Wednesday, August 29, 2012

{Head Shot} Makeup Look

So this amazing thing happened the other day, 
I won a contest to have a free head shot done by this awesome local 
photographer.  I never win ANYTHING so I was excited not just to 
win something, but I had just said to my sister that I needed to do a professional head shot for my website profile.   This could not have come at a better time or by a better photographer!  I have been in the makeup industry for 11 years and I don't know how we haven't worked together before, but I hope to work with him soon.

His name is Echard Wheeler and you can check out his website at

So of course I had to play makeup and figure out the "look" that I wanted for the head shot.  
It needed to be timeless, I didn't want to do anything too trendy.
I did a YouTube video just because, you can find it here

I used the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette to create this look, using 
Bootycall, Suspect, and Snakebite.

So this is what it looked like as I was headed for the head shot 
appointment today.  I hope the pictures turned out ok, 
I'm so nervous to see what they look like!
It was a fun experience, and it always helps to have a photographer that is fun and puts you at ease. 
I tell you what, it's not easy acting like a super model for 15 minutes, they make it look easy!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Is Your Smartphone Giving You Wrinkles???

  Lately, I have been staring into the mirror thinking, "Where are these fine line around my eyes coming from?!!" I have seen a significant change around my eye area being drier and my concealer wasn't going on as smooth as it normally does.
  After a few days of pondering what could have changed, because I still used the same moisturizer day and night and an eye cream, I came to the conclusion that staring down at the itty bitty text on my smartphone was the culprit.  I did some internet research and confirmed my sneaking suspicions.  Below is one article that had some great information.  Enjoy!


Wrinkles may be a sign of approaching middle age but younger women now have a reason to worry -- and the culprit may be your smartphone. According to New Jersey board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Glatt, many younger women are beginning to develop premature wrinkles from staring at their Smartphones. What these women need, says Dr. Glatt, is 'Blackbery Botox.' Sounds scary, doesn't it? Dr. Glatt explains:
Smartphone casuses wrinkles"The trend for 'BlackBerry Botox' is highly increasing especially among women who are addicted to gazing on their BlackBerries or iPhones all day.
Peering at a small screen causes facial strain, around and between the brows which may cause premature wrinkles on the face."
Smartphone-related wrinkles are the latest condition that doctors attribute to overuse of technology. Others include 'BlackBerry thumb' -- a form of repetitive strain injury caused by excessive texting.
Before you start to panic or begin glaring at your Smartphone with resentment, this can all be prevented by taking a few precautions. Try some of these tips from Dr. Glatt to avoid those tech-savvy wrinkles.

Prevent Smartphone wrinkles with these tips:

Wrinkle prevention tip
Take a break
It's important to put down or at least glance up from your Smartphone regularly so that your eyes can rest. Though squinting is necessary when using a Smartphone, taking time to relax your eyes can make a significant difference in reducing this new type of strain on your facial muscles.

Wrinkle prevention tip
Turn the light down low
Too much light and contrast can cause you to narrow the eyes to take in the brightness. A no-no for fresh-looking eye contours. Combat the dreaded 'crow's feet' effect by dimming the screen in your 'settings' options -- and see how low you can go on the light emission. The less, the better. (as a bonus, this will also help preserve your phone's battery life!)

Wrinkle prevention tip
Enlarge the text
If you find yourself struggling to read the small text on your Smartphone and start holding it so close you wrinkle your nose so much it hurts, just enlarge the text by simply going to your settings and altering the text size. Also, the zoom function can be a fantastic thing -- use it to focus in on images on your device so you can see much more clearly and avoid pulling the inner eye.

Wrinkle prevention tip
Looking after your eyes
If you can bear it, spend less time glued to your iPhone or Blackberry. And during this timeout, take some deep breaths to relax the face into a more natural expression, and gently massage the area around the eyes -- a simple thing that can make a big difference to preventing those lines that starts subtly but can get deeper and more pronounced. Not only will your face be serene looking, you will feel more serene -- and in a much better state to deal with any inbox horrors.

Wrinkle prevention tip
Don't forget to smile!
If you are experiencing stress from being constantly attached to your Smartphone, just think about the potentially negative effect this is having on your youthful appearance. Then, take time to do something that relieves the tension, like playing on a fun app, like TomCat or Angry Birds; this will help relax your face, soften your expression and prevent long term frown lines.

To go the original article:

Thursday, August 23, 2012 line or not to line

So I have mixed feelings about lining the inner rim of the eye, also know as the waterline.  Sometimes I think it makes me look tired, but then sometimes I want a smokey look and it looks great, and adds the drama that I want.  The reason that I wanted to do a blog post about this is that I am seeing this makeup technique done a lot lately.  I've recently seen a lot of brides doing it and Mila Kunis was sporting it on 
the August 2012 cover of Glamour magazine.  

This makeup technique really calls attention to the eyes.
Sometimes it's great for a bride to add drama, especially if they have the features for it.  

Makeup by Kim Porter
Photographed by Eleise Theuer

Makeup by Kim Porter
Photographed by Keith Cephus

Sometimes it is so stunning and necessary, especially for something
like a boudoir session, as was the case for this makeup.  
It is show stopping and sexy. 

Flawless Faces, Inc.

