As Coronavirus lockdown restrictions in the UK begin to ease, hair and makeup artists are preparing themselves to return to work. However, as we all know, this won’t be a return to ‘normal’ (at least, not as we knew it!). It is vital that beauty professionals create a clean and safe working environment, to minimise the risk of harm to both their clients and themselves. Current World Health Organization advice tells us that COVID-19 is transmitted mainly through respiratory droplets and contact with contaminated surfaces. Therefore, good hygiene is essential to reduce the transmission of the disease. Artists will need to sterilise every tool, surface, and product, both before and after every client – and do this in a time-efficient way, especially on a wedding day.
But how exactly should beauty pros go about creating a sterile working environment? We recently spoke with Antonia Hawke, creator of The Pro Hygiene Collection. A professional makeup artist herself, Antonia created the collection of specially-designed hygiene and sanitising products specifically for our industry. Not only are they easy to use, they are also scientifically proven to kill off bacteria and germs. We asked Antonia, the so-called ‘queen of hygiene’, for her top tips. She has also generously offered Make Me Bridal pro artists a 25% discount on the Pro Hygiene Collection range (excluding special offers, kit sets and shipping). This includes their hero product, the Antibacterial Makeup Spray, which kills 99.99% of germs in 60 seconds without affecting product performance.
First impressions count. Making sure that your kit is clean and 100% sanitised will go a long way towards reassuring clients that you take their health seriously, and have done your due diligence to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
Create a hygiene ritual. Before and after every session, sanitise, clean, and wipe all tools and products using effective cleaning products. Antonia advises doing this in front of your client to make sure they KNOW you are hygienic, and recognise the importance of their health and safety.
Practice good hand hygiene. 80% of all germs are transferred by hands. Now especially, hand hygiene is essential. Wash your hands (including your wrists, around your nails and between your fingers) with antimicrobial soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an effective hand sanitising gel (like the one available from The Pro Hygiene Collection). “Be sure to remove jewellery and watches to ensure all areas can be fully cleaned and santised, ” Antonia says.
Decant products where possible. It’s always a good idea to decant products into clean palettes, tissues, or on to clean hands so that you’re not tempted to double dip back into the original container.
Keep brushes and applicators clean. Cleaning your brushes between clients and at the end of each day is essential. Antonia also advises artists never to blow onto their brushes and applicators, but gently tap away any excess product instead.
Don’t double dip. ‘Double dipping’ means reloading the same mascara wand or makeup applicator by dipping it into the tube of product more than once. This can result in cross-contamination of both products and customers. A great tip Antonia has for makeup artists is to cut off the mascara wands and lip and eyeliner applicators included in the packaging upon purchase to remind you to use a disposable.
Don’t forget your pencils. Makeup pencils also need your attention! Sharpen them between clients, and be sure to clean your sharpener each time as well.
Avoid latex sponges. These can cause potential allergic reactions in some clients, so use latex-free sponges instead.
Respect the shelf life of your products. If it doesn’t look or smell right, bin it!
On a separate note, Antonia also advises artists to make sure they are insured, not just for public liability, but for kit, money, and legal too. (It is a requirement for all Make Me Bridal Pro Artists to have up-to-date insurance.)
Using these guidelines, getting back to work can be a much easier and safer process than it may at first seem. And remember, we’re all in this together!
Please note: This guidance does not supersede government or healthcare regulatory body advice, and must be considered in addition to statutory obligations for Health and Safety in the workplace. The Coronavirus pandemic is an evolving crisis. All information is correct at time of writing.