Friday, December 21, 2012

How to keep red lipstick ON your lips!

So you want to wear red lips to your Holiday party? Great idea because 
red lips are sexy and fun but there's nothing worse than having more lipstick on your champagne glass than on your lips. 
So what do you do?
The trick is to "layer" with different products. There are 5 layers in my stay put recipe. 
First, apply your foundation on top of your lips as a primer. (layer 1) 
Powder lightly with a no color powder. 
Then apply a lip pencil in a similar shade to your red lip color. After creating the shape you want, go ahead and lightly fill in the rest of your lips with the pencil. (layer 2). 
Now with a lip brush apply your red lip color. (layer 3). 
Next, with a powder puff or sponge pat a no color powder over your lips. Pat only or you will smear the color. (layer 4) 
OK, now it looks and feels way too dry. So add a very light coat of your red lip color to make it look dewy again, but not too much or you're back to square one! (layer 5)
Happy Holidays! 
xo, Kim

Monday, December 3, 2012

Are Eye Styes Contagious?

What is a stye? What do they look like? Are they contagious? How do you get rid of them? As a professional makeup artist it's very important you know the answers to these questions. It's only a matter of time until you have a person in your chair with one. Or you get one yourself.

Stye on outer lid

"What is a sty?" A stye develops when an oil gland at the edge of and eyelid becomes infected.  
"What does it look like?" It looks like a pimple on the eyelid either on the inside or outside of the lid.
"What are the symptoms?" The first signs are swelling, redness and pain. The area will feel tender as well. Then a small pimple will develop in the affected area. Often there will be a yellow "tip" at the center. This is pus that has risen to the top.
"What causes a Stye?" A stye results from an infection of the oil glands of the eyelid that help to lubricate the eyeball. The infection occurs after these glands have become clogged. A stye can come from an infected hair follicle at the base of an eyelash. The bacterium staphylococcus aureus that is frequently found on the skin is responsible for 90%-95% of cases of styes. 

Stye on inner lid
What is the treatment for a stye?  Most styes will go away on their own but applying a warm compress or warm washcloth to the affected area for 10-15 minutes, four to six times a day can speed the healing of a stye. 
Do not squeeze or press the stye. It can spread or worsen the infection. If the stye persists for more than several days or you get multiple styes that persist you should see your doctor who will determine if  it needs to be drained or if you need antibiotic ointments or other treatment. Styes are usually harmless but if they persist or seem to worsen a doctor should be contacted. 

Are Styes Contagious? Yes. It is very important to disgard any makeup that has come in contact with a stye. Sterilize your brushes and makeup tools (like eyelash curlers) thoroughly or discard them. Make sure the sterilizing product kills bacteria. Styes can transfer from one eye to another so do not use the same brush or powder puff on both eyes. A good idea is to use a q-tip, cotton ball or tissue that can be thrown out. 
It is best not to apply makeup on a stye but if it is unavoidable, be gentle and use disposable application techniques and tools.

Some Information obtained from and

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Great article about my newest adventure. Greene Street Beauty

I had to share this article by Cathi Singh from In My Professional Opinion about my newest business adventure with Melissa Street. She says lots of nice stuff about us. So of course I like her and her blog. lol Click below!
xo, Kim

In My Professional Opinion: EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about Cathi Singh

Monday, November 26, 2012

My Give Away Contest! $250+ of Beauty Products!

Give Away Contest! All ya gotta do is subscribe to my new Youtube channel GreeneStreetBeauty that I recently started with my friend and professional makeup artist Melissa Street to enter. I'll fill you guys in on what's coming up for our company Greene Street Beauty but I just wanted to let you know about this contest so you can enter before it's too late. It ends Jan 1, 2013 so enter by subscribing now! Watch the video and click on the subscribe button or go to GreeneStreetBeauty on Youtube. xo, Kim

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Deep Throat. Yes, Deep Throat.

