PSA: Don’t Share Your Makeup Or Let Your Skin Suffer The Consequences

We’re definitely not stingy when it comes to sharing, especially our makeup products. In fact, we’re more than happy to let our girlfriends try out the latest lipstick in our makeup pouch!

If we’re really, really close, we’d share concealers, compact powder and even brushes. But here’s the truth about sharing beauty products, it comes with some nasty consequences. In reality, you have no idea if the person you’re lending your powder to is carrying any germs. Yikes!

1. Acne be popping up 

Okay, acne may not be contagious but acne-causing bacteria, dead skin cells and oil from other’s people skin can stick to your beauty products. So if you’ve shared your powder with a friend who’s got pimples and you’ve used the same sponge on your clear skin, you can bet there’s going to be some zits popping up on your cheeks!

2. Cold sores from shared lipsticks

Yes, you can get cold sores from sharing that favourite lipstick of yours! Even if your friend doesn’t look like she’s got any irritation, they could still carry the virus that causes them. Don’t take any chances because cold sores spread really easily!

3. You can get an eye infection 

mascara being applied on woman's eyelash with blue eyeshadow

This is probably the scariest reason to never, ever share your beauty goods. You can get infected with a serious eye infection like pink eye, flat warts, styes and other bacterial buildups. The next time you’re about to share mascara, eyeshadow or an eyeliner, think again!

4. Leads to a staph infection 

women's red and white polka-dot top

Your body may not be as strong compared to others, hence the risk of you being infected with diseases may be higher. There are many germs that we don’t see with the naked eyes such as Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis which can lead to staph infections. Imagine getting boils, rashes and ulcers on your skin all because you didn’t want to say no to sharing.

5. You don’t know how your friends apply makeup 

woman looking to mirror and wiping her lips

You might the person to use clean brushes and applicators on creamy and potted makeup products but your girls may not. Most of us are pretty comfortable dipping our finger in that foundation tube or lip balm. Now hands are a huge carrier of bacteria and unknown germs could be transmitted in that one dip!

Sharing Tips: If you feel guilty about saying no to your friends, at least use a separate applicator. It’s just not worth it!