A few weeks ago I booked a model call and that particular morning I gathered my things and headed to set a little early to make sure I had time for hair and makeup. Some of these jobs I book already know I'm a hair and makeup artist by trade so they will ask me to style myself to my liking, other times they hire artists to provide the look they want to portray which I love because its nice to relax and focus on the shoot ahead, plus I've never really had a "bad" glam experience at a professional shoot.
Usually the artists on set will tell you "Oh the look today is more glowy with a nude lip, how would you like your brows? Do you over line your lips? etc...Today was the exception to every rule I have ever known or learned in my little glam life experiences...Today was as if I were cat fished.
The evening before a rep from my agency said "Oh they have hair and makeup on set with 15+ years of experience" so I had no worries, fingers crossed I was a little giddy to maybe learn some new tips and tricks from a well known makeup veteran.
I sat in her chair and everything seemed so professional, I was so at ease knowing her logo was on everything and seemed to constantly talk highly of herself...Until momentarily when my heart dropped through my asshole and she came at my face full speed with a dirty foundation brush.
In that moment I realized some horrible makeup artist potion were cast on me and I was petrified. Before she moved on to the next step I kindly built up the courage to ask her if she had ever heard of this Clinique brush cleanser that I'm obsessed with (to spot clean), because it saves me so much time while I'm working. She pretended not to hear me and I made sure to say it in a way where I wasn't rude or insulting because in her eyes I still had a smile on my face.
By this time she had already moved on to brows (my prized possession) so I kindly said "What is the look we are going for today?" she replied "Natural and glowy with a glossy pink lip" so I replied "Okay, lovely and if we are wearing brow product I do like mine a little more natural/wild and not so drawn on" (which is my signature look). She replied "Oh I have to do what they tell me"... I started to sense a hint of sass...Obviously lady...by this time I was aggravated.
I am 100% perfect with wearing any look the job sets me up with (that's the point right?) but what peeved me is that every brush she used on me was so damn dirty all the work from her last three jobs had been transferring onto my face. I could just feel the bacteria harvesting in my little pores I had just microdermed off a couple days prior.
I wanted to vomit...and it didn't help that the whole time she had been talking about how "her company this, and her company that and I've been a makeup artist for fifteen plus years now, and have taught so many seminars, and my work has been featured in so many magazines" basically making me feel stupid for talking about what I like best for my face shape and facial features...I mean it is my face... and I am still wondering if you teach all of your assistants (by the way there were 4) how to harvest bacteria or how to separate the lashes with the mascara wand you just used to apply mascara to me straight from the tube without a disposable spoolie and you continued to use on every girl at the shoot?!
Lesson number one through one million in cosmetics is to sanitize and sanitize and if your not sure then sanitize again. In the nearly 6 years I've been in this industry I have disinfected and sanitized my tools so much sometimes its easier just to buy new ones because the sanitize eats at the bristles and you have to replace it anyways.
I hate this party of the industry more than anything... the "know it all, experience matters over talent" type of vibe. I never mentioned to her that I am a fellow makeup artist by trade and maybe if I had she might have not pretended like I were stupid but from artist to artist PLEASE clean your damn equipment! You absolutely do not have to have the nicest, expensive products or brushes but your tools are your money makers, your cleanliness reflects your work vibe and how can you expect to have a wonderful work of art if your last weeks work of art is still infested in the bristles?
Imagine walking into a Mac counter and yes they have the most wonderful products but what are the products if the tools they are using to apply them with are dirty? You know how many people go through the mall everyday, what if they all stop and the brushes he/she uses to apply your lipstick with touches 100 others without being cleaned?
Life is way to damn short to get a life threatening bacterial infection or a hellacious breakout. You do not have to be a certified makeup artist to learn what a clean brush can do for your game. Trust me! Have a brush spot cleaner on hand and take ten minutes out of your day once a week (personal brushes) and really deep clean them!
All you need is a little brush shampoo and Voila! Your products will apply much smoother, you will not have random shadows from the colors buried in the brushes and better yet you'll save yourself from getting a blemish the size of Uranus.
Thank you for taking time to visit my blog today and tune into my little rant! My intention with this post is not to offend anyone by any means, but to share my latest experience and inform/encourage you to clean your tools so each makeup application you have is continuously flawless! Also, I understand not all artists are like this and I have had 100 other pleasant experiences to make up for this one! Please do not take this post to heart and feel free to leave your comments below and let me know if you have also had any freakishly weird or wonderful experiences with "Veteran" Makeup Artists!
I have linked some of my favorite Go-To brush cleansers here, here and here.
Also in the photos down below!
The Brushes in these pictures seem to be sold out but are linked from a fun little store here.