Companies are getting all sexy with their names of products. It all kind of cracks me up and I felt like sharing a few with you.
I could be wrong but I think it all started with Nars. I can just see the board room filled with men in suits discussing how to increase sales. Fred in product development said "Let's call one of our blushes something sexy like "Orgasm." "Hmmm...."says Bob director of sales "Ya, what color would that be? " Sam the sandwich guy who happens to be in the room says "It should be peachy pink with shimmer". "Yes! They all say in unison.
They were right. It sold well.
Now they have "Super Orgasm" a peachy pink with GOLD glitter. I guess the gold is the super part.
There's also "Deep Throat". I'm not kidding. They called a blush "Deep Throat". What color do you make a blush called "Deep Throat"? It's peach with shimmer. I don't get it. Shouldn't it be red? Or at least pink? Shouldn't you get an extra something with it? Haven't they seen the movie?
Pervy names were a big hit so they added an "Orgasm" to their nail color line too.
"Orgasm", "Super Orgasm", "Deep Throat"


Moving on. Urban Decay. Those nutty characters at Urban Decay. I've actually always loved their names of colors over there. "ABC gum" (Already Been Chewed) and "Smog" are too of my favs.
How awesome are the "Naked" Palettes? You know they are so happy with the results of THAT genius marketing idea. Selling like hot cakes. So naughty.
Naked, Naked 2 by Urban Decay
Not to be outdone NYX has the 'butt "Naked" eyes' kit. It comes with lots of good eyeshadows, blushes, highlighters and even a bronzer. But why use the word "Butt"? Aren't I suppose to put this on my face?
NYX butt "naked" eyes
Listen, I'm not saying these products aren't good. In fact, I use them all. They actually gave me a good idea. I'm thinking instead of calling my The Kim Greene Line cosmetic bags "The Premier" and "The Essential" I should call them "The Debbie Does Dallas Premier Bag" and "The BJ Essential". What do you think? 

Friday, October 26, 2012

$54 ($512 value) Makeup Jackpots!

Makeup Kits are in. It's like hitting the makeup jackpot. Lots of makeup for low low prices.
I pulled together six makeup kits from brands I like that are priced under $60 but worth much much more.  Most of these collections are limited addition so if you like them order fast.

Let's start with Tarte. They have the Carried Away Collector's Set.  It comes in an attractive Indian inspired bag with 1 Amazonian Clay 12 Hr. Blush, Finishing Powder, 8 lip glosses, 1 mascara, 24 eyeshadows and a Face brush. I really like the eyeshadow tones. Very usable.
At Sophora for $54 ($512 value)

Another great kit from Tarte is the 5 Piece LipSurgence Collectors Set. I just bought this one and used it for my camera test for my next film. Beautiful shades. Just the right amount of moisture and pigment.
At Sophora for $34 ($120 value)

Victoria Secret's Holiday Kit is crazy! 56 eyeshadows, 4 gel liners, 2 eye liners, 1 mascara, 3 blushes, 3 bronzers, 2 powders, 4 lip glosses and 4 applicators. And comes with three holiday look instructions. At Victoria Secret. All for $55. (not sure what the $ value is but a it's a whole lot more than $55) photo below

Smashbox is one of my favorite brands and they are not disappointing in the kit department. 
This one is called Studio Pop Ultimate Palette. It includes: 6 cheek colors, 9 cream eye liners, 6 lip glosses and 45 eyeshadows. Wow!
From Smashbox $59 ($300 value) photo below

Stila has a fun one this year. It's the Snow Angel Color Palette. Comes with 18 eye shadows, 12 Cheek Colors, 1 Stay All Day Waterproof Volumizing Mascara and a 12 page artistry look book.
From Stila $39 ($270 value) photo below

Two Faced has the Sweet Indulgence Palette. Comes with 16 Eye Shadows, 2 Blushes, 2 Bronzers, 1 highlighter, 1 Eye Shadow primer, 1 double ended brush and 3 get the look cards. 
Sophora for $52 ($381 value) photo below
There are plenty more of these kinds of collections out there. I'll keep looking as I am sure you will too. 
Have fun! Kim

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Does Stila's 'Stay All Day Foundation' Really Stay All Day?

