Makeup and Tools Sanitation Basics

Whether you are a working makeup artist, or simply use makeup often, it’s extremely important to sanitize your tools, wash your brushes and sponges, make sure cream and powder products are in their best shape, and liners/mascaras/eyebrow products are within their suggested use period and are not hard on your eyes.

While attending any Makeup Academy, professional makeup artists learn the sanitation process through and through. Some basics to keep in mind for working makeup artists (that can also be applied to makeup lovers) are briefly summarized here:

  • Before beginning the work – sanitize all of the tools (eyelash curlers, tweezers, mixing tray, spatula, sharpeners, and other tools), clean your brushes (deep clean if you have more time or with a fast-drying solution), use unscented hand sanitizer throughout the process;
  • To ensure your clients’ confidence in proper sanitizing practices, make sure you state that all products have been sanitized, have alcohol solution and fast-drying brush cleaner within easy reach, as well as your unscented hand sanitizer;
  • Foundation, concealer, and other cream products – scoop out as much product as needed onto a flat (sanitized with alcohol) makeup mixing tray, use a (sanitized) spatula, and apply products on the client;
  • Powder, bronzer, blush, highlight, shadows, and other powder products – use a tissue to wipe off the top layer of the product, then apply with a clean brush;
  • Lipstick – spray the lipstick with alcohol and gently wipe off the layer with a tissue;
  • Lipliner and eyeliner – sharpen them before using on a new client;
  • Mascara and lipgloss – use a disposable wand and never dip the same wand into a product again, use a new wand;

Clean your kit regularly! It’s recommended to do after every client to prevent the spread of bacteria that can be sitting on your tools or products. Deep clean brushes regularly, and ensure your mascaras and cream products are within their recommended use time.

I know it can seem tedious at times but this is the only way to prevent anything bad happening to your clients or yourself. And … there’s no better feeling than a newly-cleaned soft brush on a face!

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