When your best friend, roommate or sister pulls out her matte plum lipstick, it’s always tempting to get your hands on the tube and swipe it across your own pout after they’re done using it. But is it really hygienic to share make-up products?
Being super close with these people means sharing is inevitable most notably if you share almost the same taste in a myriad of styles such as clothing, gold jewellery, accessories, shoes, and beauty shenanigans.
Of course, no one wants to share breakouts and other nasty infections, do you? Read on to know which makeup products you should avoid sharing with your girlfriends and why.
1. Pressed Foundation
Sure, liquid-based formula foundations marks a big no-no for sharing. Obviously, liquid is more prone to contamination rather than dry powders. However, that doesn’t imply that dry powders are unsusceptible to bacterias.
Since you use a sponge for your pressed foundation to touch up on your face, this way it’s possible to carry over bacteria from one person to another. If you or a friend is in dire need of touching up your oily face, you can every further transfer of bacteria by spraying an alcohol-based spray over your pressed foundation.
This could be the second most shared makeup product next to lipsticks you and your girlfriends share with. But think about it, mascara is a wet formula hence, it’s vulnerable to bacteria and other viruses which in turn may incur infections such as conjunctivitis and pink eye.
You see, each time you pull out and dip back the wand into the tube, you’re feeding in the bacteria all the while harboring more. It’s safe to say that you should advise your girlfriends to use your own mascaras otherwise. . . pink eye. If you really do want to share, use a disposable wand and never double dip. Never.
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3. Lipstick, Lip Gloss, and Balm
Did you know that the most common makeup product you and your besties share are susceptible to bacterias and easily transmittable? Yes, your lipsticks, lip gloss and balms should remain for your own use. Unless you carry wipes and an alcohol spray in your purse, that should make an exception.
Lip gloss is much like the same with mascara: you’re pushing air back whenever you reapply it; Not to mention, double-dipping.
Now, reconsider passing your favorite lipstick to your sister or best friend, you may share anything and everything with one another, but surely you don’t want to share bacteria through these products. Common cold, fever blisters and HSV-1 can be transmitted and surely you don’t want any of that just for a picture perfect lipstick selfie. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
4. Makeup Brushes and Sponges
It seems no big deal to share makeup brushes and sponges with your close buddies but in microscope, these are actually the makeup tools that are easily infected with bacteria. If you rarely clean your brushes properly and switch sponges, cross-contamination, dirt and oil from yours and other person’s skin, germs transmitted on your makeup, and worst, breakouts can happen.
This may sound all too familiar to you but it’s important: wash your brushes properly. If you need it stat, an alcohol-spray is always a go-to for killing bacteria. But if you have time, wash your tools regularly, use shampoo if you have sensitive skin and prone to breakouts.
5. Cream, Compact or Pressed Makeup
The tacky nature of these types of formulas can trap and harbor bacteria, so its best not to pass your cream shadow around to your friends while you guys are getting ready to go out. Especially since you probably use your fingers to apply this type of product and have contaminated it with your own bacteria.
Excluding the eye liner pencil in which you can sharpen out the infected nib; liquid liners, gel liners, retractable applicators, or sharpies, can easily come in contact with germs and other organisms. Beware especially for what you use on your waterline as it’s close to infection with the eye fluid. Again, you don’t want a pink eye or conjunctivitis, do you?
7. Products in Tubs and Jars
If the case is you’ll have to dip your fingers in the product, it’s best recommended to keep that product for your own personal use. This isn’t rocket science. You don’t want other people’s dirty fingers to come in contact with your eye cream or lip balm. Bacteria can be transmitted easily, this is the perfect time to get a little clean and strict of your belongings.
Now that you’re well aware of the consequences and downsides of sharing beauty products with other people, would you still risk it? If sharing is inevitable, always bring an alcohol spray at hand and so you can let your sister apply one swipe of lip balm on her lips.
Prevent breakouts and other infections by keeping your products to yourself. What other beauty advices you think we should know? Share it with us!