It’s Shocking That Makeup Artists Are Ignoring This Advice!
Not to get all, ya know, but never in my life did I think that a piece of cloth the size of your hand would turn into a political symbol. Or the cause of such division among Americans. Or the rallying cry for one group of citizens against another.
Yet here we are. 2020. The year it all went to shit. A global pandemic. Racial injustices and unrest. The economy in the tank. Hate crimes. Protests against police brutality. Sky-high unemployment. On and on…
And amazingly enough, through all of these difficult times, one thing people still want to bitch about is a mask. A little piece of cloth.
I’ve probably already gotten too political already, but what I’m talking about here isn’t about politics. It’s not about Republicans vs. Democrats or conservatives vs. liberals. This is about science. And common sense. And human decency.
We are in the middle of a GLOBAL PANDEMIC, people! At the time of this writing, we’re well over 126,897 dead from SARS-CoV-2 (better known as Covid-19) in the United States alone. Globally, 493,095 dead. That’s tragic. Nearly 10,000,000 people worldwide have contracted this virus. 10. FREAKIN’. MILLION. And it’s not getting better.
As I write this, more than half of the states are seeing their cases rise—shit, I’m in the middle of it here in Texas. Arizona, Florida, Georgia, California…cases skyrocketing. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut—they got hit hard early, but they’ve seen their cases steadily decrease. You know why? Most people actually listened.
They practice social distancing. They wash their hands. They stayed home when they had to. And they wear masks. Every time I turn on my phone or watch the news, I am absolutely dumbfounded to see people packed into bars or pools, no masks, no social distancing. In the middle of a pandemic!! This hasn’t gone away, ya’ll. And it’s not going to until people get their heads out of their asses and get smart.
But I digress. The reason I’m ranting about this is, as a professional makeup artist or someone seeking an artist’s services, it is CRITICAL that we wear masks.
It should be so obvious, but let’s discuss anyway. Whether you’re applying the makeup or having it applied, two people are going to be in very close contact. Barely 6 inches, let alone 6 feet. As an artist, you’re gonna be right up in someone’s grill making sure they look their best. As a client, you’re gonna have someone right up in your grill making you look your best.
Given that SARS-CoV-2 spreads through the air, through droplets released during sneezing, coughing, even talking or yelling, doesn’t it make a lot of sense to have your mouth and nose covered during the time that you’re that close together? Uhh, yeah.
I’m not a doctor, but I do know this: SARS-CoV-2 can ultimately lead to strokes and heart attacks. In people with HEALTHY immune systems. That is scary AF. Not to mention, there are soooo many people out there who are asymptomatic (the CDC just said that up to 20 million people (!) have or had the virus without even knowing it). So, you could be feeling totally healthy, and all the while you’re carrying the SARS-CoV-2 virus, then…BOOM! Stroke. Heart attack. Plus, all it takes is one of those symptom-free people to pass it along. Pandemic, people. It’s real, it’s serious, it’s not “fake news.”
Yes, I’m aware that masks aren’t 100% guaranteed to prevent this virus from spreading. But they have been shown to reduce transmission by half, so I sure as hell like my odds much better with a mask on than without.
And anyone who wants to argue about how big an inconvenience it is to wear a mask, I’m gonna just stop you right there. I can spend hours typing out a list of inconveniences that are much greater than having a piece of cloth over your face for a brief period of time. One of those inconveniences is actually catching this damn virus and being laid up or quarantined for 2 weeks—or worse. No one is taking away anyone’s rights by requiring masks—people need to get over themselves.
It comes down to common decency. I wear a mask not just for myself, but for everyone else as well. When you wear a mask, you’re telling your fellow citizens that you care about the human race. I, personally, care about the human race, and I don’t want others getting sick just like I don’t want to get sick from someone else. Some of us are more susceptible to this bastard…lung issues, compromised immune systems, etc. Should those people be forced to stay home just because others are too selfish to wear a mask?
You Should Wear a Mask
Let me just say this—if you’re a makeup artist, you need to wear a mask. Full stop. There is literally no good reason you shouldn’t. If you’re receiving makeup services, you need to wear a mask. For the same reason. Hell, you really should be wearing full PPE.
I know this post may have ruffled some feathers, and I don’t mean to stand on a soapbox here. I just feel very strongly about this as a human being who cares for other human beings—especially all of you. I want you to be well. I want you to stay safe. In these times of division and uncertainty, we need to be united.
We’ll get through this by sticking together and taking the right precautions. Let’s be kind to each other. Take care of each other. Love one another. Please…wear a mask.
Stay well, kittens.