Makeup: Professional Makeup Artist (MUAs) Vs. Parlor / Salon

Let me begin by saying that this article in no way means to berate parlor / salons, but a spade must be called a spade. However, salons are excellent for getting your day to day requirements serviced (e.g. waxing, manicures, pedicures, etc.). But when it comes to special makeup for that special occasion they can fall short. A lot of people go to salons for their makeup, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. In fact, before becoming a makeup artist I used to get my makeup done at salons as well. But now I realize the many risks I exposed my skin too (even at the best of salons) and cringe at the thought of it. I was lucky that I escaped without any issues. But many clients I meet are unfortunately not as lucky. The horror stories I get to hear about what happened to the makeup or their skin afterwards are hair-raising! After talking to many people, I understand that their main reason for going to salons is the price. I understand everyone has a budget to work with BUT that doesn’t mean you go for a cheaper option only to realize later that it ended up costing more in dermatologists bills & medicines. What many do not realize is that there are many makeup artists (MUAs) today and in a wide price range. You can always find a makeup artist that uses good products & suits your budget (But beware of anyone who gives very low/ salon like prices!). The major risks in getting makeup done at a salon are: –
  • Hygiene: Whether their brushes are clean or not is anybody’s guess. Many clients have come back to me saying they developed facial skin problems (e.g. rashes, acne, etc.) – which is usually due to shared brushes. Brushes must always be cleaned after each client and some salons might neglect to do that.
  • Brands: just as we have budgets so do salons. They mostly use the mid-range brands, while MUAs like us mostly use international brands.
  • Products Quality: there are a lot of duplicates in today’s world for everything, sadly for makeup too. Salons can be tempted to buy cheaper duplicate products of expensive brands to cover their overheads and fixed costs through higher profits.
  • Makeup Type: many times, you will notice that salon makeup can be loud or cakey or grey. Eyeshadows are often not blended properly. The workers in salons are trained usually to do a few types of make-up in a production-line type way. Customizing for your particular skin and facial features can often be difficult for them.