Before every client I clean my brushes.
I wash them with warm soapy water and antibacterial soap then leave them to dry (I will do a blog on cleaning brushes later). In between clients on location, when I have more than one client, I clean the brushes with alcohol to kill off any germs as this dries quicker.
I am often asked why I use my palette to put my lipsticks and foundations on before applying to the client or why I use mascara wands instead of applying the mascara directly to the client.
This is a very important process and one that defines a professional qualified makeup artist. There are a lot of self taught makeup artists who do beautiful creative work but I would always recommend some sort of basic makeup training just so they learn the basics of hygiene more than anything. Cross contamination is very easily done. Otherwise we would never catch colds!
There are a lot of things that can be passed by sharing a lip gloss. Herpes simplex (cold sores) to name just one. This is why a lipstick is scraped onto a palette and then applied to the lips with a clean brush and not applied directly from the lipstick where bacteria can live.
Conjuntivitis can live in your mascara and be passed on to others and so a disposable mascara wand should be used but only dipped into the mascara once! So sometimes for several coats more than one disposable mascara wand is needed.
Disposables are one of the many costs for a makeup artist but a necessity. Never be afraid to question a makeup artist as it’s your health at the end of the day!