Sarah Zaret


Hi, lovelies! My name is Sarah Zaret, and every day, I’m tasked with the duty of guiding women through the glamorous world of makeup as a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist at the Mission Viejo store in the O.C. of California. I’ve been working in the cosmetics and skincare industries for more than 15 years, 11 of them with Nordstrom.

I graduated from the Studio Makeup Academy of Hollywood, and while training there, I developed a passion for old Hollywood, vintage-inspired looks.

Cover Girl: Ricki VanDusen, photographed by Irving Penn for Vogue, March 1948

My great-aunt, Ricki VanDusen, was a supermodel in the ’40s and ’50s and appeared on several covers for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazines. Isn’t she flawless? Her skin was perfection! Mastering the art of timeless beauty is not only my passion; it’s also part of my DNA.

For seven years, I performed facials as an Instructrice de Beauté for Clarins, where I learned that importance of cleansing the skin every morning and evening, the benefits of exfoliation and the best tips to hydrate the skin from the inside out. Right now, I can’t live without Kate Somerville’s ‘DermalQuench Liquid Lift’ Advanced Wrinkle Treatment. One of the key ingredients is hyaluronic acid, which deeply hydrates the skin to improve elasticity, firmness and texture.

Movie Magic: Gene Kornman snaps Marilyn Monroe’s publicity photo for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953

Since I was a little girl, photos and women that exuded radiant beauty have surrounded me. My great-grandfather, Gene Kornman, was a famous still glamour photographer from the 1930s to the ’50s, and he captured some of the most iconic images of Marilyn Monroe for films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Niagara.

Timeless Glamour: My great-grandfather took this photo of Marilyn for the 1953 film Niagara. Here’s my best pinup girl-inspired style (right), photographed by Laura Byrnes.

My gramps knew how to bring out a woman’s natural beauty, and he certainly passed down those skills to me. While working as a makeup artist for Laura Mercier, I truly adapted her philosophy on creating a “naturally flawless face.” Make a shimmering statement and snag the Laura Mercier ‘Enchanted’ Color Collection, which is a Nordstrom exclusive ($89 value).

If you’re looking for new look or just a simple revamp of products in your makeup bag, let me help you bring out your own unique star quality.

Nordstrom Beauty Stylists are professionally trained across all our beauty, fragrance and men’s grooming brands to handpick the perfect products for you. If you’re in the O.C. area, stop by and say hi to Sarah (and get some of her beauty expertise!) at our Mission Viejo store. You can also Live Chat with an online Beauty Stylist now, or call 1.800.7beauty to schedule an appointment in store.