makeup sanitation


Makeup sanitation is not a new topic but it is one that needs to be revisited in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.  The Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has halted the beauty industry indefinitely as beauty professionals and cosmetic stores worldwide have had to put a hold on beauty services.  I thought I would share with you some tips that you should always be practicing whenever you are makeup shopping or hiring a makeup professional to do your makeup.  Real talk, regardless of Coronavirus, makeup testers are full of bacteria.  Couple that with unprofessional makeup artists not practicing proper sanitation on clients nor maintaining a hygienic kit.  You need to protect yourself.  I am going to share with you some easy tips to stay safe, healthy and be diligent about how to use proper makeup sanitation when shopping for makeup and who you hire to do your makeup.

using makeup Testers

When you are perusing the cosmetic store testers refrain from the following:

Do not use your fingers to swatch.  Your fingers are transferring and picking up bacteria.

Do not apply any product directly from the tester onto your face, eyes, lips or any part of your body, especially any area with an open wound.

The sanitary way to use makeup testers

Every cosmetic store and counter will and should be stocked with disposable lip and mascara wands, wipes, sponges, makeup remover, tissues, cotton pads, and alcohol spray.  It is imperative that you wipe down any tester with alcohol and use a clean disposable to sample product.  Please be aware to not double-dip!  If you are unsure how to use disposables or sanitize products, ask an associate for help.

Getting A Makeup Application

When you hire a professional makeup artist you have every right to ask them about their sanitation practices.  If none are in place look elsewhere as you are putting yourself and others at risk.  Here are the sanitation practices every professional makeup artist should have in place when providing makeup services.


1. Clean hands

Before anyone touches your face make sure they wash their hands or use handsanitizer.   I make this a practice in front of every client.

makeup sanitation practices

2. Use disposable applicators

Every makeup artist should have disposables in their kit.  Using disposables for mascara and lip products is the safest way to maintain sanitation.  Each application should have a fresh disposable as double-dipping defeats the purpose of sanitation even with the same client.  As for professional makeup brushes, some artists will carry multiple sets and others will sanitize between every client using a professional makeup brush cleaner and deep-clean with a brush soap at the end of a workday.

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3. Spatulas and Palettes

Using spatulas, and mixing palettes are necessary for every makeup artist to keep products such as concealers, cream shadows, foundations, and gel liners sanitary.  These tools prevent cross-contamination from one client to the next.  Powder formula cosmetics such as pressed eyeshadows, blush, bronzer, and all other powder formulas should be sprayed with 90% alcohol after every client.

proper makeup sanitation

4. Toss expired products

Most makeup products have a long shelf-life, but some only last a few weeks.  Makeup artists should always be keeping an eye on their product expiration dates and regularly replacing them.  

makeup expiration chart


5. Don’t blow

Under no circumstances ever should any professional makeup artist blow on their makeup brushes or the actual product to remove excess.  Doing so will contribute to spreading bacteria and infections.


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