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Christian Louboutin’s recently launched nail color collection is coming to Nordstrom! To kick things off, Rouge Louboutin’ Nail Colour is now available and ready for the statement-making! Read all about it on our Beauty Blog.hero

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We’ve hit summer’s halfway mark. That means your feet are (and have been) on constant display to the world and the elements. It’s still prime time for backyard barbecues, tubing trips, stoopside soirees and every other sandal sitch you can imagine. If the thought of open sandals makes your toes curl (in a “hide me now” kind of way), it’s time to crank up the TLC on those sore, tired puppies and give them some much-deserved love. They are, after all, the hardest-working two feet you’ll ever run around town on.

To get the lowdown on best at-home footcare practices, we enlisted the expertise of nail therapist Hoai Le, a five-year veteran at Spa Nordstrom here in Seattle. Although he recommends seeing a professional pedicurist for trickier tasks like cuticle trimmings, a regular at-home regimen should keep your feet clean, smooth and, above all, healthy.

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Bring on the beauty! Dolce&Gabbana Makeup is now available at Nordstrom.

The Look for Spring: The dreamy glow of ancient Sicily, where myths become reality

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Our beauty trend editor, Kate Fannin, recaps her trip to New York Fashion Week and shares the top beauty trends coming down the runway (and product picks to start trying them now!). See all of our beauty coverage at Fashion Week on our Beauty Blog.

Braving the polar vortex of the Northeast and dressed in my trusty all-black backstage outfit (accessorized with Valentino Rockstud rain boots and purple-streaked hair), I headed to NYFW with Debra Redmond. Not only did we see new products and techniques but also some welcome updates to classic and retro makeup.

Tadashi Shoji, Nicole Miller, Alice + Olivia

Imagine if The Road Warrior married Sleeping Beauty, or if Blade Runner dated Snow White, and you’ll have a good idea of the beauty looks we saw for fall 2014. Futuristic influences (dramatic eye makeup and dark nails) contrasted with whimsy and femininity (luminous skin, hints of rose on cheeks and lips), all resulting in the ultimate dark fairytale.

Rebecca Minkoff, Rodarte

Wine-Stained Lips
From winter rose to deep cognac, lips were stained as if lipstick had been applied very intentionally with fingers (at many shows, it was). While the color was deeply pigmented, the edges were somewhat blurred to create an undefined yet very sophisticated (i.e., not messy) and wearable look. The textures leaned toward velvets and satins—some with a subtle hint of shimmer for added dimension—to complement the rich fabrics of the clothes.

Start Practicing Now:
- Lancome L’Absolu Rouge in ‘Berry Noir’
- stila stay all day vinyl lip gloss in ‘Merlot Vinyl’
- Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in ‘Port’

Nicole Miller

Charcoal-Smudged Eyes
The classic smoky eye transformed into a more smudged, slept-in* look in dusky shades—from soft pewter and mouse grey to intense coal and transparent (not chalky) onyx. Layering in deep blue, green and purple shadows added cool interest to basic black, while hints of burnished gold and liquid silver added a slight 3-D effect (and had us thinking ahead to fun holiday looks).

Start Practicing Now:
- M•A•C Pro Longwear Paint in ‘Blackground’
- Smashbox Photo Op Palette in ‘Smokebox’
- NARS The NARSissist Eye Palette

Rebecca Minkoff, Nicole Miller, Peter Som

Two-Tone Nails
Nail art has evolved into a more sophisticated and user-friendly (yeah!) trend of simply using TWO colors. Dare I call it “grown-up” nail art? Many designs were modern takes on classics like the French manicure, and while most were black-based, femininity raised her hand with a new take on nudes. Best of all, almost every design was doable at home!

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Cushnie et Ochs

One to Watch…
Keep your eye (pun intended) on exaggerated black liner: winged, double-winged and Charlotte Tilbury’s “feline flick” added serious eye interest and drama to a variety of looks.

And that’s my take!
—Kate

*As any beauty devotee knows: always remember to remove makeup before bed. While we all appreciate the LOOK of smudged shadow and mascara, we recommend you create it yourself the next morning v. irritating your eyes or damaging your skin (or pillowcase!) by sleeping in your makeup.

See all of our beauty coverage at Fashion Week on our Beauty Blog.

Photos: Gorunway.com, Alice + Olivia, Rebecca Minkoff, Peter Som.

British beauty Kate Beckinsale, 40, brought glamour to the red carpet at last night’s Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. The Total Recall star turned to Adam Breuchaud, her go-to makeup artist, who created a fresh and smoky eye statement using Jouer cosmetics. Find out how you can re-create this look from the man who did it.

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Dressed to Impress: Kate wows in a sculpted Zuhair Murad gown, Jimmy Choo shoes, Edie Parker clutch and Chopard earrings.

Adam shares how he created Kate’s great look:

“When I first saw the silver and gunmetal metallic dress, I immediately thought it needed sexy, rock ‘n’ roll makeup. We decided on a smudged kohl eye, almost the day-after look.

“I started by smudging Jouer Crème Eyeshadow in Suede all over the eye. I blended Jouer Powder Eyeshadow in Opal in the inner corner for a highlight, then layered the same powder eyeshadow in Chocolat over her lid. Next, I applied Jouer Eye Definer in Noir along the top and bottom lash line. Over that I blended an additional powder eyeshadow in Licorice to really smoke out the look.

