When a Sephora makeup artist realized that a child got into her special stash of makeup and products, she turned to Facebook to tell the world. Apparently, the child smudged the $1,300 worth of Sephora makeup thinking that it was all just finger paint. The incident occurred on Veteran’s Day 2017 and the Sephora makeup artist, who makes her living providing looks to customers who come into the store, couldn’t believe that a child destroyed her makeup and just left without telling her.
The artist, Brittany Nelson, wrote the following to Facebook.
“$1300 of Make Up Forever eyeshadow destroyed due to a small child. I’m sure he/she thought they were like finger-paints and had no idea how naughty they were being. Tons of destroyed product and pissed Sephora cast members are not a happy place to be. Mammas, please shop for your makeup without your tiny humans. It’s not fun for you… or them… or the expensive product. Anna Heath and I about passed out when we saw this atrocity.”
Brittany Nelson is a mother herself. And although she does shop with her little one, she limits the trips to a very short amount of time. She wrote:
Nelson did not manage to catch the “naughty” child in the act. But she did walk into the beauty superstore “right as a lady and her kid were hustling out of there. The glittery footprints helped us decipher it was a tiny human.”
This mother didn’t want to deal with the responsibility of replacing the expensive makeup and decided to make a run for it instead.
Although Sephora staffers quickly cleaned up the mess, people on Facebook were outraged to see what had happened. Nelson’s Facebook post quickly went viral, and people started sharing their reactions to the way the child treated the expensive makeup like finger paint.
One person had no sympathy for the child nor the parent:
“There’s no excuse for this. Parents take their kids into businesses, completely ignore them like they’re not there, and expect the work staff to babysit them. A good parent never leaves their child out of sight, not just because of damage to the store’s products, but leaving a young child alone puts them in danger.”
Other people attacked Nelson for exposing the child’s misbehavior. They complained that she was “mom shaming” because this mom rushed the child out of the store after the tiny human made a huge mess and destroyed $1,300 of expensive products.
“Yes, this is absolutely horrible, and that parent is an idiot for not watching their child, but for you to tell people they shouldn’t shop for makeup with their children, is ABSURD and disrespectful. Some parents don’t have the luxury of going places without their children.”
Because makeup shops are loaded with small items that are all choking hazards, they are not safe places for parents to leave little ones unattended.
“Using a dirty makeup tester in a store can potentially spread infections if they have been contaminated. Moist environments – like those in lipsticks or liquid makeups – may allow bacteria or viruses to grow, putting a new user at risk,” Mount Sinai Hospital’s Director for Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology, Joshua Zeichner told LookBook.com.
What do you make of this incident?