Things you should know before you go MUA shopping!

What you should know before hiring a Makeup Artist ! 

 The core of what led me to write this post is unsanitary practices I’ve witnessed in the past – and also, I become really surprised when people (who get makeup done all the time) would compliment me for being  sanitary and when I pull out my hand sanitizer and disposable mascara wands, they say to me: “Wow you are very neat and clean and use disposables!” My immediate reaction: “You mean…you’ve worked with OTHER ARTISTS WHO DON’T USE DISPOSABLES WITH MASCARA!??!?!” But most people don’t get their makeup done everyday (unless they are in the entertainment business) and so I’m wondering if clients who are searching for their makeup artists, or go to a trial session know how check for these things.  It was freaks me out and I can’t help but wonder how these artists get away with being so unclean…..uggghh!

So….. how do you separate a good professional makeup artist from the bad ones? These are 100% my personal opinions and sentiments~ although they are shared by many artists out there!!!!

What you should know (or find out!) before hiring a Makeup Artist (abbreviated as ‘MUA‘) / Indicators of professionalism 1. Does the artist practice proper sanitation? …Basic, but can be overlooked. I’ve seen scary stuff in person, and especially on youtube…*shiver…* gives me the HEEBEEGEEBEES! Good sanitation practices to look for: Does the artist use clean brushes and sanitize the brushes in between clients? Does the artist wash hands or use hand sanitizer before touching your face? Does the artist wash/sanitize hands in between clients? Does the artist use palette knifes or disposable spatulas to remove cream/liquid products from a jar onto a clean surface (clean hands or clean palette) and using a clean brush or clean fingers to apply it on your face? Does the artist clean the implements in between dipping into products (aka: not double dipping and preventing cross-contamination?) Does the artist use disposable mascara wands? Does the artist disinfect tweezers and scissors with proper disinfection solutions? Does the artist bring clean implements (tweezers, lash curler) and disposables in a clean or separate container, free from exposure to moisture and bacteria? Does the artist place soiled items in a designated bag (for reusable items) and throw disposables/trash away? Bad, unsanitary practices to look out for: Does the artist use products straight from the tub of product and on to your face? or straight out of a mascara tube? Does the artist apply lash glue straight from the tube? Does the artist uses a lip brush straight from the tube and then double dip on to the lipstick to apply more lipstick on your lips? Does the artist BLOW on the lash glue or the eyeshadow brush OR the blush brush!?!??! Do you like spit on your face? or near your eyes on the false lashes?!? Does the artist have a habit of touching his/her face and hair before touching your face? Unfortunately you can only find out these things from either former clients, or meeting them for a trial session. If they don’t practice good sanitation habits on you, they probably didn’t on their other clients..and round and round the germs goes…! *You Can Puke Now* 

I can’t stress how important it is…I’m probably considered very strict on even the littlest things, but I know artists who are as strict as I am – and I can tell you that if the artist doesn’t practice sanitation practices, you can get: Pink-eye (conjunctivitis) or Staph (MSRA) infections in the eye area Herpes Simplex (cold sore) – can be spread from mouth, to the nose area or even eyes Exposure to blood-borne pathogens: HIV virus, Hepatitis, etc. Actually – there are many more communicable diseases you can catch…Tetanus/Diptheria, food poisoning, tuberculosis, strep throat, blood poisoning, pneomonia, typhoid fever What!? HIV? from makeup application?  YeP! and chances are lower than say a bacterial infection – but sometimes when you tweeze brows or if their skin have open sores/abscess where blood comes out (including acneic pustules or just injuries where there might be blood), and let’s say they use a dirty/contaminated brush or implement, and then apply it onto YOUR face and you just happen to have open skin (think cuts, sores, or open skin from acne) then bam! You are exposed to blood-borne pathogens..Do I look like I’m joking around here? In Asia it’s common to use a blade to groom brows – but if you are not careful, you can easily CUT – no matter how small the cut is – and if you don’t dip that implement into approved disinfection solution for 10 minutes (immersed), and then cleansed before using it on the next client, you are exposing all of your clients to potential blood borne pathogens. How do you know the MUA is doing all of this behind the scenes or even in front of me? YOU as the consumer and the client are RESPONSIBLE for preventing unsanitary practices from happening to you. If during the trial session, the makeup artist comes at you with the mascara straight out of the tube, it is YOUR right to DEMAND a fresh tube of mascara and using disposables and PROTECT YOURSELF from getting pink-eye or staph infections! If at ANY TIME you are uncertain, it is your RIGHT to stop the artist from using contaminated materials on your face.

A bomb makeup artist isn’t really a great makeup artist is he/she doesn’t practice proper sanitation methods….


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