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!
Our 3 for $30 eyeshadow collections have been a big hit, but Great for Green Eyes is especially popular. The shadows in this collection work for all eye colors, but have the power to make almost-green eyes take on a more emerald hue, and make truly green eyes dazzling.
This beautiful set includes Luminous Shimmer Shadow in Lana, Satin Matte Shadow in Lilac and Luminous Shimmer Eyeliner in Carnevale. Here, we are showing the collection on Hannah, whose eye color shifts between blue and green. On the day we did the shoot, her eyes were looking particularly blue, but the collection definitely made them look more green. We applied Lana from lashes to brow with the #37 Blending Brush, then applied Lilac on her lid with the #36 Pointed Crease Brush. (It’s compact bristles give great color pay-off!) We lined with Carnevale on a damp #31 Fine Lining Brush.
Our makeup artists often receive questions about selecting the right eyeshadows for various eye colors. We have written several blog posts about great shades for different eye colors, which you can find here, here and here. But we know that people love to buy our Limited Edition collections. Combining that knowledge with the questions, we came up with the idea of 3 for $30 eyeshadow sets.
To make things very simple, our first three are designed to be perfect for blue eyes, brown eyes and green eyes. These 3 for $30 collections will be changing every six to eight weeks, and won’t always be based on eye color, but sometimes on things like pastels, brights or the perfect smoky eye. For the remainder of 2012, and beyond if our customers like them, we will have several of these sets available at any time. We hope they make your shopping easier!
The Brilliant for Brown Eyes collection features Luminous Shimmer Eyehadow in Opal, Satin Matte Eyeshadow in Putty and Luminous Shimmer Eyeliner in Nuit. These soft neutrals work for any eye color, but are especially beautiful on brown eyes, as you can see on our employee Devries. We applied Opal all over her eye area from lashes to brow, then applied Putty on the lid and in the crease. We lined with Nuit on a damp #33 Angle Liner Brush, and swirled the tiniest bit of Nuit at the outer corner of her eye and slightly into the crease. This simple look is great for every day, and we finished the look with Satin Matte Blush in Pink and Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Sweet Pea. To take the eyeshadows in a more dramatic direction, apply the Opal with a damp brush, use Putty to only contour the crease, and use more liner, winging the ends up and out.
If you live in Portland and listen to 97.1 Charlie FM in the mornings, you probably already feel like you know our latest Naturally Gorgeous Model Nicolle Camarata, as she is the host of "Mornings with Nicolle Camarata from 6-9am." That’s one of the beautiful things about Nicolle… her bubbly personality (which we think comes across on the radio and in a photo almost as well as it does in person) makes everyone feel like a BFF.
AP: What is your favorite part of your job?
NC: Making new friends! People come up to me all the time and say how something I did made them laugh, or gave them good advice, and you feel like you just made a new friend. Mornings have always been my favorite day-part because you have a chance to cheer people on at the start of their day.
AP: We also know you have another job, and that it is related to something you care very much about. Would you like to explain that?
NC: I am the director of Nicolle Shops Portland, a popular shopping website that promotes Portland and encourages people to buy locally. I really care about this city—its economic growth, its advancements in green technology, its national appeal for tourism, and all of the people and places that make it so special. I started Nicolle Shops Portland ten years ago to promote the Rose City and it is still exciting to cover my first true love, Portland, Oregon. I have been all over the world and I can honestly say that this is heaven on earth to me.
AP: Do you have children or pets?
NC: Oh yes! We have a busy household full of fun and laughter. I got married last summer and now in addition to my daughter Kaden, I have my husband Cory and his two kids, Justice and Lanie; two energetic dogs, Mojo and Rosie (named after the Rose City); and Lola and Billy Idol, our two cats. Our house is a constant whirlwind of activity!
AP: What do you do for fun?
NC: Playing by the water is my idea of fun. It is so soothing and I’m not even picky--rivers, lakes or beaches; boating, sun-bathing or swimming...if it's in the sun, I’m having fun. We moved over the holidays and are now two miles from the shore line and I am really excited about this summer!
AP: What inspires you?
NC: I’m inspired by possibility, the ever-evolving nature and limitlessness of our potential.
AP: What scares you?
NC: That something will happen to our precious children. Their safety and well-being is our top priority but as any parent knows, only in our control to a degree. Being a protective parent of kids who are getting older is always scary!
AP: How do you define beauty?
NC: Beauty comes from the inside and makes you shine on the outside. It’s a glimpse of someone’s genuine and loving spirit combined with their strong sense of self and purpose that makes them beautiful.
AP: What’s always in your handbag?
NC: My camera! I use it daily to remember and record what is important to me. Just yesterday I took pictures of my children all eating ice cream out of the carton, the dogs snuggling in front of the fire, and several store fronts and shop owners on NW 23rd for work.
AP: What surprises people about you?
NC: I’m not sure. Most of my life has been an open book since I grew up here and I’ve been doing radio and television for so long. People usually feel like they know me way before we’ve even met. But, I think it surprises some people that I like to sew, scrapbook, garden and bake. I am going to be really good at being a little old lady!
AP: What book have you read lately that you really enjoyed?
NC: I got The Official Dictionary of Sarcasm for Christmas, and have really enjoyed reading it. It is written by James Napoli, the executive vice president of the National Sarcasm Society) and he has a ridiculously unapologetic sense of humor that is hysterical.
AP: Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party? (Living or deceased, from different eras—no rules!)
