It's Corona Time
I hope by the time you are reading this, we have flattened the curve and are beginning to resume life as normal. Back to wedding planning, back to all the fun stuff that 2020 was supposed to bring us!
Two months have come and gone, I've watched all the shows, baked all the desserts, slept through all the afternoons... I'm feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work.
As we are slowly starting to take steps into preparing for reopening, there's a lot on my mind. Of course, I don't plan on restarting services until we get the OK that it's safe to do so. But even when we do, it won't be the same as it used to be.
So... what questions should you be asking?
We as artists love and care a lot about what we do, as well as the people we do it for. We as much as any other service professional should be taking health and safety practices even more seriously since our work is in close contact with others.
As bridal artists, we already practice sanitization all throughout the makeup and hair process. Now, more than ever it's incredibly important to ask your vendors what steps they are taking to ensure your safety, as well as their own.
Here are the steps that I take, some of these are extreme but this pandemic is no joke. I'm also a bit of a germaphobe so I am extra cautious:
Prior to the pandemic, I would wash my hands upon arrival. Then between application, if time does not permit for me to wash my hands again, I will sanitize with hand sanitizer. However, now I plan on washing hands with soap and water, as well as applying hand sanitizer before and after each application no matter what.
Because we are in such close proximity, artists should be wearing a protective face mask when applying makeup on clients. Of course I didn't use to do this before unless I was feeling sick, but I would highly recommend it now. Also keep in mind that wearing a mask is uncomfortable, please allow the artist to have breaks in between!
Make sure the room we'll be in is well ventilated, roomy and air conditioned. Wearing a mask gets hot and difficult to breathe, we don't need anyone passing out!
Disposable wands and applicators should be used to apply products that are in tubes or cannot be transferred on to a mixing palette. (E.g. mascara, eyeliner, lipsticks) At no point should the artist be "double dipping" into the same product after the application has come in contact with your skin! (I would recommend that you bring your own mascara and lipstick anyway)
Sanitizing and disinfecting spatulas and mixing palettes between each client.
70% isopropyl alcohol is used to sanitize mixing palette and other tools during each application. (99% dries too quickly)
Carry extra brushes, and use 1 set per client.
Spray all powder surfaces (including eyeshadows, blushes, face powders etc) with 70% isopropyl alcohol, and then wiped off with a dry tissue to remove all surface contents
I'd even take it one step further and scrape out the powders onto the mixing palette to use for each client.
Preempt cs20 (Sterilant and high level disinfectant for medical devices and instruments) is used to sanitize all hair tools and hair brushes.
Face brushes are washed at the end of each event with the beauty blender cleanser solid pro.
Studio space: Disinfecting all surfaces with Lysol disinfectant sprays and wipes.
If any artists, including myself, are exhibiting symptoms, we will notify you as soon as possible and find another artist to replace them.
I ask that for all my upcoming appointments please take precautionary steps to ensure not only the safety of your family, but also the artists! Here is what I need you to do:
Sanitize and clean all work surfaces with lysol wipes or anything used for disinfecting.
Come with a clean face, cleansed the morning of and moisturized.
Hair washed either the night before, or morning of.
Please let me know:
If you, or anyone you’ve been around has exhibited any symptoms such as: fever, cough, dizziness or other flu like symptoms
If you prefer for the artist to use your own products & tools. However, we cannot guarantee the same results since we may not be familiar with the products.
Is this excessive? Maybe. But will it ensure that I have done my absolute best to make sure you are safe, I am safe, and anyone that I will come in contact is safe? YES.
With all that said, make sure you account for the extra time required when you're planning. Add an extra 30 minutes to the getting ready schedule. Don't hesitate to ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable. We're all in this together, and we'll also get through it together.