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M•A•C Cosmetics Senior Artist Gina Bettelli talks about the recent collaboration with Rihanna.

Just in time for the change in seasons, Rihanna and M·A·C Cosmetics have teamed up to create a collection of lavishly lush colors no girl can resist: RiRi Hearts M·A·C Fall. Fall is all about jewel tones and playing with juxtaposed textures;… RiRi Hearts M·A·C Fall helps you achieve the trends and vision of autumn.

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I love pairing Talk That Talk Lipstick, a dark plum retro matte, with sparkly cocoa browns for the eyes, like the shades featured in the Her Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad.

Complete the look with these M·A·C products:
Eye Kohl in ‘Teddy’
Lip Pencil in ‘Nightmoth’

Cool in color, RiRi Woo Lipstick is a super-wearable red matte and looks incredible on everyone. Rock it with a flick of Liquidlast Liner in ‘Point Black’ on the eyes. Finish the look with a tomboy bushy brow, using Veluxe Brow Liner and Brow Set, and you’re ready to demand attention.

Channel your inner icon and dare to go dramatic with a cobalt-blue satin eye. Why not flip that matte red lip for a shine by layering RiRi Woo Lipglass? After all, one of the impressive things about Rihanna is her ability to change her look in an instant—and own it every time.

Complete the look with these M·A·C products:
Eyeshadow in ‘Electric Eel’
Eyeshadow in ‘Plumage’

Now’s your chance, shine bright.

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[Model photography by Peter Rosa | Makeup by Gina Bettelli]

September 13, 2013

Jason Wu Jets In for Lancôme

heroJason Wu should be exhausted. After weathering the whirlwind of New York’s Spring 2014 Fashion Week (where his latest runway looks garnered love and air kisses from the fashion press), Jason flew into Seattle yesterday to celebrate the launch of his new, exclusive-to-Nordstrom makeup collection for Lancôme. Inside our flagship store, we caught five minutes with the design star—who looked cool, collected and anything but jet-lagged.

BEAUTY BLOG: Jason, you’ve just finished the Olympics of fashion on one coast, and now you’re on the opposite coast to talk beauty. How are you still standing?
JASON WU: (laughs) I’m used to it—doing all these personal appearances is like a sport. I’m already starting to train for my next collection! It’s all good; I felt great about how well received my spring collection was, and how my creative vision came through.

I’m also so excited about doing makeup now—it’s been something I’ve always wanted to create. I’m known for making sophisticated, feminine clothes and part of the whole look has to be the beauty aspect. Color is something that has always been important to my work and part of my design process (I always start with the colors), so translating that kind of vision into makeup palettes, from eye shadows to lipsticks to nail polish to mascara, was organic and came naturally to me.

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hero The whole look: pieces from the Jason Wu fall ’13 collection at Nordstrom

Why Lancôme?
Lancôme was just the right match for me because their product is beautiful and sophisticated and their brand has really rich history and is very luxurious. I couldn’t think of anyone better to collaborate with, actually! This collection is so versatile and glamorous—I love the idea that you can transform yourself through a little bit of makeup.

 Jason and Darais, national makeup artist for Lancôme.


Your birthday is coming up—any plans?
I’m going to be in Europe, which will be really fun, but no plans yet. I’m just trying to get through the next few weeks!

Happy Birthday, Jason!

Get Jason’s Spring ’14 Fashion Week backstage beauty how-to’s, and shop the full Jason Wu for Lancôme Collection at Nordstrom.

—Stefanie Frank (photos by Kirby Calvin)

With the ever-expanding maze of options in the foundation field (BBs and CCs and minerals, oh my!), it’s no wonder many of us feel fuzzy about choosing the right coverage. That’s why this month our Nordstrom beauty team is focused on covering all the bases, with a quick-ref foundation guide to what works for each face. It’s a cover story worth checking out.

Along with coverage, finding the perfect shade can leave us in the dark as well. We talked to Beauty Stylist Shanilton Jackson (at Nordstrom Galleria at Tyler in Riverside, CA), who gave us three bright ideas:

1. Look at the skin on the underside of your wrist to determine your undertone (cool vs. warm).

2. Choose a foundation color with the same undertone.

3. Make sure your shade also works with your chest area so you have a seamless match.

Want more expert tips and advice? Drop by the Beauty counter at your favorite Nordstrom store—or check out our Beauty Stylist page for info on what we have to offer or to Live Chat.

Transform into the queen of Halloween beauty by reviving the allure of Marie Antoinette. Pamper yourself the French royal way, with makeup tips from Nordstrom Beauty Stylist, Alexander Ross.

Signature Look  – Flawless Porcelain Skin
Start by cleansing and moisturizing the skin. “Create a flawless face by concealing any dark spots and under eye shadows,” says Ross, who is based out of the Nordstrom Durham, North Carolina store. “Try Estée Lauder Smoothing Creme Concealer in Smooth Ivory and apply around the inner corners of the eye, near the nose, and under the eye area.”

