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Monday, October 26, 2009


Cleanliness as a makeup artist is MANDATORY!!! We must constantly sanitize our products and hands to avoid “Operation Damage”, which is: blemishes, breakouts, and destruction of the skin… I was just on a shoot where the model walked in, had not even sat in the chair, nor seen what I was doing on other models, and questioned, “Are your brushes clean”?

Ahh! How insulting is that!?!

Okay, Makeup Artists… What are we doing wrong?
Well, let me tell you this… We as artists get so wrapped up in wanting to get be efficient for our clients, keep up with the pace of a show, that sometimes makeup artist do not pay attention to the fact that people around us are watching our every move. It is funny, some watch your demeanor, shoes on your feet, if you are picking your nose, wipe your hands and to eventually putting it on their face with makeup later.


It is a makeup artist responsibility to make people look beautiful no matter how much pressure we are under and keep clean at the same time.

Here Are Some Cleanliness Tips To Get In The Habit While Under The Microscope.
1. If you are a “Sweater”, and you are under pressure, constantly wiping your face or forehead subconsciously, get in the habit of bringing baby wipes and your own paper towels. As if you do not have hand sanitizer… you may always spray alcohol on “your” paper towels to wipe those hands.

2. If you are a “Brush Muncher”, purchase and brush belt, apron that holds brushes, or even a waste set pack. Then, the brushes you held in you mouth germs will not be on someone else’s face later.

3. If you are a “Talker”, have a breath mint then, slow down, and tell the talent “Excuse me, let me clean my _________”. That way the microscope sees you cleaning.

Okay… I’m not perfect, but hope this helps you keep it clean!


  1. Hi Samelia, what do you use to clean your brushes? Makeup remover? Alcohol? I'm always looking for something safe for my brushes but sanitary. -t

  2. Hey Samelia,

    I like your suggestion on bringing your own paper towels/baby wipes...although I'm not really a sweater....some talents do sweat quite a lot. ;)