THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF MAKEUP APPLICATION IS SANITATION
When it comes to makeup application, sanitation is 100% THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. Brushes and makeup need to be cleaned before and after each client, so in this section Carolyn will explain her process:
Note: Due to Covid-19 cases growing, until there is a vaccine and the curve has flattened, the majority of her brushes have been replaced with disposable applicators. Carolyn uses disposable foundation sponges, disposible mascara wands, disposable eyeliner wands, and disposable lip wands. While working, she wears PPE, including double masks, eye goggles, and latex gloves. As always, Carolyn never double dip, uses a spatula and pallet, as well as one time use false lashes and powder-poufs. The brushes from her kit include blush brush, and eyebrow brush. Carolyn and the people close to her live a self-quarantine lifestyle. In this time in history, one can never be too safe.
for the majority of the application, she asks that her clients wear a mask except when working around the mouth area. Also, she asks that if the client has any symptoms 48 hours before the meeting they they reschedule and they do their best to socially distance and adhere to CDC guidelines and Dr. Fauci's advice. Currently Maryland, where Carolyn resides, is in Stage Two of reopening, thus she is able to continue her work.
1. Wash hands and arms for 30 seconds two times, followed by 99% alcohol.
2. put on latex gloves.
2. Clean surface with surface cleaner-bleach and lysol.
3. Lay fresh towel down, with clean paper towel on top.
1. Soak brushes in 99% alcohol. Spray handles until wet with 99% alcohol.
2. Wash each brush individually with soap and water, until water runs clear. When washing bristles, Carolyn does not use her fingers, but rather a handheld silicone brush cleaner which covers her fingers.
*Step two is repeated until water runs clear.
3. Swirl bristles on a fresh paper towel.
4. Dip each brush in fresh 99% alcohol while still damp with water and wipe down handle with fresh 99% alcohol.
5. Swirl each brush around on a fresh paper towel until brushes are slightly damp.
6. Wash each brush individually with shampoo two more times and squeeze dry with a fresh paper towel.
7. Once barely damp, lay flat on clean paper towel and spray once more with 99% alcohol until slightly wet.
8. Gently place dry paper towel down on top. Let dry for at least 8 hours.
Foundations, lipsticks and everything else in the kit:
1. Wash hands for 30 seconds two times followed by 99% alcohol.
2. For pallet and pallet knife, each individual compact and pallet, spray top, sides and bottom one at a time with 99% alcohol until fully wet, and wipe dry.
3. Repeat step 1 at least twice more. on final spray, let air dry.
4. Open cases, spray with alcohol and wipe down.
5. Repeat step 4 at least twice more and let air dry.
6. Repeat steps 1 though 5 for every item is makeup kit.
7. Gently place dry paper towel on top
When applying makeup and taking the extra steps:
1. Carolyn custom blends each of her foundation colors, and uses her pallet and knife so client's fresh makeup brush and/or sponge never touches the case.
2. Carolyn never double dips her mascara. She only uses disposable wands and after each dip into the mascara, and application, she throws them away.
3. Carolyn only uses fresh false lashes on her clients, customizing them to fit the eye shape.
4. Carolyn uses her pallet knife to scrape lipstick onto pallet and then dips her fresh lipstick brush onto the pallet.
5. Once a brush has touched the clients face, under no circumstances will it be placed back in the brush belt. It is put aside
*When soaking items with 99% alcohol and making them fully wet, it takes longer to evaporate. Carolyn sprays all of her products with 99% alcohol until fully wet multiple times for this reason. The amount she uses it can take hours to evaporate. It is worth it.
Also, fun fact, 99% alcohol is used to activate some of her special FX makeup.