Kerrykeel-based makeup artist Lynda Strain has advice on hygiene for all makeup lovers.

We have all been well informed to wash our hands, social distancing, avoid contact with your face etc which is easy to remember and will certainly help us protect ourselves but are we doing all we can?

Have you considered other simple ways that coronavirus could spread, such as your makeup products and brushes????

FACT: 75% of people do not wash their makeup brushes.

FACT: Unwashed and unsterile makeup brushes contain such things as dead skin cells, old foundation/product and bacteria. So Makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause skin breakouts.

I am sharing 10 helpful tips that can help us during this worrying time.

Love Lynda x

  1. Wash hands before and after every makeup application even when doing your own.  This will help contain bacteria and germs from spreading.
  2. Makeup Artists should wear facemasks when doing makeup applications.
  3. Sterilise makeup brushes with brush cleaner after every use and wash in hot soapy water at the end of the day.
  4. Eyeshadow – skim the top of the eyeshadow with a tissue, put tissue into the bin, spray eyeshadow with anti-bacterial cleaner and let it dry after every use.
  5. Use a spatula to remove all makeup products before application.
  6. Use disposable mascara wands, lip, eyeliner and eyebrow brushes, be mindful to take the product from the spatula and not the product.
  7. Wipe down and clean all makeup products and makeup area including makeup chair with antibacterial spray after each use or each client. 
  8. Never share your brushes or products as this will cause cross-contamination 
  9. Never reuse false eyelashes as they harbour dirt and bacteria and always use disposable eyeliner wands or a cotton bud to apply eyelash glue.
  10. Dispose of all old out of date makeup.

One of my favourite brush cleaners for a quick and effective clean is Ella & Jo Squeaky Clean. It is anti-bacterial and cruelty free.