Thursday, April 25, 2013

An Earth Day Live Chat with Kristen Arnett - Makeup Artist

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I had the pleasure of participating in a live Earth Day chat on facebook with Kristen Arnett - Makeup Artist hosted by EcoSalon andsponsored by: Goodebox, REVOLUTION Organics, Stark skincare, Green Beauty Team, Alima Pure, Juice Beauty, Clairvoyant Beauty, and Kahina Giving Beauty.
A little about Kristen from her website: Kristen Arnett has been immersed in the world of beauty for over 15 years, with roles ranging from product development to high-profile fashion work. She is both an international makeup artist and the founder and editor-in-chief of GreenBeautyTeam.com 
 I asked if it was okay to share some of the chat info on my blog and got likes from Kristen and Goodebox so I am going to take that as an okay.  If not, someone tell me and I will remove this post!

I am going to share all the questions and tips and product suggestions from the chat while removing the identity of individuals who asked questions since they did not give me permission to share their info.

I hope my editing works so you can more easily follow along and get the full jist of the questions and answers.

Question:  What do you recommend for morning puffy eyes?
Kristen Arnett's Answer:  Clairvoyant Beauty has a really nice cucumber gel that is quite soothing and helps. Otherwise just about anything cool and a light facial massage.
 This is the Clairvoyant Beauty Depuffing Gel: http://www.clairvoyantbeauty.com/products/depuffing-cucumber-cranberry-eye-gel
Question:  Are there any secret potions to lengthen and thicken eyelashes? I saw a YouTube video with a girl saying to put petroleum jelly on your eyelashes to make them grow- but WE know that's not safe. Any suggestions?
Kristen Arnett's Answer:  Let me get up off the floor laughing first about how someone could actually make a video saying how petroleum would help eyelashes grow...now there are some products on the market that are more natural which promote lash growth BUT this all depends on much of a purist you want to be with it. It really takes a more science lab kind of thing to do that.

Question: ! I've already learned so much from your site about safe SPFs and BB creams. Do you have any advice for the best BB creams on a budget?
Kristen Arnett's Answer:  I'm so glad you already took the time to read about BB creams and SPF on Green Beauty Team. I did write this article hoping to offer some good background info on the subject (for those of you who haven't read it, go here: http://greenbeautyteam.com/answers-advice/makeup/bb-creams-what-are-they-do-they-work-do-you-need-one).
Now to answer your question, I am going to step on some toes with this answer, but I honestly think you are better off not buy a BB cream. Just get the right products that are good for your skin and put them on layer by layer.

Question:  I'm pretty bad at putting on foundation but do you have any tips for dry skin types and using foundation? I also have to work around small bumps (from stubborn acne scars) that I want covered.
Kristen Arnett's Answer:  So first let me ask you, is your skin dry because you dry it out to control the acne or has it become dry on its own since you had acne? The reason I ask is that your skin is the first thing to address so you don't have to wear so much makeup - but it also helps me what texture of foundation might be right for you. 
Follow Up:  Ooh that's a great question! I'm in my 20s right now and I have noticed my skin has become noticeably dryer. At least compared to my oily/teen-acne filled skin in the not-so-good old days. But actually I don't use any products to dry my acne out out. I normally use a light facial oil and sometimes a Konjac sponge for gentle exfoliation.   I really hope fruit acids will lighten some of my acne scars. And trying to not pick at the pimples is just the hardest thing ever!
Kristen Arnett's Response:   here's an article for you: http://greenbeautyteam.com/answers-advice/skin-care/stop-touching-your-face/

