Updated: Aug 4
Makeup, Sanitation and Your health
If you are reading this, you are probably an existing client of mine; or you may be thinking about booking me. Either way, I'm so happy you're here. This shows me that you are concerned about health and safety, and that you are willing to comply with new procedures to protect us all. I appreciate you!
There is no such thing as social-distancing in makeup. It is a very personal and intimate service. Makeup artists get up close and personal with you and your skin. Because what we do is so intimate, we have a knack for making people feel comfortable in a sometimes awkward situation. It has been said that makeup artists and hairstylists are the "bartenders of the beauty world". Clients are usually in my chair on one of the happiest days of their lives, so they almost always share their reasons for celebrating, stories about their loved ones, and their fears and insecurities. It's my absolute favorite thing about this job.
So here we are now, in an even more awkward situation. All of a sudden we are confronted with a global pandemic that none of us were prepared for. How does that affect makeup services? Should we even hire a makeup artist right now?
Most beauty professionals have used strict sanitation practices their entire career. If you are working with a certified or licensed professional, sanitation should be second nature. Personally, I believe that if you are working with an alert and vigilant professional, you are as safe as you can be.
I have implemented wearing PPE during every service. I wear eye protection, a face covering and a face shield. All of these help to minimize the spread of droplets that can carry bacteria or viruses. Some products (like cream blushes or heavy concealers) work so much better when warmed up on the back of the hand so I use Tegaderm patches so that product never comes in contact with my skin. This New York Times article shows just how effective it can be for beauty professionals to wear PPE! I don’t care if I look like a scientist working in a lab, in fact, that’s kind of my dream job.
Let's talk about what my sanitation services were like pre-COVID-19 and then I will take some time to explain what changes I'm making. I have always had very strict sanitation standards but after the pandemic started, I decided to take a course in health grade sanitation. Now I am a Certified Sanitation Specialist with Sanitation Conversation. I’m confident that I now have the education necessary to protect my clients to the best of my ability.
Thorough washing of hands between each makeup application
Working out of a disposable palette and never double dipping with brushes
Disposable applicators for any aqueous (liquid) based product
A new set of clean brushes for every client
Disinfectants used frequently and liberally
Client must fill out questionnaire for contact tracing purposes (or anyone else who will be in the same room)
Infrared temp checks for every client
Initial consultation must be conducted with a face covering
Client must put their phone away for the duration of their appointment
Client must wash face and hands before their service
Artist must wear PPE including but not limited to face shield, eyewear and mask
Additional time between services (approx 10 minutes) for cleaning and disinfecting
Honestly, I think the hardest one on this list for most people will be putting away their phone. We have made screen time and being available 24/7 a habit. Unfortunately, phones are notorious for being bacteria factories. There have been multiple studies that have shown that harmful communicable diseases can be transmitted by cell phones.
I foresee so many benefits to this new way of approaching makeup services. Yes, I want you to feel safe, and protected, but what I want most of all is for you to feel relaxed, pampered and present. I want you to enjoy every second of your special day and the loving people around you. This isn't just about makeup!
I appreciate all of my clients so much. So far, all of you have been so amazing and understanding about this whole thing. Just remember, none of us have lived through a global pandemic and we all have more opportunities to show each other a little bit of grace and patience.
This has been a weird year for my little business and I am so incredibly grateful for you. Thank you for putting your trust in me, and thank you for caring about our health. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I can't wait to celebrate with you! And even if you can't see my smile behind my mask, just know... Tyra Banks taught me everything I need to know about how to smize!