fall beauty trends

Bold Lips for Fall | Trending Now

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

Stacey-Schannon-2Bold 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.

Next, I apply my lipstick starting in the center and working outward. I prefer a matte, bold lip and some of my go-to products are NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Damned and Cruella, M•A•C Matte Lip Shades in Instigator, Matte Royal and D For Danger and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Femme Fatale.

Pro tip: Use Anastasia’s Highlighting Pencil over the bow of your upper lip and under your lower lip to get some extra POP!

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It may be essential to live a drama-free life, but not when it comes to your makeup! This fall, go for an intensely dramatic beauty statement and draw attention to either your lips or your eyes.

Our National Beauty Director, Debra Redmond, has identified two looks to try this season: the Bordeaux Lip and the Graphic Eye.


The trick to wearing each trend well? Steer clear of pairing them together.

“The graphic eye can be precise or slightly smudged, but it’s always defined and dramatic,” says Debra on creating an edgy winged cat’s-eye. Opt for a nude or soft pink lip color when rocking this graphic statement.

If you’re looking to bring all the attention to your lips, pair sultry wine-hued lip colors with a softly lined lid or a subtle smoky shadow.

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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!


Backstage at the Fall 2013 Nordstrom Designer Preview, the look was all about sleek ponytails, sultry pouts and snapshots of punk. Guest M·A·C makeup artists stayed focused on fall’s major trends: the bordeaux lip, glowing matte skin, and a new twist on the smoky eye: veils of soft rose and wine tones with gorgeous gold shimmer on the inside corners.


Hair apparent. Guest hair stylists from 7 Salon in Seattle added jewel-toned stripes to the models’ hair that perfectly matched their burgundy lips, then pulled locks into low, straight ponytails for a polished look with a streak of pop style.

Girl George.  Our model’s own ’80’s Culture Club-style fedora and leather jacket go perfectly with her vibrant lip color and shimmering eyes.

Three’s a trend. These models show how beautifully the fall trends translate across different hair colors and complexions. To get the look try M·A·C ‘Mineralize’ Rich Lipstick in All Out Gorgeous, M·A·C ‘Illustrated’ Face Kit in Plum and M·A·C ‘Temperature Rising’ Powerchrome Eye Pencil in Rich Glance.

Take a peak at some of our favorite fall ’13 fashions, including looks from Dolce&Gabbana, Gucci, Michael Kors, Stella McCartney, Missoni, Valentino, Donna Karan, Jason Wu, Erdem, and more on our designer blog, The Thread.

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M·A·C Senior Artist Keri Blair shares highlights from New York Fashion Week.

“The words New York and Diane von Furstenberg (DvF) are both synonymous with chic. Having the opportunity to be a part of the makeup team for the DvF show is always an exciting part of my Fashion Week.

For fall/winter 2013, Diane mixed two of my favorite things: glamour and rock ’n’ roll. The makeup, designed by key makeup artist James Kaliardos, was young and fresh with a bright, bold pop of pink on the lips.

To achieve this look, start with a veil of foundation—such as M·A·C Face and Body Foundation—to create a luminous and fresh complexion. Then place a soft, creamy highlight around the cheekbone using M·A·C Cream Colour Base in Pearl or Luna (tap it in with your ring finger). Curl your lashes and apply M·A·C Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash from the root to tip of the lash. Now for a pucker with punch: prep your lips with M·A·C Lip Conditioner and blot off excess. Use a lip pencil—such as Embrace Me or More to Love—to mimic the Process Magenta Chromagraphic Pencil we used at the show by carefully outlining your lip shape. Then use the side of the pencil to gently fill in your entire lip. Use a lip brush to smooth out the texture, and MWAH, you are runway-ready!

Walking into the Ruffian studio is like an escape to fantasy fashion camp. Mood boards, fabric samples, reference books and model comp cards line the walls, tables and racks. Partnering with Brian and Claude is one of the highlights of my fashion season.

Three seasons ago, I made a transition from backstage makeup artist to key nail artist for this amazing show. This season, I conceptualized a gothic, veiled snakeskin nail that was inspired by Ruffian’s seasonal references of the illustrations of Antonio Lopez, Scottish moors, opium dens and Snow White and the Huntsman.

Using M·A·C Nail Lacquer in Nightfall, I painted the underside of a gorgeous oval elongated nail tip. Then, using two coats of M·A·C Nail Lacquer in Nocturnelle, I painted all of the nails black and let them dry. Once dry, I applied a generous layer of M·A·C Overlacquer to each nail individually and placed a small piece of tulle on top of each nail, gently pressing down the sides with a nail stick. When dry, I used a small pair of scissors to trim off the excess tulle. For the flare nail, I adhered a small flat-back cameo using Overlacquer as the glue and then formed a small tulle veil, which I placed at the base of the nail. Spend a little time in your local craft store to find these materials.

This fall, I think we will see a play on deeper, darker, textured nails. Don’t be afraid to mix, layer and paint to your heart’s content.”

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