Makeup by Kim Porter
Kim Porter made my wedding day a special one... She made me look like a beauty queen without making me look like I had loads of makeup on. Exceptional service!
Kim Porter is an artist and her canvas is the face. She is a native of Brooklyn, New York, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from Hofstra University. Albeit her quest for a tertiary education was fulfilled, her passion has just begun to seriously take a running leap into the direction of success. Porter describes herself as a beauty enthusiast, and immensely enjoys helping herself and others feel beautiful inside and out.
Luckily for her, she had an eye for colors and makeup since her childhood. Her gift of makeup artistry is self-taught. As a child, Kim loved to play with her mother’s makeup and in high school she would always peruse the makeup counters and purchase a few items. Porter always took time out everyday to perfect her craft by teaching herself how to apply the makeup, taking various makeup classes, assisting other makeup artists, watching youtube instructional videos, and using her willing friends as models to see what worked and what did not.
As a woman of color, and a consumer, she knows first hand how difficult it is to locate the right cosmetics and artist; without searching high and low and spending an obnoxious amount of money on finding the right shade. As a freelance artist, she understands the puzzlement and lack of education women of color have, in terms of the correct application of makeup. There is a science to the art of correctly applying makeup and putting one’s best face forward that, Kim has first hand knowledge of. Porter has launched a Blog and a Youtube instructional channel, through these she hopes to reach a wider audience and provide the African-American community with a virtual hands-on guide to putting their best face forward.
The most important element of Kim’s work is to be able to use her creativity to enhance natural beauty, yet bring out a person’s inner beauty and individuality.
Yes, it is. People never believe me most of the time.
Where did you get your training? Did you go to school?
Everything I know is self-taught. Applying makeup is like learning a musical intrument – practice makes perfect. The internet, youtube, beauty forums, and blogs have been a great help. Also, watching other makeup artists work is great too. I do plan on taking additional course, since there are things that I would love to learn, and perfect my craft.
How do you always know what colors will look good together?
In all honesty, I don’t always know what colors will go good together. Most of the time (it’s actually more like all of the time), it is trial and error. I try different colors as I go. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. A color wheel also helps.
Have you considered working at a makeup counter like MAC or Sephora?
At one point, I did think about it because of the discounts. I am not into sales, and receiving commission for what I do. I would rather work in a relaxed, quiet, non-crowded environment providing my client(s) my undivided attention, which they deserve.
Do you wear makeup everyday. If so, what are your go-to products?
I do not wear makeup everyday. I do not believe makeup should be worn on a daily basis; it’s my personal preference, and I’m comfortable in my own skin. At most, I wear mascara and lipgloss. Sometimes I’ll dust some of MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Natural over my face, since it just evens my skintone out. The mascara I wear is MF 2000 Calorie Xtreme in Extreme Black. I usually wear any MAC Lipglass, but mostly Pinkarat, Beaute, Nymphette, and Silly Girl.
You have great looking skin! What does your skincare routine consist of?
Thank you. I used to use Clinque’s 3-step system, which dried my skin out, which is when I switched to Proactiv. since I do not have acne prone skin I used Proactiv as “insurance” to prevent breakouts. I noticed it wasn’t working well, so I switched to what I used as achild, Dove Unscented Beauty Bar. I wash my face twice a day. I use a toner, and Cetaphil moisturizer. I exfoliate at least once a week.
What foundation do you recommend that works best?
I can only state what works best for my skin. I normally use Make Up For Ever or Graftobian foundations, and after using them on clients, they end up loving those as well. I have had no luck with MAC Foundations. I find them to be too heavy, and the colors do not match well with me.
What brands of makeup do you use?
I work mainly with many different professional cosmetic brands such as Ben Nye, Stila, MAC, Make Up For Ever, Graftobian, Smashbox, Eve Pearl etc. If you have a specific brand that you love using, I have no problem picking it up for you (additional cost) or you can bring it to your session.
Do you do airbrush makeup?
No, I currently do not do airbrush makeup. I use traditional foundation, powder, eye shadow, blush, and lip color. The makeup I use has great staying power and I ensure its longevity by using products that seal the makeup application.
Do you do hair?
No, I do not do hair, but can recommend a hair stylist upon request.
As an artist, if you could give only one makeup tip, what would it be?
Less is more, seriously. Of course, it’s fun to glam it up every once in awhile for special occasions, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Have fun with your look! But for everyday application, the fewer products you use, the better. Use make-up to enhance that beautiful face of yours, not to cover it up!
I always try to copy the smoky eye look I see in magazines, but can’t seem to get it right. What am I doing wrong?