My friend Lisa asked me to do her makeup for her wedding and I happily said "Yes!" So tomorrow she's coming over to do her makeup test for the big day. Stila just sent me their Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer line and I thought I'd try it because it seemed like a good choice for a wedding foundation. It's not like when I'm on set and I can fix up my actress' makeup all day. This has to stay put with or without me. So I've spent the day testing the foundation to see if it does what it claims.
They sent me all 16 colors in the line and I have to admit I was totally overwhelmed. 

Lisa is of Armenian descent and since I've never done her makeup before I'm not sure of her exact skin tone. I don't want to be fumbling about tomorrow picking out the right color for her so I thought I'd put a small amount of each shade on my arm and really look at them. It's tough to tell through the bottle and frankly a few of them looked almost identical to me. Once I had them on my arm I could clearly see the difference. I think they have a good range of tones some with yellow undertones and some with red undertones as you can see in the photos. 
Colors 1 - 10 (1 starting at my wrist)
Colors 11 - 16 (11 starting at my wrist)
The next thing I wanted to test was it's staying power. What if she starts sweating or crying and I'm not there to fix her makeup? So I sprayed water over the makeup on my arm and then wiped the water off with my palm. 
I sprayed water on the makeup.

Then wiped the water off with my palm.
Wow! It did not budge guys! Call me impressed. I ended up using the #4 on my own face and have been wearing it for about 8 hours so far to test it out. It's a fuller coverage foundation but I can still see my freckles a bit, it's matte but not dry looking.  It really hasn't moved. My ruddiness isn't peaking through at all. I can personally say it lasted an 8 hour day on me and still holding strong. 
But wait, there's one more thing I like about this product. 
Matching concealer in the lid.
It has concealer built right into the top of the bottle. It's a matching color great for under the eyes or for spot covering. 
I think it's a good choice on hot days or under bright lights and when I need good coverage that stays put. 

Gotta go. I'm off to test lip colors that won't come off when Lisa kisses her groom!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

How to Refresh Your Hair Between Washes

Even if you don't work in the film and tv business and put in 18 hour days, I know a lot of us busy ladies don't have time to wash our hair everyday.
So what's the answer?
Hair refreshing powders.
Hair powders absorb excess oil and make your hair look and feel fresh and clean.
They also add body and volume to your hair.
I've used a number of them over the years but I just found one that I really love!
It's called Satin Sugar from Cake.
They have one for light toned hair and one for dark.
They both smell wonderful! I can't decide if it's more like donuts or cake or sugar cookies. All I know is it smells good. It's a light scent and not overpowering at all.
It also has good stuff in it like Calendula extract that soothes and heals skin and Chamomile extract that is bacteria fighting and soothes irritation as well.
Sprinkle the powder into your hands and run through your hair concentrating on the roots.
You can also use on your body and it leaves you feeling fresh and your skin soft.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

17 minutes and counting

I'm f'n beat and my attitude is shit. It's the 6th day of a really long week on location. 16 to 18 hour days with 8 hour turnarounds. I have exactly 17 minutes to get my attitude adjusted before my actor comes in to makeup. So I sit here outside in a horse field behind my trailer and watch the sun come up. Virgin America headsets fastened to my head. I'm listening to Crystal Bowersox (yes, from American Idol) croon out a tune about her drunk abusive mother thinking this might not be the best song to get me in a better mood... I've been a makeup artist for 20 years and spent a good deal of that time on the road. I've forfeited a lot of time with the man and animals I love. What would my life have been like if I had been a chef in a fancy restaurant or a school teacher? Simpler? Less stressful? Kids? Would I have had kids? Ah well, at 48 it's too late now. I'll be sad about that later. Oh no! I'm headin' down the rabbit hole. Happier song is in order. Hold please. Better. Crystal is jammin and singing about love. Ok,(deep breath)I'm a film person. Long hours and life on the road is all part and parcel. I get to do what I love. I paint faces and hang with interesting creative people. I make a good living and have a beautiful house. That I never see. Kim! Stop that! How did that thought creep in there? Aw hell, I'm not perfect. Assessment time. Only minutes until actor in chair. I was a 3 on a scale from 1 to 10. Now I'm a...hmmmm....5. Not bad. I can fake it up to a 7.

