In the MUA Series, I will be sharing all the info which I think useful for those who embark their career path to be an MUA as well. This series will be live on this blog every Thursday. Be sure to come back if you would like to follow this series. If you're an experienced MUA, I hope that you can share some useful tips by leaving me a comment.
This week we will observe the basic hygienic practice you should incorporate into your work as a makeup artist. A lot of people don't realize the importance of having a makeup artist that is clean and most importantly, practice a hygienic routine on clients.
If you're using makeup sponge, use a fresh and new one on every of your client. You can factor in the cost of your service charge. Normally a good sponge will cost around RM15, which is pretty decent. You can always give it as a gift to your client as well.
1. Use fresh and new makeup sponge on every client
2. Wash every brushStock up lots of brush cleaner. You will need lots of it. Make sure to give your brushes a bath after using it on every client. You will need to have separate brushes for your clients and for yourself. Speaking of brush, always use good brushes to ensure your brushes don't collect bacteria easily. Natural hair brushes catch dirt easily because it is organic. Use synthetic brushes to be safe. I highly recommend the Zoeva brushes. They're synthetic but feels and works just like natural brushes.
3. Do not double dip mascara wandHave you ever notice your makeup artist using mascara wand right away from the tube? This could invite bacteria transfer. You should stock up some disposable makeup wands to use on your different clients. The disposable wand doesn't cost much. It can be as cheap as RM1 or lower when you buy in bulk during Beauty Expo, or you can get some at a reasonable price from Magicboo.
4. Keep anti-bacterial wipes in your makeup kitGive your spray and makeup kit a spray with anti-bacterial spray. Or keep some anti-bacterial wipes. I have seen some makeup artist using medical type alcohol swap to clean each and every brush before they start their service. It can be costly to use that, so for me, anti-bacterial spray with some cotton pads will do. Constantly sanitize your brush to keep your tools clean at all times.
5. Wear a face maskIt is a good practice if you can put on a mask (glove optional). Our breath transmits bacteria and virus. Although you seem healthy, you wouldn't know the implication. I do prefer my makeup artist to wear a mask because I get insecure when they get really close to my face. The same applies to your client.
6. Clean your client's face before you startMost of the time the bacteria comes from the skin of your client. Keep a good facial wash and scrub in your makeup bag, before you start, request your client to clean her face first and use the anti-bacterial wipe/spray to give her skin a thorough wipe. If you don't, acne is going to pop up on your client's face, especially if she is going to wear the makeup for a long time.
When it comes to hygiene care for your client, it is most of the practices are based on common sense. You will need to work with a few clients first before you know where to improve on. One of the biggest mistake makeup artists don't want is to get your client infected on the eyes or having acne problem after using your service.
Remember the recent issue about a girl suing Sephora because she got herpes from testing the lipsticks? Here's the news. What we can get back from the news is that sickness can be transmitted via dirty makeups. Be very careful in this area.
If you have any thoughts about being a MUA, do give me a comment. I will try to add the topic in next week's discussion.