What could be more perfect for a fall collection from a makeup company in Portland, Oregon than a collection called “Stormy Weather?” After all, Portland didn’t get its rainy reputation undeservedly. But after a summer of record-breaking temperatures, everyone can look forward to cooler temperatures and a bit of precipitation!
Our Summer Fling look, created with The Hamptons collection, is easy to apply, but because it uses the beautiful, ocean-blue Southampton eyeshadow, the look is more playful and bright than the more neutral Summer Romance look.
Our first 3 for $30 eyeshadow sets were such a big hit that we decided to go a little bit wild with the newer ones. So when we first asked Urmila to model our Vivid! for Brown Eyes eyeshadow set, she was agreeable. Then we told her the colors in the set. "Aegean??? I don't think I can wear blue eyeshadow," she said. Of course we told her she definitely could, and we would prove it. The results are here for the world to see!
We started out with Urmila's Satin Matte Foundation, Beige 4, and applied it with our #25 Foundation Brush. With the #3 Concealer Brush, we also brushed a bit of foundation onto her eyelids to give a nice neutral base. Then we added a bit of Satin Matte Blush in Melon to the apples of her cheeks with our #21 Buff Brush.
Since Urmila was a little "blue-shy," we wanted to keep her look simple and office (if your office isn't a cosmetics company) appropriate. We brushed Leone Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow over her entire eye area using the #37 Eye Blending Brush. Then with the number #36 Pointed Crease Brush, we added the slightest touch of Aegean Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow to Urmila's crease and blended it well. Then we mixed some Aegean with water and applied it as a thick liner with the #33 Angle Liner Brush, winging the outer corners up and out. To add definition to Urmila's lash line, we used Black Satin Matte Eyeliner, just smudged into the roots of her lashes. To finish the look, we slicked on some Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Holly Berry.
If you are a bit more "blue-venturous," try using Aegean on your entire lid, either wet (for the very bold) or dry (for the more subdued). But we rest our case...see Urmila, you CAN wear blue shadow!
Have you noticed that it is now just a little easier to shop and select makeup colors on the Alima Pure website? We have been adding little features and hints to make it simpler to find what you're looking for, even if you aren't always exactly sure what you're looking for!
In our website make-over, we added a handy feature that allows you to sort all of our eye products and blush shades by color. Of course, we recognize that our idea of "pink" might not be exactly the same as your idea of "pink," but keep in mind that we have listed them by the shade we are most likely to call a particular color. While Eden Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow could be called "green" or "gold," it definitely could not be called "yellow," so it will show up in a search for "green" colors.
A couple of months ago, we added our 3 for $30 Eyehadow collections, to make it easier to buy coordinating eyeshadows based on what you want to achieve. For our first two rounds, we have focused on shades for different eye colors, but in the future we will also have some focusing on "looks," like a smoky eye or a polished, professional trio. In addition to these sets, we do have posts on our blog that recommend shadow shades for different eye colors; brown, blue or green.
And if your needs are more basic, we have added two new kit options. First, of course, is the Foundation Selector tool that we launched this week to help you find your perfect match. By answering the Foundation Selector questions, you are eligible to purchase a kit of samples to lead you to your match. The next step is our new kit, The Basic Face, which includes our cult-favorite #25 Foundation Brush and introductory sizes of your foundation shade, a Satin Matte Blush, Luminous Shimmer Blush and Satin Finishing Powder, all selected to complement your foundation. This kit takes the guess-work out of what blushes and finishing powder will work with your foundation, and includes shades that are the most popular for their category.
But even with all of these aids, sometimes nothing is better than personalized service. Our makeup artists are still available to answer your color questions.
For west coast girls like those of us at Alima, The Hamptons seem so glamorous. It conjures up images of biking past white, sand beaches with pounding surf on one side and sun-bleached homes with green lawns on the other side. We can imagine popping in to the mom & pop grocery store only to find we’re rubbing elbows with a celebrity. Clam bakes, shared summer rentals and all-night bonfire parties sound so exotic to those of us who call our beaches “the coast.”
The Hamptons summer eyeshadow collection is an homage to how we imagine it would be to spend a relaxing summer in the east. We would want a bit of glitz, to catch the daytime sun, or the nighttime firelight, but nothing over the top. We would want a collection of colors that went well together in a variety of ways so we could survive for six or eight weeks with a mere four eyeshadows.
