Groundhog Day Countdown

Mark your calendars, because tomorrow is Groundhog Day! This centuries-old American tradition forecasts either the coming of spring or an extended winter. In early February, groundhogs come out of their burrows after a long winter’s sleep. If they see their shadows after emerging, it’s as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and they return to their holes. But if February 2 is cloudy and, hence, the sun isn’t around to cast a shadow, the groundhog takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.

Because we have no choice but to endure the weather that nature brings, we’re determined to look fabulous no matter the outcome. Seattle beauty stylists Brian Dean and Victoria Levy give us the game plan to season-appropriate flawlessness.

If he sees his shadow, here’s a look to make six more weeks of winter weather look a little more fabulous.

Brian Dean
Beauty Stylist, Downtown Seattle

Face: Powders stand against harsh winter elements with less touch-up than liquid-based makeup. Powders are great too because they can be dusted on with a brush for a light coverage effect or pressed with a sponge for more coverage. You can use a solid concealer for added coverage; it blends with powder easily.
STYLIST TIP: Just be sure to hydrate your skin with eye and face creams, which help to “melt” the powders into the skin, giving an easier feel to the makeup.

Cheeks: Warm-tone blushes bring a great glow to the overall look, yet they don’t make naturally pink cheeks pinker.

Eyes: Warm-tone shimmery metals combined with matte browns also bring warmth and luminosity to the whole face. A fine line of black liquid liner along the upper lash line and a thick coat of black mascara add drama to the eye without weighing the look down.
STYLIST TIP: Be sure to use a great eye shadow base, like Trish McEvoy ‘Eye Base Essentials’ Brightening Eyeshadow Primer, which will hold your eye look for 8+ hours! Plus, don’t forget those eyebrows.

Lips: Red, red, RED!! Mattes, shimmers or glosses—red lips are still revered this season! For more definition, trace lips with a red lip liner in a shade that’s complementary to the lipstick. For a subtler look, apply one coat of just lipstick, then blot with tissue and add a lip conditioner.
STYLIST TIP: I always recommend exfoliating the lips first to soften the lips and get rid of the dead flakes that result from being chapped. Fresh, soft lips also hold strong lip color more evenly and for a longer time.

If he doesn’t see his shadow, it’s the time for contrasts for coral tones that glow on the eyes, lips AND cheeks. This look is just peachy!

Victoria Levy
Beauty Stylist, Downtown Seattle

Face: For skin, less is more. First, don’t forget to use primer to cancel redness in skin while imparting a golden glow. Next, layer on a sheer coverage foundation.
STYLIST TIP: Dab on brightener to refresh tired under-eyes.

Cheeks: Fake a sun-kissed glow with bronzer.
STYLIST TIP: To sculpt skin, apply bronzer along the forehead, underneath the cheekbones and under the jaw. Using this “3″-shaped application feigns model-perfect bone structure. Round out the look with a single peach powder on the apples of the cheeks.

Eyes: You can use the same peach powder from your cheeks above the crease of the lid. Add subtle drama along the upper and lower lash lines and in the crease with a darker hue (I like Clinique’s new ‘Chubby Stick’ Shadow Tint for Eyes in Lots o’ Latte). Smudge and blend with fingertips for an effortless finish. Finally, use an eggplant-colored eyeliner along the upper lash line and a liberal application of mascara to finish off this whimsical, warm and smoky eye.

Lips: On lips, brighter is better! Corals and pinks look just as fresh out on the sidewalk as they do on spring’s catwalks.
STYLIST TIP: Before dashing out the door to enjoy the sun, don’t forget—it’s not just your makeup bag that needs a spring cleaning! Forgo winter’s heavy fragrances for fresh florals.

Still can’t decide what’s right for you? Come meet your new best friend in beauty. Simply stop by your nearest Nordstrom (appointments are appreciated but not necessary), call 1.800.7beauty or Live Chat with a beauty stylist now.

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