Spring trends

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At our spring 2016 beauty photo shoot, we couldn’t get enough of pastels. Why? Our makeup artist extraordinaire, Kali Kennedy put it best: “‘Fresh’ is the first word that pops into my mind when I think about spring beauty. Something that’s exciting and new and trend-driven that you really just knock out of the park with all of the energy you’ve been keeping inside through the fall and winter.” And right now, nothing is saying fresh and full of energy to us more than subtle-but-punchy pastels.

Nails are the easiest place to experiment with trends and colors. With countless shades out there, we love the look of one on every finger, so go get crazy all you want. The best part of all: these looks are totally doable at home–no special tricks, tools or mani appointment required. Just a few good old fashion pretty pots of nail color.

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We’ve already introducedPretty Striking” as one of our favorite looks for spring. It’s all about bright pink or orange lips, endless lashes and faintly flushed cheeks that all make a lasting impression. Get this look for yourself with our how-to video and a few Beauty Stylist tips from Cory Treadwell at our Downtown Seattle store.


Some helpful tips from Cory when customizing this look:

1. Clean and prep the skin.

2. Go backward with your makeup application, and start with the lips instead of ending with them. By applying a ‘striking lip’ first, you can then tailor the rest of your makeup accordingly. How many times have you completed all of your makeup and added a bold lip last, only to realize that your flirty, romantic look turned into a dark and smoldering circus? Bonus with this method: you get the maximum output with the least amount of products.

3. Do not forget about skincare. The better the canvas is prepped, the better the topcoat lasts and looks. Plus, the better your skin looks, the less makeup you actually need!

Get all the tools and products to get Pretty Striking this spring.


M•A•C’s Director of Makeup Artistry, Gregory Arlt, tells us everything we need to know about the perfect way to transition our beauty look from winter to spring.

Like flowers pushing up through the snow, spring color feels fresh, soft and gives an exciting sense of renewal.

It’s time to think about transitional makeup to take you from winter to spring. My favorite way to bridge between winter and summer extremes is our Fantasy of Flowers Collection. The palette is sheer, pastel and a very wearable way to introduce spring hues. We saw many trends backstage utilizing the collection, and the colors and textures are all truly “must-haves” for the makeup bag!


Spring/Summer 2014, Desigual, New York | Credit: Luca Cannonieri

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MA•C Cosmetics Senior Artist Louise Zizzo talks about her fave spring/summer trends as she reminisces about some of the runway looks we’ve seen so far in 2013.

One of my favorite things about this season’s makeup trends is the focus on the natural beauty of the skin. It’s apparent in practically every look I have seen—no matter how bronzed, bright or bold the makeup, the complexion itself continues to take center stage.

J. W. Anderson, Blumarine, Ruffian
These looks bring a natural light to the face. Use products like MAC Beauty Balm and Strobe Cream to highlight the high planes of the face, even out skintone and hydrate. There are no hard contours, and the brows are brushed with a touch of color to frame. The lips are neutral, dabbed with a bit of lip conditioner or natural-toned color like MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Posh Tone.

Issey Miyake, Peter Som, Nicole Miller
These looks use shades inspired by nature with added metallic flashes. It’s not focused on perfection but instead has more of a blurred and diffused feel. Don’t be afraid of bold colors; apply in gentle washes using soft brushes with shades like MAC Eyeshadow in Beautiful Iris or Electric Eel. You can also add metallic touches across the eye for a clean, serene look. Keep the lips hydrated with lip conditioner.

Haider Ackerman, Aquilano. Rimondi, Missoni
Color with conviction and attitude! These looks have a futuristic strength about them that is free-spirited and avant-garde. The skin is still center stage with its purity, but there is also a strong focus on the lip. Apply bold color in shades like MAC Lipstick in Cyber, Lady Danger or Candy Yum-Yum, and then dust lips with pigment or eyeshadow in a similar shade. Translucent powder gives the lip a new edge that gloss doesn’t, so don’t be afraid to turn it up a notch!

Max Mara, Theskens’ Theory, House of Holland
You can’t have a spring/summer season without a bronzed glow look, but this season’s tan seems to have a pure, chic and effortless feel. It’s less about bronzing the entire face and more about bronzing in a modern and minimal manner. Wrap the eyes in shades of tobacco, sepia and toasted taupe like MAC Eyeshadow in Woodwinked. Hug the bone structure of the face with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish and Skinfinish Natural in warm gold and wheat shades like Give Me Sun or Gold Deposit to create a subtle treatment that looks lived-in and natural. Don’t forget a nice balmy lip to finish, in a nude or natural tone like MAC Lipstick in Myth.

Follow Louise @MAC_Louise_Z for more beauty tips, trends and insight.


We corralled everything coral into this month’s Beauty’s Most Wanted—including tips from Debra Redmond, our national beauty director, on how to wear spring’s prettiest shade. Check out our Coral Crush!

Chantecaille Lip Gloss ‘Dragonfruit’ | Bobbi Brown Blush ‘Nectar’ | Estée Lauder Lip Pencil ‘Coral’

M·A·C Lipstick ‘Vegas Volt’ | Dior ‘Vernis’ Nail Lacquer ‘Riviera 537’


What to my wondering eyes should appear right on my doorstep the other day? My March Vogue, Elle, InStyle and Cosmo (BEST DAY EVER). So many great reads, so little time!

The changing of the seasons is one of my favorite times: putting away our winter wardrobes and layering up for spring with loads of color. I can’t help but think a new wardrobe will need new makeup to go with it—so what’s a girl to do?

Fortunately for me and all of you, our Spring Beauty Trend Events have just kicked off. In case you have never attended one of our events, let me be the first to invite you! Trust me when I say that this is something you don’t want to miss.  We gather what we learned behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week—including all the insider tips and the final runway looks—and we bring it all to you in these fun and fantastic beauty-packed events.

Over the next few months, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from industry experts during one of our 32 shows and/or by attending one of our Pretty Party events hosted in 91 of our stores. Really, we want to make sure you don’t miss this!

I’ve gone ahead and started your spring checklist for you: Radiant skin. Check. Coral blush. Check. Pink, berry-stained lips. Check. Bold brows. Check. Where to learn how to achieve all of this and more? Nordstrom Beauty Trend Events. Double check!

Make sure to reserve your spot today. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

—Debra Redmond, Nordstrom National Beauty Director