Question:  What is the difference between BB and CC creams?
Kristen Arnett's Answer:  The thing about BB and CC creams is that they are multi tasking formulas. What I've found is that I prefer CC creams to BB Creams. The one from Juice Beauty is actually really nice. CC creams are lighter and not as thick/chalky. I find it's a bit less pigment than a tinted moisturizer however. Both formulas offer SPF protection.
 Here's the Juice Beauty CC Cream Kristen mentioned: http://www.juicebeauty.com/cc/
Question:  Is there a particular brand of green skincare you recommend for sensitive/reactive skin?
Kristen Arnett's Answer:  To me ALL skin is sensitive and reactive so I really think it's about keeping things very simple and trying it out in sample size first. Shall I just plug the heck out of Goodebox now - that's the beauty of it. Low commitment sampling. You can check out this article for some great ideas on caring for sensitive skin: http://greenbeautyteam.com/answers-advice/skin-care/am-i-being-sensitive-10-ways-to-care-for-sensitive-skin/

Question: What clean shampoo do you recommend that won't leave my hair looking limp or oily?
Kristen Arnett's Answer:  - regarding a shampoo - that's tricky without knowing your hair and skin type. Limp and oily comes from using a shampoo that leaves behind residue. I've had good luck with Neuma, Giovanni and the brands listed here: http://greenbeautyteam.com/answers-advice/hair/natural-shampoos-and-conditioners-you-have-to-try/

Question: What primer and foundation do you use during photo shoots? 
Kristen Arnett's Answer:  I don't always use a primer on shoots - I think they are 80% unnecessary. For foundations, I really dabble between a variety of brands such as rms beauty, Vapour Organic Beauty, Alima Pure, Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics and W3LL PEOPLE
 Here's a link to Alima Pure's foundations, as Kristen mentioned above: http://www.alimapure.com/face/satin-matte-foundation
Question:  Is there anything I can do about the dark, dark "circles" under my eyes? Besides just try to conceal them (which doesn't really work)?
Kristen Arnett's Answer: dark circles can be related to so many things. I have a few links for you to look at. This http://greenbeautyteam.com/answers-advice/makeup/dark-circles-and-bags-be-gone/
...More on concealing dark circles http://www.truthinaging.com/makeup/makeup-memo-concealer-lesson
...Also this video is great for evening out skin tone http://www.truthinaging.com/makeup/makeup-memo-video-how-to-even-out-skin-tone

Question: I have a question, how can I whiten discoloration on the back caused by acne scarring?
Kristen Arnett's Answer: your question about lightening acne scars is a good one, but to be honest there's very few things that are truly effective which are natural. Depending on how dark the scar is laser might be the only option. If they are lighter, then fruit acids could work. Generally all acne scars will fade on their own over time. Remember don't pick at the pimples!

Question: What can we Use for a Glowing Looking Skin ? Any Cream or Milk ?
also What do you recommend for a Natural LipGloss ?
Could You give us a Moisture Cream Recipe to make at Home ?
Kristen Arnett's Answer:  You have quite a few questions that actually can be answered by more articles on Green Beauty Team. So I'll direct you there and tell you one I have quite a few favorite natural lip glosses. It's actually the most common natural product to find in the beauty market. Primitive Makeup, Juice Beauty, BITE Beauty, Dr.Hauschka USA and about 100 more brands make great ones. Do some searching around in this section: http://greenbeautyteam.com/category/answers-advice/skin-care/

Question:  I'm in my mid forties and would love a recommendation for an all-natural wrinkle cream?
Kristen Arnett's Answer: regarding a skin cream that's all natural, again it really depends on your skin type and a whole variety of conditions that are unique to you. Obviously we have some great natural skin brands represented here such as Clairvoyant Beauty and Juice Beauty. I'm also a big fan of Dr. Alkaitis Holistic Organic Skin Food. Some people just use coconut oil and call it good.

Question:  Is there a tinted moisturizer with SPF that you could recommend for hot/humid Miami weather?
Kristen Arnett's Answer:  I have been to Florida and will say that a tinted moisturizer sounds torturous to me! That humidity would just make me feel as if I were melting. My suggestion put your SPF on, then concealer under the eyes, and do mineral powder like Alima Pure over the rest of the face.

