Soon enough, most of us will be out of quarantine, back to work, and fully submerged in what people are now calling the "new normal." Professions that rely on skin-to-skin touch will inevitably experience a huge shift, but that doesn't mean there's no way to go about it safely. In the case of makeup artists, updating your work flow and hygiene practices is crucial in order for you to adapt. For starters, professional makeup artist and Center for Aesthetic Studies instructor Jigs Mayuga has created the ultimate guide for MUAs' new normal. Scroll ahead for some of his best tips!
1. Stock up on your own set of PPEs and disinfectants.
Purchasing personal protective equipment is one of the most important things a MUA should do for their kit. Rubbing alcohol, face shields, face masks, and gloves are basically non-negotiable, and if you feel the need to, you can also purchase your own PPE suit for added protection!
2. Sanitize your area before setting up.
The effort you put into sanitizing your tools and being careful with your application will all go to waste if your work station wasn't clean to begin with. Wipe down your area with a disinfectant wipe or alcohol before setting up, and try to lay your products down on a separate surface like a towel instead of putting them directly on the table. Last but not the least, don't forget to wash your hands before starting to work on your client!
3. Wash your tools as often as possible.
According to Jigs, he always washes his makeup brushes after each use to remove excess product and bacteria. The same should go for your other tools, including your PPEs. That said, if you don't have time to wash a brush over the sink, the makeup artist suggests using an instant brush cleanser and submerging the bristles in a pot of alcohol before using them again.
4. Avoid double-dipping.
According to Jigs, cross-contamination with our makeup happens easier than we think. For example, if you apply lip gloss onto a client's lips and put the applicator back inside the tube, that product is already considered contaminated. This is why makeup artists should maximize the use of brushes and disposable tools especially for things like mascara, lipstick, and other cream or liquid products that are prone to bacteria.
For your powder products, Jigs recommends spraying and saturating them with alcohol before use. He also recommends switching from beauty blenders to disposable latex sponges since there's no safe way to sanitize sponges unless you use a client's personal one.
5. Use scrapers, mixing palettes instead of your hands.
In the new normal, applying anything with your hands is considered a no-no. Instead of putting products on the back of your hand or applying them straight from the applicator to someone's face, place them on a clean mixing palette. When using cream products, scoop out the product with a spatula and transfer it onto the palette as well. From there, use your other tools to apply the makeup onto your client!
Watch Jigs' full video about best hygiene practices for makeup artists below!