“After cleaning under her eye I applied Jouer ‘Age-Repairing’ Concealer in No. 3 Cameo where needed. Then I applied Jouer ‘Luminizing’ Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Bronzed as a foundation. It is sheer enough to let the skin show through where you want and build more coverage where you need.

“On Kate’s cheeks, I applied Jouer Cheek Tint and Mineral Powder Bronzer in Sunshine—my favorite go-to duo. Together they define and brighten the cheek effortlessly. To finish off the look I used Jouer Lip Gloss in Cherish.”

Put your best face forward with Jouer.

Stay up-to-date on all things glam over at our Beauty Blog.

Photos courtesy of Jouer

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This Saturday only (November 9): It’s Mascara Madness. Buy two mascaras and get one free! Mix and match three mascaras from your favorite brands, and we’ll automatically deduct the cost of the lowest-priced mascara in Checkout. No promo code required! It’s a perfect time to stock up on your favorites—or try something new.

Speaking of madness, don’t let your mascara drive you crazy. Here are five expert tips to keep you levelheaded about your lashes.

1. Longer lashes. It’s the mascara that you apply at the base of your lashes that makes them appear longer—not at the tips—so give the wand some extra wiggle as you start before extending it out.

2. Dump the clump. Use a clean mascara wand (you can clean and upcycle an old one) and draw it through your lashes when they’re wet to prep, or use it to gently remove clumps after applying your layers.

3. Water safety. We love a good tube of waterproof mascara, but you should consider using it only when you really need that extra protection. Regularly removing waterproof mascara can be harsh on the delicate skin around the eyes and can also dry out your lashes. For everyday wear, a quality mascara or one that’s merely water-resistant will do the job nicely.

4. Extra volume. Turn it up by applying a little powder to your lashes as a base. It helps give the mascara something extra to grip on to.

5. Resist the pump. All that in-and-out motion introduces extra air into the tube, which dries out your formula more quickly and leads to less-than-stellar results.

Shop mascara. Stay up-to-date on all things beauty over at our Beauty Blog.

Go for an original Halloween look with the helping hand and artistry of a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist. Elaine Raymond, our Beauty Marketing Planner, took a trip to our Seattle flagship store and enlisted the assistance of Beauty Stylist Cory Treadwell, who created a spooky-chic look in a few easy steps.

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Inspiration: Katy Perry’s deer/alien look in the music video “E.T.”

Curious? See the whole transformation on our Beauty Blog with step-by-step how-to instructions.

Check out a few of our fave fragrance ad campaigns for men, made to be especially enticing to women.

Tailor Made: Actor James Franco for Gucci ‘Made to Measure pour Homme’ Eau de Toilette

“The look of Made to Measure needed to be something extremely special, and this is what we have achieved. It is as stylish and cultivated as our suited protagonist,” says Frida Giannini, creative director of Gucci.

The Essence of the Bottega Veneta Man: Bottega Veneta ‘Pour Homme’ Eau de Toilette

This Nordstrom-exclusive fragrance—the first men’s fragrance for the Italian fashion house—combines touches of leather and labdanum for a masculine finish.

Bello Mio: Model Ryan Burns for Ermenegildo Zegna ‘UOMO’ Eau de Toilette

Developed by renowned perfumer Alberto Morillas, UOMO is a combination of two powerful ingredients: citrus Zegna Bergamot and the floral note Violettyne Captive.

Mad for Mythology: Versace ‘Eros’ Eau de Toilette

Model Brian Shimansky, photographed by Mert and Marcus, transforms into Eros, the Greek god of love, for the new Versace fragrance campaign.

Moved by Music: Burberry ‘Brit Rhythm’ Eau de Toilette Spray

Burberry’s Christopher Bailey put his love for music in a bottle with the launch of Brit Rhythm, a music-inspired fragrance made just for men and modeled above by British babe George Barnett.

The gift that gives back. Shop more men’s fragrances.

For the latest and greatest in makeup, skincare and fragrance visit our Beauty Blog.

“I wanted really gorgeous, rich, saturated color inspired by a kind of seventies-meets-twenties hedonistic mood, a little blurred, a little sheen.” —Tom Ford

A fashion statement for the face, Tom Ford’s complexion-perfecting makeup and high-performance skincare treatments are powerful tools for transformation.

Tom Ford Beauty is a testament to the visionary designer’s desire for any woman, no matter her age or features, to have the ability to create a complete look in which her uniqueness is amplified and she appears to radiate from within.

Embrace the flawless world of Tom Ford.

For the latest and greatest in makeup and skincare visit our Beauty Blog.

Issey Miyake, the Japanese fashion house, lights up the runway for spring/summer 2014 with the illuminated silhouettes of its new collection.

Where’s the Issey Miyake woman going this season? According to show notes, she’s walking “toward the stars and shine in the inky black sky, toward the moon.”

Gros bisous!

Getting cheeky backstage with Issey Miyake’s womenswear designer, Yoshiyuki Miyamae.

Rays of light in rainbow patterns splash across dresses and separates, creating a freshly innovative outlook on high-tech wearability. And of course, no outfit is complete without a spritz of Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please, a Nordstrom exclusive fragrance that embodies one of the most fundamental concepts of Issey Miyake.

Jump over to our Beauty Blog and discover the look that Alex Box and the M·A·C PRO team has created for spring/summer 2014.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Ford Leland