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World-class makeup artist. Brit beauty. Force of nature. We’ve got 10 reasons you’ll want to know more about this industry It girl, mum and modern maven. Find out all about what she loves, who she hangs out with and her pro picks for looking fab. Meet Charlotte Tilbury.


Sarah Jessica Parker, guest editor on’s The Thread blog, debuts her SJP Collection looking flawless, thanks to her trusted hairstylist Serge Normant. As the pair embarks on the SJPxNordstrom cross-country shoe launch, she puts the spotlight on Serge, camera-phone interview style, to candidly discuss how their storied relationship started at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.


Best on-the-fly styling advice from Serge Normant:
“When all else fails and you’re in a panic, just do a timeless ponytail.” —Sarah Jessica Parker

Maintain your own head-to-toe star style wearing SJP shoes & with tools by Serge Normant.

Qianna Smith


The countdown to New Year’s Eve is on! If you’re not lucky enough to have the day off, you may need to transform your look at the office in a flash. Here’s how you can go from day to evening with ease.

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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’


Looking for a way to get all those makeup brushes organized? Here’s a seriously simple how-to from P.S.- I made this…


We’ve got loads of DIY inspiration over at Nordstrom Beauty Spot, and even more every day on our beauty Pinterest board.

We’re celebrating a new approach to beauty at Nordstrom Beauty Spot—along with more ways to explore the fun side of beauty. Whether in store or online, through Twitter or Instagram, Nordstrom Beauty Spot is designed to inspire, offer expert advice, help you play with the trends and be your most beautiful you.

In honor of this new experience, we connected six of our favorite tastemakers with our Beauty Stylists to play with fall’s best makeup trends. Each created custom designs inspired by her discoveries. From fashion blogger to makeup maven, DJ to DIY diva, nail artist to beach-babe baker: these talented women use their passions and pursuits to express beauty in unique ways.


Fashion blogger Karla Deras (above, top) of Karla’s Closet created custom how-tos for fall makeup looks. Style chameleon and beauty blogger Chriselle Lim (above, bottom) teased up three custom styles for fab fall hair.

Star spinmaster DJ Kiss (above, top) mixed up a playlist of her favorite “get-ready” tunes. DIY expert Erica Domesek (above, bottom), founder of P.S. I Made This, designed an easy DIY project to organize your home “beauty spot.”

Celebrity nail artist Madeline Poole (above, top) curated exclusive nail art designs. Online culinary queen Joy the Baker (above, bottom) whipped up three delicious beauty-inspired recipes.

To learn more about our tastemakers, see their favorite beauty picks and download their amazing custom creations, visit our online Nordstrom Beauty Spot experience.

Yves Saint Laurent’s new ‘Volume Effet Faux Cils’ Baby Doll Mascara may be girly, but there’s nothing ‘little’ about it. On one side, thick, spaced bristles coat lashes and create volume; on the other, fine, close bristles hit even the tiniest lashes to create a lush fringe. The effect: a wide-open look that’s seductive and stunning. To promote the mascara’s launch, the brand created this video starring model, actress and all-around It Girl Cara Delevingne.

Naughty and nice: The mascara comes in four playfully named shades: Fetish Black, Indiscreet Purple, Audacious Blue and Wheedler Brown.


Hey, baby: To get Cara’s dolled-up look, complement your Baby Doll Mascara with Yves Saint Laurent’s ‘City Drive – Classy’ Eyeshadow Palette, ‘Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils’ Bold Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen and ‘Rouge Volupté Shine – Rose in Tension’ Lipstick (a Nordstrom exclusive).

—Stefanie Frank

Butter LONDON Global Color Ambassador, Katie Hughes, shows us how to create easy, 3D polka dot nail art with the ‘Pop Art Collection’ by butter LONDON.

Step-by-step instructions from the video below:
1. Begin with one coat of Nail Foundation Flawless Basecoat.
2. Apply two coats of ‘Cheeky Chops’ Nail Lacquer.
3. Use a dotting tool (or ball point pen) to create large dots at random with ‘Keks’ Nail Lacquer.
4. Layer on smaller dots in ‘Primrose Hill Picnic’ Nail Lacquer with the other end of your dotting tool (or something with a finer point, like a toothpick).
5. Let dry 5 to 10 minutes, and apply Hardwear P.D. Quick Topcoat to finish.

Told you it was easy. Now, go get your artsy on with the ‘Pop Art Collection’ by butter LONDON. Lichtenstein would be proud.

Last week we offered a sneak peek at the new Smashbox video on primers as well as a quick interview with its leading lady: screen, stage and TV star Kristin Chenoweth. Today, we give you the world premiere of the video itself!


Don’t know much about primers? Smashbox has created an easy five-point breakdown.

Check out our Photo Finish collection of skin-perfecting primers, find the one that meets your individual skincare needs and prove it to yourself!

Kristin Chenoweth is primed to give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peek at her starring role in Smashbox’s new video. The award-winning Broadway musical, film and TV star spends most of her life in front of the camera, so who better to give props to a product that helps everyone look ready for her close-up?


Close-Up and Personal: Kristin and Smashbox Pro Lead Artist Lori Taylor backstage at the shoot

Prime-Time Players: Vloggers Andrea Brooks, Kandee Johnson, Camila Coehlo and P’Trique

In “KRISTIN PRIMES FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME,” the singer and actress teams up with Internet sensation P’Trique (hilarious star of YouTube’s “Sh*t Fashion Girls Say” series) for this promo on primers. Joining them are top beauty and fashion vloggers Kandee Johnson, Andrea Brooks of Andrea’s Choice and Camila Coelho of MakeupbyCamila, whose takes and tutorials gather millions of views every month. The video, which will be hosted on YouTube channel The Platform, goes live Monday, July 8.

On set for the shoot last month, Kristin took five to give us the who/what/why scoop on the video. We were thrilled to hear her famous Oklahoma twang over the phone—and were secretly hoping she’d break out in a rousing number from Wicked (Kristin originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch on Broadway).

Beautiful Range (clockwise from top left): Kristin wins an Emmy; even prettier in person; as Glinda in Wicked (image courtesy of Playbill); the down-to-earth diva dresses up; as Olive Snook on the TV series Pushing Daisies (image courtesy of ABC)

BEAUTY 24/7: Why a makeup video?
KRISTIN CHENOWETH: Honey, I’m a girlie-girl—I’ve got beauty in my soul. All I need is friends, faith and a little primer!

Why primer, specifically?
KRISTIN: I have always loved Smashbox’s primers—their Luminizing Primer is my fave. It really does make a difference, and now that I’m in my early 40s, I can use a little extra help. My face just looks smoother and feels better when I’m wearing it—honestly, I never want to take it off! I’d wear it to bed if I could…then I’d wake up with my perfect face on already.

Word: Smashbox’s new primer ad (Image courtesy of Smashbox)

What about women in their 20s and 30s?
KRISTIN: Smashbox primers are made for women of all ages. Even if you’re younger, you can still get great benefits like sunscreen or oil control from a primer. Bottom line, primer helps your makeup stay on—who wants to keep redoing it all the time? Everyone should use it; it’s the best.

Last question: Do you ever spontaneously burst into song, like in one of your Glee episodes? (Hint, hint.)
All the time—in my head! (Dang.)

Check back with us on July 8, when we’ll present “KRISTIN PRIMES FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME”—for the very first time! In the mean time, you can shop our complete selection of Smashbox primers.

—Stefanie Frank