Makeup Artist Hygiene Education Course | Makeup Sanitation Certification

Learn how to protect your clients and your career!



  • Bonus – Inside the makeup course training you will find a Step by Step guide to help create sanitation habits, resources for additional FREE certifications, and recommendations for Covid-19


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Get Makeup Certified Video Transcript (Click to Expand):

In all facets of makeup, it seems as though beauty comes before health. Oftentimes, you’ll find artists apply makeup to a consumer and use that same brush to try foundation on another consumer. Artists are not aware that there’s bacteria that lives on there, mucus membranes, blood-borne pathogens, and so it really doesn’t matter which area of the industry you take a look at. There is no sanitation standard.

If a bride was to hire a makeup artist, what you would often see is not enough disposables or the proper disposables, not disinfecting the station, there’s not enough precaution to stop cross-contamination and spread disease. We’re watching women that are so innocently placing a lip color from a tester on their lips to see if they wanna purchase it and the next thing they know, they have staph infection or the MRSA. From that, we decided we need to provide a solution, and the solution is certification.

Sanitation Conversation actually started from a group of students who saw a gap in the industry where their fellow artists were not trained quite like they were in sanitation. And so it really began with a movement, just passionate students and graduates that felt really, really passionate about spreading the awareness of poor sanitation measures in our industry. Sanitation Conversation created an online module that’s paired with a kit that can easily be implemented into any artist’s current, uh, application practices.

Some examples of what you’ll learn in the course is how not to cross contaminate, to make sure that you’re de-padding your products and not just dipping inside the container. Another area that we really pride ourselves on is the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting. This is important in the protection of spreading disease.

Throughout the course, we give you examples, but then we also put it in real-life application. So you’re not just learning about all the diseases and all the gross stuff, you’re also learning how you can better protect your client and your kit. The Sanitation Essentials Training bundle comes with your education, your certification and the kit. And the kit is great ’cause it’s so convenient and it gives you every single supply that we talk about throughout the module that you’ll need to properly protect your client.

So we’ve been labeled as disruptors in the beauty and film and commercial industries as far as sanitation goes, and we really hope that, that is the case. I know that I took an oath to make sure that I protected my client. It’s not just about making her beautiful, but it was also about making sure that she left just as healthy and just as perfect as when she sat in my chair.

40 Year Microbiologist Video Transcript (Click to Expand):

Microbiologist: Well I’m retired and I have over 40 years experience in the field of microbiology. When you came to me to ask about disinfection sanitation in the makeup artist industry you know I was glad that you did because there’s things that when I go to different salons or I see things even in say the like say Macy’s and and there’s all these makeup areas. And what they’re doing kind of makes me cringe. Because it’s like I wouldn’t want them using that particular applicator on me and then sticking it into that makeup compound. And then putting on that, and then doing the same thing to somebody else. It’s just like it gives me the creeps.

Devawn: It scares me I don’t have any idea of what’s actually growing on it. So I would imagine that it REALLY scares you!

Microbiologist: Oh absolutely! Because I know what can be transferred via the skin. I mean you have normal bacteria on your skin normally. And that’s fine; that protects you. But there’s certain organisms that can be on your skin that can be a pathogen. And a pathogen what I mean is that it’s infectious. And it can create disease. So yeah

Devawn: I’ve seen that, that kind of testing – Sephora or there was a new station that did a big test in Sephora’s store and all of the different things that they found on the products. I mean things even like feces. Like can you imagine so.

Microbiologist: No, I can’t!

Devawn: They found staff and MRSA and its really.. We’ve been trying for a long time to make the cosmetic companies aware and you know I don’t know what the issue is. Because there’s many women that have contracted things and they just seem to – it all goes to waste.

Sanitation Conversation focuses on providing makeup artists with science-based health grade sanitation by researching and connecting with the most credible resources available.  The course is thorough, yet easy to understand and was designed with all learning styles in mind.  We realize that any innovation can bring forth frustration, so we have created a Step by Step Guide to help you implement new safety measures. In addition, our customer support team is here to help with any inquires or technical issues. We want you to focus on your client’s safety while we focus on providing you the best sanitation practices.

Frequently Asked Questions

But I am already licensed as an Esthetician or Cosmetologist?

While state licensing is a good start they do not have the appropriate regulations for health grade sanitation protocols. The reason for this additional training is a higher level of expectation to minimize the chance for infection for both the makeup artist and client.  Often government guidelines are basic regulations.  Each industry has to adhere to those but can institute more rigorous ones.  Example:  The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) are government regulations.  However, laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists. Laboratories are inspected every two years.  These inspections incorporate CLIA plus more comprehensive requirements, especially quality control.

I went to makeup school. Do I still need sanitation training and certification?

While attending makeup school provides a more formal approach to learning the fundamentals of training and typically includes sanitation, it does not mean you learned “health grade sanitation”.  Because most makeup schools are privately owned there is no universal approach to sanitation.

I am a Special FX artist, does this still apply?

Absolutely! In addition to the application of typical cosmetics, Special FX artists are responsible for the application of additional materials including but not limited to adhesives and prosthetics – all of which should follow health grade sanitation practices.

Who developed the makeup sanitation course?

A team made up of educators, developers, designers and a microbiologist.

What does the sanitation certification mean in the makeup industry?

Sanitation Conversation is the standard in health grade sanitation practices for makeup.  The certification is necessary to distinguish those who are  Sanitation Specialists and those who are not.  We cannot uphold a standard without a framework and criterion in which to meet those standards.  By becoming certified you have completed your training and successfully passed your assessment.

Why should I invest in your makeup sanitation training course?

The investment is small in comparison to the cost of legal action if a client or employee contracted a virus, fungi or parasite during their makeup application.  You have learned how to protect yourself and your client using proper health grade sanitation. You have more knowledge then what is required from the state level.  In addition, the certification allows you to provide value to your customer and secure adequate pricing.

How long is my certification valid?

Your certification is valid for one year from the completion date of your training unless otherwise noted.  The cost of re-certification is $25 and includes training updates and additional resources.

Do I need to buy the kit bundle?

You are not required to purchase the kit bundle. The training and certification is sold separately. The sanitation kit offered is a companion product to the training. It was created for the convenience of the artist and to avoid sourcing all of the products and tools needed to practice health grade sanitation.
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