8 cardinal rules of make-up hygiene

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Make-up artists beware! Unclean make-up tools are detrimental to your reputation. Keep these cardinal rules of make-up hygiene in mind while catering to your clients.

Look good
Would you ever walk into a restaurant where the waiters look like they haven’t had a bath? Similarly, as a make-up artist, you need to work on your personal hygiene. Make sure you are well-dressed and smell good. Remember to sanitise your hands in front of your client – it reassures them.

Don’t double dip
If you use a mascara wand on a client and put it back, you contaminate the rest of the product. Whether it is a compact or a lipstick, always use disposable sponges, spoolies and Q-tips to lower the risk of infection.

Make mixing palette your BFF
Never use products directly from the tube or compact. Take the product in smaller quantities, place in on the palette with a spatula and use a brush for application. Avoid using your fingers as far as possible. Clean and sanitise the palette after use.

Throw out the old
Products that are past their expiry date are more susceptible to germs. With time, the combination of some products changes, thereby increasing the risk of skin infection. While foundations can be used for about six months, face powders and bronzers can go up to a year. Lip colours can work for up to two years. Always keep a check on the texture and smell of the product.

Disinfect your brushes
Clean your brushes after every make-up session. Spray each brush lightly with an alcohol-based cleanser and brush them against a soft tissue. Avoid soaking them in alcohol as this may dry out the bristles. Brushes made from natural fibres can be cleaned with a professional brush cleaner infused with hydrating ingredients. The best investment for a make-up artist is the StylPro makeup brush cleaner. It cleans and dries the brushes in a matter of minutes. It’s a must-have for professionals who need to clean dozens of brushes after every session.

Stay sharp
Before you head for a make-up appointment, take 10 minutes to replace used applicators, clean tools like lash curlers and tweezers and wipe off the surfaces of powders and lipsticks with a tissue. Already sharpened pencils and liners will always make your kit look more professional.

Don’t leave makeup open
Even if you’re going to be around in your salon for the whole day, close your products tightly after each use to make them last longer and keep them bacteria-free. At the end of the day, store them in a cool, dry place to keep them fresh and clean.

Clean your bag
Your make-up might be sorted and disinfected, but your make-up bag is covered in smudges and powder. Such an unsanitary vanity kit is definitely going to make your client cringe. Keep antibacterial wipes handy to quickly clean your bag in between appointments.

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