Vows of a Make-up Artist
- Make sure the make-up artist either washes his/her hands or uses hand sanitiser before touching your face — the skin on our faces is the most sensitive. I, for one, do not like it when people touch my face because you never know how clean their hands are and what oils/dirt they are bringing to your face.
- Always take a look at the hair/bristles of the make-up brush — as a professional, it is our duty not to use one make-up brush on two faces without sanitising it! Are there remains of make-up on the brush before it has even touched your skin once? If so, then ask your make-up artist how and when was the brush last cleaned. If they say yes but you are unconvinced, a good way to test is to ask them to rub it on a plain tissue and see if any product comes off onto the tissue. (However, there are times when there is a permanent colour on the brush from makeup that does not come off even when washed!)
- How are eye pencils and mascaras sanitised before being used on different clients? The only way that we can sanitise any eye liner/pencil (also lip liner) is to have it sharpened and then cleaned with at least 70%+ alcohol. This is done usually by dabbing some of the alcohol on to a tissue and then wiping the product with it. This sanitises the product and makes it brand new for the next client. However, for mascaras, the first time a make-up artist double dips the wand into the product, the whole product is unsanitised! The only way to keep a mascara clean is to use disposable wands. From my browsing through makeup stores here, I have unfortunately found no place that sell these. A viable solution to this would just simply be to carry your own mascara.
- How do we use lipsticks/stains on various clients? The most hygienic way to keep lipsticks and lip stains sanitised is to use a palette knife to scrape off some of the colour and use a brush to apply it. This would mean that there would be no contact from a clients mouth to a make-up product that has been used by numerous other clients as well!
- How are powder products sanitised? With any form of a powder-based product (eye shadow, blush, finishing powder etc.) the top layer of it is wiped with either a paper towel or a tissue. This helps to remove any excess oils that have been left there through use and sanitises it for the next person.
- Is the work area clean and are the products stored properly? This is usually a great indicator in seeing how much importance a make-up artist gives to sanitation and hygiene.
Of course, working with make-up gets messy but at the start of an appointment do take a look at how clean the work area is. Make-up artists are all about improving appearances and should set an example with their own!
Alezeh Adil is a graduate from the Yorkville School of Makeup and Aesthetics. Toronto, Canada. She has worked as a make-up artist in the local film and fashion industry.