Nordstrom at NYFW

Influenced by the color found in Alfred Hitchcock’s Technicolor films, Tom Pecheux from M•A•C created a traditional look with a bit of va-va-voom for the Badgley Mischka fall 2013 runway show.

Pulling in browns, blues and orange-reds, these cinematographic colors created a look of pure luxury. The eyes were lifted and brightened by using a metallic bronze on the lid and finished off with a contrasting matte blue. He teased us with the “it” red lip for fall by showing us a new lip liner and lipstick that were an awe-inspiring tomato red (both will be out in the fall).

When asked how he makes each look for each designer so different, Tom said, “I am inspired by each designer’s creativity, and my duty therefore as an artist is to create individual looks that complement their creativity.”

Count me as inspired by this look and by Tom—it’s totally worthy of an Oscar!

–Debra, Nordstrom National Beauty Director


An element of luxury that keeps popping up backstage (and on fashion-forward ladies attending the shows) at New York Fashion Week is exquisitely rich berry-stained lips.  These captivating tones have finishes that are less precise than a lined lip, which make them the perfect complement to any look you’ll be flaunting this fall season.

Laura Mercier for Pamella Roland

Because a stained lip tends to have more of a satin matte finish, you’ll want to ensure that your lips are exfoliated and moisturized.  Both of these treatments give the lips a soft, smooth appearance.

M•A•C for Tadashi Shoji

For application, stained lips can be achieved by pressing the lipstick into your lips with your finger; blot and repeat until desired color is achieved.  The pressing and blotting allows the color to absorb into the lip and gives it lasting power.

Kennedy, an aspiring model whom our Street Style Reporter ran into at Lincoln Center.

Seeing this trend during numerous backstage visits has me obsessing over it; it’s one of my new personal must-haves for the fall. Find your favorite lip shade.

-Debra, National Beauty Director

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What do the Scottish Moors and the Holy Grail have in common? Both influenced the Ruffian M•A•C-based beauty look for fall ’13, including makeup, hair and nails.

Makeup: Rebellious but Classic
Inspired by the Red sketches of illustrator Antonio Lopez, makeup artist James Kaliardos created a monochromatic red look, similar to the makeup he did on Kristen Stewart for the October ’12 issue of British Vogue.

The standout feature for this look was the monochromatic “red blushed” eye.

Kaliardos applied new M•A•C  fall eyeshadow color ‘Love Lures’ heavily at the lash line and faded up to the brow, and gave the skin a finished and polished look, with a focus on a subtle red/berry blush that matched the colors on the eye. Lips were stained first with M•A•C’s new fall lipstick color ‘Red Statement’ (red/berry), followed by ‘Fashion Muse’ (purple)—each blotted off to add dimension and definition, creating a fresh berry lip.

Hair: Modern-Day Snow White
The hair had a Victorian Highlands feel, made to look like she’s done it herself with a wind-weathered effect—achieved by a half-up, half-down combo. Large sections of the hair on either side of the head were crimped with a micro crimper from the middle to the ends of the hair, then brushed through to create a light frizz. The back was pinned into a bun to finish the look.

Nails: Victorian Goth
Our Beauty 24/7 guest blogger and M•A•C artist, Keri Blair (@MAC_Keri_B) created this gothic veiled nail—a long, slender and pointed shape, coated with black nail lacquer.

Texture was created by cutting sheer veil netting to the shape of the nail and adhering it with a clear top coat. One nail had a cameo with a loose netting veil over it. (More to come on this look next week from Keri!)


“The  Carmen Marc Valvo collection this season is baroque with a punk edge, so we wanted the makeup to have that same feeling. The beauty look is classically-inspired but not perfect, not too delicate. The girls look slightly haunted, but in a pretty way.” – James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry

Face: First, the skin was well hydrated with Luminous Moisture Cream and the new NARS skin aqua gel luminous oil-free moisture. James used NARS ‘The Multiple’ stick in Copacabana and Luxor (Maldives & Nepal for darker skin) as a highlight to the skin, prior to applying Sheer Glow Foundation, for a natural but polished look.

