Beauty Skin Care

Everything You Need to Know About Sunscreen

It goes without saying that sunscreen is critical for daily use. Even when skies are overcast and temperatures feel cool, the sun’s harmful UV rays are always a threat to your skin and daily protection is an absolute essential. Still, the biggest obstacle in sun protection is simply forgetting to apply it (or reapply it) in the first place. Our solution? Stock your beach bag with a water-resistant mineral formula, apply a high-factor primer before makeup and carry a broad-spectrum protective powder with you to touch up throughout the day. Set yourself up for safe sunning success by never being unprepared.

Ahead, an SPF breakdown, advice for where to wear and shoppable links to our favorite formulas for every occasion. Slather it on and soak up the sun, but safely.



Celebrating International Women’s Day with Beauty’s Fearless Female Leaders

Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate the strength of female entrepreneurs everywhere—women who lead with unwavering passion and a uniquely female approach to ambition. But specifically, we want to celebrate these nine businesswomen for the ways in which they make us feel amazing, from their organic facial oils and innovative hair devices to the advice and inspiration they impart, giving us the confidence and courage to chase our own dreams.

Because the only thing more beautiful than a woman in control of her own destiny is one who supports other women on their journeys to success, we want to introduce you to a collection of dynamic women from our Nordstrom beauty family who know what being a Girl Boss means to them and to the next generation of female leaders.


Beauty Fashion Week Makeup

Fashion Week Beauty Roundup: Get These New York, London, Milan and Paris Looks Using M·A·C

Photos by Indigital Images

As Fashion Week touched down in cities around the globe, we saw everything—and that’s everything—from rainbow confetti nails at Maryam Nassir Zadeh to spare eyes (and heads) at Gucci, in terms of beauty. Eager to try the bold, sometimes bizarre, looks created by the industry’s top artists, we’ve rounded up tools and tricks of the trade to re-create our favorite faces from New York, London, Milan and Paris, all created using beauty’s backstage superbrand MAC Cosmetics.


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Just Relax: 10 Products That Are Getting Us to the End of Winter

The weathercaster says we have weeks (at least) left of dreary winter, but all we can think about is breaking out of our Hulu hibernation and indulging in a much-needed sunbath. Below, we’ve compiled a list of products to induce that spring feeling and prepare you for sunnier days ahead. Consider this your survival kit for the last few weeks of winter—may they go by quickly.


Beauty Hair

These Hair Savers Will Redeem a Rainy Day

Photos by Crystal Nicodemus

April showers bring May flowers, frizzy roots and deflated volume. Here in Seattle (Nordstrom’s flagship and home base), we’re no strangers to rainy weather and know all too well how drizzle will ruin a blowout within minutes.

Spare your hair and ready yourself with these rainy weather must-haves that save your strands in soggy situations. Read on for our shopping list.


Beauty Fashion Week Makeup

Pep Gay’s Glamorous, Gilded Ladies at Tadashi Shoji | Baskstage Beauty

In his latest collection, Tadashi Shoji proves that power is synonymous with glamour and sexiness. His Fall 2018 runway embodied a fiercely feminine energy—each look that strutted down the catwalk, dramatic and deeply unapologetic.

To complement the strength of Tadashi’s collection, makeup artist Pep Gay was tasked with creating a beauty look that would continue the luxurious narrative of tulle gowns and sequined suits. Gay answered the call with a mesmerizing wash of gold on the eyes using MAC Cosmetics, harkening the elegance of the red carpet, where we can easily imagine Tadashi’s designs gracing the silhouettes of Hollywood A-listers. Just-bitten berry lips finished the look, creating truly beautiful makeup that does not compete with the fashions, but makes them shine. Ahead, we break down the look, so you can recreate it step by step.


Beauty Interviews Skin Care

Valentine’s Date Night at Home with Herbivore Botanicals

For Alex Kummerow and Julia Wills, the husband and wife duo behind Herbivore Botanicals, simple gestures are the most romantic. Rather than opt in to the Valentine’s Day hubbub come February 14, the couple retreats to the solitude of their house for a delicious home-cooked meal, surrounded by flowers (preferably orchids) and chakra-cleansing rose quartz, the stone of universal love.

Ahead, the couple shares their plans for the ideal Valentine’s Day date night at home, which includes Julia’s recipe for a bath so calming, you’ll want to soak for hours.


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Beauty Fashion Week

10 Beauty Essentials for Your Fashion Week Survival Kit

It’s time once again for editors, designers, Insta-stylers and legendary fashion photogs to converge on the streets of New York, London, Paris and Milan—Fashion Month is upon us. While the cities are abuzz with must-see shows, glitzy parties and countless other events, we can’t help but wonder how the fashion pack keeps up with it all so stylishly.

The secret is preparation. Newbies and vets alike know that a key selection of beauty products is all that’s needed to look fresh while frantically hailing a cab. Below, ten of the most important items to carry in your Fashion Week arsenal—yes, your pretty Chloé one.


Beauty Travel

Vacation in a Bottle: Aerin Lauder’s New Scent Evokes a Tropical Paradise

Photos courtesy of Estée Lauder

“If you’re in Seattle or London or New York and you can’t actually get away, one sniff of this perfume will transport you somewhere beautiful … and warm,” promises Aerin Lauder about her new fragrance, Hibiscus Palm. Considering the grey skies overhead, we’ll try anything. But this prettily packaged perfume, which celebrates far-off destinations, white sand beaches and sweet-smelling coconut, happily sates our winter wanderlust. It’s like sunshine in a vintage-inspired bottle, a perfumed antidote to the cold and slush outside.

To celebrate the launch of Hibiscus Palm, Aerin was joined by Julie Sariñana, Helena Glazer Hodne and Tina Craig for yoga, massages and trips to the cenotes in Tulum, Mexico—the sort of palm-fringed paradise evoked by her latest exotic fragrance. After a few days spent luxuriating on what would be our dream vacation, Aerin sat down with our National Beauty Director Marynell Maddox to talk about Hibiscus Palm, what makes it so special and the special way she learned to apply her perfume from her grandmother, Estée.


Beauty Makeup Skin Care Travel

In-Flight Beauty: The 10-Step Korean Skincare Routine

Frequent flyers know that a lot can happen between takeoff and touchdown. Recycled air is dehydrating, sleep schedules are disrupted and getting from point A to point B on time? Sometimes impossible. Though we can’t promise zero turbulence, we can relieve your otherwise irritated and puffy skin with tailored, in-flight pampering, all TSA-approved and ready to fly.

This time, we’re headed to Pyeongchang for the Winter Olympics—and to pick up some of the most innovative beauty items in the world. To mark the occasion, we’ve stockpiled our carry-on with our favorite Korean skincare brands for an in-flight redux of the infamous 10-step routine, at 35,000 feet high.