makeup sanitation and disinfection 101
So why is sanitation such a big deal? Well let me ask if you would sleep in a hotel room that wasn't cleaned prior to you using it? Think about it... a professional's kit comes into contact with up to hundreds of faces yearly. Furthermore, each makeup application comes into contact with the tear ducts, dead lip skin, saliva, tears, dead skin cells, acne infections, open skin acne, etc. Improper sanitation causes anything from acne, pink eye, the common cold, flu, cold sores, hepatitis and so on.
What should I see during my makeup application for proper sanitization?
70% Isopropyl Alcohol is used to sanitize products, tools, the work surface, and the entire kit including every product after the service is complete. For lipsticks in tubes or any cream stick makeup the product should be sprayed with 70% alcohol then wiped down with tissue before being scooped with a sanitary spatula onto a palette. Brush handles should also be wiped down with this or a Clorox Wipe before being deep cleaned. 70% is more effective than 90% since the latter evaporates too quickly to be as efficient at killing bacteria.
Proper sanitation requires scooping with a clean spatula or disposable then applying to a palette. Spatulas can be stainless steel, sprayed with alcohol then wiped down between each color. Palettes can be stainless steel. You may also see palette paper or disposable spatulas being used between clients to save time from cleaning a metal palette, these used items should be tossed after individual use.
Does EVERY product need to be sanitized after use?
What about the makeup brushes?
How do I know my makeup artist does all these things before I book them?
Do not be afraid to ask about their methods- Ask your prospective artist for a picture of their standard workstation. Ask them what they use for sanitation & their process. If their station before appears haphazard and you don't see the sanitation tools, choose someone else. Professionals take pride in their presentation where budget artists and hobbyists tend to cut corners in several areas, especially sanitation since replenishing is a frequent expense. Any makeup artist will be able to state without hesitation the details of their sanitation process which I described above.
What if I'm in the chair when I notice things are not right?
See something funky during your service? Do whatever it takes to have that person NOT touch your face with their kit. Walk away, pretend you feel a cold sore a-coming, say your dog ate your credit card...