Coronavirus and Makeup Artistry: What You Need to Know

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Coronavirus & Makeup Artistry. Quick sanitation tips for makeup artists and what you need to know.

Graphic of handwashing with "Are you keeping yourself safe?" relating to coronovirus and makeup artistry

As a makeup artist, hairstylist, or beauty professional, clients assume they will not be exposed to infectious disease when using your beauty services.

However, not being sanitary in your makeup business can make them sick or even result in death.

I'll let that sink in for a moment.

I know keeping a clean kit and practicing good hygiene is something we should be doing all the time, even before before the coronavirus and makeup artistry got all twisted up.

When it comes to the coronavirus and makeup artistry, I think this is a great time to revisit our sanitation practices and bring them top of mind.

Here are some of my top sanitation tips for makeup artists:

Always wash your hands (and scrub under your nails) with soap and water for at least 30 seconds.

This isn’t an option, this is mandatory.

Wash your hands and also use hand sanitizer in front of your client for extra peace of mind.

A hand with hand sanitizer

Disinfect your work surfaces before you set up.

It’s always a good idea to wipe down your surfaces before you set out your beauty products. Viruses live inside cough and sneeze droplets that land on surfaces. When you touch the surfaces and then touch your face (or someone else’s face), you run the risk of getting them sick.

Scraped eyeshadow

Scrape your eyeshows and powder products.

Why? Mostly because the eye can be wet around the mucus membrane and I don’t want to take any chances.

A metal palette for scraping eyeshadows, blushes, and powders into
A metal palette is great for scraping powder eyeshadows, blushes, and powders.

Never double-dip.

NEVER double-dip into your beauty products. Use your palette and dip a clean spatula into your product when applying to your palette. Especially when it comes to cream products.

Our makeup artist pal, Mandy Paavola, did this great video about how you can't sanitize a cream-based product! Check out the visual!

Why You Can't Sanitize Cream Based Products
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Pencil sharpener for makeup pencils
A good German blade pencil sharpener.

When sharpening lip or eye pencils, your best protocol is this:

  1. Spray the pencil with 70% isopropyl alcohol before you sharpen. 
  2. Spray the pencil sharpener blade and body.  
  3. Insert into the sharpener and sharpen as usual. 
  4. Once done, spray the sharpener again with alcohol.  
  5. Disinfect pencil sharpener after each client.

Here’s why: If you put the dirty pencil inside the sharpener without spraying it or the sharpener, you’ve contaminated the blade on contact.

Wash your brushes in soap and water (and do not reuse the same brush on multiple clients using a brush spray cleaner.)

The best way to think about spray brush cleaners is to think about how hand sanitizer isn’t as effective as actually washing our hands with a water source. When it comes to coronavirus and makeup artistry, brush spray cleansers are only designed to do color changes on the same client, not to clean brushes effectively between different clients. Got it? Groovy!

When it comes to cleaning your brushes, nothing works better than soap and water and even a little Tiger’s Eye Brush Soap.

Sonia Roselli Tiger's Eye Brush Soap image

Wash each brush for 30 seconds, then rinse well and don’t forget the handles! Rinse.

Dry with a clean towel and then dry upright. Once they're dry, cover them with some sort of canister or container to keep airborne germs from landing on them.

Pro Tip: Be mindful that pets don’t get near them. Kitties are always the curious bunch. 

Email Your Clients to Put Them At Ease

Now is the time to let your client know about your sanitation guidelines and how you work and care about their safety.

(I had a sanitation guideline written up in my business and I hope you do, too.)

Now is the time to put their minds at ease and let them know how seriously you take your job as a professional makeup artist. Feel free to copy and paste and send to your clients. I know they will appreciate it.

You may also use this template as a blog post, but PLEASE REWRITE in your own words so you won't be penalized by Google.

Let's all do our part and be responsible citizens and professional makeup artists.

Hope this is helpful.

All my love,

Sanitation for makeup artist course

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