Friday, June 1, 2012

What do you do on Sundays to Relax?

What do you do on Sundays to relax? One of my favorite ways to chill out is to shop. I always feel better after an afternoon of hard core "Relax Shopping" at the mall. And of course as a makeup artist and blogger the top of my list of shopping favs is for makeup. I found a few great products to tell you about!
I was in Dillards and came across Napoleon Perdis. I hadn't tried their products before and gleefully grabbed some testers. Picture me saddled up to the store's giant magnifying mirror as I meticulously try out different products. I never mention that I am a makeup artist in the film industry because it leads t way too many questions and I lose focus on my mission. Which is to relax and zone out in makeup land. They finally tire of asking me if I need any help and I'm alone to explore and test products. 
What did I find? Well first of all that a 20X magnifying mirror is terrifying and I needed to pluck my eyebrows badly. Anyway, I digress. 
I started off by trying Napoleon Perdis China Doll foundation. I tried it on one side of my face without their primer and on one side with it. The primer side won. Since I could see so well with the "crazy making mirror" I found that with the primer it went on smoothly and didn't get caught in the pores. I liked how it looked too. I see why they call it China Doll. It has a good deal of coverage but doesn't look caky or overdone. It dries completely and looked like I had softly powdered my face. I actually had a lot of red in my skin from being in the sun and it canceled it out completely without looking like a mask. It comes in a good range of colors. I also like that it has 15 spf and healthy stuff like antioxidants added to the formula. 
I also tried their Sheer Genius liquid foundation. I liked that too. I was feeling calmer already! It's really pretty. It has a much lighter coverage than the China Doll. It would be perfect on a good skin day. The packaging says it minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but I didn't notice that on trying it on once. Maybe it takes a few days of using it. I ended up buying the China Doll but may go back and get the Sheer Genius. I think I was swayed by my sunburned face. Not really fair to the Sheer Genius which didn't cancel it out as well.
So as I was about to ring up my new foundation I saw out of the corner of my eye Anastasia's display. I love her products and thought I'de take a gander. So glad I did. I'm not sure how long this has been on the market but it's new to me. She has these great eyebrow pens called Long wearing brow tint.
They come in two shades. Universal light and Universal dark. It has a tip like an eyeliner pen but the color is soft and you can use it to fill in on the skin or actually color the brow hairs. It's long lasting but comes off with soap and water. Fun choice for filling in or coloring eyebrows.
Those are my top choices for last sundays relax and shop day. Don't tell my husband but I also got an adorable Kate Spade purse with a chain strap and two sundresses. What?! He has football. I have the mall. :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Did she really put Diamonds in her face powder?!

So I heard from my friend Melissa Street that her friend Robyn had a line of mineral makeup that was amazing. I was interested but not crazy interested because there are so many lines of mineral makeups now and I like a lot of them. Then she starting talking about diamonds. My ears perked up, I salivated a little, looked her straight in the eye and said, "Tell me more lady."
The line is called Purely Cosmetics and the owner Robyn (I ended meeting her at IMATS LA) is really great and I'm so impressed with her knowledge of product ingredients and love that her line caters to more mature skin. (30+).
While I was talking to her I have to admit I just wanted to know about this diamond powder. What? Why? What does it do? It is expensive? But mostly, I just wanted it. I'm a girl, what can I tell ya.
So, here's the deal. Diamond Perfect Finish has nearly a full carat of diamonds in each jar! I kind of wanted it to be "sparkly" but it's not. It's actually better. There's no glitter or even glimmer. But as you can imagine it gives your skin a a radiance and under glow. It blurs out imperfections. Really pretty. And I feel really fabulous wearing it. It's reasonably priced too. Not sure how she does that but I'm happy about it. Check out her web site for other products and pricing.
xo, Kim

