Last week my mom came to visit and while we were shopping she decided to try some new makeup. I witnessed the counter manger (who mentioned she had been working at the beauty counter for twenty years) apply her foundation with a filthy beauty blender that she picked out of a drawer!! I literally couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Thankfully my trooper of a mom didn’t contract anything! Seeing her pull out this dirty beauty blender made me question everything else she used on her face. Consumers rely on makeup professionals to be practicing proper sanitation for a healthy makeup application.
Sanitation is one of the first things I learned while attending school at Makeup First School in Chicago. Even after that lesson was over I took note of how seriously my instructors took sanitation, and thankfully I picked that up and now it just comes second nature. A makeup artists number one concern should be sanitation, yet I have worked with and observed so many artists not practice proper sanitation.
Sanitation is my number one concern, and even though I sanitize my kit after each client I still like to sanitize my utensils and products in front of each client to show them how seriously I take sanitation.
What to look for to be sure your artist is practicing proper sanitation procedures:
Before an artist touches your face or hair they should be sanitizing their hands. If they walk away and touch something such as a doorknob they should sanitize again. If they take a break or eat sanitize. In between clients – sanitize… You get the picture. I like to use Jao’s Hand Refresher.
Disposable lash wands, lip applicators, and latex free sponges are essentials. Your artist should never ever be double dipping your disposables into product, a new clean disposable should be used. Your artist should never be using the mascara applicator in the mascara unless it is a new product and you are being given the product after it is applied.
Personally I like to use a spatula to scrape from the lipstick and transfer it to the client’s sanitized palette and from there apply with a disposable lip wand or a lip brush. If the artist is applying the lipstick directly from the tube make sure the top layer is either rubbed off with a tissue or scraped off and it is being sanitized with isopropyl alcohol of at least 90%.
LIPLINERS AND EYELINERS
You can sanitize pencils by shaving off the first layer with a sanitized sharpener and then sanitizing with either alcohol or Beauty So Clean. Beauty So Clean also has one-time use wipes, which makes it easier to clean makeup pencils.
All products that the artists use should be sprayed with a sanitation spray. Some artists create their own spray using alcohol. I use the product Beauty So Clean. Beauty So Clean sanitizes the product without compromising the integrity of the makeup. Alcohol can dry out or alter the makeup, which is why I choose Beauty So Clean.
Before each client all my brushes are properly cleaned and sanitized. I keep Cinema Secrets Brush cleaner with me just incase I have multiple clients and need to sanitize quickly in between.
All Tweezers, scissors, pencil sharpeners, and eyelash curlers should be properly sanitized with alcohol before and after each client.
Pay attention to the artist’s kit and setup. If their kit is messy they probably do not practice proper sanitation. If they have products in their kit without lids or if their brushes have residue on them do not be afraid to call them out. This is your health! Improper sanitation conditions can cause conditions such as pink eye, staph infection, and even more serious conditions. I have heard so many horror stories about artists not practicing proper sanitation and the model or client suffering greatly. Read Anthea Page's story about how she contracted an infection during fashion week. This is also another reason why you shouldn’t always go for the “Too good to be true” price when it comes to makeup artists. That Craigslist MUA doing faces for $25 might not be trained in proper sanitation. If you observe any improper sanitation stop and refuse service!