In 2016 there were already more than 5.3 million videos on videos on YouTube that revolved around makeup and makeup tutorials. Makeup tutorials are taking over our social media feeds with countless aspiring makeup artists posting their tips and tricks for the world to see. While there is no denying that there are countless individuals with insane makeup skills, it might not always be a good idea to allow just anyone to transform your appearance. Making use of the services of an unqualified makeup artist can, in fact, be downright disastrous to not only your appearance but your overall health as well. If you want to keep looking your best, it is recommended that you do some research before picking just anyone who can seemingly work magic with a mascara wand.

Health and safety is more important than you may think

While the term ‘health and safety’ may sound a better fit for describing an oil rig worker than a makeup artist, it is of equal importance in both cases. When a would-be makeup artist undergoes formal training they learn a lot about the health and safety practices within the beauty industry. This training not only enables them to spot any allergic reactions that may occur, but also educates them on the importance of keeping their tools disinfected in order to prevent cross-contamination. Another advantage that a qualified makeup artist has over an untrained one is the ability to identify your skin type and then use the correct products on it which will significantly reduce your risk of having an undesirable reaction.

A dirty makeup brush can cause a nasty infection

An unqualified makeup artist may be blissfully unaware of the dangers associated with dirty makeup equipment. The oil and bacteria on a dirty makeup brush can not only clog your pores and cause a skin irritation but can also trigger a breakout and even leave you with a nasty fungal infection. You can also get pink eye from dirty mascara wands and eyeliners and, in extreme cases, may even find yourself fighting off a staph infection or herpes because the makeup equipment used on you was dirty. Makeup equipment should be cleansed after every client to reduce the risk of any adverse reactions while single-use items such as cotton swabs and wipes should be discarded immediately after use.

Be wary of double-dipping

While double-dipped ice cream may be a real treat, no respectable makeup artist will ever double-dip. When working with gel liners, lip color, and cream concealers the makeup artist should always use a tiny spatula or brush to scoop out some of the product into a palette and continue to work from that. Working straight from the container introduces a variety of bacteria to the product which will then be transferred to all the clients. If you want to double-dip while applying your makeup at home no one can stop you but be very wary if a makeup artist whose services you have enlisted does the same.

Yes, you want your makeup artist to be insured

In an ideal world not much can go wrong while you are having your makeup done. Unfortunately, we do not live in a fairy tale world and mishaps occur all the time. It is for this reason that it is imperative to make sure that your makeup artist is professionally trained and properly insured. A makeup artist that has made the effort to take out insurance clearly cares about the wellbeing of their client. Making use of the services of an insured artist will also give you peace of mind that you are protected should any accidents occur.

There is something very magical about makeup and the art of applying it faultlessly. By only seeking out the services of professional makeup artists we can guarantee that the magic lasts long after the clock has struck twelve.