“Sharing is caring” does not apply to makeup! Your makeup is very personal. It goes on your lips and eyes, which are full of bacteria and even viruses — yuck! As a makeup artist I have learned what is ok to share and how to share them. However somethings should just be kept to yourself.
1. Don’t share your mascara, it’s a definite no. First of all, we should discard of our never-shared mascara after two months, because it’s a breeding ground for bacteria and the pink eye infection. Ugh, no more sick days at work — what to do? This one you’ll have to pass on.
2. Do wipe off the top layer of powder products, Eyeshadow, blush, and all other powders can be tricky, but if it’s absolutely necessary to share, there are ways to make it work. One way is to wipe off the top layer of the eyeshadow; this is how it’s done in department stores. I remember while working in a makeup retail store, we called it “the layer of uncertainty.”
3. Don’t share lipgloss or any other products in tubes. Period.
4. Do feel free to share items with pumps, anything that can be pumped out like primers, foundations and setting sprays are all safe to share with your friends.
5. Do take precautions and explore your options. Being a makeup artist, I have disposable applicators for lip products. However, rubbing off the top layer of my powder products all the time can be wasteful. Thankfully, there is a spray that sanitizes. This product can be very helpful to you even if you don’t share makeup but want to try it out in department stores. Here’s another reason you might enjoy the idea of sanitizing your makeup: what happens after you wear your makeup when you have the cold or flu? It’s now full of germs that can get you sick again! Beauty So Clean sanitizes both powder and cream-based products, killing bacteria in as little as 10 seconds!
There. Now you know what is okay and not okay to share … Don’t say I didn’t warn you!