Getting Married or Having a Formal During the COVID-19 Pandemic? Here’s What to Expect.
You may have heard the most amazing news recently that your favourite beauty business can open again after months of Stage 3 lockdown, (sayonara monobrow and overgrown nails!) and as a working makeup artist myself it’s fantastic news that makeup has been included in the first lot of beauty restriction lifts too. There’s still no reaaaaal substantial lift to public gatherings which have since been raised to only 10 but there’s a view for these to be eased to 100 on the 10th of July if we are all good girls and boys. So hopefully we will actually have somewhere to be SEEN with our glam other than social media – cue here comes the bride.
However with this blessing comes great responsibility and while it may have you rejoicing, it might also have you feeling a little uneasy. Makeup is, after all, a close contact service where brushes were traditionally sterilised between clients with alcohol, (isopropyl spray, not vino unfortunately), and then used directly on powdered products for the application to the face. While this practice has been accepted and suitable since the dawn of time, this won’t fly with COVID or our health department, bless their well-informed cotton socks.
I’m pleased to put your mind at ease and give you the low down on a few key areas about what you should expect from an appointment with your makeup artist if they’re based in Queensland. Before we start, there’s this thing called the “COVID-Safe Plan” which is a recent health and safety implementation by the Queensland Government to be strictly adhered to by makeup artists to follow in order to safely reopen their businesses again.
(If you’re wanting to see what my very own COVID-Safe commitment and proceedure is you can view it by clicking here and if you’re wanting to see the full COVID-Safe Plan as set out by the Queensland Government you can click here).
Gone are the days that makeup brushes could be sanitised for use in between each client for that day. Separate brush sets must be allocated for use on each client. So if you are a wedding party of 6, your makeup artist will be need to be using six separate brush sets allocated to each face and stored in their own little separate sterile bags. I’m going to label mine so I know which face it belongs to when I need to do touch-ups. It almost goes without saying that their brushes will of course be subject to deep cleaning prior to their sterile storage and use.
Your makeup artist will be required to sanitize the workspace before and after each client – much like they would have always done previously but in the manner of OCD on steroids. All surfaces must be wiped down with antibacterial spray or wipes, along with the makeup palettes and products that have been handled. They also can’t leave their palettes open for their ease of use and instead must remain closed unless being decanted, see next.
Typically, makeup artists would decanter liquid products only and apply powder products directly to the brush for their application. This was perfectly acceptable in a COVID-free world but now it’s considered too high risk. What this now means is that any makeup products that are going to be applied MUST be decanted using a sterile spatula and onto a sterile surface. I’m personally going to opt for paper palettes rather than a non-porous washable palette – because if you were familiar with the staying power of the liquid eyeliner that I use, you’d want to avoid the headache of trying to clean that off a reusable palette too.
TAKING YOUR DEETS
Your makeup artist isn’t trying to be nosey, it’s actually a requirement by the Queensland Government for them to request, (and for you to provide), the names, residential addresses and mobile phone numbers of yourself, everyone in your group booking AND any other contractors or workers too. Your artist must securely keep a record of these details for a minimum of 28 days. This is to assist in contact tracing should it be required and requested by Queensland Health or another relevant governing body.
We are all pretty up to speed about social distancing which still has to be maintained where practicable, but there’s some other restrictions to the makeup service which will likely affect how your wedding day preparations may run. There are gathering restrictions of 10 plus your artist and although that’s a generous number, it may be further reduced if your hotel room or premises isn’t up to the job. It’s still a requirement to allocate 4sq/m per person, so if your hotel room is only 16sq/m then only 3 people plus your artist can be in that space. Others will need to make alternative arrangements or go back to their premises in wait. Another important note is that friends and family members are not permitted to attend the appointment if they are not booked in for the service. So unfortunately, if mum isn’t booked in for her makeup and she wants to have a gander she won’t be able to even if the space allows for it.
You may have already discussed timing with your makeup artist and drawn out a timeline for your morning preparations but it’s essential that you keep an open mind and communicate with your artist as your service will take longer than pre-COVID times. This is purely due to the meticulous sanitization and safety requirements that is required of them by law. We aren’t trying to rain on your parade, believe me!
As a self-confessed clean freak, I am absolutely on board with the new hygiene standards in makeup artistry but I for one am looking forward to the day when we can return to a greater sense of social normality. For the time being, we must play by the rules for your health, our health and the greater good.
What do you think about all these new rules as a future bride or professional artist? Too much? Too little? Too late? I’d love to see what you think in the comments below ?