But is it right for your wedding day?  

I think that unless you have the eyes to pull it off, maybe not.
You should consider your eye shape, the size of your eyes,
and the look that you are trying to achieve.
Remember, you will be looking at your wedding photos for the
rest of your life,
consider against doing anything that would date your look, 
you always want to look classic and timeless.

My feeling for bridal makeup is first and foremost the
skin must be flawless.
Glowing cheeks to give the blushing appearance and
then pick your best or favorite feature, either your eyes or your lips
and enhance them to make you, your most beautiful.

The last thing you want on your wedding day is to have small,
tired looking eyes.
Or maybe even worse, dark heavily lined that make you look like you
have two black sockets instead of bright and beautiful eyes.

Case it point Amanda Seyfriend .
Maybe this would work for a girl's night out...

I definitely think there is a time and a place for heavily lined eyes,
I'm just not sure that it's always right for a bride...
unless of course you're Kim Kardashian!!

Last night I did a makeup tutorial on lining the inner rim.  
You can find it on my YouTube channel here.

 Before:  lightly lined eyes and eyeshadow lining the bottom lashes.

I have large eyes, so adding liner on the inner rim doesn't close them off, but sometimes I do feel that it makes my eyes look tired, especially if I have a lot of eyeshadow on.

So that's it.  Like I said, I don't think there are really hard and fast rules
for this, but I recommend playing around with lining versus not lining,
to see what works best for you.  

How To...{Make Small Eyes Appear Larger}

I was recently asked how to make small eyes look larger.  
When I think of small eyes done right, I think of the lovely Jennifer Aniston.

To make small eyes look larger follow these simple steps:

1.  Fill in brows
2.  Curl lashes
3.  Apply Eyeshadows 
highlight- brow bone, inner corner of eye
light (shimmer or matte)-  lid 
medium (matte)- crease
dark-  (optional) along bottom lashes as an eyeliner
4.  Apply black eyeliner close to the lash line on top lid only, 
   winging out slightly at the outer corner
5.  Apply mascara heavy on the top and optional on the bottom lashes

tips that will also make eyes appear bigger:
apply a shimmery copper eyeshadow along the base of the bottom lashes,
apply single false lashes to the outer corners of the top eyelashes,
line eyes with contrasting or complementing shades such as:

Blue Eyes:  Reddish Brown or Navy eyeliner
Green or Hazel Eyes:  Plum or Purple eyeliner
Brown:  Navy eyeliner

For a night time look, follow the above and apply eyeliner close 
to the bottom lashes using an eyeliner brush.

I hope this helps, please feel free to ask any questions!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Courtney Wedding

One of my favorite weddings from last year was for my brother-in-law and now sister-in-law, Brian & Courtney.  I loved doing her and her bridesmaids makeup and being apart of their special day.
Here are some pictures of the bride and groom on their wedding day.
More pictures and details to come!

Purple was one of her colors, so we decided to go with it and I created a 
beautiful smokey eye to enhance her hazel eyes.

Such a beautiful and heartfelt wedding, I can't wait to show you more pictures and and all of the wonderful details she included in their wedding!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Makeup Lessons

Personalized Makeup Lessons from makeup artist Kim Porter

Mini Session   Focus on one aspect of the face, eyes, cheeks, or lips     $25
20 minutes

Makeup Lesson   Includes personalized makeup chart      $65
60 minutes      
(bring your own makeup or go with recommendations from Kim Porter)

Brow Redefinition  $20

Makeup Lessons are perfect for the DIY bride, students, or every woman who wants a personalized makeup lesson to suit their colors and lifestyle.  Easy to follow instructions and makeup chart included.  Kim Porter offers professional makeup from her own line of cosmetics and also from the top names in the cosmetics industry.

Please call (757) 761-5287 or email at to set up your appointment today!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Fashion Week Fall 2012 Look

  This makeup look that I fell in love with is from designer Jason Wu from the Fashion Week Fall 2012 runway.  The model looks more blue than mine did but that would be easy to add in to the corner.  It reminds me of the colors of peacock...emerald green and teal blue.

To watch the video for this look please visit my YouTube Channel .
I had to cut the video to get it from 30 minutes to 15 minutes time that YouTube allows.
A full list of the products used are at the bottom.

The Shady Lady the Balm eyeshadow palettes purchased from Sephora.

All makeup used from my Kim Porter Cosmetics line will have a * star by it.

Grassroots Vitamin C Power Brightening Cream
Retexturizing Face Primer*
Creme Concealer Pot*
Matte Oil-Free Foundation*
Invisible Blotting Powder*
Physicians Formula Healthy Glow Bronzer
Eyeshadows: Naked Palette Buck & Naked 2 Palette Foxy, Bootycall, Shady Lady the Balm Vol.1 makeout mary, bossy bobbi  & Vol.2 jealous jordana
Inky Violet eyeliner
Sheer Satin Powder Blush*
Brow Sculpt Powder & Gel*
L' Oreal Voluminous mascara
Lip Conditioning Stick
Ardell individual lashes in medium and short

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Day to Night Makeup & Video

To see the video for this look please visit my YouTube Channel at
{Day to Night Makeup}

Thank you and keep the requests coming!!  It is so nice to hear from everyone!