Be it China Town NYC or a tagged photo on facebook advertising red bottom shoes at 75% off retail prices, we have all seen them...KNOCKOFFS. As with every genuine product, there are tell tale signs of the real deal and the real fake. The same can be said for makeup artists. Now, before the defenses go up, I am not talking about artists who are just starting out or skill level. We all begin at different levels and our work grows as we do...BUT...there are some key things that if you see your makeup artist doing...beware.
Signs of a a knock off:
- They use the lipgoss applicator right out of the tube onto your lips. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen other artists do this and how it makes me cringe. If the lipgloss is not brand new and you are not keeping it after they apply it to your lips, just ask yourself one question...how many different lips has this same applicator wand touched before it is now touching yours?
- They begin applying your makeup without washing their hands or applying hand sanitizer. Your hands are the biggest carrier of germs. Unwashed/unsanitized hands are a playground of bacteria. A makeup artist's hands touch your eyes and face. If hands are not cleaned, there is nothing stopping the transfer of germs to your skin and face.
- Unclean brushes. Makeup artist brushes should always be clean. There should be no residue on brushes from previous use. Now, sometimes, a brush may be stained with a color even after it has been cleaned, but it should not have product apparent. If you are one of a few people your artist is working on in the same time period, brushes should be either cleaned with a brush cleaner between applications or new brushes should be used all together.
- Unsharpened lip/eye pencils. Lip and eye pencils should be sharpened before being applied, this insures that the tip of the pencil is new and has not touched another persons eyes or lips.
These are just a few signs to look for. Be sure to keep an eye out for the real deal...after all...you ARE worth it! Beauty and blessings, Mariluz
Stay tuned for Part 2 - Myth vs. Fact