Wednesday, October 27, 2010


In Spotlight on,  I will be featuring some of the beauty industry's heavy hitters in the fields of Hair, Makeup and Photography. 

To kick off my first installment I've turned the spotlight on emmy Award winning Celebrity Makeup Artist and Beauty Expert Kevin James Bennett

Kevin is based in New York, and as an industry expert he has appeared on national entertainment shows including Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, "E" Entertainment Network and HSN (Home Shopping Network). His advice has been featured in the pages of Vogue, Glamour, Elle, InStyle, Town & Country and Self as well as trade publications WWD, Makeup Artist Magazine and American Salon.

An accomplished educator and public speaker, KJ is regularly requested to appear at premiere media and industry events in the US and abroad and has been contracted to create training curriculum for cosmetic companies and makeup schools worldwide.

I asked Kevin to share a few of his Kit Essentials with me, and he was happy to oblige! Below are a few of his pro faves....


Perricone MD
Face Finishing Moisturizer
Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer, 2-Ounce Tub 
This Anti-aging moisturizer is packed with high octane anti-oxidents, firming ingredients and super hydrators to give skin an instant glow and smootheness.  The marvelous multi-tasker is also a perfect pre-makeup prep...even under eyes.  This is where serious skincare makes sense in our kit...this stuff delivers when you need the help!

 Peter Thomas Roth
Peter Thomas Roth VIZ-1000 1 fl oz (30 ml)viz-1000

This concentrated serum has a staggering 75% hyaluronic acid complex that keeps the skin super hydrated by attracting 1000 times its weight in water from the moisture in the air.  Sodium PCA binds all this moisture to the skin to prevent dehydration and a blend of intense saccarides (sugar derivitives) regulate and slow skin's moisture evaporation in the DRYEST conditions. Add a potent cocktail of honey, algea and minerals Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Iron and Silica to smooth out fine lines and rough texture almost immediately...Can you say SUPER SERUM!

Alison Raffaele Reality Base, Skintone 3, 1-Ounce BottleFoundation:
Alison Raffaele Reality Base Foundation

We're finding an increasing need for "natural' alternatives in the makeup kit, but mineral makeup continues to be a nightmare for pro artists.  They just don't work on camera (too much mica, high levels of spf or titanium dioxide, etc.)
Until Alison developed this fab formula with all the properties a Pro artist craves.  The new, improved formula is oil, talc and paraben free.  It offers medium coverage that easily builds to full, has a satin finish (very 'skin-like') and is safe for ALL skin types...even sensitive.

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD-High Definition Foundation 
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation 118 Flesh
The current "it" foundation.  Killer coverage and still undetectable to a camera that can see over 6x closer than the human eye?  Can we really believe the buzz?  In a word...YES!
I have yet to meet an artist who wasn't wowed by what this stuff can do...covers like a champ and still looks like beautiful skin (not a coat of house paint).
Must Haves:
Cool - 115, 155, 178
Warm - 117, 128, 177

YSL Touche Eclat "Radiant Touch"
OK, if you don't know about this stuff you've been living in an alternate makeup reality.  Often copied, but never duplicated...the four sheer, light diffusing cream colors are dispensed through a built in brush.  Use this magic wand around the eyes, inside nasal folds and around the mouth to highlight, brighten and create a more youthful look.


Christian Dior Diorshow Unlimited Backstage Makeup Ultra-Lengthening Curving Mascara, Black (#090), 0.2-Ounces
 Christian Dior
Diorshow Unlimited Mascara
We all thought Dior had created the ultimate guilty pleasure when they introduced the first Diorshow mascara.
Guess what ...they made it more sinful.  Unlimited is lavishly lengthening, impossibly volumizing and curls too! The double-side brush allows unsurpassed control and brilliant results every time.
FAR from inexpensive, but we're talking mascara nirvana!


Kiehl's Lip Gloss - Mahvelous Mauve - 15ml/0.5ozLip gloss:
 KiehlsLip Balm #1 & Lip Gloss
A legendary lip balm developed over 40 years ago and still at the top of every makeup artist's list. Tons of moisture and lots of shine is what you'll get and now it's also available with an SPF 15...
AND they've introduced glosses using the same legendary formula (with the addition of apricot and grapeseed oils).


NYX Cosmetics Mega Shine Lip Gloss #101A Sugar PieNYXMega Shine Lip Gloss
Creamy texture, high shine lacquer finish, serious color under $6!  No wonder this stuff is a pro artist's best kept secret.  The fact that it comes in 60 colors (yes, 60) is just plain mind boggling!



For more information on Kevin, or any of his workshops and seminars;  Contact him at:, or follow his blog @

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