Beauty Hygiene Tips from the Industry’s Top Professional Makeup Artists

We all know by now how important it is to practice good hygiene when it comes to beauty. Not only can improper practices lead to breakouts and infection, but they can also be easily transferred to a friend who borrows your makeup brush to create the perfect contour, or to your client who requests Cara Delevingne-esque brows.
We’ve partnered with some of the industry’s top professional makeup artists to bring you the best tips for practicing safe and effective beauty hygiene. After all, what’s more beautiful than that?!



Understanding the Importance of Good Beauty Hygiene

Jared Lipscomb, celebrity makeup artist to the cast of Vanderpump Rules, breaks down why developing good hygiene habits is crucial for everyone.

“Great hygiene is a must when doing makeup. Now, more than ever, people are paying attention to cleanliness and germs, but thorough hygiene should always be a priority when working with makeup. Whether applying on your own face or a client’s, imagine a situation where you cause irritation (or worse) due to an unkempt product. That fear alone should drive you to maintain the utmost hygienic kit,” he says.

By creating clean, healthy beauty habits from the very beginning, you’re more likely to maintain that healthy lifestyle for not only yourself but for your friends and clients as well.


Diana Oh

How to Create the Most Hygienic Routine for Your Makeup

Diana Oh, Makeup Department Head of The Late Late Show with James Corden, recommends starting with clean brushes, disinfected products and a few good hygiene tips to remember when it comes to your routine.

“The best advice I can give is to not share your personal makeup with anyone else... the best thing to do is focus on your tools and then sanitize your makeup once a week for personal use.”

Makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so frequently washing them and making sure you’re using the best products to produce an unprecedented clean is a key step in practicing good hygiene.

“I personally love using SigMagic? Brushampoo? Foam. It's all-natural and gentle on my brushes, yet antimicrobial,” says Oh.


Best Practices for Every Day

Many of us may not realize the small, unhygienic mistakes we may be making throughout the day. Constantly touching our faces, not washing our hands or using dirty makeup brushes can be a few of the main culprits for bacteria growth and unwanted breakouts.

“Even if you’re only doing makeup for yourself, there are some key things to remember. First, always wash your hands prior to touching your face, then set that cell phone down! Going between your face to your phone is germ central, and I promise the risk of getting some bacteria on your flawless skin will ruin the joy of makeup and cause some serious breakouts,” Lipscomb explains.

And of course, we can’t forget about skincare! Good hygiene practices are just as important to apply to your skincare routine in order to achieve a healthy, glowing (and happy!) face.

“Never scoop your makeup or products from a jar with your fingers, period. Even if it's for your personal use. Oil, bacteria and germs can build up in your products that way over time. It's smart to use a Spatula. I love the Sigma Skincare Brush Set for all my skin care applications including masks, serums and moisturizer,” Oh says.


Jordan Liberty

Hygiene Rules to Live By

Knowing the importance of good hygiene and the best practices can make all the difference in the world of beauty, not only for yourself, but for the community as well.

"Hygiene is often overlooked when it comes to beauty and makeup, but as we're all seeing with Coronavirus, so many illnesses can be spread from face to face. Makeup artists need to use hygiene, always, and remove any contaminated items from their kit - it's essential to keep the more vulnerable in our communities safe,” says Jordan Liberty, professional makeup artist and photographer. “Just being more cognizant of germs can help keep yourself and those around you safe - and gorgeous!"


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