Makeup By Kim Porter

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Warm Weather (Summer) Must Haves

The weather is becoming increasingly warmer & nicer here in NYC & other states of course.   It’s just a taste of what this summer has to offer. It’s best to be prepared for when it actually hits.  It’s time for some summer beauty shopping!

Simplify Your Beauty Routine

As I’m sure you all know, your beauty regimen should change from season to season. What works for you during the winter usually isn’t what you should be using in the summer. 

1. Groomed Eyebrows – Eyebrows shape your face & can make a world of difference on how you look.

2. Tinted Moisturizer with SPF (I use MUFE Face & Body sometimes or Artistry’s Tinted Moisturizer -$22)

3. Lipgloss with SPF – Protect your lips & look good at the same time.  Wearing lip gloss can actually increase your risk of skin cancer, because the shinyness makes UV rays hit harder!

4. Bronzer – to give you a nice glow & sunkissed complexion. MUA Sam Fine suggests Covergirl Queen Collection’s Brown & Ebony Brown Bronzer for brown skinned women, which are affordable at $8 each. 

5.  Waterproof concealer – Cover dark circles or blemishes with something that won’t budge even if you sweat or take a swim.  I use MUFE’s Full Cover Concealer since it’s waterproof.

6. Don’t forget your waterproof Mascara! –  Max Factors 2000 Calorie Xtreme has always been my fave. I move between a few others now & then.



You must, must wear sunscreen, especially if you know you’ll be outdoors. Use at least an SPF 30 for prolonged exposure, and be sure to reapply every couple hours and whenever you come out of the water and towel off.

I love Aveeno’s Continuous Protection Sunblock Spray SPF50.

Have A nice bronzed Body

Since last summer, I’ve been using Carol’s Daughter Gelee de Soleil
SPF 15 Browning Oil ($15).  This stuff works.  I get a nice bronzy glow with it.  The great thing about it is you only need a little.

Check my blog post on how I achieve the perfect summer glow CLICK HERE

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

Get a cool pair of shades that frame & fit your face well.  Make sure they represent you & your style.  Most importantly the UV protection should be high.

I have these Fly Chain Shades from Accessories Remix (Value $150)


I’m going to Florida this weekend. I’m definitely bringing these things along with a hot bathing suit of course!

What are your essential items for the summer?

Party Time!: Makeup I Did for the Birthday Girl

Yesterday, my friend Shannon over at The Bliss List had her birthday party last night at Honey Lounge in NYC.  We had a blast.

I did her makeup for her party & she loved it.

Before Pic

MUFE All Mat Primer (Tzone Only)
Tart Clean Slate (Rest of face)
Ben Nye Final Seal
Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturizer
MAC Oil Control Lotion (T-Zone Only)
Ben Nye Banana Powder ( T-zone & under eye over concealer)
MUFE HD Foundation #173
MUFE HD Concealer #355
MUFE HD Microfinishing powder – set foundation

MAC Embark E/S (contour)
MAC Format Blush
MAC Spring Sheen Blush (highlight)
Urban Decay Primer Potion (original)
NYX Jumbo E/S Pencil in Black Bean
MAC Carbon E/S
MAC Gesso E/S
MAC Bronze E/S
MAC Amber Lights E/S (tear Duct)
MAC Fluidline in Black Track, MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder,
Red Cherry Lashes #5
Dark Silver/Grey E/S from the 120 palette
MAC Silver Ring E/S
NYX Lip Pencil in Pinky,
MAC Girl About Town L/S
MAC Viva Glam Gaga
MAC C-Thru Lip glass
MAC True Babe Lip glass
MAC Brow Set Gel in Clear &
Embark E/S

I am for hire. If you need a makeup artist for any special occasion (wedding, prom, engagement, birthday etc.), hit me up!

Natural Beauty Remedies for Clear Complexion, Smooth Skin, & Dewy Glow

Self Magazine’s May 2010 issue has a few sections focusing on beauty. The one that caught my eye most besides the beauty awards was the article titled “Do it yourself: Natural Beauty.” This article features three different “recipes” for natural skin care treatments/masks to help you achieve a clear complexion, smooth skin, and/or healthy glow. I’m going to post them below just in case you’re not able to get your hands on the May 2010 issue of Self.

***Remember: before applying anything new to your skin, dab a small amount on the inside of your wrist; leave it for a minute or two. If you see any redness or feel stinging after 20 minutes, do not continue with the product/treatment.

A Clear Complexion With Citrus
1 Tablespoon of Citrus (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit)
1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
Instructions: Combine citrus juice with baking soda and watch it fizz. Stir Until bubbling lessens, apply, and leave on for 20 minutes, rinse off.
Benefits: Citrus fruit “is composed of alpha hydroxy acids that exfoliate and brighten skin, and help keep pores clean.” – Jeannette Graf, M.D. assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC.  Baking soda is mildly acidic, and gently sloughs away dead skin cells in minutes.
Tester Tip: This mask tingles, especially on sensitive areas like the nose and lip line, but hang in there – sensation subsides after about 5 minutes. The mask dries out & flakes if you talk. Enjoy some quiet time.

