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Celebrity Makeup Artist Patrick Ta Shares His Pro Tips on Summer Skin Care (Hint: It’s All About La Mer)

When you think of the crème de la crème of skin care, La Mer is a logical go-to. Its healing Miracle Broth, crafted from sea kelp and packed with vitamins and minerals, is the stuff of legends, perfectly formulated to repair and rejuvenate sun-damaged skin. So it should come as no surprise that La Mer’s lead makeup artist and global ambassador, Patrick Ta (who happens to work the famous faces of Gigi Hadid, Jessica Alba and the whole Kardashian crew), has a serious sun-care regimen worth exploring.

We interviewed Patrick to get the rundown on his must-have La Mer products for summer and tips on how best to apply them. Turns out, we’ve been applying sunscreen and makeup in the wrong order for years. Consider us corrected.

READ THE INTERVIEW FOR EXPERT SUN CARE

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Friends from the Floor: How to Prep Your Feet for Summer Sandals

“Friends from the Floor” is a series dedicated to sharing the latest product obsessions of our Nordstrom sales crew.

Peel off those socks, because it’s sandal season. Oh wait, did you forget something? It’s OK—it happens to the best of us. Just when you’re ready to rock your brand-new pair of sandals, you realize your toenail polish is chipped, your cuticles are craggy and your heels could use a good buff. Summer sneaked up and now your feet need some quick TLC.

If your regular nail salon is booked or you’re in a time crunch, fret not. We consulted with one of Nordstrom Spa’s top nail technicians, Cam Giles, for the expert lowdown on at-home spa pedicures, including what rock-star products get the job done. So slip on your terry robe and block out an hour. You’ve got this.

NAIL YOUR NEXT PEDICURE

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Byrdie’s Beauty Director on How to Spring-Clean Your Beauty Routine

Deven Hopp is the Beauty Director at Byrdie. A self-described skincare junkie, she’s always trying new masks, peels and moisturizers. She’s also developed a slight tendency for product hoarding, which is why she takes beauty spring-cleaning very seriously. See the foolproof process she swears by. 

Byrdie, Spring Clean Beauty Routine

If you’re anything like us, spring-cleaning starts (and ends) with your beauty routine. Once a year, we take stock of everything in our medicine cabinets, on our vanities and in all the other places we store our favorite beauty products. (Are we the only ones with shoeboxes full of serums under our beds?) Your skin can change a lot from season to season, so it’s important to keep an eye on your skincare stash and make product substitutions as needed. Ready to get started? From expiration dates to exfoliation, we’re sharing the four essential tasks on our beauty spring-cleaning checklist.

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Emma Roberts, Thandie Newton and Kate Hudson’s Oscar Night Beauty with Charlotte Tilbury Makeup

This awards season, Charlotte Tilbury is determined to turn up the star wattage of Hollywood’s leading ladies. Through knowing use of her glow-inducing products, the celebrity makeup artist brings out the unique radiance of every actress. Truly, her looks are stunning.

Below she takes us step by step through her process for helping Emma Roberts achieve Old Hollywood glamour for the Academy Awards. Jo Strettell and Debra Ferullo worked with Thandie Newton and Kate Hudson for the big night, and they also share their techniques for gorgeous beauty looks on the red carpet.

Actress Emma Roberts attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

READ ON FOR THESE RED-CARPET LOOKS

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Dick Page’s Roses by the Dozens at Narciso Rodriguez | Backstage Beauty

Simplicity ruled the runway at Narciso Rodriguez‘s fall 2017 collection debut. Not that the designer dialed back his sophisticated styles any more than usual, but the looks were without embellishment. Instead, Rodriguez emphasized the silhouette and its movement through dramatic shapes and strategically placed cutouts. Fluidity in sleeves, hemlines and silk fabrications gave these muscular constructions an ease and rhythm.

Shiseido at Narciso Rodriguez

Pared-back beauty in simple rosy tones topped these strong designs with an ethereal face. No makeup artist can illuminate the complexion quite like Dick Page. For this show, the Shiseido artistic director created petal-like skin that was all the more delicate next to the contemporary, moody clothes.

Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2017

Photo by Indigital Images

SHOP: Narciso Rodriguez 

A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE: READ ON

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Dick Page’s Painted Ladies at Zadig & Voltaire | Backstage Beauty

Paris is usually the setting for Cecilia Bönström’s Zadig & Voltaire girl. Frankly—pun unabashedly intended—if you were situated in as appealing a locale as the French capital, why would you relocate?

For Fall 2017, however, Bönström decided to plop the Parisian in NYC. This was achieved through athletic silhouettes and primary hues interspersed among lots of black—a color appropriate for any metro.

Backstage at Zadig & Voltaire Fall 2017

Dick Page, Shiseido artistic director, countered with his specialty—luminous skin—and pretty pops of color on the eyes and lips. The effect was energetic and youthful, like a newcomer looking wide-eyed at the shiny Big Apple.

Backstage at Zadig & Voltaire Fall 2017

“This season’s collection was full of energetic, bright hues. To complement that, I created a makeup look featuring interventions of color—similar to the way you would accessorize clothes—to bring a cohesive believability to the vibrancy of each style,” said Page about the beautiful faces he created for the Zadig & Voltaire show

SEE HOW PAGE PAINTS HIS LADIES

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Video: Futuristic White Liner by M·A·C at Proenza Schouler | Backstage Beauty

Want a new way to cheat a fresh, youthful face? Yes, we do. Lucky for us, our Nordstrom National Beauty Director Marynell Maddox went backstage at the Fall 2017 Proenza Schouler show to see how M·A·C artists were making the models so radiant. Turns out the trick is a new technique using white eyeliner!

Backstage with MAC at Proenza Schouler Fall 2017

TURN AROUND, BRIGHT EYES: GET THIS MAKEUP TRICK

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Eyeliner Fit for a Czarina by M·A·C at kate spade new york | Backstage Beauty

A rebellious spirit ran through the beauty at kate spade new york’s show in the Russian Tea Room. Although historic change is often not pretty, the makeup by M·A·C most certainly was. Imbued with a regal air, M·A·C’s fierce eyes and revolutionary red lips seemed defiant and aristocratic—as if to conjure both the royal court and its coup.

MAC for kate spade new york Fall 2017

The collection was inspired by the brazen female entertainers of the 1920s Louise Brooks and Josephine Baker, and so the show had a performative and Parisian air. M·A·C complemented these women’s independent streaks with cat-eyed stares, while Deborah Lippmann provided ruby nails that sparkled like crown jewels.

MAC for kate spade new york Fall 2017

REVOLUTIONARY BEAUTY STARTS HERE

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The Bold and the Beautiful Lips by NARS at Novis | Backstage Beauty

There’s the common adage that you know you’ve made it when you can go by one name. Dropping the surname signifies that your celebrity has reached household status.

Depending on the zip code (but definitely if it starts with a ‘9’ and a ‘0’), NARS international lead makeup artist Uzo has achieved that level of fame. Uzo chisels cheekbones on Kim (Kardashian) using a beauty blender, she gives Kirsten (Dunst) a rosy glow with highlighter and she has prepped models as super as Naomi (Campbell). So catching up with her backstage as she groomed the lovelies before the Novis show was a real delight, especially when we saw the berry-colored pouts she was painting on the models.

Uzo at Nars for Novis 17

Uzo told us that the matte crimson and satiny magenta lips—pop-art puckers—were the real stars of this look. These high-impact mouths were set off by very polished skin and a refined smoky eye. The bold florals, plaids and color blocking of the Novis collection inspired Uzo’s equally arresting makeup.

Nars at Novis Fall 17

GET REAL LIPPY: HERE’S HOW

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How to Turn an Airplane into a Spa

Recently, one of our assistant buyers—Natalia Valle, a self-proclaimed beauty junkie—took a trip to Australia. The flight to Sydney from Seattle is more than 18 hours long, which left her contemplating how best to use her air time. Luxuriating in skin care treatments seemed as good a way as any.

Bobbi Brown Extra eye repair cream

We asked Natalia to recommend some of her favorite products and tell us when and how to use them in flight to get that vacation glow before ever stepping off the plane. Here are her tips and picks for bringing beauty onboard.

YOUR TICKET TO A VACATION GLOW: HERE’S HOW

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