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Makeup Artist

AllanaArtistry

Posts: 12

Crete, Illinois, US

I personally use disposable mascara wands, but i noticed some makeup artist use the wand from the tube and just clean it per client. Is that ok to do ?

Dec 07 12 07:05 am Link

Makeup Artist

Dorota MUA

Posts: 82

Leeds, England, United Kingdom

AllanaArtistry wrote:
I personally use disposable mascara wands, but i noticed some makeup artist use the wand from the tube and just clean it per client. Is that ok to do ?

no. always use disposable wand for clients, if you need reapply mascara -don't double dip - use next disposable wand.

For personal use - keep you own mascara - so then you can use original wand from the tube..

Dec 07 12 08:06 am Link

Makeup Artist

Jodie Acty

Posts: 45

Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

Dec 07 12 08:24 am Link

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Wilde Hunt Corsetry

Posts: 344

Columbus, Ohio, US

"I don't know why all 10 models on set came down with pink eye?"

Dear god....

Dec 07 12 08:50 am Link

Makeup Artist

AllanaArtistry

Posts: 12

Crete, Illinois, US

Wilde Hunt Corsetry wrote:
"I don't know why all 10 models on set came down with pink eye?"

Dear god....

Lol right it wasnt me lol jk

Dec 07 12 10:28 am Link

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AllanaArtistry

Posts: 12

Crete, Illinois, US

Wilde Hunt Corsetry wrote:
"I don't know why all 10 models on set came down with pink eye?"

Dear god....

Lol right it wasnt me lol jk

Dec 07 12 10:29 am Link

Makeup Artist

AllanaArtistry

Posts: 12

Crete, Illinois, US

Wilde Hunt Corsetry wrote:
"I don't know why all 10 models on set came down with pink eye?"

Dear god....

Lol right it wasnt me lol jk

Dec 07 12 10:29 am Link

Makeup Artist

AllanaArtistry

Posts: 12

Crete, Illinois, US

Wilde Hunt Corsetry wrote:
"I don't know why all 10 models on set came down with pink eye?"

Dear god....

Lol right it wasnt me lol jk

Dec 07 12 10:29 am Link

Makeup Artist

Lauren Reynolds Makeup

Posts: 282

London, England, United Kingdom

I've heard of people cleaning mascara wands and reusing, but really... I don't think the risk is worth the hassle. Its impossible to sterilise competely without medical equipment, we can only clean and disinfect and eyes are much more vunerable to infection than the rest of the face. And there's some hideous things that live in the eyelashes, such as these cute little guys http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demodex

And to be honest, the less brush cleaning you have to do...

Dec 07 12 07:38 pm Link

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MP Make-up Artistry

Posts: 5105

Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Wilde Hunt Corsetry wrote:
"I don't know why all 10 models on set came down with pink eye?"

Dear god....

hahah exactly.. years ago I worked on a fashion show and the head make-up artist told us to use the same mascara wands to save money... I looked at her and handed her a hand full of my own disposables fro my kit.. she was pissed at me and sent me home..
I honestly wouldnt ever double dip a risk someones health... and If she was I'm ok with being sent home because i have higher standards than her..

Dec 09 12 12:52 pm Link

Model

Tegan Lynn

Posts: 993

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Lauren Reynolds MUA wrote:
Its impossible to sterilise competely without medical equipment

This. And I doubt any mascara wands would survive the sterilization process. Most methods involve intense heat to destroy certain viruses, fungus and mould that alcohol alone won't kill.

There is a HUGE difference between sanitizing and sterilizing. Learn it.

The main problem with reusing mascara wands isn't in reusing them from client to client. It's the fact that once you double dip into a tube, the germs and micro organisms that the wand picks up are then deposited back into the mascara itself, and now have a lovely little cozy dark damp environment in which to breed. After this point, it doesn't matter how sterilized that mascara wand is, it's the mascara itself in the tube that's the problem.
Edit: It's the same reason we use a spatula to scoop other cream products and work off a palette. Double dipping causes the product itself to become contaminated.

You'd have to completely sterilize the wand in between each dip into the mascara tube. As of yet there's no way to do this.

Dec 09 12 02:08 pm Link

Model

Tegan Lynn

Posts: 993

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

DP

Dec 09 12 02:12 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Cynna Stylz MUA

Posts: 217

New York, New York, US

It's best to use disposable wands. Never double dip with that disposable wand.  If you think you will forget, cut the wand off the cap. This way you must use a disposable.

Dec 10 12 08:52 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Ash Mathews

Posts: 251

Los Angeles, California, US

Best to use disposables, it amazes me how many people just make their own rules about sanitation in this business.

Dec 16 12 01:20 pm Link

Makeup Artist

inese

Posts: 242

Los Angeles, California, US

Always only disposable. Same goes with lipgloss do not ever use it from the tube.

Dec 21 12 05:09 pm Link

Model

xMissLaurenElizabethx

Posts: 84

Boca Raton, Florida, US

Would YOU feel comfortable using a wand that has been used on a dozen or so other women? I'm very, very cautious when it comes to makeup... especially eye makeup. There are so many diseases and infections out there, I wouldn't dream of sharing my mascara - that's gross! Always use disposable, or have a separate mascara tube for you and only use the wand on yourself.

Dec 22 12 11:29 am Link

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sweetcheekscouture

Posts: 429

West Palm Beach, Florida, US

I sometimes buy the cheap elf mascaras for a buck and then throw them away or give them to the client.

Otherwise I use disposable wands

Dec 26 12 08:02 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Studio 7

Posts: 80

New York, New York, US

I try to use falsies as much as possible

Jan 02 13 03:19 pm Link

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Wilde Hunt Corsetry

Posts: 344

Columbus, Ohio, US

MP Make-up Artistry  wrote:
she was pissed at me and sent me home..
I honestly wouldnt ever double dip a risk someones health... and If she was I'm ok with being sent home because i have higher standards than her..

Yeah, I think you dodged a bullet there! What if you followed hygienic procedures but the other MUAs didn't and something nasty broke out. Your reputation would still be at risk because of even just one idiot. Wow... really. CRC has #75 mascara wands for $8.40. I mean, is a case of pink eye less expensive than a .11 cent wand? Craziness...

Jan 06 13 09:40 am Link

Makeup Artist

Dani Jaye

Posts: 319

Princeton, New Jersey, US

Studio 7 wrote:
I try to use falsies as much as possible

Which still need mascara.

Jan 07 13 12:24 pm Link

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Pinch of Pretty MUA

Posts: 46

Deerfield Beach, Florida, US

Dani Jaye  wrote:

Which still need mascara.

Yeah I always do mascara then falsies and mascara to blend again..

Jan 07 13 12:28 pm Link