I hope you are all doing well. For me, not so good. I mean, not completely bad, there are good things that have happened to me as well.
But, I am just a bit frustrated.
Let’s just get started by saying I have large infections, acne, and wholes all over my face. And I know who to blame. Make Up For Ever Academy. Damn you.
Not Damn You with an exclamation point, but Damn You with a period.
During the first few weeks of lecture, not one teacher spoke about safety and sanitation. And when I brought it up, some of the English speaking students gave me a hard time about it by saying that I was ‘too anal’.
Now those same students have worse acne and irritations all over their faces.
Shall I say I told them so?
Or shall I laugh in their faces?
I’ve done nothing, because it’s their own fault for being idiots.
But for me, I always follow safety and sanitation rules of my own and as a licensed esthetician it’s a requirement.
It’s pretty obvious what a makeup artist should and should not do.
Just a few observations and some really gross experiences.
Don’t lick your fingers and wipe off make up from your subject’s face. Teachers here do that therefore there are some students that mimic it.
Don’t use the lipstick bullet directly on your subject with out disinfecting it and don’t directly put that same dirty lipstick bullet on a different subject.
Clean your make up brushes after every use. Use disinfectant soap to wash your brushes and not the soap on the stick in the school bathroom.
Don’t share dirty sponges.
If you must eat something that has an offensive smell such as garlic and onions, please wash your hands before you touch my god damn face, you are suppose to be a teacher, lead by god damn example.
If your subject says, “Ow, that is burning!” Don’t proceed to put said burning product on my face. Now I have wholes all over my cheeks that I’ve never had before. Wholes that will not go away.
Don’t take powder to brush and then proceed to blow on said brush. What is the point in doing that? The brush is not on fire.
I take care to make sure my subject’s face is clean and the products and tools I use are clean, sanitized, disinfected, and ready to be used just for them.
I don’t eat offensive smelling food before I work on their face. Nor do I smoke. If I was a smoker I would make sure I washed my hands, brushed my teethe, and popped a breath mint before I work on said face.
I think it is just common sense that is lacking here.
Can you see my frustration?
I want to give this school a chance. I’ve already invested a lot of time and money in this school and have uprooted my husband and dog to move to Paris.
Sometimes, I feel the need to be a bit jaded. I want to walk the streets of Paris like a tourist that has always dreamed of coming here. I want to go to school and pretend that everything is okay.
What is wrong with me?
Sometimes I feel I should stick my head in the sand, but when one does that, they just get sand in their eyes.
When I was studying for my aesthetics license, I made a proposal to the owner of the school.
I would teach a well rounded beginners level course in make-up that was part of the aesthetics, cosmetics, and nail tech program.
I created a program plan all on my own and the first subject I covered was Safety and Sanitation. I took my common sense along with the safety regulations for aesthetics and created an easy to follow set of rules.
I also made sure that I arranged for models to use for my demonstrations, which I paid out of my own pocket. It lead to at least 30 students in total that I taught.
In my short time teaching makeup I always followed the safety and sanitation rules I created. I made sure that when the students were ready to begin their practice, their work stations and kit would follow said rules. And that all through out their practice they would follow the rules. I was really tough about it. And to this day I am even harder on myself.
I would say the level of safety and sanitation practice at this school from a score of 1-5 and 5 being the level of sanitation I take, hmm… This school is about a big fat Zero.
Even the make-up that is for the school work shops are dirty.
I am so glad I purchased my own new kit because there is no way I am going to put dirty make-up on any subject’s face.
I thought I’d share with you some photos from Paris. As you can see, one of those photos is the front entrance of Isabel Marant. Adorei Isabel Marant.
I love her designs. I purchased her famous Dicker booties in Taupe. I wear them all the time here. It think that they go great with anything from dresses to pants to jeans to shorts. Everything. I can’t wait to purchase more items from her collections. I love her jackets, they have a sense of the global traveller look to them but not over board. I personally am not that into the Bohemian look that she has all throughout her collections, but I do like some of the pieces.
As you can see in another photo, I love coffee. I always try to get a coffee before class. I like the proper coffee with steamed milk.
My husband and I had a few errands to run and accidentally did the tourist thing. I say accidentally because we went over to a few tourist stops.
There were so many Japanese tourist everywhere. At one point a woman started talking to me in Japanese. Okay, so I am not really Japanese. I am sure somewhere there is a distant ancestor of mine that has a tiny bit of Japanese in them. But I do speak Japanese. I speak a few languages here and there because it’s a hobby of mine. And I did have some Japanese friends that spoke to me in Japanese. And I’ve been to Japan, but really that does not make me a real Japanese or even a mixed Japanese woman. It’s like saying I am from Mexico because I’ve been there so many times.
I hated to break the older woman’s heart by saying that I was not Japanese.
Do you find it strange that random people just start conversations with me because they think I am from their country?
I started to notice how strange it was when I was maybe in my late teens early twenties. Now I’m just used to it. Some times some people get really disappointed when I say I am not from their country. It’s just strange to me.
I guess I have that kind of look about me.
Well, I have to go and clean my makeup kit and brushes. Thanks for stopping by and I shall see you again real soon.