It's true, COVID-19 has become a part of our reality and the only way forward is to accept this fact and adapt to it. The pandemic has created a long-term impact on the beauty industry. Salons, malls, beauty stores have to take certain protocols to ensure that their services run smoothly. However, it's a two-way street. Customers too must be informed and take responsibility for their own safety. In fact, makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts have been facing serious challenges during the pandemic.
Because of COVID-19, many MUAs have lost clients (especially the ones who were going to tie the knot at the end of this year) and even the ones who want to book their services are giving it a second thought. Some clients may not say it, but the fear of contracting the virus through makeup products and beauty tools is always at the back of their mind. If you're a makeup artist, a beauty influencer or a makeup enthusiast, your first priority would be to sanitize your cosmetics. It's not meant to be a one-time thing, this change is for the long-haul. Luckily, we have Hair and Makeup Artist, Namrata Soni, to help lead the way for us.
Namrata captioned her IGTV as, "Adapting to the new normal with some key guidelines in place: can’t wait to resume work, but not without prioritising the safety of every party (including your very own make-up kit) involved!"
For MUAs, Namrata suggests that one should wear a face mask and a shield at all times. This is worn to avoid the spread of the virus and becoming a carrier of it. Also, use a nano mist (designed for alcohol) or a regular disinfectant to clean the shield after you're done with the job. Namrata uses alcohol 99% to clean the shield, however, she does mention that the same disinfectant could damage the texture of your makeup due to the high concentration of alcohol. Alcohol 70% is gentler on the products and won't ruin its texture.
Note: Both types of alcohol can be bought from a chemist.
For the Kajal pencil, she suggests that it's better to sharpen the pencil instead of spraying alcohol on it as it can be too sensitive for the eyes. For mascara, especially for clients, use disposable wands instead of the original one to keep the bacteria at bay. For eyeshadow and lipstick pallets, you can spray them with alcohol 70% and leave it to rest for 2-3 minutes before using them. Another tip she mentioned for MUAs is to request clients to bring their own makeup tools and products. Also, wash and sanitize brushes after every use 'coz dirty brushes = bacteria and viruses.
These may seem like a lot of rules to follow, but safety comes first. So clean your brushes and makeup and make sure that your MUA does the same.