Who’s Skin? Not Mine!

My skin USED to just be dry with sporadic eczema flare-ups, but lately, due to hormonal changes, I now have to experience something I’ve never dealt with before: acne. What the heck? I have pimples now, and I am genuinely confused about how to care for my used to be parched skin.  I had to ask myself: do I chuck my “dry” skin moisturizer in favor of oil free products or do I just spot treat the acne areas?

If you’ve graduated from dry skin to combination skin, welcome to my world, where things are not making sense. I have to roll with the punches and so I’ve started using a combination of oil-free cleansers and moisturizer along with my normal dry-skin products. So far, this regime is starting to work, and I’m thankful because I’m frustrated with the way my skin looks right now.

As a makeup artist versus being a licensed esthetician, I am a great “cover up artist,” with just a little bit of skin care knowledge, so I know how to make my skin (and the skin of others) “look” good, however, getting to the root of the blemishes is a better long-term solution. I know better so I have to do better. Upping the ante on my water intake, insuring that I remove all traces of makeup before bedtime, and being consistent with how I use my skin-care products will help my face get back to “normal” or at least MY version of normal. Wish me luck!

Until next time,



I’m Your Makeup Artist, Not Your Dermatologist.

As a makeup artist, it is my job to create an illusion of beautiful skin, not correct skin problems like acne, hyper-pigmentation, eczema, rosacea, etc. I direct all clients with skin issues to a dermatologist who can handle their needs. I’m not an esthetician or dermatologist, which means that I’m not a licensed professional who can treat skin issues. I know general information and because I read, research, ask questions, and genuinely care about the clients I work with, I like being informed and being able to offer assistance. There are some makeup artists who do double duty as licensed estheticians. Those artists are extremely qualified to help improve skin problems and I salute them!

Here’s the thing: some of us makeup artists who are NOT estheticians would love to help banish blemishes, add moisture to the skin, and provide products that even out skin tones, but we can’t, so we need to start directing clients to the appropriate sources. Makeup Guru Sam Fine discussed this very topic at The Makeup Show a few years ago. I can tell people all about how well a certain product works for my dry, eczema prone skin, but that doesn’t mean that the product will work for someone else. I don’t know what it feels like to have acne, but a relative does, and so, I turn to her for skin care advice that I pass on to others. As much as I enjoy helping others feel beautiful, I know when I need to stay in my lane. Recommending products to help recreate the illusion of good skin is okay, in my opinion, but you will never see me trying to TREAT a skin problem on a client. Again, that’s not my role. Sometimes, because we care, makeup artists can find themselves trying to solve a problem that only a licensed professional can fix, and that can’t be the focus of the appointment. When a client leaves my chair, and I see that happy smile on her face (sometimes “his” face), I know I’ve done the work that makes me proud, and that’s what matters in the end.

Run For Cover!

Blemishes, discoloration, and a lack of sleep can all make the most confident person want to run for cover! After all, our faces are the first things people notice about us, so we certainly don’t want to run for cover at the slightest skin eruption.  Make Up For Ever Full Cover is what I’ve been using lately, as it really works to help cover dark undereye circles and other skin imperfections. The formula is very light in texture and is also great for sensitive skin. There are a vast array of colors to choose from, and I’ve found that using a small concealer brush to dap and blend this product works well. Use it under your favorite foundation for a flawless face. Make Up For Ever is sold at Sephora stores nationwide or online at http://www.sephora.com  but as with all products that are new to you, I strongly suggest you pop into a store and test out Full Cover before you buy!