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Tibi’s Runway Beauty Is for Girls Who Want to Have Fun (with Minimal Makeup) | Backstage Beauty

Tibi designer Amy Smilovic envisions spring with a nod to 1980s style, or its un-style, according to Smilovic. For the designer, that period was obviously an energetic era, when fashion wasn’t so prescriptive and serious. Her goal this season was to create something less about perfection and more about authenticity. Her suiting and dresses acted like blank canvases that were lightly adorned with colorful PVC corsets, belts, stripes and straps.

The beauty, led by Bobbi Brown and JINsoon, followed suit. Each model’s look was tailor-made to enhance her specific features without detracting from her unique beauty and that of the clothes. The result? Luminous skin with touches of color, hints of lime green, lilac and tangerine, similar to Smilovic’s accents on her sporty separates and power suits.

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Get the Healthy Glow from kate spade new york’s Playful Runway | Backstage Beauty

Inspired by the romantic energy of New Orleans, kate spade new york’s 2018 spring collection exudes whimsy and fun with feminine floral patterns, lace hemlines and plenty of pinks. The delicate M·A·C makeup from the show featured a healthy, flushed cheek on the models’ radiant skin, and was finished with a barely there, dusty-rose pout that harmonized with Deborah Lloyd’s youthful and spirited spring nail designs. From lips to tips, the overall softness of this beauty culminated with subtle, easy-to-recreate nail art from Deborah Lippmann.

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Che Bella: Milan Fashion Week Beauty

Some of the most advanced style in Milan this week came via the makeup and hair on the runway. While there were still shows that embraced the no-makeup makeup trend that has been prevalent in recent seasons, this is Italy, and glamour has rarely been barefaced on the Boot.

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We’ve rounded up some of the coolest, prettiest and most translatable trends we saw on the catwalk, plus picked out the tools to achieve the looks. Be it neon lashes, ’60s bouffants, primary-colored highlights or iridescent eyes, these bold beauty techniques are worth a try.

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Laura Mercier Celebrates 20 Years in Beauty and Talks Bloggers, ’80s Blush Colors and Baking

Industry icon Laura Mercier‘s French accent is as smooth as her widely worshiped translucent powder. When we spoke with her at the 20th anniversary celebration for her cosmetics line, her voice lilted musically as she reflected sincerely and serenely on her two decades in the business.

As a sought-after makeup artist turned beauty maven, Laura Mercier has developed a successful global line with a devoted following; many of her signature products have become the industry gold standard—her tinted moisturizer has a spot in most pros’ bags. In a candid conversation, Mercier shared a sliver of the wisdom she’s gleaned from her achievements, including the beauty trends she’s glad to see fade, the ones she’s embracing and how bloggers have revolutionized the industry.

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Laura Mercier with fashion blogger and photographer Garance Doré

What have been some of the biggest changes in the beauty industry in the past 20 years?

Today it’s obviously social media, pop culture, reality TV that’s really influencing the beauty industry more than anything. You no longer can talk to people the way you used to. Even advertisements are done differently. I mean, bloggers! We were laughing at the beginning, like,“Oh my God, do they think they are beauty editors?” We didn’t take it seriously. And look at it now. They are the biggest influencers. And we have great ones! So it’s like a new generation, new culture, almost, in the beauty industry. I talk about it as a culture.

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Beauty How-To: Wear Colored Mascara in 9 Shades, 9 Ways

Colored mascara: best new colors and how to wear from Nordstrom.

If you haven’t yet made the foray into colored mascara (or it’s been a while), there’s no better time than the present. After all, what is makeup if not a fun playground to experiment in? And this summer is the perfect time for an eyeful of personal expression.

There are a lot of colored mascaras out there, but one of our favorites is Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils. Available in eight different shades, this triple threat conditions for curve, coats well for intensity, and has a fixing film for lasting effectiveness.

Get inspired and embrace the freedom to express yourself with these nine looks, plus our tips for wearing colored mascara.

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The Best Summer Makeup Trends, Tips and Products for 2016 | Beauty Stylist Picks

Summer beauty must-haves 2016 from Nordstrom.

What’s hot in beauty this summer? Our expert beauty stylists are giving us their favorite selects for skin care, makeup and fragrance so you can get a jump on bringing out the best you as the days start heating up.

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Spring 2016 Nail Color Trends: Pastel Inspiration | Beauty On Set

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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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Our Top Favorite Beauty Trends Seen at Fashion Week | Backstage Beauty

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Our beauty team hit up a slew of backstage runways at Fashion Week, catching up and grazing shoulders with industry bigwigs the likes of Bobbi Brown, François Nars, stila, butter LONDON and Jin Soon Choiand taking notes on fall’s biggest makeup trends.

What stood out to them as the biggest beauty trends on the spring ’16 runways? For one, individualized contouring and brows, like the ones created at the hands of experts like Shiseido’s Dick Page for Narciso Rodriguez. In seasons past, we’ve seen our share of strong contouring and bold brows, but this year was different. Show after show, artists let the model’s natural features dictate the beauty, focusing on accentuating natural assets, like amping up already god-given bushy brows.

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Spring Trends and Beauty Secrets On Set with Makeup Artist Kali Kennedy

For our spring 2016 beauty trends photoshoot, we tapped the genius Kali Kennedy to work her magic on our models. When this California native wasn’t waving her beauty wands or taking selfies with just about everyone on set, she took some time to tell us about how she got into makeup artistry, her best makeup advice and what it’s like living and breathing beauty. Get to know Kali Kennedy–a force of positivity who takes a refreshing approach to her craft.

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YOUR BEAUTY PHILOSOPHY
Every unique feature you have is something that nobody else possesses, and those features are what make you beautiful–that freckly skin, big brows or whatever. You can’t not love the beautiful parts about you that make you unique. I tell people they’re beautiful every day, and I mean it. Everybody needs to be told that they’re beautiful, because they are.

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NYFW Beauty Trend Recap | Backstage Beauty

Nordstrom National Beauty Director Loredana Grama and the Nordstrom Beauty Office identify the biggest beauty trends on the spring ’16 runways.

In a matter of eight days, our beauty team hit up 34 New York Fashion Week shows, grazing shoulders backstage with industry bigwigs the likes of Bobbi Brown, François NarsDeborah LippmannCharlotte Tilbury and Jin Soon Choiand taking notes on spring’s most popular makeup crazes.

BeautyTrendBareWhat stood out to them? For one, natural, effortless makeup that left the focus on inner beauty. Skin was fresh and radiant and eyes were often left bare, except for a swoosh of nude shadows here and there. If there was a pop of color, you can bet it was on the lips, like the pouts M·A·C Cosmetics sent down the runway for Zac Posen. Expect glowing complexions, mushroom-tinged shadows and undone brows come spring for an easy au naturale look.

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