Meet Naturally Gorgeous Kristen Arnett

Posted on May 08, 2012 by terresa | 2 Comments

Although we met Kristen Arnett just over a year ago, it seems as if she has been part of our Alima Pure "family" forever.  We are thrilled to add her to our Naturally Gorgeous model roster!

Kristen ArnettAs a green makeup artist living and working in New York City, she is one of Alima Pure's biggest champions, spreading the word about our products here and abroad.  And on a more personal level, as a former resident of our fair city, she "gets" our humor and appreciates how our surroundings have shaped Alima Pure.  To say we are thrilled to have Kristen in our corner would be a vast understatement, and we're sure you will love her as much as we do.

AP:  What do you do for a living?

KA:  I’m a makeup artist! I am also a beauty writer for various sites, a speaker and teacher for workshops whenever possible on the art of makeup. I’m the founding editor in chief of GreenBeautyTeam.com which began as personal project but is now its own whole job.  So, the question is what don’t I do?

AP:  Is there an interesting story about how you came to be a makeup artist?

KA:  Yes, but then his article would be 10 pages long, at least. Let’s just say that at 13 years old I was making over everyone from my mom to my friends.  I was transfixed by transformation. I think at least 70% of what I know about makeup came out of the zillion times I watched the instructional VHS tape that came with my mom’s order of Victoria Jackson Cosmetics.  I sold makeup at a Merle Norman boutique while going to college and then worked for their headquarters after I graduated.  Finally giving up a full-time job to become a freelancer involved a lot of risk taking. It hasn’t been an easy road but it has been totally mine.

The natural/green angle that developed is completely the fault of (fellow makeup artist) May Lindstrom who’s skin looked completely fabulous with just natural products.  She’s the first person I had ever heard use the words “toxic” and “cosmetics” in the same sentence.  I started listening, researching and became a convert.  Of course she’s now an expert writer on Green Beauty Team too.


Kristen Arnett 2AP:  What do you do for fun?

KA:  Apparently I work on my website for fun because that’s what I do with my free time these days.  I also love to dance, walk in nature (what I can find in NYC) and eat amazing food.

AP:  Kids? Pets?

KA:  I love to borrow other people’s for the day but don’t have any of either.  I travel about 3-4 months of the year, so plants are the only living thing I feel I can be responsible for, and those still require a sitter!  I considered getting a gold fish the other day…but that’s a lot of cleaning.

AP:  What would you really like to tell people about yourself?

KA:  I think by now we are getting the sense that I’m a bit obsessed with makeup.  I’m snarky and yet compassionate.  I work hard to spread a message of self-love and health through beauty because I care so much about the world and I hope others will join with me and keep spreading a sense of generosity and caring.

AP:  Anything you want to mention that you really care about?

KA:  Again, we’d need 10 pages. I care about helping the world eliminate injustice and apathy. More than ever I think we are living during a time where tolerance isn’t enough.  We are one human family, on one planet with limited resources. If we truly loved ourselves and each other, we couldn’t do such destructive things to one another or to our earth any longer.  Is all this Pollyanna-esqe?  Maybe, but I’m doing my best to live in an respectful way.  Maybe one day someone will find a magic wand that infuses love and awakening into the hearts of humankind.

AP:  How do you define beauty?

KA:  There is so much that is beautiful, I can’t imagine that a concrete definition exists.  It is an un-definable essence that moves the heart and soul when we are still enough to appreciate whatever miracle stands before us.

AP:  What inspires you?

Kristen Arnett 5KA:  People and their creativity, their kindness, their growth, their diversity.  I was in Paris this February for fashion week and during my off-hours from work, I was snapping photos of everything and everyone that struck my fancy on the streets, in the subways, cafés.  Gestures, outfits, flowers, buildings, birds, and human interactions of love.  It was so inspiring to wrap myself in the cloak of an observer and hone in on life happening.

AP:  What scares you?

KA:  Besides the cockroaches and rats of New York?  When it comes to my career and life I take big risks and if it scares me then I know I’m really moving towards something out of the box, which for me is a great direction!  "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough." - Lowell Lundstrum

I don’t know if scared is the right word here but I am often worried about the lack of awareness in society about health, mentally and physically; including people who are intolerant of others, have anger inside of them and act it out onto others.

AP:  What is the worst mistake you have ever made?

KA:  Along with risk-taking comes a lot of mistakes, so a “worst” is kind of hard to define especially because I try to learn something and come away stronger and better from the choices I make.  I’ve done so much dumb stuff, though; every day I do something that mystifies me.  I think the worst choices I’ve made have come about because I didn’t listen to my intuition. That includes the time I fell down an entire story of cement stairs on ice.  Something told me not to walk down and yet, I did and it changed the rest of my life.

