Though I am a makeup artist, I often neglect my eyebrows. I don’t like to pluck them myself, and I just am so busy sometimes I don’t get them done for a couple months. Luckily I have been blessed with some pretty nice brows, good arches all that jazz.
When I do get them done, I like to get them waxed. I used to get them threaded, which in my opinion actually delivers the very best results, however I totally can not handle the pain. SO, I like to get them waxed, and when I get them waxed I don’t mind spending a little extra money to hopefully get the very best.
I mean I know I can get my eyebrows done for 4 dollars, but on Friday I opted instead to pay 17$ at Merle Norman for what I hoped would be a quick, but satisfying experience.
It all started out fine, the girl who helped me was nice enough, told me about her school experience, we small talked, she worked away, trimming, plucking, waxing. She was a bit of a perfectionist and studied my brows intently after she finished making sure they were perfect, and to her credit they look pretty damn good.
Unfortunately, she had to offer to cover my red forehead up with a little foundation. Unfortunately, I had to agree thinking all the while “how nice, how nice, how nice.” Unfortunately, the sponge she started to apply the foundation with looked like it had been dipped in a vat of foundation, and it was obvious by the foundation almost dripping of it, that it had been used on at least 20 faces other then mine.
My sponges don’t look like that after using it on set touching up a model for 12 hours, let alone my personal sponges which I sometimes use for a whole week straight on myself.
Needless to say I was disgusted! I stopped her half way through, paid, left and went and bought facial wipes at the grocery store across the way and vigorously scrubbed my brows worried about all sorts of skin diseases, remembering all the horror stories I had heard before.
Luckily, my forehead isn’t rotting off. But, Merle Norman did lose a customer. I will never go back there again. Maybe being a makeup artist has made me a bit of a germaphobe. I do hand sanitize every 5 minutes when working on models, I do religiously spray all my makeup with 70% and 90% alcohol. I do clean my brushes before every shoot, and in between every model. I do make sure to clean out my kit every 6 months and throw out everything that needs to be. Frankly I think that is pretty standard, and if you don’t do those things you are abusing your right to apply makeup.
I don’t think its too much to ask, so I am just going to say it
THROW OUT YOUR SPONGES MERLE NORMAN!