Hygiene: Top 5 Ways NOT to Gross Your Clients Out

Have you ever had an experience where you are paying good money for a beauty service, letting a professional get up close and personal, only to witness something truly unhygienic making your stomach lurch and causing you to silently, angrily question why the heck you are investing in this treatment? Or even worse, what if you’re the professional causing them to cringe? Well, we want to make sure you are truly hygienic…PLEASE follow these 5 reality checks.

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Seriously, go from one person to another, eat your lunch, go to the restroom, wipe off the dust on your chair, drive your car, play with the TV remote, and then put your unwashed hands all over your client’s face as you tell them how to cleanse, moisturize, and apply makeup. Don’t just talk to them about dirt and oil, show them.

*Reality Check – please wash your hands. By not washing your hands, you expose clients to bacteria, germs, and possibly chemicals from whatever you were doing ahead of time. Instead, always wash your hands before starting – and do it in front of your client. Let them see your dedication to cleanliness, building trust automatically allowing them to be at ease with your insights and suggestions.



Why would you? Most colors are fairly similar, and it just goes from product to face to product to face…it doesn’t matter if it starts caking…and if it DOES, you can always quickly “clean” the brush by blowing on it anyway.

*Reality Check – Gross. Brushes not only hold bacteria, but they transfer those gross little germs from face to face until they are properly sanitized. Not to mention, blowing on your brush adds saliva and airborne bacteria to that entire transfer taking place – giving your client a nice little present that they did not ask for. Instead, take time to sanitize the brushes between each client. If you are low on time, bring spare brushes, using clean brushes on each person and washing them all when you are complete for the day. If you end up with too much product on the brush and are tempted to blow, tap the brush against your wrist instead, shaking the excess product off without transferring your DNA.


Just like when you’re at a party and you see half the people going in for that second dip with their half-eaten chip — come on, you know that makes you want more! There can’t possibly be anything unsanitary about this situation — especially when someone could be fighting a cold.

*Reality Check – Just like eating, when you double dip into your makeup creams, you are consistently transferring bacteria from one client to another. Imagine doing this with EVERY client, pretty soon your cream has turned into a pool of collected germs just waiting to wreak havoc on the next unsuspecting face, risking infection. Instead, bring a clean palette and palette knife with you EVERY TIME. Use the knife to scrape cream onto the palette, and dip into the cream from this separated amount instead of the entire stash. Keep the actual compact away from all clients and brushes.


You know, when your friend needs to use some mascara, you let her! It’s just like this, except with countless clients all using the same wand. That’s what the wand is for, isn’t it? I mean, it’s just eyelashes…

*Reality Check – Eye makeup is one of the biggest bacteria holders! Not only is the wand contaminated, but once it’s placed back in the tube, the entire tube has bacteria flooding through the product. Instead, buy disposable spoolies instead of using the wand, and REPLACE the spoolie with EACH dip.You most likely only need one dip per person, but if you need more, throw out the previous spoolie and start over.


It’s like your bedroom — the entire house can be clean but then you just throw everything in the bedroom and shut the door, no one will see or know the difference! Right? Wrong.

*Reality Check – whether you believe clients see or not, chances are they do. If THEY don’t, for sure others around you see the condition of your bag, which looks unprofessional and could easily nix possible referrals. But regardless if your habit it open to the public or not, you want to keep your bag clean. A messy, unsanitary bag breeds bacteria, and no matter how often you clean your tools, if they are sitting in a bacteria infested bag they will transfer right to your clients. Carry antibacterial wipes with you and wipe down your bag and Makeup Kit between clients to ensure a nice, clean, fresh environment and home for your tools.

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