Beauty Stylists

Get inspired with gift recommendations from our expert Beauty Stylists for anyone on your list—no matter your budget.


Get inspired with gift recommendations from our expert Beauty Stylists for anyone on your list—no matter your budget.


   Taryn Ronning, Pacific Center, Vancouver BC

Going to holiday parties and visiting friends is what this season is all about; but finding the perfect gift can be a real struggle, so I put together my top two gift ideas!

Spend: This is a gift that is sure to bring an ear-to-ear grin to any cosmo-savvy friend! The famous diptyque Baies candle (roses and blackcurrant leaves) comes in two sizes. Baies is the ‘scent of fashion’!

Splurge: I look toward Charlotte Tilbury, the IT girl in beauty! She definitely didn’t disappoint this season with her holiday gift sets! The one that stands out to me is The Gift of Red Carpet Skin set: it has celebrity favorites like Magic Cream, Wonderglow, Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Take It All Off Eye Makeup Remover, Supermodel Body and Multi-Miracle Glow Cleanser, Mask and Balm. This set is great for all skin tones and types, it literally has everything you could want, and it will have your gift recipients’ skin red-carpet-ready in 1-2-3!



A pretty package isn’t everything. While that’s true, we can’t help wanting to be a little more on point when it comes to our appearance this time of year. Holiday parties and get-togethers provide plenty of face time with our nearest and dearest—so naturally we want to look our best. And since gift giving is also on the agenda, we want to give the best too.

Several wise and miracle-working Nordstrom beauty stylists recommended these seasonal gifts. Somehow they knew just what we wanted—to give and to receive. 

Nordstrom makeup stylists recommend holiday beauty gifts, woman holding box

Andie Cardinale, Nordstrom South Shore Plaza beauty stylist

Andie Cardinale, Nordstrom South Shore Plaza

I love these M•A•C Irresistibly Charming mini pigments & glitter sets because it’s something I’d want to receive as a gift! This collection of pigments works wet or dry for every eye color and skin tone. The nudes and warm tones are great for day, while the purple glitter adds a head-turning pop for evening. Plus, the mini size is perfect for travel.

No need to worry about frizzy, dull hair this winter: All the products in this Drybar Sparkle & Shine set give you a salon-quality blowout, leaving hair conditioned, smooth and frizz-free—and the Buttercup blow dryer has changed my life. This set makes a great gift for the girl who has everything; trust me, she’ll thank you for it!


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There are so many options when it comes to your foundation wardrobe. We know! Primers, tinted moisturizers, concealers, finishing powders … we have hundreds of ’em. While we love choices, we also love some great advice for selecting the perfect foundation and supplementary products. So we’re enlisting the expertise of a few Beauty Stylists to be 100% ensured of the best look possible, whatever the skin type or concern. They had so much information to share, we’re making it a miniseries.



Victoria Lucido, Nordstrom Walnut Creek

I believe that your skin is so important! That’s why I can’t live without my Kate Somerville Dermal Quench Liquid Lift. I prime my face by spraying this before foundation. It plumps out fine lines and gives my skin a lift.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is what I apply next. It’s my favorite foundation! I apply it with the beautyblender and my fingertips. It gives you a beautiful glow.

I set my foundation with DiorSkin Nude Air Powder. It holds my makeup on all day and adds a healthy glow!