Makeup Artist Kit | Hygiene

This blogpost has an update, due to the COVID-19-pandemic. Please refer to:

Safety on Set

Hello my dear artists!

Yesterday I posted an entry about hygiene and cleanliness for makeup artists. I made a video about it as well. Unfortunately I only make videos in German at the moment, so here it is if you want to practice!


A few other tips and guidelines for makeup artists:

  1. Hands are a makeup artist’s tool. Your nails should be short and clean. This way, the risk of contamination and injury is minimized when you are working in your clients face. Bacteria and viruses love to live under finger nails and it is quite hard to disinfect them properly. You should be washing and disinfecting your hands regularly. Make sure you let the product work on your skin for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Treat your makeup brushes like your babies: good brushes are expensive and they need to be treated well, so they will last you a long time. Brushes are also a major factor in cross-contamination. Make sure you deep clean your brushes with water and soap after every work day and in between each client with IPL or a good brush cleaner.
  3. Never double-dip. We are again talking about the subject of cross-contamination. Avoid double-dipping at all cost!
  4. Do not use product applicators directly on a client. Tools that are already in the product, like mascara wands and doe-foot applicators should never come in direkt contact with your client’s skin. Make sure you work off of a palette or you use disposables.
  5. Disinfect your products. Not only your makeup brushes need to be disinfected after every client, your products too!
  6. If you drop something, don’t use it anymore! Just put it off to the side until you get a chance to clean and disinfect it properly.
  7. Disinfect your tools. Your tools like tweezers, eyelash curlers, scissors and spatulas also need to be disinfected adequately.
  8. Disinfectant wipes are very useful on set. You can use them to disinfect surfaces before you set up, or to do some preliminary cleaning of tools.
  9. Try to work with stainless steel as much as possible. Paletten and spatulas made from plastic scratch easily and microorganisms love to hide in those little crevices.
  10. A last little hint from me, because I see this so often: don’t put droppers that come with the product directly on your own or your clients skin! These droppers are designed, so you can use the liquid hygienically. Touching your skin with it completely defeats the purpose.

Maike Make Up Artist Wien – Your makeup artist in Vienna