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What’s white-hot for makeup? The inner corner eye shimmer: a simple sweep of brightness that makes your eyes look more open and luminous, and complements glowing winter skin. Watch our new ‘Illumination’ video, then be enlightened on how to get the model’s beaming look.

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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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Beauty Connections: Serge Normant

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If Hollywood handed out awards for best hair, Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker and Julianne Moore would need to prepare acceptance speeches. We imagine they’d first thank their parents for the genes that coded their luscious locks, then give all remaining credit to their mane man: hairstylist Serge Normant.

Born and raised outside of Paris, and a New York City resident since 1988, Serge is adored by all of his celebrity clients. Not only does he make them look like goddesses, they call him a trusted friend. After meeting the iconic stylist at a local appearance to promote his eagerly awaited Serge Normant Hair Care Collection, we quickly understood why. Warm, philosophical and suave in a très français (translate: authentic) kind of way, Serge charmed—and sometimes surprised—us with his ideas about beauty, style, success and serendipity…

American beauties or French belles?
There’s this perception that Europeans think American women are over the top with beauty, but actually we are fascinated by how American women pay attention to looking beautiful, to enhancing and celebrating the fact that they’re women. Sometimes French women go too far the other way, wearing absolutely no makeup or looking disheveled because they think it’s cool. What’s beautiful to me, whether you are French or American, is subtle glamour: taking care of yourself and making an effort to play with style. I think French actresses like Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marian Cotillard embody that effortless chic in the same way Julia and Sarah Jessica do.

Long hair or short?
Hair length is not a question of age—it’s about style, personality. I have a friend who’s 70, and she has had the same long hairstyle for 50 years. She should never cut her hair short—it just wouldn’t look like her. Look, I’ll admit it: I love working with a gorgeous, extravagant head of hair like Julia’s, but I’m not saying that a woman has to have long hair to be beautiful. What’s important is how a woman feels about her hair, not what society dictates she should look like. Hair is such a great accessory—you can make mistakes and it grows back! You have to have fun with your hair, to enjoy it. Fashion changes, taste changes, play with your hair.

Hair apparent: Serge styled Julia Roberts for the cover of his book Metamorphosis (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2004) and Sarah Jessica Parker for the Harper’s Bazaar September 2013 issue.
(Images courtesy of sergenormant.com)

Timing or talent?
Early on, I got introduced to the right people at the right time. I never forced anything; I never had a career plan—all I wanted was to do great work, to be part of a great team creating great moments, great photographs. Things just happened for me: I met Julia on the set of her first Vanity Fair shoot with Herb Ritts. I met Sarah Jessica on a shoot in Los Angeles. As a hairstylist, you’re in so many different intimate situations with your celebrity clients—you fly together, you eat together, you’re in a small room at 6am to get ready together. To sustain these relationships, you have to connect on a personal level.

Image or inspiration?
At the end of the day, I am a hairdresser, providing a service. When a client walks the red carpet, I don’t want her wearing ‘Serge Normant.’ She needs to be herself first, and my job is to enhance her. I am so inspired by women—I was inspired by my mom when I was growing up, and I’ve continued to be inspired by all the women I meet. The problem with being too focused on yourself is that whenever you do anything in the spotlight, you’re always judged. So I’m only as good as my last haircut, which keeps me grounded!


No bad hair days: Watch Serge work his magic using his incredible ‘Meta Revive’ Dry Shampoo.

Serge created his hair care line using products he has relied on for his entire career to create hair that looks luscious, healthy and gorgeous. Along with luxurious shampoos, conditioners, volumizers, styling and finishing products, Serge recently introduced ‘Avah’ Eau de Parfum, an exotic fragrance you can mist on your body and your hair. Shop our complete Serge Normant collection to add a little ‘Serge glamour’ to your life.

—Stefanie Frank

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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’

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Reserve your spot to get the front-row scoop on the latest fall beauty at our fabulous in-store trend shows. With runway-style presentations featuring exclusive gift giveaways, free makeovers from pro stylists and a chic Nordstrom Beauty Spot tote bag filled with deluxe samples, what’s not to fall for? Take a look at this video to see all the fun you’ll have:

For just $20 a ticket (redeemable toward your beauty purchase), you and your friends will be treated to backstage-style makeup expertise from national stylists representing all the major brands, including Lancôme, Estée Lauder, NARS, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, M·A·C, Giorgio Armani, butter LONDON and more. Learn to master the graphic eye, redefine the smoky eye or pick out the perfect bordeaux lip color to create on-trend fall looks that work for you.

To add to the excitement, you might even have a chance to get up-close-and-personal with top beauty stars like skincare guru Kate Somerville, makeup mavens Alex Chantecaille and Vincent Longo and celebrity hairstylist Serge Normant—all making special appearances in selected stores. So what are you waiting for? To find out why thousands of beauty fans line up all over the country for each season’s shows, visit our site to get all the details, locate your nearest store and make your reservation today!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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!

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Whip that bun into shape with the Sultra ‘Uptown Chic’ Bun Shaper. Get your updo on in no time, and create a look that’s sleek and smooth or loose and tousled—no sacrificial socks required.

How to use:
1. Pull hair into a ponytail, and thread the ponytail through the middle of the bun shaper.
2. Lay hair over bun shaper.
3. Wind ends of hair around shaper, tucking under as you go, securing with pins.

Watch as Sultra Artistic Director, Omar Lopez shows how this secure, so-easy bun is done.

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What to my wondering eyes should appear right on my doorstep the other day? My March Vogue, Elle, InStyle and Cosmo (BEST DAY EVER). So many great reads, so little time!

The changing of the seasons is one of my favorite times: putting away our winter wardrobes and layering up for spring with loads of color. I can’t help but think a new wardrobe will need new makeup to go with it—so what’s a girl to do?

Fortunately for me and all of you, our Spring Beauty Trend Events have just kicked off. In case you have never attended one of our events, let me be the first to invite you! Trust me when I say that this is something you don’t want to miss.  We gather what we learned behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week—including all the insider tips and the final runway looks—and we bring it all to you in these fun and fantastic beauty-packed events.

Over the next few months, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from industry experts during one of our 32 shows and/or by attending one of our Pretty Party events hosted in 91 of our stores. Really, we want to make sure you don’t miss this!

I’ve gone ahead and started your spring checklist for you: Radiant skin. Check. Coral blush. Check. Pink, berry-stained lips. Check. Bold brows. Check. Where to learn how to achieve all of this and more? Nordstrom Beauty Trend Events. Double check!

Make sure to reserve your spot today. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

—Debra Redmond, Nordstrom National Beauty Director

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