Smooth Skin with Salt
1 Cup of Fine Sea Salt
1/2 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Sprigs of Rosemary
Instructions: Chop up rosemary leaves, then stir in all ingredients together. Standing in the shower, massage mixture into wet skin using upward circular motions, starting from your feet , to help rev blood flow.
Benefits: Sea salts graininess makes it an optimal body exfoliant, and its high mineral content mimics that of your own skin – magnesium, zinc and calcium are trace elements that are essential to maintain healthy, hydrated skin.
Olive oil has humectants that draw moisture into the skin and hydrators – omega-3 & -6 fatty acids – that leave skin supple, not greasy. Plus, it’s made up of tiny molecules, so skin can easily absorb it.
Rosemary Sprigs, because it’s an anti-inflammatory, rosemary quickly soothes skin – crucial when you’re scrubbing away skin’s top layer. Also, many studies show the herb contains powerful skin-protecting antioxidants.
Tester Tip: This recipe makes two applications.  (Store leftovers in your shower in a closed container for up tot two months.)

A Dewy Glow with Honey
1 Teaspoon of Raw Honey
1 Teaspoon of Aloe Vera Juice
Instructions: Combine raw honey and aloe; stir until completely blended. Use a clean, large makeup brush to paint on the mixture (it’s sticky!), wait 15 minutes and rinse.
Benefits: Raw honey grabs onto water creating a watertight film that locks in moisture, so skin looks healthy and youthful. It also fights breakouts; glucose heightens the skin’s natural bacteria -busting power.
Aloe is a proven healer that contains nearly 75 healthy-skin nutrients, allowing it to treat cuts, sunburn and even zits. Because of the plants humectant properties, its potent hydrators deliver moisture deep down to every layer of skin.
Tester Tip: Aloe feels cold even at room temperature, so this mask is deliciously cool. (Try it after a sweaty workout.) And because raw honey is very thick, you can even vacuum with the mask on & it won’t even drip.

Do any of you currently use or know about these natural skincare remedies?  If so, how do they fair with your skin?

What are some natural skin care remedies you use if you do use any?

Makeup Brushes & Uses Part II: Face Brushes

Earlier this week I posted Makeup Brushes & Uses Part I.  Just as you have makeup brushes specifically for your eye area, there are brushes that are used to apply makeup to your face.



Face brushes are used to apply foundation, powders, concealers, blush, contouring, and highlighters.  Below is a list of the different face brushes along with their uses.

Foundation Brush:  Flat shaped & long bristled, and tapered at the end.   Used to apply cream & liquid foundations.  I typically use a sponge instead since you end up using less product with a sponge (when wet).   I also use my foundation brush to apply my cream blushes.  Example: Sigma F60 Brush



Concealer Brush:  It’s narrow & firm, and tapered at the end.  Similar to the foundation brush, except smaller (in most cases) to ensure even application of concealer in smaller areas such as under the eyes.  It’s This brush allows your concealer to be concentrated on the area/blemish you’re trying to cover.  These work best with cream concealers (MAC Studio Finish Concealer or Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer). Example: Sigma F70 or F75


Powder Brush: Has a large, fluffy brush head.  This brush is used to apply powder products, such as foundation, loose setting powder, and blotting powder.  For the most natural application, buff the powder onto your face in a circular motion.  Example: Sigma F30



Blush Brush:  You can think of this brush as a smaller version of the powder brush.  The brush is either rounded or sloped/angled, which is perfect for contouring. Example: Sigma F10, F15, F40, F84



Stippling Brush:  This is sometimes referred to as a skunk brush since it’s a two-level, two-toned (black & white) brush.  It’s a blend of goat hair & synthetic fibers.  This brush is used for lightweight application of powder, liquid or cream products, to give you soft layers or add texture.  When used with foundation, it gives a airbrushed look.   If you’ve watched my video’s, you’ve seen that I use this brush to apply my supr bright/pigmented blush. to get a light touch of color & not look clownish.  Example: Sigma F50




Fan Brush: It’s in the shape of a fan.  They can be large, medium or small.  These brushes have several different uses, such as applying blush, blending, adding highlighter to the cheekbones, cleaning up (wisping away excess powder or fallout from eyeshadow under the eyes), blending (soften a dramatic look). Example: Make Up For Ever (MUFE) has several. I got mine from coastal scents.


Tapered Face Brush:  I don’t really use this brush too often, but when I do use it, I use it to apply loose setting powder in smaller areas like under my eyes to set my conceale r& blend it out.  It’s used the same way as a contouring brush would be, which is for sculpting & shaping.  and can be used to apply highlighters.  Example: Sigma F25 or F35


Kabuki Brush: This is a fat brush with a short flat head & stem.  The brush head can be round or flat.  The brush fibers should be soft.  This brush is used to apply powder based [mineral] foundation or powder, as well as blush and bronzers.  Buff the powder onto your skin in circular motion for best application. Example: Sigma F82