Eyes: New Black Valley Eye Paint (coming Fall ’13), an intensely pigmented gel eyeliner, was applied with an angled brush. It was intentionally left messy on the outer corners to convey the imperfect slightly punk part of the look. The surprise element was Triple X Lip Gloss, a clear shade, applied on the eyelid. As James states, “glossy lids always look amazing, just don’t expect them to stay on!” Lashes finished off the eyes, with several healthy coats of black ‘larger than life’ mascara.

Lips: The lips were the other focal point and made a strong statement by packing a real punch. Foundation was applied to the lips to create a perfect blank lip canvas. NARS Lip Liner Pencil in ‘Salsa’ was used to outline the lips & Luxembourg satin lip pencil (coming Spring ’13) was applied all over the mouth, for a strong lip effect.

We just couldn’t get enough of this glossy eye and gorgeous lip!


Our top three favorites from today were each unique in their own way. At the Kimberly Ovitz show, Aveda created an avant-garde rendition of the 1920s finger-wave. We loved watching the stylist, Antoinette Beenders, make this artistic look happen by wrapping hair in thin, black string–a technique she referred to as “corseting the hair.” It was like the hair had a protective armor.

Later at Tadashi Shoji, we were enamored by a textured roll that was twisted and overlapped around the back of the head in intertwined pieces. Inspiration was taken from girls running through a forest. The strong shape of the style–paired with the matte texture of the hair–created a look that was all at once wearable and unique.

Last, we lusted over the sleek, polished ponytail at Sachin & Babi. The pony sat high on the head and swung down the models’ backs when they turned their heads. Time to grow your pony out, ladies.

Common theme? None! We loved the diversity of the different looks, and we wanted to borrow all the hair styling products we saw to try out each one!


Backstage Beauty: Jason Wu

Smoky, slightly purple eyes, soft pink lips and severe center parts gave Jason Wu‘s models a polished, sexy vibe. We especially love the Art Deco-esque updos fastened with long metal clips.

Check out the rest of our coverage at the show: from the front row to shots of the runway and a video of the finale over on The Thread.

Mary O’Regan


NYFW Backstage Beauty Trend Report

Cheri Botiz, Nordstrom National Beauty and Fragrance Director, takes you behind the scenes of the New York Fashion Week runways, highlighting the hottest trends in beauty for Fall 2012 with tips to help you get the look now!

1 – Monochromatic Eyes. In shades of purple, browns and even reds, these were everywhere backstage. Easy, effortless beauty was part of the overall tone and this eye look falls right in line. A darker monochromatic eye lends itself more naturally to this trend.
Get the look: Lancôme ‘Color Design’ Shadow & Liner Palette in Teal Fury

2 – Matte Lips. We spotted matte lips on the runways again this season. Some shows featured a soft, almost nude matte, and others, bold pops of color, with a touch of blush or loose powder applied on top to eliminate shine.
Get the look: NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave and loose powder on top.

3 – Sculpted Skin. This was big this season. Whether skin was dewy and glowing or natural and matte, it was also sculpted. Cheeks were defined; white highlight was applied to the temples and nose along with a little illumination at the cupid’s bow for definition.
Get the look: M·A·C Cream Color Base in Luna or Pearl and Shiseido ‘The Makeup’ Luminizing Satin Face Color in Wt905 High Beam White

4 – Perfectly Groomed Brows. These were present at most runway shows—whether strong and overstated or left au naturale—brows were perfectly brushed up and well kept.
Get the look: Clinique Brow Keeper or Bobbi Brown ‘Natural ‘ Brow Shaper & Hair Touch-Up

5 – Flushed Cheeks. A healthy, flushed look made its way to the runways. A heavy dose of blush and a little bit of a highlight on the apple of the cheeks mimicked the look of just coming in from a cold jog.
Get the look: Yves Saint Laurent ‘Voile de Blush’ Gel Blush in No.1

6 – A Less-Defined Eye. Many looks we saw backstage favored this approach. Eyeliner and sometimes mascara and shadow were skipped altogether in favor of an easy, more natural look. Achieve a less-defined eye by forgoing eyeliner. Instead, use an eyeshadow around the eye, or opt for fewer coats of mascara.
Get the look: M•A•C Eyeshadow in Cork, Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara

7 – Accented Nails. We saw the ordinary manicure elevated in two ways this season. One, transform your everyday manicure by adding a “French tip” to it in a bold, new shade. Or two, go vertical and accent the sides of your nail for a shaded effect.
Get the look: Deborah Lippmann Nail Color in Dark Side of the Moon for a base and Nefertiti for a gold tip.

