Smashbox and Nordstrom are all about the brights for spring 2011. See for yourself at the downtown flagship shop’s beauty trend show on Saturday March 5.

If spring fashion’s strappy flats and gauzy blouses are feeling a little…irrelevant, you could consider warming up to the season’s beauty trends.

Beautiful Bright Now is Nordstrom’s beauty trend show; you’ll find it on Saturday, March 5, from 8 to 10, at the downtown Nordstrom. We chatted with Joelle Russo, Nordstrom’s beauty director for the Northwest, to get the scoop on what to expect from this year’s event.

WWW: What are the big trends for spring cosmetics?
JOELLE: It’s all about brights. Bright lipstick, bright complexions—making sure the skin looks great, even bright eyes, in the form of metallics on lids; coppers and bronzes. Same goes for fragrances. We’re seeing a lot of bright notes like rose, and other really effervescent fragrances.

WWW: What’s the cosmetics trend show like?
JOELLE: It’s basically a full-fledged fashion show, but centered around makeup. Cosmetics artists [from Chanel or Smashbox for example] take the stage with a model wearing the line’s spring makeup, updates the audience on the trends, shares some tips and tricks, and then the next brand goes up. The idea is that a woman watching the show sees the trends, and then goes to her favorite counter and tries it out herself.

This year, we’ll also be closing the show with a wedding scene, featuring wedding makeup, and wedding fashion for the bride, bridesmaids, and mother-of-the-bride with coordinating beauty looks for the engagement party, rehearsal dinner, and the big day.

WWW: Any big-time beauty experts expected at this year’s show?
JOELLE: We always invite special guests from behind the scenes at runway shows, or those who work with celebrities. This year we’re bringing out [celebrity manicurist] Deborah Lippmann, and Smashbox cosmetics artist Lori Taylor, who has worked with countless celebrities and more recently worked on the movie Burlesque.

Tickets are $15, but are redeemable in any cosmetics purchased the day of the show. Plus, receive a gift for attending the show (while supplies last). To purchase a ticket call 1-800-7-BEAUTY.

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