Celebrity Makeup Artist Katey Denno's Top Green Beauty Picks
I love beauty, and I love to make people feel and look their best. Part of that includes helping others learn to put together a beauty routine that's as clean and green as can be. You'd be surprised at how many of your favorite commercial beauty products have chemicals in them that can be potentially harmful to your health. For me the question is: Why would you want to apply things to your skin — your body's largest organ — that might hurt you?
I became a makeup artist following a lengthy career in social work where I worked to help better the lives of my clients, which for me, always included helping them to see their beauty within. I saw first hand how their environments caused them harm, and I worked towards educating them about ways they could help themselves. In my current profession I continue to find the reward in educating: I love to share information about which chemicals are best to avoid, and which product lines are doing a great job using only safe and effective ingredients.
My interest in the eco-friendly cosmetic industry allows me to spend a lot of time researching ingredients in products and their impact on our health. I love discovering better products to introduce to my clients — including Christy Turlington, Olivia Wilde, Isla Fisher, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Julianne Moore and January Jones — to the readers on my blog, The Beauty Of It Is, and now to you. I've teamed up with Abe's Market to offer my advice, my support in the beauty arena and picks of my favorite products, which include a number below.
Katey Denno's Top Beauty & Skin Care Picks
S.W. Basics Body Scrub
This stuff is a treat for my nose and my skin! Getting that top layer of dry skin removed is key to keeping your skin hydrated and looking young and this does just that ... and it moisturizes with organic extra-virgin coconut oil. YUM.
Suki Concentrated Balancing Toner
A great oil-busting toner with gentle ingredients to keep acne at bay, plus the Suki scent is delicious and refreshing.
Scotch Naturals Whisper Nail Polish
A great alternative to mainstream polishes, Scotch Naturals has done a great job cutting out the ingredients that produce those offensive fumes while keeping a good consistency and lots of fun colors. I love this pinky neutral for my fingers year round.
Eden Foods' Wakame
I love to make miso soup at home and I love to pack it with wakame and other seaweeds. Sea veggies are super good for us: They're high in vitamins and minerals and the texture is so unique. I love a good seaweed salad, too!
Honeybee Gardens Natural Nail Polish Remover
Who doesn't love a non-toxic nail polish remover with very little scent — that actually works quickly and completely?
Aura Cacia Mineral Bath
I love a long soak after a day standing on my feet. The lavender essential oils makes for a perfect night time wind down aromatherapeutic treat. Occasionally I'll take a small scoop in the shower and use to exfoliate dry patches, too.
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
I've been a huge fan since this product hit the shelves. I use it daily, and chances are good you'll find one in the evening bags of most of my clients as they hit the red carpet. They're 100 percent natural, super hydrating and come in the perfect shades to make your lips look just a little more pigmented than they naturally do, but still au natural.
Weleda Gentle Cleansing Milk
The myth that your face needs to feel tight and dry when you've finished washing needs to be put to rest. This product on a wet wash cloth will completely remove makeup and oil, while leaving you hydrated and able to smile without that cracking feeling. It's wonderful!
Vermints All-Natural Mints
It's expected that a makeup artist will have mints on her work station. I love to delight everyone with these mints that have actual pieces of mint in them. They're just strong enough to really freshen your breath, but don't knock you over with that shocking kick some mints have.
Jason Sea Fresh Toothpaste
Nothing complements the perfectly smoothed complexion or the perfect lip color like a great smile and dazzling teeth. I love to brush my teeth and I love to try all the natural toothpastes on the market. This one is one of my go-to's for taste, texture and the fresh feeling I have after brushing.
Pangea Organics Rosemary and Orange Facial Toner
I often start a makeup application by a gentle sweep of toner across the face. I love how gentle this one is and the scent is lovely.