Nordstrom’s Beauty Trend Show presents the hottest beauty trends and most coveted skin care, fragrance and cosmetic products of the season. On Saturday, we sat front row at the trend show at Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland. Nordstrom’s Regional Beauty Director and host of the show, Laksmi Sam, likened the Nordstrom trend show to a trip to Disneyland. Do you go to Disneyland to ride one roller coaster and try one snack? No way! You ride as many rides as you can and eat churros, hot dogs and ice cream! Do you go to the Nordstrom Trend Show to learn about one trend and try one product? Of course not! You stay to learn about all the latest trends and try as many products as you can. That’s why Laksmi calls it a “day of beauty.”
When we arrived, we were greeted by very welcoming Nordstrom staff members who gave each of us a tote bag filled with samples and a program. We also enjoyed coffee and breakfast treats before heading to our seats. The show began with a musical performance and plenty of dancing (and for those seated, “chair dancing”). There was a lot of energy, excitement and arm waving from the audience. The show was presented in three scenes. Laksmi guided us through the top three spring beauty trends: New Neutrals, Sculpting Simplified, and the Right Bright Lip. Industry experts representing the best brands in beauty shared beauty tips and exciting new products.
Here’s what we learned:
New Neutrals: A clean palette is essential to your beauty routine. Laksmi pointed out that makeup always looks better on beautiful skin. She said that she found that the #1 product that every makeup artist has in their makeup tool kit and personal makeup bag is Touche Eclat Radiant Touch by Yves Saint Laurent. Other brands that presented: Philosophy, Clarisonic, Kiehl’s, Aveda, Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, and Chantecaille.
The Right Bright Lip: A neutral outfit is the perfect compliment to a bright lip color. Many brands showcased new lip colors for the spring season. Tom Ford showed us its new matte lip colors. Other brands that presented: Dior, Lancome, Elie Saab, Laura Mercier, Estee Lauder and NARS.
Sculpting Simplified: Everyone wants to contour, but not everyone knows how. Clinique shared a trick to sculpting the cheekbone: make a “C” with your hand and place the bottom of the “C” at one end of your smile. Position your “C” diagonal and the top of the “C” lands on your cheekbone showing you where to begin contouring. Other brands that presented: Laila, Clarins, Bobbi Brown, Trish McEvoy, Guerlain and M.A.C.After the show, guests were seated for makeup appointments, took selfies at the selfie booth, and indulged in new product. Believe it or not, there was more than just fragrance, skincare and cosmetics. Aveda was doing hair and Nordstrom was offering a combo deal on Spanx. The best deal of the day was being able to apply the ticket price ($20) as a discount towards any purchase.
After visiting counters and trying Trish McEvoy’s “Triangle of Light” collection, we had a makeup appointment at NARS. Lead Trainer Sean Snell gave me a lesson in contouring and introduced me the bright lip I was looking for. My makeover made me look and feel gorgeous. All in all, the Nordstrom Trend Show was amazing and I can’t wait for next season’s show!
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