It goes without saying that recently life has changed considerably. We have gone from being able to move around freely, shop, see our friends and socialise, to not being able to do any of these things, or having to think about new ways to do these things.
Plenty of industries and areas have been impacted by Covid-19 and one in particular that I would like to highlight is the beauty industry.
Hairdressers, nail technicians, beauty therapists and makeup artists. All of these businesses have had to stop trading completely for the past few months, which has had a huge impact on them.
Whilst it does look likely that these types of businesses will be able to open up in the near future, the realisation is that things will be different for the owners and the clients alike. Hygiene has always been a vital part of running any beauty business, but things are set to get even stricter. To help you to make sure that you fit in with all the regulations, here are some of the things that you are going to need to focus on in a post- Covid-19 working world.
There is absolutely no way that you can protect yourself and your clients if you bury your head in the sand and don?t learn as much as you can about how the Covid-19 (among other infections) can be transmitted. Invest in the correct sterilisation, disinfection and sanitation methods to prevent and control coronavirus. If you are feeling anxious about going back to work its a great idea to take an accredited course on Hygiene Standards. You will return to work with confidence knowing you are up-to-date with the latest Health + Safety Covid-19 Working Guidelines.?
Personal Protective Equipment is going to become a key part of protecting yourself against Covid-19 as well as protecting your clients. It is vital that you learn which PPE is right for you to wear. At the least you will need gloves and a mask, however, you may also want to think about visors and Perspex screens too, should you think that they will work better for your business.
Cleaning your work area is going to become something that you just have to get used to doing on a regular basis. If you are freelance you will need to ensure that you clean your work area between clients. Think about what you need to make sure this is as efficient as possible. Working on one client isn’t an issue but a wedding morning or fashion show where you will have multiple clients in a fast-paced environment things could get messy! You must do whatever you can to make sure you don’t cross-contaminate. I recommend multiple brush sets and palettes. Once one client is finished, all brushes and palettes used can be put in a sealed bag and thoroughly cleaned once home.
It makes sense that the less that you have to clean the better when it comes to being a makeup artist, which is why it is recommended that you use disposable tools where you can. Never double-dip with your makeup or mascara brush and using your hands to scoop out products is a big no-no! Use disposable (eco-friendly) spatulas to decant products from the pot onto your palette. Then you can discard the disposables and then use a clean palette for the next client.
The very nature of being a makeup artist means that you have products that you reuse for your clients. The guidelines for protecting yourself during the post-Covid-19 world means that you are going to need to find a way to ensure that these products can be cleaned between clients.
It is difficult to clean makeup, however, it is not impossible. Isoclean is one particular brand that is doing what they can to ensure products and tools that cannot be thrown away can be easily cleaned. This includes their Antimicrobial Brush Cleaner which is designed to keep your cosmetics, tools and surfaces clean and sanitised.
As you can see, there is plenty to put in place. However, I can promise you that whilst it may feel overwhelming to start with once you get used to all to these things, they will feel like second nature and will be a much better way of working.
For more information on Covid-19 working please feel free to get in touch.