1. Disinfected brushes

The fact that he/she uses a brush cleaner, does not mean that the brushes are safe. Brush cleaners generally just remove product, they don’t kill bacteria. I usually disinfect my brushes in front of the client to make him/her feel safe. It doesn’t matter if the client’s skin looks healthy, it could always carry bacteria or you’re simply transmitting skin grease from one face to another. Oh, and let’s not forget that dirty brushes create dirty makeup.

2. Disposable mascara and lip wands

So, you either go for the classic disposable wands, or you use the disinfectant method. In the beginning I didn’t have disposable wands for lipstick so I used a normal lipstick brush to get lipstick, apply, then changed the brush. I honestly sometimes prefer to use the classic brush because I feel like I have better control over it, especially on the edges of the lips.  The secret is that after the wand’s touched the lips, it shouldn’t touch the lipstick again. Unless it’s been disinfected! Aaaand, if they don’t do that, maybe at the end they spray the lipstick with alcohol, which is also fine.

And with the mascara wand, I dipped it, applied and if I needed more mascara, I’d rub the wand, spray it with alcohol, rub it again, and make sure it’s pristine and dry before dipping it again into the tube for another round or just to close it.

3. Cleans/tones/moisturizes your face

A serious makeup artist will always prep your skin for makeup. Even if you’re at home and you say you’ve removed your makeup, it is the makeup artist’s duty to make extra sure you got all of it. If you have makeup, dirt or sebum left in your skin, it could ruin the entire makeup by making it patchy, and scaly. Next, you should be toned to balance your skins PH (if micellar water was used instead of makeup remover then toning water isn’t necessary). Last but not least, hydrate the hell out of it!

4. High price doesn’t always mean quality

The world is full of makeup artists that will charge you an arm and a leg but won’t make you look your best. I’ve seen lots of professional makeup artists that don’t know how to adapt the makeup to a client’s face, so they keep doing the same thing over and over again. I’ve talked before about how each face shape needs a different style of contouring, and how eye makeup can hide or emphasize a feature.

I once saw a girl who had her eyes more apart than average and the makeup artist made them look even more apart. She ended up looking unnatural and resembling Sid from Ice Age.

5. He/she should always ask about the occasion, time of day and outfit

This Saturday I had an interesting adventure. I was in town, paying a visit to my dear friend from Iwish, when a woman runs in sweating and panting asking about a foundation. A dear family friend of hers was getting married and the makeup artist had bronzed the bride’s face and neck and a little bit of the chest. The problem was the dress was a little bit off the shoulders so basically she had an orange V-shaped neckline and the rest was white. Luckily I had just come from the post office where I picked up a new set of brushes. So, my makeup dealer gave me some foundation testers, a powder and we ran towards the bride’s house to blend her makeup. In 3 minutes she was looking blended and the same shade, without a minute to spare. Just as we were done, the groom had arrived with the rest of the wedding party. Crisis avoided!

So, my dear witches, next time you go see a makeup artist, don’t just look at the pretty colours, makeup is so much more than that.

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