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It doesn’t have to be me, but please make sure your stylist or makeup artist is a true professional

Photo Credit: Christy Baird at Atomic City Photography

The holidays are quickly approaching! I’m super excited and getting prepared for the madness at Tease, it gets so busy and I love it, as we make Knoxville look its best! I’ve already been keeping an eye on the holiday hair and makeup trends for this year and I can’t wait to get started! Getting people dolled up for their holiday parties are some of my favorite things to do!

The makeup that I use for any holiday event, being Halloween or Christmas and everything else is ALL professional, FDA approved, cosmetic grade pigments and powders. This can get VERY expensive. Why? Because I care about what I put on your skin! I want you to look and feel beautiful for your event and not worry about having an allergic reaction because of some sketchy pigments purchased off eBay. I was so busy this past Halloween that I was booked completely for makeup for TWO days! (Thank you Knoxville!!) I also heard about unlicensed makeup artists painting faces with $1 acrylic paint that you find in the craft section! WHATTTT?! These people are using the SAME paint that you used on a birdhouses, on your FACE?!?! It causes me to cringe, some of my clients skin is so sensitive, I have to be cautious about what professional makeup I am using. What kind of reaction would they have to a non FDA approved devil-potion being put on their face? I can’t imagine.

Did you know that craft store glitter is cut with glass, and that is why it’s not safe for use on skin, and God forbid, the eyes? I do! I spent 1500 hours of blood, sweat, and tears to pursue my diploma in Cosmetology and I display it proudly. In beauty school, we are required to have 200 hours of sanitation before we can even start to put our combs in someone’s hair. We are taught what makeup has to be used with disposable applicators. We are taught how to sanitize our tools and other implements. We are shown what infections can happen from being careless. (The amount of these would scare you). We can name them. We are taught blood spill procedures, and how incredibly easy it is to pass disease from one person to another, if we overlook these steps.

Do they have a jar of Barbicide handy to sanitize that comb they just put in your hair? Cleansing with soap and water will not kill bacteria. Spraying alcohol will not kill bacteria/fungus and in some regards can actually increase pathogen growth. How many people has that comb touched before it got to you? What kind of makeup is your artist using? Are they using disposable tools, or are their brushes clean? These are questions you should be asking.

When you have your hair and makeup done for your holiday function this year, make sure to see a licensed or otherwise certified artist. We put in so much time and expense to bring you the newest trends, tricks, and information in the safest way possible.

Ready to look your best? Come to Tease Knoxville and see me.

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Makeup 101: Primers

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Before I was a stylist, my specialty was makeup for several years. I freelanced for MAC, Tease, and for various weddings, proms, and other events in Knoxville.

The single most important items you can have in your makeup bag are primers. I have three different kinds that I keep in my personal AND professional kit at all times. Face, eye and lip.

A face primer (favorites- Too Faced, Smashbox, and MUFE) creates a barrier between your skin and your foundation. It’s going to act as a moisturizer and a ‘filler’. It will fill in fine lines, pores, and other imperfections giving your foundation a smooth surface for a beautiful finish, and they keep your foundation from moving, sliding, or smudging.

An eye primer (absolute favorite- Urban Decay Primer Potion) does the same, except the adhesion power is amazing. It creates a tacky surface for your eye color of choice to stick to. It will NOT move ALL day. It makes colors more vibrant, more blendable, and none of that creasing or raccoon eye business.

A lip primer (favorite- MAC Prep + Prime Lip) will keep your lipliner (yes, you absolutely need lip liner) from bleeding into the tiny creases around your mouth, and will keep your lip color in place and vibrant for all day wear.

Often, you can go into your local MAC or Sephora and ask for samples of primers to ultimately find the one that is right for you, and let’s face it. Samples are awesome. Go snag some today, and your makeup endeavors will be changed forever.

Want to know more? Just ask.