Jennifer Jane is a Pro Makeup Artist and Founder of The Bridal Makeup Academy where she shares her 16+ years of industry experience with the next generation of Makeup Artists.
With the wedding industry set to restart from June, my fellow Bridal Hair and Makeup Artists can all look forward to returning to what we love – creating beautiful brides.
We all know one of THE most important parts of working within the beauty industry is Health Safety & Hygiene, and in light of the covid-19 pandemic, your clients’ perceptions have totally altered, resulting in beauty hygiene practices being more scrutinized than ever before. The public now have a heightened awareness of the importance of infection control.
In preparation for our return to work, it’s time to start planning how to put new procedures in place to ensure client reassurance, adhering to government guidelines, and keep everybody safe.
Responsibilities towards your client are paramount but it’s also important to get some assurances from them in terms of your working environment before your arrival on the wedding day.
8 Top tips for safe working practice
1. Contact your bride 2 weeks before the trial date is due to discuss whether they or anyone in their household, or members of the bridal party may have come into contact with anyone who currently has Coronavirus symptoms or has been exposed to anyone with symptoms.
Assure your client that if you yourself have shown any signs of symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who has, you will be taking a test ASAP and in a situation where your test comes back positive, you will provide an alternative artist or reschedule your appointment no less than 2 weeks from that date. This process should be repeated the day before the trial.
- If a member of the bridal party is affected but is not a part of the same household as the bride then the bridal trial can go ahead as planned.
- If the bride is affected, the trial must not proceed and will have to be rescheduled no less than 2 weeks from that date.
- If a member of the bridal party is affected and they are not part of the same household as the bride then the wedding booking can go ahead as planned.
- If the bride is affected you must not proceed with the booking under any circumstances.
2. It’s a good idea to create a disclosure document that the bride and bridal party can fill in and sign before you commence work on the day of the wedding. Items on the form can include the following:
- Names of bridal party
- Contact numbers of each person
- Temperature checks of all persons
- Signed confirmation that each person shows no signs of any symptoms
- Signed confirmation you as the artist have no symptoms
3. Remember to factor in more time allowance in-between appointments for thorough cleaning and sanitising.
4. If you haven’t done so already I would strongly advise you take the Barbicide Covid-19 Compliant Course. This will not only equip you with all the information on safe practices, it will provide reassurance to your client and uphold your professional reputation. You can post the certificate on your website and social media to show you have taken the necessary steps to become Covid compliant.
5. Take this quiet time to thoroughly disinfect and sanitise your kit. Throw out anything that is old and get properly organised, so you are ready to roll once we can start to work again.
6. You absolutely must wear a mask and visor whilst doing hair and makeup and keep this on for the duration of the booking at both the trial and the wedding.
7. On the wedding day, it is advisable that the only person permitted in the room with you whilst doing hair and makeup, will be the person you are working on, with the exception of the photographer, who must abide by social distancing guidelines.
8. All members of the bridal party must wash their and hands and use hand sanitiser before the appointment commences and under no circumstances may they be permitted to touch any of your makeup products.
It’s been a long time for us all, but with a little adjustment to how we work, weddings can be wonderful again.
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