Clarisonic Opal

We’re not all born with a sixth sense for shadows, creams and application methods, and even the best at-home wand-wielders find themselves at a cosmetics impasse every now and again. And sometimes, well, sometimes we just want a second opinion or a fresh set of eyes. Enter our Beauty Stylists. These skincare and makeup professionals are well-versed and experienced with all the lines we carry, and they have a client-focused, nuanced approach to helping you look and feel your best.

Case in point: Patricia Wolfkill, a 55-year-old former model and longtime fashion industry multitalent. Wolfkill visited Beauty Stylist Kristen Lawson at Nordstrom Bellevue Square and we were there to document what went down.

The goal: “I think as women age, the days of no makeup and/or too much makeup end,” Wolfkill told us. “I think the biggest concern for women of a certain age is to use a light hand, but in such a way as to create some of the facial contours that diminish with age. In addition to the issue of sagging or drooping skin, the texture of the skin changes. It’s key to use makeup products that help restore—or appear to restore—that healthy, hydrated, smooth skin of our youth. That’s the goal. At least that’s my goal.”

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Change up your beauty routine with high-tech tools designed to invigorate and pamper your skin.

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1. LANCER Microcurrent Power Boost Device (Nordstrom Exclusive)

A FIRST-OF-ITS KIND TOOL: Designed to optimize the skin’s electrical potential while gently massaging facial muscles and stimulating the deep layers of the skin, where collagen and new skin cells are produced.

How to Use: Glide over the contours of your face and neck. Each glide should be about 5 seconds long. Repeat 3 times in each area. For specific target areas, hold the device in a stationary position for 5 seconds. Treat the affected area for up to 10 minutes. Rinse after each use and dry with a cloth. Use daily or as needed.

2. me smooth Hair Removal Device

PRO RESULTS/AT-HOME CONVENIENCE: Me is the only at-home hair-removal device to use patented elos technology, which is clinically proven and FDA-cleared to be safe and effective for all skin types.

How to Use: To prepare the skin for a me treatment, first you need to remove the hair from the surface of your skin by shaving or waxing. This will ensure that the elos energy is focused on the hair follicles beneath the surface for optimal efficacy.

3. CLARISONIC ‘Opal’ Sonic Infusion System

THE 30-SECOND EYE LIFT: Opal helps infuse serum more effectively than manual application for younger-looking eyes. Just 30 seconds around each eye immediately firms, hydrates and refreshes skin.

How to Use: Following the rim of bone outlining the eye area, gently glide the applicator tip over the skin using small, overlapping circular motions. Do not use on the soft tissue under the eye or on the eyelids. The sonic infuser will automatically turn off after 30 seconds. Gently tap any remaining serum into the skin using your ring finger. Apply additional serum to the applicator tip and repeat on your other eye.

Discover the latest and greatest Tools & Devices.

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In May, we celebrate mothers, so this month’s must-haves are a mix of long-loved and just-discovered multipurpose marvels that make life easier for busy moms (like me) on the go.

Clarisonic ‘Opal – Ruby’ Sonic Infusion System: Amazing. After just one use, my eyes looked less puffy and felt more hydrated; within one week, they looked smoother, more refreshed and less crepey—all day! Even better, this wondergadget is quick (just 30 seconds on each eye) and very simple to use. Pair it with your favorite eye cream and/or serum and use it day and night for maximum results.

Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 50: I hit the jackpot with this product! Not only does it protect my skin with a broad spectrum SPF; it’s also a fantastic makeup primer. It creates the perfect non-greasy, smooth, even canvas for your foundation, with bonus anti-aging benefits built in. Brilliant.
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Giorgio Armani ‘Luminous Silk’ Foundation: There’s a reason this product achieved immediate cult status and wins practically every beauty award. Just one pump is all you need for silky, smooth, weightless coverage that lasts all day. I am honestly blown away by how flawless and radiant it makes my face look, plus it’s oil-free—the perfect finish for my combination skin.

Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color: I’m addicted to these new easy-to-wear lip shades that offer just the right wash of sheer color. Of the 14—yes, 14!—shades I’ve already acquired, my current #1 favorite is Passion Fruit, my power pink for summer. (Bonus: these beauties condition lips, too!)

L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil: I first tried this product because I couldn’t resist the delicious almond scent; now I can’t live without the way it makes my skin look. I spray it on right after my shower to lock in moisture and face the day with supple, radiant, glowing skin that smells like a dream.

These are just five of the many must-haves I’d love to tell you about (I’ll save some surprises for next month). In the meantime, if you’d like to start finding your own new favorites, you can set up an appointment with one of our Nordstrom beauty stylists (1.800.7beauty). Experts on all brands, they’ll be happy to make suggestions and give you samples of products that will work for you. Too busy to get to the store? No problem: you can chat with one of our online beauty stylists instead.

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Your Beauty Toolbox

Cheri Botiz, National Beauty & Fragrance Director for Nordstrom, shares insider beauty tips and her favorite products.

We all know flawless beauty doesn’t just happen. But if you equip yourself with the right tools, creating a perfect canvas doesn’t have to be a big production. Here are my picks for the latest secret weapons every woman should have in her beauty toolbox.

Skin Gadgets:

CLARO ‘IPL’ Acne Clearing Device. Many of us suffer from adult acne, and this a painless way to prevent it. This amazing little device kills up to 94.8% of acne bacteria after just one use. $250

CLARISONIC® ‘Opal™’ Sonic Infusion System. A one-minute anti-aging system that combines sonic infusion technology with anti-aging sea serum to visibly reduce wrinkles and puffiness. This is the newest technology on the market. $245

DDF ‘Revolve 400x’ Micro Polishing System. Forget about those high-priced microdermabrasion treatments. This is a great value for the results you achieve—which are incredible. $95

Prep Products:

M·A·C Prep + Prime Skin. Improves the application of powder and foundation—a cult favorite for many models and celebrities. $26.50

Evian® Facial Water Spray. A spritz of this neutral-pH, moisturizing spray will set makeup and rejuvenate the skin. It can also help remove perspiration, sea salt, and pool chlorine from the skin. This is a great pick-me-up that keeps you looking and feeling fabulously fresh, wherever you may be. Starting at $10

Smashbox ‘Photo Finish’ Primer. This silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants smoothes and perfects skin. After one use, you’ll see your fine lines and pores disappear, leaving a flawless finish on your skin. $36

Face Tools:

Bobbi Brown Foundation Brush. This is the brush for achieving flawless foundation application and a polished finish. $35

Laura Mercier 4-Pack Sponges. This egg-shaped sponge gives extra control for applying foundation smoothly and evenly. $15

M·A·C Brush Cleanser. Removes excess makeup and residue while disinfecting and conditioning your brushes. $12

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