Proper sanitation when it comes to your makeup kit, both personally and professionally, is so incredibly important. Without proper sanitation you run the risk of health issues including infection and the spread of diseases. And as a professional, you run the risk of ruining your reputation and even possible legal action if something were to happen to a client. No one wants that to happen.
So what are the necessarily steps you should take to keep your makeup sanitary? Keep in mind, when you are using your personal makeup- keep it personal, and there are certain products you should never share. So here are a few tips and tricks that can help keep you and your favorite makeup safe from those pesky germs. If you are an aspiring makeup artist this is especially important.
*Let's start off with one of the most important tips- NEVER EVER BLOW ON YOUR MAKEUP OR BRUSHES! This should be a common rule, but I have found it's not. Blowing on your makeup is only spreading microbes (aka germs/bacteria/viruses) all over your makeup and then you are applying that all over your face. Plus, if you're sick with even a little sniffle doing so could keep you sick. So just don't do it.
*Loose powders, creams, and liquids (i.e.- powders, foundations, cream eyeshadows and bases, etc) should be dipped out from its main jar/container on to a clean stainless steel palette or other non-porous surface. Once it's dipped and then used it can not go back into the container without contaminating the rest of the jar. A little goes a long way so don't feel like you need to dump a lot out. There's no way to sanitize the product once it has been contaminated so be mindful of this. Never double dip from the primary container package.
*Pressed powders (i.e.- eyeshadows, blush, etc.) should be sprayed with 70% rubbing alcohol when finished. 70% sticks around long enough to actually kill the germs and not leave it behind, and does not "flash freeze" the germs like higher percentage based alcohol. You can lightly spray directly onto the eyeshadow when you are finished using it and then let air dry.
*Lipsticks- if it is a personal lipstick it is fine to use it as intended. You can scrape the top off and/or spray with 70% alcohol if you'd like, but, especially if you are an aspiring artist, it would be best to scrape a tiny bit off (again remember a little goes a long way) with a small stainless steel makeup spatula and use a lip brush to
*Mascara and Lip gloss/liquid- Again, if this is a personal product, it is fine to use it as intended. Once the wand touches you it is yours, should not be shared. And if you use it while you're sick then it is contaminated and will need to be discarded to prevent reintroducing the virus or bacteria back into the body.
For aspiring makeup artists, cut the wands off the original packaging so that disposables are required to be used, and NEVER EVER DOUBLE DIP. Enough product should be applied to the disposable wand to do the job, and if not, then a new disposable should be used to gather more.
*BONUS!* if you aren't already aware you should be extra mindful of those makeup testers in your favorite stores like Sephora and Ulta. I can guarantee that not everyone is following the above tips. Research shows that these items can harbor harmful bacteria and should not be used around the face. It is best to test on the back of your hand and then washed with soap and water when finished. Check out this article from The Today Show to read more about their research.
Be on the look out for my post about keeping your brushes clean. I hope these tips help keep you safe and sanitized, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Have an amazing week my friends!