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