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Have You Heard About Kim Greene's Bags? by Unbridaled Beauty

*: Have You Heard About Kim Greene's Bags?: So, if you're a professional makeup aritst, you've most likely heard of the talented Kim Greene. If you're not a professional makeup artist ...

Friday, April 6, 2012

Match This Makeup: Malin Akerman in Wanderlust

I had one of the all time best experiences making the film Wanderlust. Amazing locations in the mountains of Georgia. Our director and producers treated us all like family and the cast and crew all hung out together at work and on the weekends. Like the actual film we were a community of people all working together to create something together.
I may do more 'Match This Makeups' from this film but today I'm going to write about the makeup I did on Malin Akerman. Not only is she beautiful, she is really cool and a lot of fun to hang out with.
Malin did have a light base tan on her body before we started shooting but as the months passed and the weather turned colder she went to a tanning booth to keep an overall darker skin tone. That said it's the makeup artists job to make sure skin tones stay "even" throughout a film. And I also had to match her face to her body because she kept her face out of the sun.
I'll get back to body makeup in a minute.
Let's start with her face, shall we? I wanted Malin's character to look beautiful and effortless. Tan, golden and sexy.
Foundation: Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer. I used a mix of Linen (med beige) and Desert (tan).
Blush: NARS cream blush "Lokoum" (coral rose shade)
After powdering with a no color powder I lightly applied Tarte's matte bronzer "Park Avenue Princess" to deepen and even out her tan on her face and neck. 

Eyes: I started with Laura Mercier "Buttercream" lightly from her lash line to her brow. 
Then added Laura Mercier "Truffle" in the contour. 
Finally I applied Dior "Gold Touch" (golden bronze shimmer) just on her lid. 

For a soft eyeliner effect I used Make Up For Ever's Aqua Eyes in "Pearly Brown 2L" (golden brown sheen)

and I used Smashbox Full Exposure mascara in black. 
On her lips I used a small amount of Kiehl's lip balm 30G just to warm up her lips a bit. 
Back to her body makeup. If Malin's tan started to fade I sprayed her legs, arms and chest with Roxanne Rizzo Bronze Glow. It's all natural and fades in time like a sun tan. I also added a bit of Gleam in Rose Gold to her shoulders and chest. 
If you haven't seen the film, you should! It's really funny and you'll understand why I had such a great time. 
Enjoy! xo, Kim

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Softest face towel EVER!

Ok guys. I want to turn you onto the softest face towels I have ever used. Bold statement, I know. This face towel is SOFT. Not soft like a towel can be soft but soft like a baby chick or a persian cat's tummy or cashmere. It gets even better...
They are primarily made from bamboo with a bit of recycled polyester fiber and cotton fleece.
The softness is on both sides! Yummmmmm!
They are super absorbent and dye free.
They are definitely coming with me for my actors on my next film. I'm keeping one for me though!

Don't clean your glasses. I made the picture of me blurry to "show" you how the EcoChick facial cloth feels!
Not only are the facial clothes amazing so is the company. Sheri Braun, the owner has joined in alliance with 1% For The Planet and pledges at least 1% of net sales to preservation and restoration of the natural environment and are a member of the Organic Trade Association.