So here it is, our perfect summer eyeshadow collection for our dream trip to The Hamptons:
Shelter Island is the color of sun-warmed sand, or dried beach grass. With a healthy dose of shimmer, it is a perfect base for a complicated look, or great on its own for a subtle wash of color.
Southampton is the flawless blue of the surf or the summer sky. The subtle shimmer makes it a perfect accent color, but it can carry your entire look when you want to be adventurous.
Montauk is the gorgeous bronze of the perfect tan (faux, of course!) with the added glamour of golden shimmer. It is a perfect partner for Shelter Island, used on the lid or in the crease.
Amagansett is a deep, charcoal brown, like a weathered wood building or a piece of dark driftwood, but with some silver sparkle added for good measure. Wear it as a contour or damp as a liner when you want to be dramatic; or smudged dry along the lash line for a simple look.
Apply Shelter Island from lashes to brows with the fluffy #37 Brush. Lightly contour the crease with a touch of Montauk on the #36 Pointed Crease Brush. Smudge a bit of Amagansett along the lash line with a dry #31 Fine Liner Brush. Apply Mauna Loa Bronzer, and then add a touch of Raspberry Satin Matte Blush to the apples of the cheeks. Finish the look with Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Sweet Pea.
Apply Shelter Island from crease to brows with the #37 Brush. Using the #39 Large Shadow Brush, place Southampton on the lid, from lashes to crease. Contour the crease with Montauk on the #36 Brush. Complete the eye with Amagansett on a damp #31 Brush. Add Sahara Luminous Shimmer Blush to the cheeks, then slick on some Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Mango.
Most people with blue eyes already know, either through trial and error or just instinctively, how to make the most of them with eye shadows. But, if you are looking for a simple set to do it without having to put much thought into it, our 3 for $30 Best for Blue Eyes set is a great option.
We applied these shades to Noelle’s beautiful blue eyes to show you how effective they can be. We started with Vanilla Satin Matte Eyeshadow from her lashes to brow, using the #37 Eye Blending Brush. Then, with the #36 Pointed Crease Brush, Palomino Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow went on the lid and extended slightly into the crease. The #36 brush works great for packing more color onto the lid because of the compact shape of the bristles. The finishing touch was Luminous Shimmer Eyeliner in Illusion, applied with a damp #31 Fine Lining Brush. When Noelle looks into the camera, although not a lot of eyelid shows, but as you can see, it still emphasizes her beautiful blue eyes!
Mother’s Day will be here before you know it. Celebrate by giving the special women in your life a bouquet of fresh spring colors, inspired by an old-fashioned garden. Sisters, dear friends, mothers and daughters will all love the on-trend pastels in our Vintage Bouquet collection!
Even better, three lucky readers will win the new collection plus a fantastic #39 brush with which to apply it! Simply tell us which Alima Pure eyeliner and/or lip balm shade you would choose to complete the look. (See complete rules below.)
Foxglove is a bright lilac shimmer, a beautiful choice for eyes of any hue.
Forget-Me-Not is a lively blue, sparked with gold; a sunny day in a jar.
Snapdragon is a medium shade of peach in a matte blush, ideal to bring a hint of warmth to any complexion.
These four shades come packaged in our elegant white gift box, ready for giving. The set is priced at only $40 (a $57.50 value) and contains three full-sized eye shadows and a full-sized blush.
The simplest way to wear this collection is to choose either Foxglove or Forget-Me-Not. Brush Honeysuckle over the entire lid from lashes to brow, then use the bright shade you have chosen on the lid and slightly into the crease. Line with the liner of your choice. Apply Snapdragon to the apples of the cheeks and blend back towards your hairline. Complete the look with your favorite Organic Nourishing Lip Balm.
If you are feeling more adventurous, use all three shadows at once. Apply Honeysuckle from your crease to your brow. Apply Foxglove on the inner 2/3 of your lid, then put Forget-Me-Not on the outer 1/3 and into the crease. Blend well so that you don’t have any harsh lines. Line with your favorite Alima Pure eye liner and apply Snapdragon to the apples of your cheeks. Finish with the Organic Nourishing Lip Balm of your choice.
To enter the giveaway, simply follow the instructions below. We'll give away three (3) Vintage Bouquet collections, and include brush #39 for each winner. The giveaway begins Monday, April 16, 2012 12:01am EST and ends on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 12:01am EST. Three lucky winners will be announced on Friday, April 20, 2012. Good luck!
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