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The whole "Back of the hand" thing

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Dec 26, 2012

Andrea S.

I was reading through a conversation on here a while ago and saw a few people saying that mixing cream pigments, colours, etc on the back of your hand is a "no-no" "sooo disgusting" etc.

I'm guilty of doing this for example with my OCC Lip Tars, but ONLY when I've used hand sanitizer before and they're clean (obviously). I also wash and sanitize my hands after I've done this. When I'm using a cream I use a spatula but usually just put it on the back of my hand too. I was hoping someone could point out to me what's so wrong about that? I genuinely don't understand haha, I was always under the impression that if your hands are santitized it's not that big of a deal.

Thanks for reading and happy Boxing day!

Dec 26, 2012

Meg B.

I think it's more for hygiene, especially if the person doing has skin diseases, whether they are aware they have it or not. although the heat of your skin does help the makeup blend better.

Dec 26, 2012

Christine K.

I do this when I mix a bit of Benefit highlighter with my BB cream all the time. But, it's always after I've taken a shower.

Dec 26, 2012

Emilie Marie C.

you can use a Stainless Steel palette for mixing products and color. it's easy to wash and last à life-time.

Dec 26, 2012

Carson T.

My foundation is in a pump bottle, so I've always just pumped it onto the back of my hand. Never had any problems at all 

Dec 26, 2012

Tilly M.

I think for your own face its fine, but doing that when your doing someone elses face is where the problems arrive. Iv tried to find a small palette just for personal use because i hate getting my hands dirty because im the kind of person that will literally get makeup everywhere. I cant find anything where i live though. 

Dec 26, 2012

Caitlin M.

Paw palettes online!! I really want one, I believe I saw the article on here actually. They have a Velcro strap and you can wear them like a bracelet

There are more colors I believe, but I can't tell from the site on my phone. 

Dec 26, 2012

Alisa D.

I started using a clear CD, like one meant to separate other CDs or DVD's. it's good size, has a nice whole to hold it, it was lying around needing repurposing anyways ;) I'm sure a regular old CD or DVD would work too, recycling is cool ;D

Dec 26, 2012

Ari W.

cds are great like alisa said

Dec 26, 2012

Cameron R.

Like Meg said its just a sanitation thing. If you are doing it with clients, it would probably make them feel more at ease of you used an actual mixing palette or a cd. If it is just a close friend or relative or you are using it on yourself, I honestly think as long as your hands are clean it doesn't matter.
Petri dishes work well. I bought a glass one at a theatrical makeup store we have in my city.

Dec 26, 2012

Chelsea P.

I have to admit, Im the same way.Its MUCH easier to mix on the back of your hand for several reasons. However when It comes to a client, you can NEVER be too clean. To fix this problem I purchased a stainless steel wrist pallet. You wear it like a cuff and it had a flat top so you can mix colors easy. To clean it I just swipe it with a Make Up remover wipe and its set for the next product. And lets face it, your hands can only hold so much product at a time.

Dec 28, 2012

Meg B.

I used to use old CDs too and they get the job done, but I switched to a steel mixing palette after going to makeup school, only for appearances. it does look more professional than an old CD, but CDs are great too. just a matter of preference.

Dec 30, 2012

Kelly R.

Try my friend's invention, the PAW:
it''s pretty neat and much more professional. Sharon Gault uses one and promotes it for Crystal - you'll love it.  xox

Jan 06, 2013

Kat T.

Go for a professional looking stainless steel mixing palette. MAC, Cinema Secrets & Make Up Forever all sell them. Naimie's carries an awesome thumb palette by Eve Pearl too! I've used Petri dishes in the past but I've had them break in my kit. Not good! Stainless palettes are professional grade and can be sanitized with alcohol - your clients will definitely appreciate your efforts to be safe, clean & have their best interests in mind!

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