Interview with Katey Denno, celebrity make up artist (her clients include Christy Turlington, Felicty Jones and Amanda Seyfried), Burts Bees Make Up Expert and one of my favorite make up artists to work with!
Consistent with the idea that what you put into your body ultimately determines your overall health, I believe the same when it comes to what you put on your skin. Katey believes in using all natural and organic products as much as possible. As a model it’s really great to work with a makeup artist who not only wants to do a good job but actually cares about the skin of her clients.
I’ve asked Katey 4 key questions about her makeup philosophy, professional advice, industry tips and tricks and her favorite products of the moment:
1. What made you go into “all natural, good for you” makeup?
“A few events came together as the catalyst for my focus of using products from -and spreading the word about -the green beauty industry. When I was a social worker for the first 10 years of my adult life, I worked primarily with women in difficult situations. Towards the end of my time in the field, I focused on work with folks infected with HIV and AIDS. It became really apparent to me that what you put on your skin winds up in your bloodstream. I carried that observation with me through the first few years of my makeup career, and when my best girlfriend was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 34, I thought: what can my role be in making sure she’s as healthy as possible through treatment and into recovery. Research led to more research and testing of tons of products. I’ve interviewed countless experts in the world of non-toxic beauty, and I continue to gather info daily”.
2. What advice do you have in regards to eating and drinking for healthy glowing skin?
“I’ve come to know that what we put in our mouths -food and drink – contributes at the very least, 50%, to the overall quality of our skin. There is a direct correlation for the overwhelming majority of the population between how well the liver processes our intake, and the glow and clarity of our skin. Eliminating processed foods and refined sugars from your diet will almost definitely give you noticeable results in how your skin cooperates. Skin issues and complaints change throughout the years, and from decade to decade, we see such different skin care concerns: acne, excess oil, wrinkles, rashes, outbreaks, sagging, and dryness are all normal, and can be tempered by seeing what foods and liquids your body responds to well, and eliminating those it doesn’t. Common culprits for acne: nuts (unless they’ve been soaked overnight), alcohol, avocados, dairy. Common glow-inducing foods: green juicing, coconut oil, olive oil, lemon (in water), all green veggies, fish“.
3. What are your favorite products at the moment?
” I’ve been a fan of face oils for a long time. I love the task of finding the oil mixture that suits each persons’ skin, since the viscosity of each is quite different. They penetrate quickly, absorb fully, and hydrate intensely. Also, for days when wearing a lip color isn’t of interest to you, but you don’t want to be bare lipped, a tinted lip balm is my go-to”.
4. Can you tell us a trick or tip, as an industry expert, for “model ready” makeup?
” I love eyelash curlers because I know that curling your lashes – no matter how puny you think they are – will change the way you see yourself and make you feel more beautiful. Even the most beautiful women in the world light up when they see the difference a good lash curling makes, particularly when I teach them this trick: whichever side of your face you’re on, angle your wrist 45 degrees towards your nose as you’re clamping at the root, this forces the outer corner of your lashes to get a more thorough curl, thus opening your eyes even more. Miss this outer edge and you might as well not bother curling”.
Thanks Katey! 🙂
You can check Katey out on her amazing Green Beauty blog http://www.thebeautyofitis.com and at http://www.burtsbees.com/d/nature-knows-color/expert-color-tips.html
Katey Denno Bio:
For years, models, celebrities, friends and co-workers have asked me to “slow down!” while I’m speaking so that they can take notes on my makeup and skin care tips, advice, and cautions. I finally took note myself, and decided to jump on the bandwagon and create a blog so that I can share all of my acquired knowledge and experience with a much larger audience. Makeup and skin care aren’t the only topics about which I’ll be writing; all of my posts will be rooted in the idea of creating a more beautiful you, and a more beautiful life, in all ways.
I’m an avid researcher and teacher, and one thing I’m very passionate about is the fast growing ‘green’ beauty market. I’m excited to share the latest information on advances being made in this part of the industry, what it means for you when you’re standing in front of a wall of lipsticks or countless moisturizer options, and of course, no beauty blog would be complete without them: how-to demonstrations and frequent product reviews.
SIMPLE GREEN JUICE RECIPE FOR HEALTHY, GLOWING SKIN
1 bunch washed Kale
1 inch piece of ginger
1/2 lemon, rind removed
2 sticks of celery
Everything whole, skin on, but rinsed (organic if you can), into a juicer and juice away. Sooooo good for you and you will SEE the benefits on your skin! This is my daily skin elixir. Tip: if you need extra sweetness toss in another apple or pear.