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Beauty Makeup

Your Spring Makeup Bag According to Pantone

Spring Fashion Week has long since ended, but we’re still thinking about the cheery pastels and vivacious yellows that we saw on (and off) the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris. As we poured over Pantone Color Institute’s list of on-trend hues for the spring-summer fashion season, we wondered, how can we incorporate these colors into our beauty too?

Let Pantone’s spring-summer color palette—with soft pinks, punchy reds and cool-toned violets—inspire you to change up your makeup look for the season. Ahead, the lipsticks, eye pencils and highlighters we’re adding to our cosmetics bags for the upcoming warm months.


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Byrdie Editors Talk Us Through Their 10 Fall Beauty Obsessions

At Byrdie, we’re obsessed with all things beauty, inside and out. We’re self-described product junkies, and we’re always testing out the latest stuff to see what actually works. Take note: We have a nose for gimmicks. Keep an eye out for our guest posts, where our editors will share everything from what’s worth buying to celeb looks, step-by-step tutorials and more.

Who ever said cleansing was just a spring thing? Fall always puts us in reboot mode. This season is no different, and if you’re like us, a closet overhaul isn’t the only thing on your brain. As beauty devotees, we look forward to refreshing our makeup drawers with rich fall hues, luxurious moisturizers and all the skin brighteners we can get our hands on.

Luckily for us, there’s no shortage of new products this fall. Plus, we can’t forget those tried-and-true items that we keep going back to, year after year. To kick off the season, we’ve put together a 10-product hit list, all of which will help you put your best face forward this fall. See which ones made the cut.


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Friends from the Floor: Celebrate National Lipstick Day with Us on Saturday, July 29, 2017

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

Psst! This Saturday, July 29, is National Lipstick Day. Not that we need an excuse to swipe on lip color of any kind (stains, balms, lacquers, glosses—we’ll literally reapply at least two of those before we finish typing this post). So what better way to honor the momentous lip-smacking occasion than to treat ourselves to a gorgeous new shade in a fancy new finish?

To help out all the lipstick lovers among us, we asked a few of our Beauty Stylists to share their current go-to formulas for a busy, social summer. Because, truthfully, every day is a lipstick day.


Beauty Makeup Video

Fresh Makeup Ideas for Spring, Get the Look with Our Video | The Realest, Beauty Edition

Our latest fashion edition of The Realest features the smart and smiling baker and business owner Kate Sigel in some of our favorite spring dresses. To complement each outfit, hair and makeup artist Jenny Verador created a look that’s classic and clean, with just the right amount of strategically placed color.


For lips that evoke the feeling of spring without being overpowering, we brought all 12 shades from our new Nordstrom-exclusive collection of Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-in-Stick Lipsticks for Jenny to work her magic with. She was a fan of “the amazing color range with great color payoff and moisture.” Kate really loved how they felt too. And we all loved their sweet hint of mango scent.

See the colors, makeup application and Jenny in action with our how-to video as she takes us through the steps and products she used to create this fresh and pretty makeup look for Kate.



Fashion Week

The View from Behind the Lens at Jean Paul Gaultier

Fashion Week photographers are usually seen crunched together at the end of a runway, all vying for the perfect shot. They may not appear to have the most glamorous job, but the photographers are the ones who truly have the inside access to not only the top shows but also to the models, elite editors and celebrities, all of whom want their pictures taken.

We asked Ford Leland—a Paris-based, American-born editor and photographer who’s shooting for us at Paris Fashion Week ’13—to provide some commentary on his bird’s-eye-view of the scene at Jean Paul Gaultier’s fall show.

One of my favorite things about Gaultier is that every single collection of his is a joy to photograph. Though his shows usually include a classic runway walk, his inspiration is always displayed through an elaborate combination of location, set design, styling and runway choreography.

This season, he chose to show at one of his classic locations from decades past, the Salle Wagram in Paris’ 17th arrondissement—a perfect complement to his retro-themed exploration of motorcycle jackets, armor, and graphic prints. Leather, fur and metals fused together in looks that referenced his days of dressing Madonna. My favorite compositions from the Gaultier runway are a true treat for the eyes—check them out below and then read on to see who I met backstage!

Joan Smalls, the #1 ranked model in the world, throws me a flirty glance from the catwalk.

After the show, I bumped into Coco Rocha backstage, who had just arrived in Paris four hours prior. Even under the stress of transatlantic jet lag, she was amiable and happy to share her thoughts on the first Parisian catwalk she’d attended as an audience member.

“I loved it, and I thought [the pieces were] very wearable. There were a lot of pieces I would wear as either an off-duty or on-duty model; it was very exciting to watch. Seeing it from this side of the runway just made me fall in love with Gaultier even more.”

Lloyd Simmonds, makeup creative director at Yves Saint Laurent, was also at the after-show cocktail party and filled me in on how he designed a look to match Gaultier’s powerful collection. “The focus of the makeup was beautiful, fresh skin, which was accompanied by a strong brow to create a slightly boyish look.”

After talking with Lloyd, I found Coco again, hanging out with her friends Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne (center), the latter of whom had just walked in the show.

On my way out the door, I ran into Shena Moulton, who I saw yesterday out causing trouble at a street market (read more). She was beaming because she’d just received one of the gift bags from the show, containing a bottle of Gaultier’s Classique Eau de Toilette Natural Spray Perfume. Seeing her smile was the perfect end to my fifth day of Paris Fashion Week ’13.