This look is all about the sunless parasol-carrying glow. Ross suggests using an oil-free highlighter like Yves Saint Laurent ‘Teint Parfait’ Complexion Enhancer in Radiant Mauve, followed by NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Siberia. “Set the foundation with Trish McEvoy ‘Professional’ Powder Puff, then powder the whole face with Laura Mercier Mineral Finishing Powder. I prefer a rock ‘n’ roll technique with the puff, which means not wiping the face, but pressing and rolling the puff for a full application of powder,” adds Ross.

Halloween is traditionally characterized by dark makeup colors, so your porcelain complexion will surely put you in a league of your own.

Break out the makeup brushes this Halloween and create an Old Hollywood beauty statement that pays homage to the original “blonde bombshell,” Jean Harlow.

Nordstrom South Coast Plaza Beauty Stylist Elyse Reneau says, “It’s all about the sultry eye.” Try using natural colors to effortlessly contour your eye shape. Reneau is a fan of CHANEL Les 4 Ombres Rives Eyeshadow Palette, a Nordstrom-exclusive item. These smudge-proof shadows can be applied dry for subtle shading or dampened for more vivid color. “Give both your top and bottom lash lines extra depth by layering a liquid liner over your everyday pencil to really create that come-hither stare,” says Reneau. Invest in the stila ‘all about eyes’ set, which includes everything you need—waterproof liquid liner, highly pigmented eyeliner and long-lasting mascara—to create extra eye drama.

Complete the look by puckering up with Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Pur Couture’ Lip Color SPF 15 in Le Rouge. “Prep your lips properly and dab on sara happ’s ‘The Lip Scrub’ Blood Orange Lip Exfoliator followed by M·A·C’s Prep + Prime Lip, which will ensure your lipstick lasts extra long,” adds Reneau.

While we’re on the subject of Daria Strokous, let’s take a few minutes to frolic with her through Versailles in head-to-toe Dior. Consider this your daily dose of glamour: “Secret Garden – Versailles,” Dior’s new film directed by Inez & Vinoodh.

We’re a little distracted daydreaming about regal French châteaux and running through a luxurious parterre with Depeche Mode in our ears. Rather than fantasize about it, we’ll be doing a little shopping to recreate the gorgeous look of Strokous’s doe-eyed close-ups. Here’s what’s on our list: dove-grey nail lacquer, a smoked-out cat-eye, thick black lashes and liner all finished with a simple nude lip.

May 22, 2012

Beauty Brights

The time is right for brash swaths of color, from pretty pouts to neon nails. Here are four tips for getting a look no one will outshine.

1 – Lip Service. Swipe on a little long-lasting wow. Start with a deep, rich lip color and top with a shimmering coat of gloss. [Pictured: M·A·C Lipstick, M·A·C Dazzleglass Lipcolour]

2 – Lash Out. Want your eyes to look brighter and more wide-open? Who doesn’t? Apply a deep black on your top lashes and layer a subtle brown on your lower lashes. Hello, doe eyes. [Pictured: Estée Lauder Sumptuous Two Tone Eye-Opening Mascara]

3 – Scents of Humor.
Feminine, happy and perfectly sweet, a delicious fragrance is just one more way to show off your colorful side. [Pictured: Prada Candy Eau de Parfum Spray]

4 – French Mani Gone Wild.
Sure, you can wear one of these pop colors alone, but try going bolder: paint your first coat in one shade then just your tips (or moons) in another. Mais oui! [Pictured: Deborah Lippmann Run the World (Girls) Neon Mini Nail Lacquer Set]

January 30, 2012

Our 4-Step Beauty Routine

Revitalize your beauty routine and your skin in just four easy (we promise!) steps.

1 – Cleanse. We love high-tech beauty tools because they not only work to gently exfoliate and refresh skin, but also prep your face to better absorb moisturizers and serums.

Tip: Use the Clarisonic ‘Mia’ on neck and décolleté to achieve smoother skin—and overall radiance. Use it on the back of the hands to keep them looking youthful, too.

2 – Exfoliate. Get radiant in minutes. Uncover your true skin with a peel that brightens and reduces the appearance of fine lines.

Tip: Pick the same day each week to treat yourself to a professional-grade facial at home. Try Brazilian Peel’s 30-Day Antidote to Aging System for beautiful, long-lasting results.

3 – Treat. Don’t deny your skin the daily vitamins it needs. Serums reach below the surface to instantly infuse the skin with added nutrients.

Tip: Find a serum that’s right for you and use it daily for optimal results. The new Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution will even your skin tone for a healthy and refreshed glow.

4 – Soothe & Protect. Moisturizer helps foundation go on evenly and last longer, while sunscreen protects the skin from future damage and ensures optimal results from your serum.

Tip: Choose an all-in-one lotion with a high SPF and all the moisture your skin needs. Why not try Estée Lauder’s ‘DayWear’ Anti-Oxidant BB Crème—you really can have it all!

Bonus: Ask a Beauty Stylist. Chat and shop with the help of your own personal, complimentary adviser who will offer beauty, skincare and fragrance advice.