8 – Vintage Hair. Hair went back in time this season with a vintage vibe—in some cases, even Victorian. Pinning the hair up in curls, and then unraveling it to give bounce and volume, was a common sight. Hair was also treated to give a distressed effect—for example, dehydrating it with a dry shampoo.
Get the look: Sultra ‘Bombshell’ Curling Iron and OSCAR BLANDI ‘Pronto’ Dry Shampoo Spray


In her second essentials installment, Nordstrom National Beauty and Fragrance Director, Cheri Botiz gives us a peek into her New York Fashion Week cosmetics bag so we can all pinch her makeup secrets.

This is always an exciting trip to pack for. As you can see, I love bright pops of sheer color on the lips. I also tend to go for illuminated cheeks and defined eyes with flirty lashes.

1 – Cosmetic Cases: I love this bag by Marc Jacobs. It comes in a couple colors, and it’s reversible!

2 – Eyes: A simple, defined eye with a brush made just for the bottom lashes, two kinds of dramatic mascara, liner and a brow gel – everything I need.
Clinique ‘Bottom Lash’ Mascara
Lancôme ‘Hypnôse Drama’ Waterproof Instant Full Body Volume Mascara
Lancôme ‘Cils Booster XL’ Super Enhancing Mascara Base
Clinique ‘Quickliner’ for Eyes Intense
Anastasia Brow Gel

3 – Face: Mineral powder for a natural-matte finish, plus a magic pen for instant, radiant touch-ups to combat shadows and other signs of NYFW fatigue.
M·A·C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
Laura Mercier Finishing Brush
Yves Saint Laurent ‘Touche Éclat’ Radiant Touch

4 – Lips: Colorful glosses and a shiny stain—I want plenty of choices to fit my mood!
NARS ‘Larger than Life’ Lip Gloss – in ‘Place Vendome’ and ‘Gold Digger’
Bobbi Brown ‘Neons & Nudes’ Lip Gloss
Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Pur Couture – Vernis a Levres’ Glossy Stain (Nordstrom Exclusive)

5 – Cheeks: Just a hint of natural-looking color with a sheer tint.
Bobbi Brown Sheer Color Cheek Tint

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Nordstrom National Beauty and Fragrance Director, Cheri Botiz opens her bag of beauty tricks that keeps her looking fresh and flawless while running backstage at New York Fashion Week.

Cheri’s Report:

This is always an exciting trip to pack for. Usually I travel with mini sizes of my favorite items, but this time around, I am going to try a few new items while in NYC for Fashion Week.

1 – All of my skincare essentials fit into my Clarisonic travel bag, but there are so many cute cosmetic cases out there, it’s hard to choose!

2 – I’m packing the new philosophy purity gel to try with my can’t-live-without CLARISONIC ‘Mia’ brush to cleanse my face and take off my eye makeup. I know I will love this new gel formulation; it’s already a cult favorite.

3 – My favorite deodorant is DERMAdoctor Antiperspirant. It protects me from perspiring throughout the whole day, helps reduce hair growth, and brightens the skin under my arms.

4 – I am going to test the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Concentrate. I keep hearing amazing things about it; I cannot believe I have not tried this yet.

5 – Applying the Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Lip Silk day and night helps keep my lips hydrated and reduces feathering by softening the look of fine lines.

6 – I am packing the new NARS Tinted Moisturizer (a Nordstrom exclusive). With SPF 30 and a hint of color, all I can say is that I love this item.

7 – I bring two serums (one for day and one for night)—a must for keeping my skin nourished during all the running around I do in the city. The new Dr. Dennis Gross Vitamin D Serum-Oil will keep my skin glowing by day, and at night, my go-to serum is Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair.

8 – Lastly, BABYBEARSHOP Cheeky Baby Butter keeps my hands and feet moisturized all day long. I get it from the Nordstrom Spa. This stuff is amazing, and you only need a little!