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I did go to a dermatologist once, and it did not help at all (I was really turned off by them – I was told my acne would never go away unless I stopped wearing makeup, full-stop – no makeup ever again.) Luckily, my primary care doctor completely resolved my acne issues in a matter of weeks (two prescriptions, clindamycin and Differin). Whenever I meet a makeup artist, I try to ask lots of questions and find out what they like, don’t like, what they’re excited about, what they’re using the most, and if I ever do a makeover, I tell the artist to do what they’d most love to see on my face (I find it gives me the most interesting take).
-- Christine

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When getting a professional facial, what do you look for?

I like someone who asks questions – like what my concerns are, maybe what kind of products I already use, whether I’ve had a facial before, do I want extractions, etc. I also like someone who seems to understand the skin and may offer knowledge as they apply a certain product or employ a certain technique (like why they’re doing it).
-- Christine

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How much do celebrities influence your beauty purchases?

None for me – even when I was young, I didn’t have celebrity crushes or celebrity role model. The most influence I could see happening is if a celebrity wore a shade and looked great in it, but it wasn’t necessarily an endorsement, just a look they wore – but I feel like this is true if I saw it and was struck by how lovely it looked on a non-celebrity, too! I am not, however, turned off by the use of celebrities in most cases, so it is a wash overall!
-- Christine

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How do your personal features influence the makeup you use?

I think the type of skin I have, what my skin reacts to, those are things that influence more heavily than others – I tend to stay away from anything super, super matte but also anything over-the-top dewy (I’m normal-to-dry, mostly normal these days!). I have a decent amount of lid space but find that lower eyeliner helps make my eyes look bigger (learned this from a MAC senior artist, Victor C., years ago).
-- Christine

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