Hey babes! I hope your week is off to a fabulous start, or if you’re reading this later in the week, I hope it’s simply amazing! This week’s blog post is all about sanitation and cleanliness of makeup kits. This may sound like a boring topic to you, but to me, it’s everything and one of the true signs of a professional makeup artist! TRUST me when I say you do not want to have your makeup services performed by an artist with a dirty kit. Let me say it louder for the people in the back…YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR MAKEUP OR HAIR SERVICES PERFORMED BY AN ARTIST WITH A DIRTY KIT!!
Recently, I have worked alongside other artists in the Central Florida area that are not on the BB Team. Some of them have shown up looking professional AF and their kits are immaculate! Props to you, Sis! However, other kits that I have noticed make me want to gag. I’ve seen it ALL. From products just thrown into a makeup kit-unorganized; pencils being used multiple times on multiple faces without being sanitized in between; duffle bags of makeup that I happen to know are expired because the packaging for those products is no longer being manufactured; dirty brushes being used on multiple faces without being sanitized; cleaning makeup brushes on an old dirty rag….I can go on and on! Sadly, just because someone does an amazing job with your makeup, does not mean they are keeping it clean! Dirty kits can cause you, the client, bacterial or fungal infections; styes in the eye area; infections on the mouth area; and more. EW!
So now that we’ve talked about dirty kits and what to look out for, here is what a clean and professional kit SHOULD look like. I am also including some sanitation practices and procedures every single artist SHOULD be doing while applying makeup or hairstyling. Take notes, sis, because you’ll want to know what to look for!
Let me start with my hair kit!
I carry all of my hair products and styling irons in a Zuca bag.
All of the hair products are stored in a Zuca storage bag as are all hair brushes and clips. Don’t worry the brushes have had all hair removed and have been sanitized with 99% rubbing alcohol between clients.
Next, let’s check out the makeup kit and the sanitary procedures I utilize for certain products!
Below is my prep kit. This makeup bag contains all of my moisturizers, primers, and
skin care products.
Each of these products are placed onto a sanitized palette and applied with a clean makeup brush.
For mascara products, I utilize temporary spoolies that are thrown away between uses and never dipped into the mascara tube after they touch a client’s lashes.
Liner and brow pencils are sprayed with 99% rubbing alcohol and sharpened before touching the clients eye area or brows.
Here is my full makeup kit unpacked! You’ll notice everything is easily accessible and organized, which also helps the makeup application process run smoothly and efficiently!
While cream and liquid products are used on a sanitized palette, all powder products are sprayed with Cinema Secrets Makeup Sanitizing Spray between each client, then wiped with a tissue or paper towel before use.
All of my foundations, powders, concealers, and lip products are stored and organized into small Zuca carrying pouches. Lip products are utilized by placing the product onto a sanitized makeup palette, and a clean makeup brush is used to apply the product to the client’s lips. Lip products should NEVER be directly applied to the client’s mouth, unless it is their own product that they will be keeping.
Brushes are kept in a brush belt and are sanitized with Cinema Secrets brush cleaner after each client. If the brushes are not being sanitized onsite, they are placed in a large Ziploc bag marked “dirty” so that they are not used multiple times on multiple faces. Brushes should always be sanitized before and after each client!
Here is how my makeup kit is all packed up and stored! All of the smaller Zuca pouches are placed into a rolling kit. The kit is cleaned, organized, and ready to roll!
I hope you enjoyed reading about what a clean and sanitary kit should look like! Next time you decide to have your makeup applied by a professional, remember these tips and don’t let anyone use dirty products or tools on you! Stay safe out there, Sis!