Sanitation Tip #1: Wash Your Hands Properly
Washing your hands before applying makeup is so important! Your hands carry so many germs around, especially when you touch your phone every 5-10 minutes. We also touch our faces around 15 times an hour. All those germs can translate to diseases if around your eyes, nose, or mouth. It is also useful to keep hand sanitizer in your makeup kit for emergencies!
Follow these five steps every time via the CDC (Center for Disease Control)
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Sanitation Tip #2: Sanitize During a Makeup Application
Sanitizing involves using your 70% isopropyl alcohol to kill germs, bacteria, and some viruses. This chemical process will reduce the number of less harmful bacteria to a safe level. The CDC recommends a 5 minute dwell time for 70% isopropyl alcohol.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, to sanitize you should be using 70% alcohol! 90%+ alcohol is not effective in sanitizing! The water content isn’t enough in 90% alcohol to sit and sanitize before it evaporates – more is NOT better!
- Sanitizing your spatula with alcohol to ensure you have eliminated most bacteria before you dip it into your cosmetics
- Sanitizing all cosmetic packaging
- Sanitizing your brushes during an application
- Sanitizing your hands with hand sanitizer
Sanitation Tip #3: Disinfect During a Makeup Application
This involves using Lucas-Cide (store links below), or another hospital grade disinfectant. This chemical process is able to kill more harmful bacteria and blood-borne pathogens such as staph, MRSA, HIV and hepatitis. Effective disinfection takes place when dwell time directions are followed according to the product’s label.
- Disinfecting brushes after they have been cleaned and free of debris.
- Disinfecting tools like your metal cup, pencil sharpener, tweezers, scissors or grooming tools.
- Disinfecting your station or other surfaces you and your client may come in contact with.
Sanitation Tip #4: Utilization of Makeup Disposables
- Disposable Eyeliner Applicators – These are fine brushes that look like the permanent eyeliner applicators. Disposable Eyeliner Applicators are single use. We offer them in a 100ct bag for convenience.
Can be used to depot liquid eyeliners, precisely apply lash glue to false eyelashes and more!
- Disposable Cosmetic Wedges – Disposable Cosmetics Wedges are single use and latex-free. Can be used to apply creams, skincare products and more! We offer them in a 100ct bag for convenience.
- Disposable Mascara Applicators – Another essential type of disposable makeup applicator is the mascara applicator. Using a clean wand for each application will prolong the life span of a tube of mascara and prevent cross-contamination. Disposable Mascara Applicators are single use. Can be used to depot mascara, brow gel and more! We offer them in a 100ct bag for convenience.
- Disposable Lip Applicators – These are a one-time use brushes commonly used at a makeup counter allowing customers to test lipsticks on their lips rather than just swatch on their hands. Disposable Lip Applicators are single use. 100ct per bag. Can be used to depot lipsticks, lip-glosses and more! We offer them in a 100ct bag for convenience.
- Disposable Wax Paper Palettes – Single Use Disposable Wax Paper Palettes are great for all artists! Safely apply products from your cosmetic packaging on to the wax paper palette sheet to avoid the spread of bacteria and cross contamination. Perfect for creams and powders. One palette can service 100 clients.
- Disposable Spatulas – Using a disposable plastic spatula to remove products such as lipsticks, foundation sticks or any makeup products that are in a pot to keep the product free of contamination. Disposable Spatulas are single use. 100ct per bag. Can be used to depot creams, lipsticks, powders and more!
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