But something I did that I really wish I could take back...worshiping the sun during my entire youth.  I spent whole afternoons just baking away to get my pale skin to be golden brown…and I SO regret that now.

AP:  What’s always in your handbag?

KA:  Living in NYC my purse is what other people use the trunks of their cars for.  So everything is in there but the kitchen sink.  My wallet, cell phone, tissue, Clean Well natural hand sanitizer (in Orange Vanilla scent – yum!), business cards (never missing an opportunity to promote), bobby pins, a notebook, pen, iPod, headphones, Sigg water bottle, hand lotion and an assortment of about 4 lip balms/colors floating around (way too many!).  Generally I have one or two Alima Lip Balms in that mix, usually Fig and Cranberry.

AP:  What makes you feel beautiful?

KA:  It depends on the day; sometimes it’s something superficial like wearing beautiful clothes, lovely jewelry, a great lipstick or having a killer hair day.  Other times, it’s dancing, singing laughing and having an incredible connection with someone.

Kristen Arnett 3AP:  What surprises people about you?

KA:  Oh, probably a lot!  Number one is that I rarely look in the mirror and rather frequently I’ll forget to put makeup on before going out.  Not what one would expect from a makeup artist!

Depending on what sort of environment people first meet me in, some people will form an opinion and be rather startled if they see me in a another context.  I will change up my outfits, hair and makeup just enough to take on a different look/energy to match the person I choose to be seen as in different situations.  I think we all do this to some degree. I can really play around with it since I know the art of transformation after being in this business for so long.

AP:  Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?  (Living or deceased, from different eras, no rules!)

KA:  This is a really tough question.  I think I’d have about 400 people there.  So let’s see…Buddha, Jesus, Eckart Tolle, Sylvia Brown, Marianne Williamson, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, someone from ancient Pompeii in Italy, Leonardo da Vinci, Queen Elizabeth (mostly for the dress)…yeah, I could keep going, so you get the picture.

AP:  If you were given an all-expense-paid, week-long vacation that you had to take next week, where in the world would you go and what would you do?

KA:  Why, are you going to surprise me at the end of this interview with a trip?!  :-D

AP:  We both wish THAT was the case!

KA:  OK, just a week and my to-visit list is so long!  Since it’s an all expense paid trip I have to pick somewhere expensive because it would be a waste to go to Cancun on someone else’s dime.  I would do quick tour of Japan; Kyoto and Osaka.  I’m open to suggestions though. I would do what I do everywhere else I visit. Eat the best food I could find that the locals enjoy, see beautiful nature and/or sacred places and get a lot of spa treatments!

To get Kristen's look:

Kristen did her own makeup for the shoot, and used Satin Matte Foundation in Neutral 2 with some Satin Matte Blush in Pink on her cheeks.  Satin Matte Eyeshadow in Camellia was her base shade, with Satin Matte Eyeliner in Onyx used on the lid as a shadow.  Then (because after all, she's a makeup artist) she used Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Navy as her liner.  Luminous Shimmer Powder in Lumina highlighted her brow and cheek bones, and she finished the look with Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Rhubarb.

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Meet Naturally Gorgeous Logan

Posted on April 10, 2012 by terresa | 4 Comments

APNG LoganWhen you first meet someone who is blessed with a willowy figure and long, naturally blonde hair (not to mention the fleeting but powerful possession of youth), it may be difficult to tame your internal green-eyed monster.  However, meeting our April Naturally Gorgeous model quickly turns the monster into a purring kitten.  Logan meets the world with humbleness and warmth, and after just a short time in her company, you just know…this is a young woman guided by her heart.  Her love of family and animals and her wish to be with loved ones whenever possible, combined with her stunning appearance, make Logan truly Naturally Gorgeous.

AP: What do you do for a living?

LG:  I currently work in childcare and am in the process of pursuing a career within the field of Occupational Therapy.

AP:  What do you do for fun?

LG:  I like to go on adventures that have no true destination.  When the weather is nice I like to be outdoors at all times, preferably near any body of water.  I have the most fun when I am surrounded by the people I love; when that is the case I am happy doing anything.

AP:  What should people know about you?

LG:  I am really bad at lying, so it never happens.

AP:  What do you really care about?

LG:  Animals, I think they are the most important things in the world.

AP:  Do you have any pets?

LG:  Two Golden Retrievers and a Betta Fish.

AP:  How do you define beauty?

