Coming Clean is a monthly series where we interview people about their relationship with clean beauty - the good, bad, and ugly. We hope these interviews will serve as a platform for raw and vulnerable discussion, but if you only take away one thing, it should be this: there is no right or wrong way - there is only your way.
Katey is a green celebrity makeup artist and non-toxic, eco-friendly product expert. Check out our interview with her as part of CLOVE + HALLOW's monthly Coming Clean series.
What prompted you to make the switch to using cleaner beauty products?
When I made the switch to makeup artistry it was something that occurred to me early on, when I started reading ingredient lists and asking fellow makeup artists what the ingredients were (many of which I couldn't even pronounce). There wasn’t much of an awareness across the mainstream industry, which made me want to dig deeper and help brands that were committed to creating clean products get into the spotlight.
"my awareness that what goes on our skin winds up in our bloodstream didn’t come until many years later."
Which beauty product did you swap first?
Was beauty the first thing you switched when moving to a cleaner lifestyle?
What are some of your clean beauty staples?
I can’t imagine using something that’s not clean on my hair or body, and there are so many amazing products in those two categories that I can switch between scents and textures all the time. I am obsessed with the WORLD hair care line out of Toronto by clean industry pioneer, Brian Philips. For my body I go between products from Odacité, Dr. Bronner's, Living Libations… the list is very long.
"Start with whatever touches the largest surface area of your body—whatever is cascading down your body during your daily shower."
What does your skincare routine look like?
What are you most excited to see in the future from clean beauty?
What advice would you give to someone wanting to transition to cleaner beauty products?