“People cannot live without color. We need color to feel alive. To collaborate between artists and the world of beauty, it’s a very positive thing we’re doing here.” —Yago Hortal

KL49. Acrylic on canvas. 130cm x 100cm. 2011

For their limited-edition holiday collection, Smashbox tapped Spanish artist Yago Hortal—known for his bright, sweeping use of colors—to collaborate on packaging. The result? Gorgeous. Hortal’s shades explode perfectly across the covetable collection.



Smashbox is celebrating a big anniversary–25 years in the biz! To spread the love, we’re sharing three favorite products we’ve seen from Smashbox lately. Treat yourself, and help us raise a glass to their silver jubilee.

‘Photo Angle’ Pure Pigment Gel Liner | ‘Crush on Blush’ Palette | ‘Photo Finish’ Primer Water

SHOP: Smashbox Cosmetics


Last week we offered a sneak peek at the new Smashbox video on primers as well as a quick interview with its leading lady: screen, stage and TV star Kristin Chenoweth. Today, we give you the world premiere of the video itself!


Don’t know much about primers? Smashbox has created an easy five-point breakdown.

Check out our Photo Finish collection of skin-perfecting primers, find the one that meets your individual skincare needs and prove it to yourself!


As the flashbulbs fade in the south of France, we’re offering our own accolades for outstanding achievements in makeup:


Best Red Lip. Ethereal style-rules rebel Carey Mulligan gleamed in pale pink Dior and a perfect pop of cherry on her lips, dispelling the notion that pink-red pairings are faux pas. NARS makeup artist Georgie Eisdell created this luscious look with NARS Jungle Red Lipliner Pencil and Jungle Red Lipstick.

Best Eyes. Spanish actress Blanca Suárez channeled mod-siren glamour in Giorgio Armani Privé, enhanced by perfectly winged eyeliner and endless lashes. Get the look with Smashbox’s ‘Love Me’ Paint Pen—a foolproof liner for creating epic eyes—and ‘Full Exposure’ Mascara, a volumizing, lengthening, no-smudge scene-stealer.

Best Natural Cheek. Paz Vega’s barely-there makeup is the perfect yin to her beaded Roberto Cavalli yang, and it lets her luminous skin take top billing. Get the look with dewy, water-based Chantecaille ‘Future Skin’ Foundation and translucent, slightly shimmery ‘Poudre de Pearl’ Cheek Color.

Best Pink Lipstick on a Redhead. Another vote to make pink-red marriage legal, inspired by Nicole Kidman (in Dior Haute), whose watermelon-hued lipstick coordinated perfectly with her Salvatore Ferragamo Minaudière (and famous flaming locks). Get the look with Sweet Watermelon Lip Luminizer by Clé de Peau Beauté.

(Images courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo & Giorgio Armani)

—Stefanie Frank


Each month we’ll be bringing you the best of what’s new in beauty at Nordstrom, from eye candy to the gentlest skin smoother. To start us off, Beauty Stylist Candace Duong from our South Shore Plaza store gives us the inside scoop on her fave new items.

Clinique Chubby Stick for Eyes: Every girl’s dream come true–it glides on like silk! Use your Smashbox Crease Brush #10 to blend for best results. My favorite color is Ample Amber. When my eye makeup feels BLAH, I just apply it on top of my crease area. It gives me that instant lift I need.

Smashbox Lights on Lips 5-Piece Set: This is the perfect emergency backup or a great starter kit for a makeup novice. I use the face highlighter as my “shimmery eyeshadows” as well as a bronzer for a pretty glow.

The best part? You choose the lip color that works for you. I went with Fuchsia Flash, because I love that pop of color.

Agent Provocateur Pétale Noir: “Sexy” is the best way to describe this fragrance. Start with the body elixir then layer with the parfum. The sweetness of the elixir is flirty and makes skin feel like silk. The spiciness of the perfume is uber sexy and mysterious.

For best results, spray on before getting dressed–it’s a scent that you will want to linger all day long.

La Prairie Cellular Mineral Face Exfoliator: If you want to improve your complexion, this is worth the investment. This exfoliator gently refines and reinvents the skin by removing dead skin cells while delighting the senses with its rich and silky texture.

Remember to use two to three times a week to see immediate and long-term benefits.