An Interview w/ An Esthetician

Interview by Jefferson Ellison, done in partnership w/ AVLtoday.

Kendral Presha is the Owner of EVYN and a pure ray of sunshine. Her smile can light up a room. Her positivity can lift even the lowest spirit. But most importantly - at least to me -, Ms. Presha knows good makeup and good skin. An Asheville native (and childhood friend), Kendral is a makeup artist and esthetician who approaches beauty services less like a trained expert and more like an informed older sister. Chatting with her - about anything - feels informative, approachable, and fun, which is how beauty should be. No one has to wear make-up, no one has to have perfect skin. So if you are going to engage with the industry and the products, it should feel welcoming and fun, not daunting and full of shame.

While doing this interview I was reminded of why wellness professionals exist. Sure you can get all this information off the internet, order products from the comfort of your home, and watch YouTube videos to learn the best way to use them. But it's just not the same. Having someone with the knowledge to answer your questions, calm your fears, and stand in your corner as you attempt to better yourself - inside or out - is really nice. Knowing that someone will give you an unbiased opinion and a helping hand, makes the journey that much more fun. So do yourself a favor, read the interview, heed the advice and when you find yourself down South... run to her chair.

What's the difference between a makeup artist and esthetician?

A makeup artist solely does makeup related services and an esthetician is a licensed professional who is certified in facials, waxing, some advanced skin treatments, and beauty services. Estheticians are also known as skin therapists!

What’s the process like? What is the necessary schooling?

The process is very obtainable! Depending on what state you reside in, you must earn the required hours that your state mandates. For example, here in North Carolina you need 600 hours to be a licensed esthetician. I graduated from the esthetics program at A-B Tech Community College under the teachings of Debra Anderson, who is a well known master esthetician in the WNC area. It took me nine months to complete the program and it went by super quick!

What’s your go-to drugstore beauty item?

E.L.F. 16 hr Camo Concealer. It’s a full coverage with a matte finish that I love to use for under eye concealing and highlighting!

Go-to high end product?

Chanel Ultra Le Teint Foundation. It’s full coverage and lightweight! It lasts all day and doesn't cake up at the end of the day.

The saying goes that you shouldn’t go to a hairstylist who “can’t use your comb“. Do you think it benefits black people to have a black esthetician over a white one? 

It can be very beneficial but not required. Although a black esthy may be more familiar with skin of color and may have products specially formulated for people of color. As long as your esthetician has experience with skin of color and has a client base with various skin tones, you’re good!

What is retinol and why is it so controversial?

Retinol comes from Vitamin A. It helps with cell turnover and improves skin elasticity! I’m not sure why it’s controversial, as long as you’re using it properly, I’m a fan of it! In my professional opinion, I think everyone should implement a retinol product in their skincare regimen, especially in your mid 20s-early 30s. But please be sure to consult with a professional first!

How do know what type of skin you have?

If your skin retains moisture pretty well and has small pores your skin may be normal. If your skin is tight, flaky, or delicate, and doesn't produce enough oil, your skin may be dry. If your skin has large pores, mostly shiny throughout your whole face, your skin may be oily. Now if your skin mainly gets oily in your t-zone but dry everywhere else then you may have combination skin. If you are unsure how to categorize your skin, please see an esthy or dermatologist!

What does combination skin actually mean?

When your skin looks oily but still feels dry.

Is there a proper order to use products. If so what is it?

My rule of thumb is to start from thinnest to thickest of products. Always start with your cleanser and toner both day and night, then apply everything else in your regimen.

What easier to fix - bad skin or bad makeup?

Definitely bad makeup! It takes time to care for skin and lots of patience!

If you had to choose… Bare face or Beat face?

Chile, I’ll take a beat face hands down! Makeup artistry is dear to my heart and I just love how you can be creative with makeup. One thing about me is that I love to SLAY! How can people in touch with you? // Instagram - @evyn.browsskinbeauty