Providing a hygienic working environment is one of the most important things you must do as a beauty professional. It not only keeps your clients safe from an infection or allergic reaction, it can also make your products last longer.
There are so many ways to keep your workspace clean that it can seem overwhelming, so we’ve put together a short list of tips to follow that are a must!
1. Always wash your hands
The first step is the easiest! Before applying makeup to a client or touching any of your products, make sure to wash/sanitize your hands. Do this often and thoroughly.
2. Use new or disposable applicators, brushes, and tools
Using disposables is the safest way to apply makeup. Every new coat should have a different applicator. Note: Never double dip applicators, even with the same client. As for professional makeup brushes, they should be cleaned in between every client using a Professional Makeup Brush Cleaner and deep-cleaned with a Brush Shampoo at the end of every working day.
3. Never apply directly from the product
Using spatulas, brushes and palettes are essential tools for maintaining a clean workspace. These will prevent cross-contamination and keep all of your products hygienic from one client to the next. Other essential items to include in your kit are Purell Hand Sanitizing Wipes and Sterile Alcohol Prep Pads.
4. Note expiration dates of products
Most makeup products have a long shelf-life, but some only last a few weeks. Make sure you are checking expiration dates on products and regularly replacing them. It is generally recommended to discard mascara three months after opening. In addition, storing them in a cool, dry place will help retain freshness.
5. Avoid unsanitary practices
It might be a habit of yours to blow excess powder off a brush, wipe a product with your hand, or touch your own face, but learning to break these rituals is essential if you are a professional! These habits can contribute to spreading bacteria and infections, which is a definite no-no in the beauty biz.
Giving clients a great first impression is key to building a good reputation and repeat business, and following a hygienic routine will encourage this. By following these five simple tips, you can ensure that your workspace will be in tip top shape for your clients!