I am always on the search for the best brush holders to use while working. I have given up on products made for brushes & started my research for unconventional items. Being able to work quickly & sanitary when working with clients, in my opinion, is more important than the contour or smokey eye.
For a makeup artist, the dream is to have plenty of space when working. Space allows for you to have your brushes laid out side by side. Most artists know this isn't always the case. Sometimes we are in a small space & even often, working out of our makeup bag.
It is like nails down a chalkboard for me to see brushes (clean or dirty) randomly on a chair, counter, in a makeup palette, etc. This is a state boards and sanitary NO NO for professionals in the industry. For professionals reading this, you are probably wondering how unsanitary makeup artists are still in business working like this. Well... They are here in Atlanta & I see it almost everyday in an out of accounts.
How many of you are sometimes forced to work on your brushes and end up having to sanitize EVERYTHING? Even the ones you didn't use?
This was me.. Always spending more time sanitizing and less time working. When I would get home EVERY brush would need to be shampooed but not every brush was used. What a vicious cycle.
About 6 months ago I found the brush stand/tree. I just knew I had the magic thing that was going to help save me time and always be sanitary. Space to set these up was still a small issue but feeling like my brushes were sanitary was totally worth it. These are a great idea and I still use them EVERYTIME I shampoo my brushes to make sure they dry evenly and do not smell musty. As far as using them on-site... It only took one time of being in a hurry and bumping into my stand to see ALL of my freshly sanitized brushes hit to ground for me to leave them at home. The idea is great but they are still not sturdy enough to not tip over.
Now *TA*DA* my newest unconventional brush holder is here. I put miss mary poppin (for those of you who know me know I name everything) to the test today after a makeup application. She is the best! Lightweight and easy to travel with. You can wiggle your brushes in there flat or let them stand upright (like intended for ink pens - see product pictures below from poppin.com). I have an army of brushes but when on-site I only take a few for lightweight travel and packing purposes.
Miss mary poppin is a foreigner to the makeup world. Her career started in the office supply world. She was invented for ink pens & slogan is 'work happy'. Thus far, her corporate title has been SOFTIE grip grass. She comes in several colors and can be purchased for work on poppin.com.
Here are a few pictures from her resume:
As you can see she works well with others but still does an amazing job by herself.
I hope these tips help you with your makeup business. Who else uses an unconventional item to hold their brushes? I would love to see. Comment below or post and tag me on IG @makeupbychris10
WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER