We all know sharing makeup can risky — but we still do it. Stores like Sephora and MAC are playgrounds for girly girls. The LA Times reports hazardous makeup play could lead to harmful infections.

According to Dr. Zein Obagi, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, “You can pass herpes, pink eye and all sorts of things through sharing makeup. If a woman has a cut on her lip and borrows lipstick from someone who has a cold sore, she’ll get a cold sore.”

Research from a two-year study at the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia found staph, strep and E. coli bacteria on makeup testers. On high-traffic Saturdays at cosmetic stands, the percentage of tainted makeup was at 100 percent.

So can we still enjoy testing makeup at Sephora or our BFF’s hot new Nars blush? Of course! The moral of the story is do not share makeup on your eyes, nose or mouth. You can also insist that your makeup attendant sanitize all products before you use them. That is, if you want to be infection-free.


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