So excited to finally be bringing the beauty secrets posts back and am pleased to kick it off it again with my beautiful friend, Kim! Kim lives in Portland with her husband, Will, and does skin and make-up as a professional. She is the proud-owner of Klover Beaute, a beauty lounge that provides spa services including eyelash extensions, special occasion hair and makeup, as well as waxing, facials etc. That’s right, book your next self-care/indulgent spa day with this lady! Since she is a skin and make-up guru and a super babe, I had to ask her what some of her secrets are. Read on for the painful yet so-good-for-your-skin thing she does right before getting out of the shower (I tried it the other morning and lasted about 2 seconds. Biggest baby over here), a new product she made and is selling herself that I’ve been dreaming existed for years (I will be purchasing one ASAP!), and a few AWESOME beauty moments that she deems regrettable…
What is your beauty routine?
The moment I wake uuuupp…before I put on my makeup! I say a little…Thanks Dionne. That’s the tune in my head every morning. So, start there.
I begin the day by popping in the shower. I cleanse my face with my Clairsonic Mia and Neutrogena Naturals cleanser (you can find at places like Target), wash the rest of the bits with Everyone Soap (you can find at Whole Foods, New Seasons, etc.) and I’m out with a cold rinse. It has been crucial to me for years to turn the water on cold in order to close up my pores and follicles and keep my skin from getting too dry with hot water (yes, that’s a real thing). Then I move on to makeup. My routine is identical everyday: Toner, day moisturizer, primer, foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, brows, eye shadow, eyeliner, lashes, mascara, brush teeth, chapstick, lip liner, lipstick. My Husband, Will, could “hands down” tell you what’s next and how long it’ll take me. Its an art. For real. My evening consists of removing my makeup, as soon as humanly possible, with my klover kloth, made by yours truly. This bad boy saves me so much time, mess, and product. I love it more than most things. I am a devout moisturizer and eye cream wearer. At this season of my life Mario Badescu’s line is my holy grail.
What are two beauty products that have changed your life and you can’t live without?
I love to love my Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia fragrance. Something about the combo with my chemistry is magic. I feel like an exotic flower wearing it.
I also probably would prefer to never live without my klover kloth, ever. It has been a wonderful discovery. I love my skin now and that is a feat.
How would you describe your personal style?
I have always teetered the fat line of wanting to be Diane Keaton and Gwen Stefani at the same time. So, if there was a way to blend those together, that’s what I’m doing.
I can’t function without a good pair of combat boots and a multitude of neutral colored cardigans. Dark denim, ripped denim, and slouchy tanks also suit my fancy.
Will helps me fine-tune my wide spread of interest and that has been huge as there have been points in life where the two looks were seriously confused. I don’t believe that having unique style is always a good thing.
What’s your favorite part of your overall look?
I think my favorite parts of what makes “Kim” Kim is that I have always had a stand-alone independence in my look. Short hair when long hair is in, bold eyeglass frames, lashes that are too long, pops of vampy lip color, tattoos that raise questions, that kind of stuff. I just do me and I like that I am more confident when I stick to that.
What’s your most regrettable beauty moment?
Man, regrettable beauty moments happen. I have had a good few. I would say my first pixie cut was ambitious. It went from a gel-ish “minivan do” to serious height and hair spray. That, in the combination with circling my eyes with thick black eyeliner had me due for an ambush.
How did you get into makeup and skin care?
I grew up with a super trendy mom. She was on top of her game and I am pretty sure that is what initially caught my attention. I first toyed with the industry in high school spotlighting shifts in the cosmetic department at my local drugstore and popping out my make up skills for all the proms. I provided some pretty hot crimping, ringlets, and more sharpie eyes.
I went to university for Art and Writing and found myself working at a cosmetic counter all through school, leading me to more school for skin. It only took a few people taking a chance to let me help them out beauty wise that has me here, ten years later, doing the same wonderful thing.
As an esthetician, I’m curious, do you have an overall belief or philosophy about beauty?
Esthetics is cool because there is hard skin science and then there is what you do with it. If I could have the megaphone for a minute I would tell them all, “Less is more.” Ironic coming from the gal with a 400-step makeup routine, but that isn’t what I mean. I mean skincare. All the gels, creams, serums, injections, treatments, and the rest are temporary. It’s the sun, your water temperature, and intake, as well as the simple steps (cleansing, exfoliating, toning, moisturizing) that really count. Keep it simple and as natural as possible. Leave the rest alone. If you want to go back in time, wait for the time machine to be invented. Skincare won’t take you there.
Thank you, Kim! We love you.