Makeup Artist - Keeping the bride safe.


When your special day comes around, a true makeup artist can put the finsihing touches to a great look. It only takes a little bit of time to insure yoru beauty professional is top quality and your health is in mind.

What should you look for? A stunning portfolio, artistic talent, experiance, glamor, commercial, or high fashion looks. All these things are important to beign the shining star at your wedding. Taking it a step further may save you time as well as keeping you, the client, healthy. It is your right to expect quality professionalism and experience as-well-as protecting yoru beauty health. 

What you may not know:

State Laws and Licenses for Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist.

There are simple steps to insuring you are getting what you pay for. Ask for a license or certification if the licensed is not visible.  By law beauty professionals are required to be licensed by most states. It is required to have them on hand for client viewing even on location outside salons. In most states it is required by law for makeup artist and hair stylist to be licensed under the State Cosmetology Board. This includes estheticians and nail technicians. You can check these laws under your state board of cosmetology government web sites. 

Makeup artist fall under esthetician or cosmetology license. Some states carry a certification only, such as, New York and California. Most other states require licensing. In contacting the Indiana State Board to confirm the requirements of a practicing makeup artist and stylist, this was the information that was given.

   " If there are Makeup Artist or Stylist practicing without a licensed they can be prosecuted by the Attorney General. This includes work in and outside a salon setting."

Many licensed stylist and makeup artist travel to homes and outside the salon setting so the licensing requirements are the same for all beauty professionals. They also concluded that, "any beauty professional coming in direct contact with a clients skin or hair at any time must be properly licensed." 

There are many issues to address. Chemistry, color theory, artistic eye, sanitation, disinfection, and knowledge of communicable disease. All that goes into makeup artistry and hair styling. It is far more complicated than most think. Not to mention the artistry you will receive will be far more advanced than a novice just playing beauty shop. 

You wouldn't want your doctor to not have proper training so why risk your beauty health. Freelancers, MaryK, department stores, and other retail sales persons are the most concerning to the beauty industry. When dealing with a salon you would not typically find a unlicensed cosmetologist. Just because they sell or demo makeup does not mean some are licensed! These people are trained for retail. State required courses are far more advanced than what you would learn at the retail counter.  It is your right as a costumer to ask for cridentials. Most are retail employees. No matter what training class they had to take to get the job at the department store, this is not a state required & OSHA regulated course. It is strictly for retail. State law requires a licensed stylist or esthetician to be trained in a professional college/beauty school with a state required limited hours and services before taking the test to be a beauty professional.

The FDA does not require makeup to be tested, so this makes it even more important to seek a train professional. If the technician providing any beauty service to clients without a licenses, it is illegal in some states!

Why is is necessary for a stylist or makeup artist to be educated in product knowledge, safety, sanitation and disinfection? Simple. To keep the client healthy and safe.

Why its important!

The risk of contracting a serious to minor complications range from ringworm, Hepatitis B, acne, psoriasis, dermatitis (rashes), contact dermatitis, allergic reaction, serious infections, skin and hair infestations (Lice,scabies), to name a few. Beauty professionals have been properly trained on preventing and detecting these things in order to keep clients safe and informed. Properly disinfecting implements/tools are just the minor steps to take to insure clients are kept healthy.

State law as well as OSHA require beauty professionals to be trained to prevent and protect their clients from any complication. This makes the technician on hand able to spot these issues prior to working on a client. They can then refer them to the best way to seek treatment. This preventing the spread of these issues.Take the extra time to be informed. You would not want your specail day to be ruined by these complications. 


Published: 08/16/2012 by Loretta Kendall


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