Two weeks ago I had my first shoot of the year. My plan was to do at least two shoots a month, but COVID-19 arrived and literally changed our way of life. Living in the year of COVID has had a tremendous effect on the makeup industry.
If you know me then you know I am a huge germaphobe
As a Makeup Artist my first priority is to ensure the safety of the model when it comes to sanitization. If you know me then you know I am a huge germaphobe so when COVID hit I made sure to educate myself on all the necessary precautions.
Before the shoot I watched a lot of COVID-19 related videos from the Harriet Makes It Up Academy which is ran by Makeup Artist Harriet Hadfield, videos from Canadian Makeup Artist AngieB and of course Melissa Street from EpicMakeup. I also completed the Professional Beauty Industry training via Barbicide.
The day before the shoot I did a thorough cleaning of my kit bag and individual pouches. I made sure I had gloves, hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol, a face shield, disinfect wipes, and extra plastic bags. Since the shoot was outside, I also brought an ice pack to ensure none of my cream products melted.
Protecting everyone on set including myself is of the upmost importance to me.
Forewarning, wearing PPE equipment in the heat while applying makeup is no joke! From the fogged up face shield, multiple glove changes, to the dry ashy hands, it is an experience. However, protecting everyone on set including myself is of the upmost importance to me.
Although I felt pretty prepared for this shoot, there are some items I’m definitely going to invest in for my next shoot. For now, I’m just grateful and happy that NYC is at the phase where we can now do photoshoots again.
As someone who still does makeup on the side, I can’t even begin to imagine the financial toll this pandemic has taken on full-time Makeup Artist and the makeup community. I just pray COVID-19 doesn’t become our permanent normal.
Until Next Time..