At our spring 2016 beauty photo shoot, we couldn’t get enough of pastels. Why? Our makeup artist extraordinaire, Kali Kennedy put it best: “‘Fresh’ is the first word that pops into my mind when I think about spring beauty. Something that’s exciting and new and trend-driven that you really just knock out of the park with all of the energy you’ve been keeping inside through the fall and winter.” And right now, nothing is saying fresh and full of energy to us more than subtle-but-punchy pastels.
Nails are the easiest place to experiment with trends and colors. With countless shades out there, we love the look of one on every finger, so go get crazy all you want. The best part of all: these looks are totally doable at home–no special tricks, tools or mani appointment required. Just a few good old fashion pretty pots of nail color.
We rounded up a small crew at Studio N. Our first reaction? Loving the variety of perfectly edited colors that run the gamut from classic glamour to freshly modern. We incorporated a few different inspirations throughout the shoot, which give you a tiny glimpse of the countless looks anyone can create with these superior hues. From day to night, see all our looks and more ways that CHANEL has you covered for spring and beyond with these two covetable collections.
What stood out to them as the biggest beauty trends on the spring ’16 runways? For one, individualized contouring and brows, like the ones createdat the hands of experts like Shiseido’s Dick Page for Narciso Rodriguez. In season’s past we’ve seen our share of strong contouring and bold brows, but this year was different. Show after show, artists let the model’s natural features dictate the beauty, focusing on accentuating natural assets, like amping up already god-given bushy brows.
What stood out to them? For one, natural, effortless makeup that left the focus on inner beauty. Skin was fresh and radiant and eyes were often left bare, except for a swoosh of nude shadows here and there. If there was a pop of color, you can bet it was on the lips, like the pouts M·A·C Cosmetics sent down the runway for Zac Posen. Expect glowing complexions, mushroom-tinged shadows and undone brows come spring for an easy au naturale look.
Right now we’re into making a statement with a look that’s all about the bold lip. Four of our Beauty Stylists from around the country show us their favorite products and tips for mastering fall’s boldest makeup trend.
Stacey Schannon, Nordstrom Horton Plaza
Bold lips are my jam! To create the perfect bold lip, I start by priming with Guerlain KissKiss Liplift (available in store). Priming helps your lipstick to adhere, and this one has a bonus of plumping and smoothing lips too! Then I line my lips with a lip liner in the same color family as my chosen lipstick to prevent feathering. I start in the center or bow of my lips and sketch outward. Some of my favorite colors are Nightmoth and Burgundy lip pencils from M•A•C and CHANEL Aqua Crayon in Rouge.
Fall has always been the season for the smoky eye—and 2015 is no exception—but new approaches make it exciting, sophisticated and defiantly dramatic. Regardless of the techniques and colors used, we love these fun variations:
Classic From gorgeous greys and deep browns to modern cinnamon and plum tones, smoky never looked so good.
Smoldering Layering deep jewel tones like purple or metallic chocolate creates retro-like lids with amazing finishes.
Artistic and Graphic Cue the black eyeliner revolution because this is way more than the traditional cat eye.
— Loredana Grama, Nordstrom National Beauty Director
Bobbi Brown has a secret—and she’s telling all! She shows us the easy steps to creating gorgeous eyes that you don’t have to be a makeup artist to replicate. Her Nordstrom-exclusive Secret to Standout Eyes Set (with 12 eyeshadow shades, a mini ultra-fine brush, full-size long-wear gel eyeliner and mascara) comes with a handy guide to three distinct looks: classic, smokey and party eyes. For more inspiration, watch the video where she creates this look below.
Brows are back in a big way! Beautiful brows act as a frame for your face, so it’s important to shape them properly. Luckily, M∙A∙C has three different brow products within the Wash & Dry Collection that will help enhance the look of brows.
“Summer is all about the Right Bright Lip! Shades of watermelon, raspberry and orange are a must. The texture can vary; it can be a lipstick, a gloss or a stain…as long as it’s bright, it’s right!” –Loredana Grama, Nordstrom National Beauty Director
“Confused by the ‘no-makeup’ makeup trend? Consider adding hints of pink, rose or lilac to eyes and lips to jump-start your all-natural spring look. And don’t forget a moisturizer, because hydrated, glowing skin is a must for acing the neutral trend.” –Kate Fannin, Nordstrom Beauty Trend Editor
Get product recommendations and our Beauty Stylist tips for shaking up spring with beautifully neutral shades for eyes, lips, cheeks and nails.