Give the right first impression
Taking certain precautions to keep your products and kit hygienic will help the longevity of your products and will prevent the contamination of your products and prevent infections in yourself, clients and models.
Be sure that you give the right first impression to anyone you are working with. If your kit, workspace or outfit are dirty or messy your client will assume the worst in regard to your hygiene practices and standards. Be sure that all make-up products and basic equipment are clean tidy and 100% sanitized.
Clean your brushes after every time you use them on a new person or with a new product.
If your brushes are use on yourself only and with the same products you may clean them once a week.
To clean your brushes you will need to use a brush cleanser with a alcohol base. This will both disinfect and help your brushes to dry quickly for a speedy turn around.
Once a week it is best to shampoo your brushes to ensure a long life for your tools. When shampooing hold your brushes facing down.
Step 1: Dampen the head of the brush with water.
Step 2: Lather in the palm of your hand with shampoo.
Step 3: Rinse in running water, brush facing down.
Step 4: When the water runs clear squeeze dry and lay flat on a towel to dry. Drying time varies but I recommend giving over night to ensure full dryness before using.
For powder products, remove the top layer with a tissue.
Or invest in a product like Beauty So Clean to keep your powder product from being contaminated. This cosmetic sanitizer mist helps remove bacteria and keeps your product looking new.
When working with a client or model, use a spatula (this can be either disposable or a pro product) to place lipstick or gloss on a palette always apply with a sanitized lip brush.
If you want to apply lipstick directly from the tube, sanitize the lipstick with alcohol then remove the top layer of the lipstick by wiping across a tissue.
Mascaras are one of the most high risk products when working on other people.
Always be sure when working on clients or models to never use the mascara wand that comes with your product as this will contaminate your entire product.
Use disposable mascara wands and be sure to not double dip, use a new wand ever time you apply a new layer of product.
If you are not a fan of disposable mascara wands you may use a professional mascara brush and clean with brush cleanser after every use.
Mascaras should be replaced after 6-8 weeks to avoid your product developing bacteria and clumps.
Sanitize make-up pencils by spraying a tissue with alcohol and vigorously wipe the head of the pencil.
Be sure to sanitize after sharpening so as not to re-contaminate the pencil via your pencil sharpener.
Use isopropyl alcohol of 90% or greater to sanitize any tools including tweezers, scissors and lash curlers.
Be sure the alcohol has evaporated before using the tool on the client.
When using sponges avoid latex sponges to avoid potentially subjecting clients to allergic reactions.