Surgical Makeup Experience During Covid-19

Licensed cosmetologist Kelly W. wearing mask and holding disinfectant cleaners

-by Kelly Paris, Licensed Cosmetologist

Part of the facial plastic surgery experience here at the Lindsay House is learning how to camouflage any bruising or redness you might experience after surgery.  This is done by one of our licensed makeup artists using the Jane Iredale makeup line, which is a micro-mineralized makeup with natural ingredients, sunscreen, and it is non-comedogenic.  Jane Iredale provides full coverage without appearing cakey, and it is truly an extension of your skincare.

What Would I Expect at My Appointment Pre COVID-19?

Prior to COVID-19, the surgical patient came to Q the Medical Spa at Lindsay House, where I would meet with them one-on-one in the makeup room.  A surgical camouflage makeup appointment typically lasts 45 minutes and consists of a makeup application and an explanation on how to best use it.  I am always amazed at how well the makeup covers up the bruising!  At this appointment, the client is given the Jane Iredale Corrective Colors Kit and a Jane Iredale Pressed Powder. For me, the best part of this experience is meeting and learning about each client, I love to be able to watch the healing process of a patient’s surgery.  Most of the clients I meet with would show me their before photos to compare to their look now.  It is interesting to hear how and why people have chosen to have facial plastic surgery.

How Are You Handling These Appointments During the Pandemic?

During this time of COVID-19, we strive to keep everyone safe and healthy, so the surgical makeup experience is a little different.  A surgical patient is typically ready for makeup application 10 days out from their procedure, so I will meet with the patient and the Nurse Practitioner at their day-10 post-operative appointment.  I suit up, double masking with my N95 mask and a top mask to keep the patient and myself safe. I also wash and sanitize my hands prior to giving out the products.  The appointment lasts about 10 minutes, and during this time, the patient is unmasked so that I can take a look at their skin tone and color match them. The products are complementary, provided by Dr. Quatela and Dr. Lee. When given the products, I explain to the patient how to use them and double-check to see that they are caring for their skin.  It is a short and sweet appointment!

I am looking forward to when I can apply makeup to a face that won’t need to be covered with a mask.  I look forward to spending time meeting new people and listening to their journeys. Someday in the future, I will be able to invite a person to try on a new lip liner, new lip gloss color, and contour their cheekbones.  But for now, I will continue to keep our clients safe and stay safe myself.  Stay in good health! Wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart, and wash your hands.

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