Hiring Makeup Artist Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

This article was first published at https://makeovermagix.com.sg/2020/10/28/halloween2020/ . Updated 26 November 2020.
Written by Rezani Ramli, Makeover Magix

With Singapore allowing larger events of up to 250 people, how are you preparing your event?

If you are engaging a makeup artist to help with creating a desired look for talents, friends, family members or yourself, ensure that they are well prepared with the necessary disposable lip applicators, mascara wand and eyeliner brush. A professional makeup artist will usually come prepared with all these even during the days of pre-pandemic. In the current situation, these tools are more required than ever.

Disposable brush and applicators.
Image Source: JR Makeup Store

Some makeup artists might say that they will clean the brushes and sanitise them before using on others during a project.

However, in order to properly sanitise these tools, it is not only about using brush cleaner and dipping in 75% alcohol anymore. During this period, in order to sanitise these tools properly, you need to (additionally) wash them with soap too and let them dry before next use.

We also recommend that you bring your own brushes and cosmetics products rather than using shared materials. It should be fine to use materials owned by the makeup artist if you are the only person he or she will be doing makeup on.

However, if you are part of a large group that requires makeup, having your own products and tools might reduce the risk of infections. I mean, even if it is not COVID-19 infection, no one wants to get a flu bug, cough or fever now – because if you do, you need to go through that awful swab test.

Using a stainless steel spatula and glove to depot materials at for applying makeup.
Image Source: Makeover Magix

Do also take a peek at the makeup artist bag, brushes and products he or she uses. Do they look clean? You might have ignored all these in the past. You should not in 2020. Nothing matters more than your health.

If you require disposable applicators to standby in case your makeup artist do not own it, we have stocks available at https://www.jrmakeupstore.com/dispensing/ .
I would like to also share the following articles which are useful as reference on how to reduce risk of infections when applying makeup products. Here are the links:

We had several opportunities to do makeup for several talents in the past few months. We really appreciate that in all the projects that we worked on, the clients and talents are all co-operative in adhering to COVID-19 safety measures and protocols.

These are some of our practices:

  • Health declaration before coming on set.
  • Temperature screening several times in a day.
  • Changing surgical mask and face shield when handling a new talent.
  • Minimum 1-meter safe distancing between makeup stations.
  • Limiting the number of people in the makeup area.
  • 15 to 30 mins turnaround before the next talent sits on the makeup chair. This ensures we have time to sanitise the entire area, wash our hands and change our mask and face shield.

We are always on alert and do our best to comply with regulations issued by the Government of Singapore. Here are two of the links we refer to:

Finally, do not assume the makeup artist you engage will adhere to COVID-19 safety measures. Ask questions before you engage them. Check what measures they have in place and how they have been operating since June 2020. Do consider makeup space, number of people and timing. All these sanitising work, wearing a mask and face shield means that we now need longer time to do makeup. Discuss this with your makeup artist in advance.

Never take this pandemic for granted because if there is a second wave, livelihood and health of many people will be heavily affected. Let’s all do our part and be socially responsible.

Rezani Ramli Head of Makeup, Makeover Magix

Rezani Ramli is a Marketing Professional for over 20 years. She started makeup artistry work over 10 years ago as she really likes doing creative stuff. She now leads a team of makeup artists at Makeover Magix. The company specialises in various types of makeup artistry work ranging from beauty and glamour to special effects makeup. Rezani is one of the few makeup artists in Singapore who is certified in doing life casting and using airbrush makeup. Rezani started JR Makeup Class in 2018 due to demands on conducting makeup classes for makeup enthusiasts as well as for film production crew. In 2019, Rezani officially launched the Marketing Consultancy services. Rezani also co-own and manages JR Makeup Store.