Makeup By Kim Porter

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My Skincare Routine Part II


In April I did a post about My Current Daily Skincare Routine.  It has changed minus the exception of two items.  I still use Clean & Clear’s Continuous Control Cleaner & EM Gel (prescribed by my dermatologist). 

Morning Routine

1. Glycerin & Honey Complexion Bar.  I either use this with the face sponge pictured above (great for exfoliation & it costs $1.59 at CVS) or I just lather it up on my face with my hands.

2. Apply Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate & Blot off excess with a tissue. 

3. Apply Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock ontop of the Embryolisse to get some UV protection since it’s summer time!

If I want to, I go ahead and apply my makeup as usual. Since the Embryolisse creme is both a moisturizer and primer, you can forego that when applying your makeup, unless you need a mattifying primer for your t-zone.

Evening Routine

1.  Clean my face first with the Glycerin & Honey complexion bar, especially if I have makeup on. It removes all surface oils, dirt & grime.  My face feels clean without it being dried out.

2.  Cleanse my face with Clean & Clear’s Continuous Control Cleanser. 

***I started using this in the evening’s only since I began to notice (since the weather has become increasingly hotter) that my skin gets even more oily when used during the day.

3. <— Optional Step. Freeman’s Pineapple Facial Enzyme Mask.  Wait 10 minutes & wash off.

4.  Apply a very thin layer of EMGel in the needed areas.

*** I stopped using this during the day because it tends to flake.  I don’t need to walk around with my face looking like it’s peeling.  So unnatractive.

5.  Apply Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate

What’s your current skincare routine consist of?

Has it changed since the summer began?

My Meeting with Sam Fine in detail


On Saturday, June 26, 2010 I met up with celebrity makeup artist, Sam Fine.  This little meeting came about from me tweeting back and forth with him for beauty tips, and overall advice on becoming a successful makeup artist.  I thought to myself, he’s told me he lives in Brooklyn; why not ask him if I can meet him so he can sign his DVD Fine: Basics of Beauty.  If you follow him on twitter (@SamFineBeauty) you will know that he is extremely down-to-earth, engaging, encouraging and more.  Before I continue, I just want to say if you have any interest in makeup or makeup artistry follow him on twitter, NOW!

 He’s very handsome in-person, and tall.  I mean, well, everyone is taller than me lol.

This is a summation of what was discussed during our little meet-up on Saturday.

Sam Fine’s Advice on pursuing makeup artistry as a career

-It’s not a hobbie.  Doing makeup here and there does not make you a freelancer makeup artist, it’s a hobby. 

-Take your artistry & interest in this business seriously. 

-Work in an environment where you will always be around makeup, which is working at Sephora or a makeup counter. Do this even if you have to work there part-time.  This business is always a hustle.  

-In your spare time, take classes, assist, do test shoots.

Building your portfolio

-Always use professional models. Contact agencies and ask them to put you in contact with new models. 

-No one wants to see weddings, before and after shots, pictures of friends and family whose makeup you’ve done.

Assisting him

He says people always ask to assist him.  He says it’s hard for people to assist him because there’s a science to what he does.  Everything he does is done with intricate detailing, involving several steps. If people assist him, especially for the first time, they’d only be in the way because they wouldn’t know what to do.  At the end of the day, it may end up costing the people who he’s working with thousands.


He says to use what you feel comfortable with, however, creams are easier to work with and more versatile, especially for filling in lines, and working with people who have acne scarring.

-Foundation – Black Opal, Dermablend, Iman

-Primer – He doesn’t use one. He uses a thick moisturizer to prime and moisturize the skin.  He uses one from Kiehls.  I can’t remember the name right now though. Sorry about that.

-Setting Powder – Yves Saint Laurent Poudre Sur Mesure Semi-Loose Powder Natural Radiance.  He said this is a great powder to use because it doesn’t get chalky, and you can use a lot of it.  “Always have a product you can use a lot of” he says.

Create your signature. 

He said that everyone knows when he does a face because he has a certain look that has evolved into his own over time.  That’s something every makeup artist should aspire to achieve. 

Don’t conform to the rules.  Makeup artistry is a field that allows you to be creative. 

Pick up a copy of his DVD Now!

Sanitizing Your Makeup Made Simple

Blog reader & follower, Niki Tasha requested a post on How to Sanitize your Makeup When on a Makeup Job.

The products I use to sanitize makeup and brushes while doing makeup, and in between jobs are made by a brand called Beauty So Clean.  International Makeup Artist, Nancy Crosley developed the Beauty So Clean products out of concern that the makeup and tools she was using on her clients were becoming contaminated with bacteria while working on different clients throughout the day.   For many years, people have used alcohol to clean their makeup; however, alcohol dries out and damages most makeup products.

Beauty So Clean has three products to keep your makeup and tools bacteria free!  They are the Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist, Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipes, and the Conditioning Brush Cleaner.  I purchased all three of these products (in Pro Size) from Alcone Co either online or at The Makeup Show New York this past May.

I like all of the products.  It makes sanitizing my makeup so easy. Since I am anal about cleanliness; I clean my brushes almost immediately after use, I never use the same mascara wand twice, I don’t double dip into the products I use, I always use a spatula etc. Using these definitely takes the pain out of cleaning my makeup and brushes.

***Keeping your makeup and tools clean is important to prevent the spread of germs, breakouts, and other serious illness.

Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist Description – $24.99: Removes bacteria and germs on powder-based products: eyeshadows, blushers, pressed powder, bronzers, cream-based products: compact foundation, concealers, cream blush/eyeshadows. (It dries in a few seconds)

Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipe Description- $24.99: Removes bacteria and germs on lip-gloss, lipstick, lipgloss in a pot/tub, eye pencils, lip pencils and mascara wands.

Conditioning Brush Cleaner Description – $24.99: Gently cleans and conditions makeup brushes… safe for natural or synthetic bristles. (Cleans brushes well.  No eyeshadow residue left.  Brushes are left feeling soft)

What do you use to sanitize your makeup & tools?

Do you think you will purchase these products?

Makeup Tips for Summer

I can’t stress it enough that in the summer, heavy foundations and powders are unnecessary.  The least amount of product on your skin is best. 


Protecting your skin with a sunscreen and keeping it hydrated naturally with water, and an oil-free moisturizer is important during the hot & humid summer months, placing more emphasis on  healthy skin & not hiding behind makeup.   If your skin is clear & smooth enough, you can get away with wearing just a tinted moisturizer, concealer, bronzer (matte & cream bronzers are best) and blush, mascara, and a little lip gloss.  However, if you are oily, like myself, apply a mattifying primer prior to applying your makeup instead of using powder on top. Blotting sheets/paper are great to have too, especially to lessen makeup build-up.


In the summer you don’t want to forget your primers; that is your facial and eyelid primers.  In the heat, makeup tends to slide or melt off.  Primers will help keep your makeup from doing that, and lasting longer during the day.  Also, try using as many waterproof products as possible, such as paint pots for color on your lids; mascara & eyeliner to avoid raccoon eyes. 



Check these other posts for more information for Warm Weather Makeup Tips!

The Best Tinted Moisturizer Ever!

Warm Weather Summer Must Haves

Tanning Season: Achieving the Perfect Summer Glow