I haven't given you the name yet, have I? It's ecoChick.
The web site though is
A bit confusing because I'm talking about facial clothes but ecoChick creates wonderfully soft and luxurious scarves as well. Actually, that is their main product line and I have a scarf too that I love!
ecoChick Scarves
Back to their face towels though. I kinda need you all to get one just because I need you to feel how soft and amazing they.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

How to look like a Skank.

As a makeup artist I am always people watching. Gathering ideas for future films or tv shows. I was in Vegas last weekend and found a plethora of reference material. I did find one that stood out above the rest. I call it "Skankalicious". It is the "uniform" of the club girl. No matter how thin or fat or tall or short this is the look. Period. So, I decided to teach you how to look like a skank.
1. Buy a piece of stretchy fabric. Preferably a latex and polyester blend. A half yard will do. Sew it up one side and make a tube.
2. Try it on. Don't worry about your body size or shape. You know it fits when half your boobs pop out at the top and the bottom lands right at the crease under your butt.

This is actually a bit long. 

3. Buy a pair of platform shoes that are at least 3 inches in the front and 6 inches high in the back. If you can walk without looking like Frankenstein, they are too short.

4. Be sure and wear enough makeup that you look absolutely nothing like yourself. In fact if your friends recognize you, go back home and add more.
5. Add extremely long extensions to your hair. Make sure they DO NOT match your hair color at all.

6. That's it! You are Skankalicious!
"Skankalicious" 2012

Actual photo I took at the club that inspired this post. Showing underwear is optional to achieve this look.

Monday, February 20, 2012

New Artist's tools. Paw Palette, Brush City and more.

I have this image of my dad outside in the back yard by our pond with his easel set up, paint brush in hand, his artist's palette full of vibrant colors intently painting the scene in front of him. As you got closer the bitter sweet smell of pipe tobacco would permeate your senses. I loved watching him draw or paint. 
My dad, Dick Greene's, self portrait made at age 17
Many of the tools of my trade as a makeup artist remind me of him and those days as a kid growing up. Today I use brushes, cases, colors, spatulas and palettes just like he did but my canvas is a person's face or body instead of paper. 
Ask any makeup artist and they will tell you how important their tools are. We get nostalgic about our favorite brushes or cases and excited when we find a new tool we've never used before. 
I've come across a couple new one's I want to share with you. I'll put the links for the following products at the bottom of the post.
Traditionally, palettes sit on your counter or station. They are made of metal or sheets of paper, acrylic or even porcelain. 
artist palette options
Crystal Powder, a makeup artist, came up with a great idea. It's called the Paw Palette. It attaches to your "paw" or hand if your human, with an adjustable strap. Crystal says you can attach it to your ankle too but I'm not that limber! Anyway, they come in different shapes and colors. I've used mine a number of times now and I absolutely love it. It's right there on the back of your hand. Saves time and it's sanitary. Mine is white in the shape of a heart but I really want some of the other colors and shapes. I'm thinking one for my f/x kit, one for my beauty kit, one for my bathroom... 
Paw Palette by Crystal Powder
This next one is called "Brush City" and is designed and personally welded by Kay Wooldridge.
I have one set up on my station and one at home for my personal brushes. Kay is a wonderful artist and you should check out her work. Her pieces are beautiful and functional. Her "Brush Cities" come in many sizes and price ranges. Each one is unique. 
"Brush City" by Kay Wooldridge

Another great tool I just came across is The Eye Makeup Fallout Protector. I am always looking for a good solution to "makeup fallout". There's nothing more annoying than doing a beautiful clean foundation just to have it ruined by particles of eyeshadow falling all over it. There are other techniques that I use but I'm liking this one a lot. It's a reusable silicone shield with a stainless steel handle. It comes with a larger shield too that fits on the same handle. 
The Eye Makeup Fallout Protector
 As I find more useful and interesting tools I'll keep you posted. For now, give these a try. Maybe your kid or a blossoming young artist will be watching you and become inspired. 
  • Paw Palette:
  • Brush city:
Eye Makeup Fallout Protector: