An interview with Kitty Lee (she’s done Justin Biebers makeup!).

Today I am interviewing one of my fellow make-up artists (as well as my bestie) she is incredibly talented hence her list of a grade celebrity clientele such as Justin Bieber, Lorde, Redfoo, Jared Leto, Haim, Ellie Goulding, The Wanted…I could literally go on for paragraph upon paragraph..but let’s find out why she’s so amazing.

KATY: So Kitty why are you so amazing?

KITTY: Seriously?? I’m not.

KATY: Haha I knew you would say something like that (she’s way to modest). So what are the top products you could not work without?

KITTY: I can not live with out my utowa curler, kills me how many women don’t use an eye lash curler. Sometimes all you need to brighten your eye area is a simple curl and you have opened up your whole face. I also can’t live without my Bobbi brown foundations. They are gorgeous and great for all skin tones and all ages, you can get sheer all the way to full coverage. As well as Face of Australia blush!! It is my cheapy naughty secret, it goes on like a dream and they have gorgeous natural colours !!!! Beautiful.

KATY: Oooo amazing! Who were the makeup artists you looked up to?

KITTY: I always have and still do look up to Jody Oliver. Not only is she extremely talented she is also the most gorgeous kind spirit I have ever met. So unaffected by all the hype of the industry. Her makeup technique is so organic and beautiful, there’s nothing she does that I don’t run out and buy.

KATY: Yesss she is amazing and so so cool! What is the best job you have ever done?

KITTY: X FACTOR!! Working with the judges Ronan Keating, Redfoo and host Luke Jacobz has been a blast!! The best job without a doubt. Working with all the contestants, being there from the start watching them grow into artists is amazing. I absolutely love doing boys hair so this was a dream job!

KATY: Same! It’s always the best time of year. Ok this is the last one! What inspired you to become a makeup artist?

KITTY: I always wanted to be a makeup artist since I was a little girl. I remember when I was nine I would get my mums purple eye shadow (it was the 80’s don’t judge) and make bruises all over myself and brother. I started putting makeup on my dad (laughs) no idea why he let me! he would sit there while I painted his face and watch tv. For my 13th birthday my mum bought me a really expensive Special effects kit with blood, latex and a real bruise wheel, I cried and proceeded to make my brother look like he had fallen out of a moving train (he was a walking mess of blood and guts). Then I went to college and fell in love with beauty and hair and that’s it! I’ve been doing this since I was 20 years old full time! It’s my heart and soul.

KATY: Aww that’s so adorable, thank you for sharing that with me and the blogosphere! 🙂

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Why is it SO important to remove makeup?!

Removing makeup is so incredibly important, and is actually a lot harder to do than most people expect. Even I am shocked at what lasts, I often try foundations on the back of my hand then proceed to test different cleansers to see if they remove it and it will always leave a decent amount, even when cleansing twice.

The reason why it is so important is our skin is covered in pores, this is where sweat comes out but also where we secrete sebum (a waxy liquid that helps protect and keep our skin moist) when it is secreted it pushes out irritants from the pores. When makeup is left on it inhibits this process by clogging the pores, sebum builds up behind it and this can create pimples. Leaving eye makeup on can also cause irritation, allergic reaction and even infections.

So! This is what I recommend to remove makeup properly. I say “properly” because using strong astringents or soaps that are not ph balanced can strip the skin of its natural oils, this cause the skin to produce more oil and therefore break out..yikes!

-Wet face with tepid water (not hot or cold this can cause unnecessary irritation)
– Rub a small amount of “CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser” by Paula’s Choice between your hands then GENTLY in circular motions on the face.
– Wet “Select mircofibre face washer” ( available at woolworths) and gently rub on face in circular motion making sure to get right up into the hair line.
– Repeat step 2.
– Apply a small amount of “Skin Balancing Invisible Finishing Moisture Gel” by Paula’s Choice to finish.

Paula’s Choice is by far my favourite skin care, I will do a post on Paula Begoun soon. Also the “Woolworths Select face washers” are the best investment I have ever made, $1.99 for two! They are mircofibre and will take off every last bit of makeup without over scrubbing and even if you don’t have cleanser they remove it. Of course I think it’s more effective to use cleanser just to be sure. The first wash is to break down the makeup, the second (after using the washcloth) is just to make sure the pores are free of any dirt or oil. If you have problem skin this routine if done morning and night will most likely help a lot. As well as making sure you regularly change your pillow case because dirt and bacteria can grow on them.

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