NC: I would invite my dad, Babe Camarata. He passed away suddenly when my mom was pregnant with me and naturally I would like to meet him. It broke my mom’s heart and she never remarried. She was going to name me after him, but she jokes that I was too ugly of a newborn to be named Babe! But I kept my maiden name to honor his memory and I inherited his eyebrows.
AP: Is there anything else you want people to know about you?
NC: Don’t let the small stature and big smile fool you. I am older and smarter than I look!
One of Nicolle’s favorite Alima Pure products is our Pistachio Color Balancing Powder. We applied some Pistachio with a #15 brush to her cheeks and nose area to tone down a little redness. Then we applied her Warm 2 Satin Matte Foundation with a #25 Foundation Brush and added a bit of Mimosa Satin Matte Blush to the apples of her cheeks with a #17 brush. Because Nicolle was wearing a turtleneck for some of the shoot, we contoured along her jaw-line with a bit of Mauna Loa Bronzer and the #17 brush.
On her eyes, we applied Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Venus with a slightly damp #37 brush from her lashes to her brows. Her crease was contoured with Satin Matte Eyeshadow in Raven on a #36 Crease brush. We swirled a little more Raven at the outer corner of the eye for a little added drama. Luminous Shimmer Eyeliner in Paparazzi was applied along the upper lash line with a damp #33 brush. To finish the look, we slipped on a bit of Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Sugar Plum!
To get Nicolle's complete look or to shop Alima Pure collections, click here.
With our semi-annual Foundation Sale going on, it seems like a good time to answer some of the questions we hear most often here at Alima! Here are answers to some frequently asked foundation questions.
Q: Does your foundation contain sunscreen?
A: Two of the main ingredients in our foundation are physical sun blocks, but we have not had our foundation evaluated by the FDA to be able to claim a specific SPF. In our experience, the foundation provides sufficient sun protection for incidental sun exposure, but we recommend sunscreen for outdoor activities or prolonged exposure.
Q: Do your products contain nanoparticles or nanospheres?
A: They do not, and you have our word that they never will.
Q: Are your foundations organic?
A: “Organic” is shorthand for "organically grown.” Because minerals are mined and not grown, they cannot be classified as “organic” or “organically grown.” Minerals are, in fact, considered inorganic, since they do not contain organic matter. In spite of being “inorganic,” the ingredients are as pure and natural as ingredients can be.
Q: I have dry skin, can I still wear your foundation?
A: Absolutely! Many of our happiest clients have dry skin. You will just want to take care to moisturize your skin well before you apply your foundation. If you are switching from a liquid foundation, you may need to consider a more intense moisturizer to make up for the lack of liquid.
Q: I love the idea of mineral foundation, but I’m just not sure I can get used to using a powder foundation.
A: Most people find that it is easier than they expected to give up liquids, but if you struggle with it, remember that you can combine some of your foundation with a lightweight moisturizer and use that as a tinted moisturizer. Then for extra coverage, you can apply more foundation over the top.
Q: Will mineral foundation call attention to my pores or lines?
A: It shouldn’t! We don’t use the ingredient Bismuth Oxychloride, which can emphasize uneven texture. But if you do find that your imperfections seem more noticeable, you will want to try applying less foundation at a time. Applying in several sheer layers will give you a softer, more airbrushed look as well as make your foundation wear better!
Q: My foundation looks generally great, but I still have some redness around my nose. Do I need your concealer?
A: Maybe, but first try these two possible solutions. If redness is generally a concern for you, you may benefit from a bit of our Color Balancing Powder in Pistachio under your foundation. This will tone down redness so that you are applying your foundation to a more neutral “canvas.” Or you can try using a concealer brush (like our #3) , dipped in the foundation and applied to the areas where you need a little more coverage. The foundation can give excellent coverage applied this way, and most people find it works like a charm!
If we haven’t answered your question here, remember that you can send any questions about product use to firstname.lastname@example.org. The makeup artists get a little busy around big sales like the foundation sale, but they will get back to you just as quickly as they can!
January and February--the time of year when most of us (in the northern hemisphere, anyway) are at our palest and looking in the mirror can be a bit of a shock. To brighten up your look and give your cheeks that rosy, just-in-from-the-cold look, consider using a more intense blush shade.
If you are fair and currently lean towards shades like Apple Blossom and Lotus, consider bumping up your pink to Satin Matte Blush in Raspberry, or Luminous Shimmer Blush in Leigh. If Mimosa and Freja are more to your liking, you might enjoy Satin Matte Blush in Carnation.
If your skin is light, but not fair, and your favorite blushes are already shades like Pink, Raspberry or Leigh, you might want to try slightly more intense Satin Matte Blush in Antique Rose or Luminous Shimmer Blush in Cerise. If you prefer warmer shades like Bisque or Carnation, try Satin Matte Blush in Honey Rose.
For medium skinned beauties who like blush shades line Antique Rose or Desert Rose, a more intense shade would be Satin Matte Blush in Azalea. If you already prefer Melon or Honey Rose, step up to the brighter tones of Satin Matte Apricot.
And if you have a deep skin tone and appreciate shades like Bordeaux or Soft Plum, consider making the jump to Satin Matte Geranium or Luminous Shimmer Garnet. If warm tones like Apricot and Nutmeg already look great on you, be bold with Satin Matte Ginger or Luminous Shimmer Sospiro.
Just adding a touch more color to your cheeks can make all the difference, but to help avoid going overboard, consider applying the more intense blush with the #23 Kitten Brush. This duo-fiber brush will give a lighter, more sheer application, but blend it like a pro. The combination of the brighter blush and the expert blending will keep you looking fresh and healthy through the winter doldrums!