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.”
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.
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.