LG:  I define beauty as anything that makes an individual stop and completely forget about everything around them while they stand in complete awe of what they are seeing, hearing, tasting, touching or smelling.

AP:  What makes you feel beautiful?

LG:  I feel most beautiful when I bring true happiness to another person, even if it is extremely subtle.

AP:  What scares you?

LG:  The thought of living in a different state from my family.

AP:  What surprises people about you?

LG:  I prefer hip hop and hate celery.

AP:  Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

LG:  Both sets of deceased Grandparents along with my mother and father, just so they could all have one more visit together.

AP:  If you were given an all-expense-paid vacation that you had to take next week, where in the world would you go and what would you do?

LG:  I would go to Spain and arrange for a meet-up with my closest friend of fifteen years, who is currently working for the Peace Corps in Morocco.  In Spain we would meet new people, eat lots of meals and tell each other the stories that we’ve missed from each other’s lives over the past seven months.

Get Logan’s Look:Logan APNG

We applied Logan’s Satin Matte Foundation in Olive 1 with the #25 brush to give her a perfect canvas.  Logan loves to be outdoors in the sun, but Oregon hadn’t seen the sun in a while, so we faked a tiny bit of glow with Satin Matte Bronzer in Mauna Loa applied with the #23 Kitten Brush.  To make the glow more realistic, we gave her cheeks a flush of pink with Satin Matte Blush in Raspberry on the #17 Blush Brush.

From lashes to brows, we swept Pearluster Eye Shadow in Silk on with the #37 Blending Brush.  To bring out the green in her eyes, we used the #39 Large Shadow Brush to layer some Satin Matte Eye Shadow in Lilac on her lid.  We lined Logan's upper lash line with a bit of damp Black Cherry Luminous Shimmer Eye Liner.  To finish the look, we used Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Sweet Pea.

 

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Meet Naturally Gorgeous model Regina Ellis

Posted on March 05, 2012 by terresa | 0 Comments

What can you say about someone who takes their personal tragedy and turns it into a way to help others? Someone who deals with their own grief by finding a way to ease the road for those that are dealt a similar, devastating hand? We think you could say she is fiercely loving. Or maybe bravely compassionate. Definitely Naturally Gorgeous!

This month’s Naturally Gorgeous model is Regina Ellis, founder and CEO of Children’s Cancer Association (CCA). CCA was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1995, by the Ellis family after their daughter Alexandra died from cancer. As the only organization of its kind in the nation, CCA helps inspire kids to meet the challenge of facing a life threatening illness by providing JoyRx delivered through non-medical programs of chemo pal mentors, bedside music medicine, tailored support and resources. CCA's innovative brand attracts powerful, strategic partners and global leaders such as Apple iTunes, Converse, Genentech, Blazers, Gatorade, Nike, Fader, Atlantic Records, Anomaly and others who support CCA's initiatives helping thousands of kids- transform a moment and have a better day.

AP: How do you describe what you do for a living?
RE: I deliver joy.

AP: What do you want to tell us about the journey that brought you to your current position?
RE: Life, my children, family, my daughter’s courage and joy in life facing cancer and then death at 5 years old; hope, laughter and passion to leave the world a little better than I found it. Oh, and my type A personality.

AP: Do you have kids or pets?
RE: Alexandra, my oldest, died of cancer in 1995. Zach is 20, Kate is 16. Max is our 1-year-old Golden Retriever.

AP: Anything you really want to tell people about yourself?
RE: I don’t take myself too seriously. Most people don’t know that I have a secret crush on …rap and hip-hop music!

AP: What do you really care about?
RE: Family dinner and laughter.

AP: How do you define beauty?
RE: The width of your smile.

AP: What makes you feel beautiful?
RE: My reflection in my children’s eyes. And always being around my momma.

AP: What is always in your handbag?
RE: Alima Pure lip balm in Cranberry.

AP: What movie have you seen lately that you really enjoyed?
RE: I watched “Queen to Play” on Netflix last weekend. My all-time favorites are “Life is Beautiful” and “Chocolat.”

AP: Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?
RE: My daughter Alexandra, who died in 1995, Mary Oliver; Van Morrison, Oscar Pistorius, Juliette Binoche, Mario Batali, Bobbi Brown, Ghandi, Morgan Freeman, Bob Marley, Kelley Corrigan, Martin Luther King, Anne Frank, Roberto Benigni, Stevie Wonder, Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller and my crazy, Italian family!

AP: If you were given an all-expense-paid, weeklong vacation that you had to take next week, where in the world would you go and what would you do?
RE: Florence and Lucca, Italy. I go every chance I get, to walk the cobblestone streets, hear the church bells, go to the Mercato to get dinner, and breathe in the simplicity and music of life.