This was my Question: Do you have makeup free days or low makeup days? If you just throw on a few products instead of a full face of makeup, what products do you use? Do you suggest them for everyone?
Kristen Arnett's Answer:  Hey Heather! I have makeup free days ALL the time! Sometimes I forget to put makeup on before leaving the house, then it's a mad dash to put something on at the last second. I fully support that women do not need to fully cover their faces! When you really want to go for it, there's truly a myriad of brands out there to use that depend on the finish you'd most prefer. I do a lot of makeup lessons (both virtually and in person) for women in every walk of life (actresses, singers, moms, business women, teens, brides) and there's not one formula that I give out.
My reply: Thanks Kristen! I do no makeup days too, especially now that I am happy with my skin.
Kristen Arnett's response:  Love to hear it! I'm the same way.

Question:  any recommendations for treating dry skin?
Kristen Arnett's Answer: dry skin is often related to internal imbalance (as is acne and oily skin). So check out a few of our articles on the topic. Maybe you are deficient in Potassium or maybe you just naturally have dry skin, or maybe it's the weather... see where I'm going with this? http://greenbeautyteam.com/answers-advice/skin-care/dry-skin-pack-in-potassium/

Question:  Have any favorite facial oils?
Kristen Arnett's Answer:  I have SO many facial oils that I love. Current obessions include: Josh Rosebrook Skin and Hair Care, Dr. Alkaitis Holistic Organic Skin Food May Lindstrom SKIN also MUN...I totally forgot to mention Kahina Giving Beauty - duh! There's like 3 bottles in my bathroom right now. The blend of oils (not just the argan) is really luscious and nourishing. I also like the toner which isn't drying - great for more arid climates.

 A note from Goodebox: And not all Argan oil is the same, so choose a high quality one like Kahina Giving Beauty's as Kristen mentioned above. It's A-mazing: http://kahina-givingbeauty.com/shop/kahina-argan-oil/
Question:  I have combination skin that breaks out easily, is there a not so heavy foundation that will keep an even tone (not shiny on my t zone) and won't mess with my skin ?
Kristen Arnett's Answer: In my experience, most traditional makeup these days won't cause pimples, rather irritations. So are you getting pimples or irritations from your makeup do you think? Most foundation lines these days are going to leave skin glowy, because that's the modern look, then you can use a setting powder in the tzone to take away extra shine.

Question: I have a question about blush...what do you like better, cream or powder?
Kristen Arnett's Answer:  I am a BIG fan of cream blush, but to be honest I often layer them. So I'll use something like a hot pink from REVOLUTION Organics and then go over it with a bit of shimmery bronze powder - ever so lightly - the Alima Pure on in Belize is nice.
Here's a link to the REVOLUTION Organics product Kristen mentioned above: http://www.revolutionorganics.com/products.php?action=dspProduct&productID=563&categoryID=31
Question:  do you have recommendations for lighten some sun spots? I have some under my eyes, and none of serum (natural or not) works.
Kristen Arnett's Answer: yes you are kind of reiterating a point I made earlier about acne scars. It's really tough to find skin care that is both totally natural and will lighten those pigmentation areas effectively. Actually as you get older those spots get darker...so what the natural brands can do for you is keep things at bay and protect you from them getting worse. I've done a lot of sun damage in my youth, but I actively prevent it from showing up on my face now and if I accidentally get too much sun - those spots come right out.

Kristen Arnett's Closing: 
Alright I'm going to have to sign off soon ladies, but I will give you some final words of advice that may apply to everyone:
1) Your makeup will only look good if your skin looks good
2) Your skin only looks good if your body is healthy
3) Your body is only going to be healthy if you care for it and you believe you are worth that kind of care (which YOU ARE!). So for more tips from experts on all of these points, please keep up with us at http://GreenBeautyTeam.com Green Beauty Team — Experts Inspiring Conscious Beauty

I will apparently be answering some additional questions in a recap article, and I invite all of you to keep in conversation with me (and the team) at EcoSalon, Organic Authority, Green Beauty Team... It's been a pleasure to chat with you all!! Happy Earth Day!!




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