I am a firm believer of the saying, “You Get What You Pay For,” it is really very true! Here is what you need to know!
As a licensed professional hair and makeup artist in Los Angeles, I get asked a lot about what makes you different than other people who claim they are artists in our industry. Well the answer is simple, I will try to break it to you in sections to make it clear.
To me this is one of the most important factors. Knowing how to protect my clients from bacteria, infections, and nasty diseases.
As a professional artist and hair stylist, I know why I need to sanitize with 70% Isopropyl (Ethyl Alcohol) verses 90% or 99%.
A higher percentage of alcohol evaporates faster therefore not sanitizing and killing the bacteria.
Deep cleansing of brushes after every job whether if its a makeup application or a blow out is extremely essential.
Always using a spatula for mascara and never to double dip to prevent eye and skin infections. If proper sanitation is not done you will be opening the door for bacteria and viral diseases like HIV, Pink Eye, Herpes, and skin breakouts.
With that said would you imagine hiring a makeup artist who uses her brushes on different people or doesn’t follow proper sanitation guidelines?
My intention is not to scare you but to educate you. For more info check out Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities
We as artists spend a lot of time bettering our craft, learning about different face shapes and eye shapes. We don’t contour like a cookie cutter, we contour to bring out your good features and hide your imperfections. Identifying if the hair is over processed and knowing not to use high heat on it. The ability to see, texture, porosity, density, width, and length all come from years of experience.
I will begin here by talking about my background as an artist. I have spent years in Art School learning color theory, paint, and sculpture; all of which impact my experience as an artist. I have had in depth classes on client psychology to learn how to recognize if your client is satisfied. Business classes that teach about professionalism, from contracts, to how to show up before time to actually be on time. Cosmetology School, Makeup Academy, and Product Knowledge classes.
“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”
Here is a tip for you: Did you know that if you mix a silicone base primer or moisturizer and a cream foundation that they will not blend together? The reason is that the particles are made differently. Chemically it’s not possible to mix like oil and water. This will make your foundation break making it look blotchy and tacky.
We invest in our kit to make sure that we deliver results. We use photo friendly or waterproof products. Who wants a black eye on their wedding day because the makeup artist didn’t know to use waterproof mascara. Or an angel bright face in a photo due to the flash back. Even better we have all seen the over powdered face!!
Products have developed so much in the past century and it is our job to know the basics in terms of ingredients, uses, and versatility.
Have you ever wondered if your makeup artist is going be late or if she will show up at all?
Does she have binding contracts that have been reviewed by a lawyer to protect both parties?
Being a professional is a combination of all the factors above and so much more. Knowing how to dress, showing up on time, and taking extra steps to know your client are essential skills.
I can’t stress enough the importance of a proper consultation.
Last but not least, being professional means being humble, patient, confident to deliver what is promised, and learning how to think on your feet all the time.
I hope in this summery I have made my points clear, showing you what a real artist is made of.