Regina’s Look

We applied Satin Matte Foundation in Beige 5 with our #25 Foundation Brush, and added a tiny bit under her eyes with the #3 Concealer Brush. We highlighted Regina’s cheeks with Satin Matte Blush in Antique Rose on our #17 Blush Brush.

We swept Luminous Shimmer Eye Shadow in Chai over Regina’s entire eye area with the #37 Eye Blending Brush. From the lashes to the crease, we used Pearluster Eye Shadow in Grace to bring out her eye color. We lined her upper lash line with Satin Matte Eye Liner in Onyx on a damp #33 Angle Liner Brush, and used a bit of Onyx to fill in the brows. We finished the entire look with Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Cranberry.

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Meet Naturally Gorgeous model Nicolle Camarata

Posted on February 07, 2012 by terresa | 0 Comments

Meet Alima Pure Naturally Gorgeous Model NicolleIf 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!

To get Nicolle’s naturally gorgeous 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.

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Behind the scenes with Alima Pure & Joni Kabana

Posted on February 02, 2012 by terresa | 0 Comments

If you frequent our Alima Pure facebook page, you probably noticed that we added some "behind-the-scenes" photos last week. These were taken at a photo shoot we did at the studio of the amazing Joni Kabana, a renowned photographer who lives here in Portland (when she isn't off to Ethiopia or a rodeo). If you mouse over the images in the portfolios at jonikabana.com, you can identify some of our past, present and future Alima Pure Naturally Gorgeous models.

Shoots at Joni's studio are always a fantastic experience.  Joni's spirit puts even the most camera-shy at ease, and she is able to bring out the sparkle in each subject. We want our Naturally Gorgeous models to look like the real women that they are, and to still capture what it is that makes them "naturally gorgeous." Joni does that with expertise that  almost makes it look easy, instead of the complicated and personal process that it is. Since we have vowed that we will not retouch our models, what you see when you look at the photos is a combination of their natural beauty, Alima Pure cosmetics and Joni's artistry.

The shoot we did last week was definitely one of our most successful. We squeezed in six women, each of them the very definition of Naturally Gorgeous.  They represent quite a range of ages and interests.  With the music pumping, we created and applied a makeup look for each model, then sent her off for her time in front of Joni's lens.  We'll be unveiling the final images over the next several months, but here are a few sneak peeks, taken on a mobile phone (so please excuse the quality).

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Meet Naturally Gorgeous Candace

Posted on January 10, 2012 by terresa | 1 Comment

Meet Naturally Gorgeous Candance If you are a fan of Oregon Ballet Theatre (and who isn’t?), Candace may look familiar to you. After starting as an apprentice with OBT in 2003, Candace joined the company in 2004 and has been a soloist since 2008. Her grace and passion are two of the qualities that make her Naturally Gorgeous, but her slightly mischievous dimples and long legs certainly don’t hurt!

AP: How did you decide to become a dancer?

CB: I always knew from the time I was very small, that I wanted to dance. Once I knew that this could be a profession, I was all in. Something in me needs to tell the world something, and dancing seems like the best way for me to accomplish that.


AP: What do you like to do for fun?

CB: I love reading, and spending time alone in the incredible forests of the Northwest. I also have a real affection for just being out with good food, good drinks and good conversation. Apparently I’m the instigator of many a too-late weeknight bar crawl with my friends. I didn’t think I was so boisterous, but they keep blaming me, so I guess it’s true!

AP: What is always in your handbag?

CB: A book! It’s my security blanket.

AP: What inspires you?

CB: Expansive nature, unexpected moments, reminders of that which is greater than myself.

AP: What scares you?

CB: People that think they have everything figured out. Losing connection with a sense of community in our culture.

AP: How do you define beauty?

CB: Fullness of life…crafting a positive being out of whatever combination of “good” and “bad” we’ve experienced.

AP: What makes you feel beautiful?

CB: Connecting deeply with another person. Sharing all the wonder I feel for the world around me.

AP: What surprises people about you?

CB: That I think of myself as shy. I guess I’m not, anymore, but I always imagine that it will creep back in when I least expect it, and I won’t be able to force a word out of my mouth when I’m meeting someone fascinating and new, or speaking in front of a group.

AP: Is there anything that you would really like to tell people about yourself, or something that you really care about that you’d like to share?

CB: I think those have the same answer. I have this side project called Uprising. The goal is to bring dance together with other forms of art so we can inspire each other, and then to bring that work to people in unconventional spaces. We’ve done shows with Horse Feathers, Weinland and Laura Gibson; created our own costumes and worn designs made for us by Emily Katz; and performed at Mississippi Studios, Wonder Ballroom and the Aladdin Theatre, plus some benefit shows for local non-profits here and there. I’m pretty excited about it! I wish we had a show coming up that I could plug here!

