Post # 1
This may sound really weird, but I’m a bridesmaid in a wedding and the bride wants us to get pro make-up and hair (she’s paying). I know nothing about make up (don’t even own any), but I do know that there can be problems with bacteria if you use it too long or if multiple people use it, and I’m kind of freaking out about it.
My question is, for those who are pro make-up artists, or those who have worked with them, how does a makeup artist get through an entire wedding party without reusing items (i.e. mascara wands and such)…
Post # 3
Not a professional makeup artist, but I am (At one time) was a stage makeup artist.
I don’t know how other people do it, but when I did stage makeup, everyone was assigned a blank CD. The makeup was applied, via spatula, to the CD. I would apply the makeup off the CD, and everyone had “their” own tools. I never used brushes or pads on two different people. A makeup sponge was used on one person and thrown away. I had multiples of EVERYTHING — multiple spatulas, mascara wands, eyebrush pencils, I have three of every single brush.)
Nothing was shared. I’d assume for wedding parties it would be the same way.
Post # 4
@melisandescott: My impression is that they use a new one for each person.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Hyperventilate: A good MUA does it this way. You never double dip makeup and you use disposable tools unless you have time to clean them in between clients (which usually with a wedding there isn’t enough time to clean in between so you use disposable.)
Post # 6
@melisandescott: They always clean the brushes or use disposable brushes/wands.
Post # 7
If it’s a professional makeup artist, s(he) will use disposable mascara and lip wands. With face makeup, the MUA may use disposable sponges, have several brushes so each girl can have a clean one, or s(he) may have a cleaner to spot clean brushes in between each girl. Same rules with eye brushes, the MUA will either spot clean or have several brushes to change out. Spot cleaning is hygienic. Also, a good MUA never double dips products to prevent cross contamination to the product. (:
Post # 8
@melisandescott: observe them carefully. A pro MUA should have disposable mascara wands, disposable lip gloss applicators, sponges, basically as much disposable items as possible. They should not be using the same brushes on more than one person without cleaning them. Liquid eyeliner should never be applied directly from the tube. they should be using a disposable brush and not double dipping. no double dipping should be going on for any product. even if it takes a long time, a new applicator is required each time more product needs to be dipped into again. Lipstick should be disinfected and scraped between each client. Pencils should be sharpened between each clienT. Look closely at powder products such as setting powder, eyeshadow, and blush. If they look tightly packed, stiff, or glossy it means that they are contaminated with oil from someone else’s fingers or face. This happens to your own cosmetics too but at least you know where it came from, and it can be scraped off. If anything looks fishy to you, absolutely decline to have your makeup done. Don’t worry about insulting the bride. Your safety is more important. I used to work in the business and I’ve seen people get staph infections requiring plastic surgery from using unsterilized makeup brushes.
Post # 9
Everyone above pretty much said it. I go to the Clinique counter at my local Macy’s whenever I want my makeup done. The mascara wands and lip gloss applicators are disposable so only used once. The brushes are used one more than one person, but they are sprayed with a disinfectant and wiped off really well between uses.
Post # 10
Ditto to what everyone has already said. I’m the only one having my makeup done, but the salon said that if it was more than one, they’d build in time to have the brushes cleaned between appointments. Why they don’t just have another set of brushes, I don’t know, but yes, the brushes will be cleaned and they’ll have disposables.
Post # 11
@Aquaria: just out of conversation, when I get my makeup done my stylist uses a q-tip for lip stick. She cuts one end off so you have cotton just on one end. She uses the stick end to scrape some lipstick off and apply it to your lips. So the lip stock tube never touches you.
Post # 12
@CiaArielleNeugebauer: yep, that’s how it’s supposed to be done. The cotton is cut off one end of the q-tip and this color is then scraped off the lipstick and applied To the lips.
Post # 13
Be sure along with everything else that they are also cleaning their hands between clients too.
Post # 14
Ditto for disposables (especially mascara you can get nasty infections sharing it he wand). A lot of pros use airbrush for weddings now and the applicator never touches anyone’s face.