, applied on the eyelid. As James states, “glossy lids always look amazing, just don’t expect them to stay on!” Lashes finished off the eyes, with several healthy coats of black ‘larger than life’ mascara.
Lips: The lips were the other focal point and made a strong statement by packing a real punch. Foundation was applied to the lips to create a perfect blank lip canvas. NARS Lip Liner Pencil in ‘Salsa’ was used to outline the lips & Luxembourg satin lip pencil (coming Spring ’13) was applied all over the mouth, for a strong lip effect.
We just couldn’t get enough of this glossy eye and gorgeous lip!
Clean, dewy skin (courtesy of NARS) and dishevled center parts were the look du jour at Helmut Lang‘s Picasso-inspired show yesterday. Take a look at our backstage coverage below, then head to The Thread for a peek at the show itself and the front row.
- Mary O’Regan
We kicked off NYFW a day early yesterday with the fashionable and talented Uzo, International Lead Makeup Stylist for NARS. She is in high demand backstage at Fashion Week, and always so fun to watch at her craft.
Uzo was the lead artist at Tia Cibani yesterday morning, and again at Tanya Taylor later that evening.
Two totally different looks! The first had a moody deep lip, but bare eyes, with only lengthening mascara. The second look: bold, black-winged eyeliner with a nude lip. Both had amazing finished skin and naturally groomed brows.
Such a fun way to start off the big week! We can’t wait to see what’s next. Check back with us as we bring you more backstage beauty!
Andy Warhol must have had a looking glass in 1968 when he cleverly gushed, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” François Nars celebrates the world of Warhol and all his bombastic catchphrases with the launch of the NARS Andy Warhol Collection. This limited-edition line captures the colors and coolness factor that made Warhol an icon. Channel your inner factory girl and snag items like the Edie or Beautiful Darling gift sets.
NARS. Thakoon. Collaboration. Pardon us…we just need half a second to catch our breath.
Thakoon Panichgul bottled the palette of his spring 2012 collection in polish form for François Nars. These five, limited-edition (and so hot we almost want to paint our walls with them) colors are now available for pre-order. Are you as excited as we are? NARS ‘Thakoon’ Nail Polish: We think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.