(AP note: When Uprising has a show coming up, we will definitely let everyone know!)

AP: What roles do you have coming up at OBT?

CB: We have just finished The Nutcracker and A Holiday Revue. The next ballet we’re working on is Giselle, which opens in February, but I don’t know for sure what my roles will be yet.

Meet Naturally Gorgeous Model Candace

To get Candace’s naturally gorgeous look:

We started with a bit of Color Balancing Powder in Pistachio on Candace’s cheeks and then applied her Beige 3 Satin Matte Foundation with the #25 Foundation Brush. We added a touch more foundation with the #3 Concealer Brush around her eyes and nose. Then we applied Satin Matte Blush in Raspberry to the apples of her cheeks with the #17 Blush Brush.

To enhance the green in Candace’s eyes, we used Nymph Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow with a #37 brush from her lashes to brows. Then we added Grace Pearluster Eyeshadow to her crease and outer corner with the #36 brush. A damp #33 brush was used to apply Luminous Shimmer Eyeliner in Carnevale, and a dry #33 brush filled in her brows with a touch of Raven Satin Matte Shadow. As a finishing touch, we slicked on some Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Rhubarb.

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Introducing Rahel, our Naturally Gorgeous Model

Posted on November 29, 2011 by terresa | 2 Comments

Rahel is so warm that it almost feels like she is radiating sunshine. A Portland physician who cares for women with pelvic floor disorders such as prolapse and incontinence, Rahel has also worked at the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa in her native Ethiopia. It is easy to imagine the soothing effect she would have on young women suffering from the condition of fistula, which causes them to become social outcasts.

We selected Rahel as our third Naturally Gorgeous model because of her smile and warmth, but we were delighted when she expressed surprise that we could match a foundation to her skin. Prior to Alima Pure, she had never found a foundation that truly matched her skin. Can you guess from her photo which shade is hers? Read on to find out!

AP: Where were you born?

RN: I was born and raised in Ethiopia. I got a scholarship to attend college in the US, which is how I got here.

AP: Now you work in Portland as a physician, but how often do you get back to Ethiopia?

RN: I spent a year at the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa between my residency and fellowship training. That was a life altering experience and probably informs much of what I do now. I now go back about once a year to do medical work in rural Ethiopia where I spend about 2 weeks. I wish I could spend more time, but it is hard to do with all my clinical and motherly obligations in the US.

AP: What do you do for fun?

RN: I like exploring Portland and finding new places to eat with my (six-year-old) son and husband.

AP: What do you really care about?

RN: I care about my family, my patients and my profession as a clinician, researcher and educator. I also deeply care about my medical work in rural Ethiopia. Our global project called Footsteps to Healing is about improving the maternal and women’s health in rural Ethiopia, building local healthcare capacity and educating our students, residents and colleagues.

AP: What inspires you?

RN: I am inspired by people who have achieved greatness in their life but manage to stay humble. I am even more inspired by people who have very little material things but have the biggest heart and the brightest smiles. This is the virtue of my Ethiopian people.

AP: What scares you?

RN: Ignorance.

AP: How do you define beauty?

RN: To me, beauty is simple, unadulterated, genuine and deep. I think if you have true beauty, you do not have to work hard to feel it or to see it in others.

AP: What makes you feel beautiful?

RN: A relaxing steam bath after yoga. The rare occasions when I actually dress up for a night out and take time to put on my simple Ethiopian silver or wooden jewelry.

AP: What surprises people about you?

RN: Introducing myself as the doctor to my elderly female patients. They think I look too young. It also surprises me how fast their surprise is replaced with trust and openness once we start to talk.

To get Rahel’s Look:

We applied Satin Matte Foundation in Golden 6 with the #25 Foundation Brush. For extra coverage under the eyes, we used her foundation with the #3 Concealer Brush. On her cheeks, we used Antique Rose Satin Matte Blush applied with the #17 Blush Brush.

For her eyes, we used Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Leone on the #37 All Over Blending Brush (which helps keep shimmer from becoming overwhelming). Then we added Luminous Shimmer Shadow in Aphrodite on her lid with the #39 Large Shadow Brush. We filled in Rahel’s brows with Satin Matte Eyeliner in Espresso with the #33 Angle Liner Brush.

For the finishing touch, we used our Organic Nourishing Lip Balm in Holly Berry.

Please click to learn more about the work of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital.

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