Since I’m not there to actually watch your application or to see the colors you’re choosing from, my best guess is that you need to focus on product application and blending. When it comes to the smoky eye (and most other looks), blending is key. When you’re using dark colors, make sure to use a light hand, and build the color, and not add too much at once. Start on your lid and then add to the crease. Use a rounded brush (I like M.AC.’s #224SE ) to blend upwards from the crease in a circular motion, bring the color up and outward slightly for a well blended, smoky look.
Do you have a lot of experience with people who don't wear a lot of makeup?
Yes! Many of my clients do not wear makeup on a regular basis or at all. I am sure to be very thorough with all the products I use and explain what they are and why I am using them.
My wedding is coming up, and although I’d like to look nice in my pictures, I don’t typically wear a lot of make-up. I’m a little afraid that by hiring a make-up artist, I won’t end up recognizing myself when they’re done with me any advice?
Many women have this same concern. I would too. Any professional artist should always speak with a bride or do a consultation prior to her big day to get a very clear idea of what she wants to look like on her day. As an artist, it’s my job to make sure your makeup is going to look good behind the camera – and if front of the mirror. If you’re really concerned, sometimes it helps to show your makeup artist some example of looks that you like, and those that you don’t. This way, everyone’s on the same page!
I usually apply my own makeup. Why should I hire a professional?
Different settings and situations require different makeup and formulations. A professional will know what will be best suited for the occasion.
What are your rates?
A list of my services and their rates can be found here. Rates are subject to change, so always email me for the most up-to-date information
Why are your prices different for certain occasions?
I charge the most for weddings because it's the most important occasion of all to most women. I have to take my time to make the bride look perfectly flawless! It's a once in a lifetime experience, so I really have to make your experience special! I will not rush when working on the bride.
Are deposits required?
Yes, deposits are required especially for bridal parties, large groups, and out of town events. The non-refundable deposit is based on the service you’re getting and can range from 20-50% of the cost of the service.
How long does a makeup application usually take?
The trial makeup run usually last one hour or more depending on the looks you chose, and ensuring the products used are perfect for you. The actual makeup application can last about 30- 45 minutes, depending on if it’s a natural or dramatic look.
How long will my makeup last?
Since I apply a makeup setting powder after your makeup is applied it should last all day and night long. You will probably need to re-apply your lips, and powder if you're oily. I suggest investing in blotter sheets so that you’re not re-applying product over old product, which will reduce the chance of your makeup looking cakey.
Should I get my hair or my makeup done first?
I usually say to get your hair done first. This way your makeup can be applied right before you put on your dress, ensuring that it looks fresh.
How far in advance should I book my makeup artist?
I recommend booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Choosing your makeup artist should be considered at least 12- 15 months prior to the event, as many sought after artists will be booked well in advance. When choosing your makeup artist it is important to enquire about their experience and view examples of their work. Choose someone who you feel confident can create your ideal look and with whom you can build a rapport.
Is a trial run really necessary?
I do recommend a trial run. It's a great way to communicate your wants and needs with your makeup artist in a relaxed setting. This way on your wedding day the makeup goes very smoothly and quickly, giving yourself more time and less worry.
What should I do to prepare for my wedding day?
Be sure not to do anything dramatic the week before your wedding. Get all your waxing, facials and tanning at least a week before the day of. Eye cream and moisturizing is a must. Drink lots of water and take your vitamins!
What kind of makeup shall I, as the bride have on my wedding day?
I understand your need and desire to have the spotlight on your special day, and will attend to your particular details after private consultations with you. As general rules of thumb, if your ceremony is in the morning, you will most likely need to go with thinner makeup, while you can use more stylish makeup for the evening banquet. Also, you will need to coordinate your style with the overall theme and look of your wedding celebration.
Having said all of that, I encourage you to be yourself and choose the style which best enhances your natural beauty and character.
What if I do not know the look I am trying to achieve for my special day?
It is best to do your research (internet, magazines etc) and find looks you like, which oyu should bring with you. I will be able to get an idea of what you want, and go from there. I can try 3-4 of the looks you like on you, so that you will be able to decide what you like best for your face.
Do you do makeup for other special events & occasions?
Yes, I am available to makeup for debutantes, school formals, anniversaries, engagement parties- any occasion you can think of. I also provide one on one makeup consultation, where you can learn basic techniques to apply your own makeup like a professional.
Where are you located?
I am located in Brooklyn, New York.
Do you travel to my location on the wedding day?
Yes! I travel to your location on the day of your wedding. Travel fees may apply to locations out of my travel area, so please inquire.