One of the reasons I initially signed up for Boxycharm was that the Alamar Cosmetics Reina del Caribe palette was part of the June box. I found it to be super inspiring and personified summer and its trends beautifully. This look was inspired by a mermaid diving deep into the ocean. The warm mattes Coco-taxi, Tropico, Guantanamera, and Cafecito make me think of sun-rays and Spanish architecture. Varadero, Celia, La Costa, and El Malecon remind me of glistening and gleaming mermaid scales. I also wanted my skin and lips to be fresh and glowy, like I just rose from the water a la Ariel. Not to get all horoscopey here, but my sun and moon are in Pisces so I deeply associate with the water, its creatures, and mermaids.
Fashion and beauty trends from the ‘80s are going to be huge for fall (all about that in my Trend Report in September!), and blue eyeshadow is known to be infamous from that era. Not everyone has the confidence to wear blues, and the ones from this palette aren’t for the faint of heart. Keep reading to get my tutorial; it’s easier than it looks!
Eyes: Reina del Caribe Palette, Alamar Cosmetics
I used Coco-taxi and Tropico in the crease as transition shades. You can use Guantanamera to add even more richness into the crease if you want to get a little bolder. I put El Malecon, La Costa, and Varadero (in order from left to right) over the lid and blended the edges. I always use a glitter glue to avoid any transferring. This part isn’t pictured but I use the Essence Lash Princess mascara in the green tub as well.
For the skin I wanted it to be dewy and fresh, as that’s how I would imagine a mermaid looking. First I used the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blog Instant-Perfecting Power Primer to control oil and fill in my pores. I then went in with the Flower Beauty Light Illusion Foundation in the lightest shade L1 Porcelain. It only lasts about 6 hours before starting to break down, but I love how healthy and naturally glowy my skin looks when I wear it. I then used the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer in the shade C2. It’s too pink for me, but I like the coverage and how it wears. I surprisingly like it better not setting with a loose powder. It tends to look super-dry and emphasizes my fine lines. I set my face with the Colourpop No Filter Sheer Pressed Powder as to not lose the glow of the foundation.
For bronzer I used the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer and the Essence Satin Love Blush in the coral shade. I always go in with a stippling brush to really melt these two powders together and make it look as blended as possible. I used the Colourpop SuperShock Highlighter in Flexitarian for that can-be-seen-from-Mars glow. If you’re fair like me this is a gorgeous highlight that looks wet on the skin rather than powdery.
Finally, I used the Colourpop Gloss in Flying Horses.