Sep 17, 2014

Swapping beauty tips and clothes with friends is fun! But, there are definitely times when sharing is not caring, particularly when it comes to makeup. Sharing lipsticks, brushes and even mascara can sometimes lead to the very unpleasant spreading of germs. So, where do you draw the line and how do you create those makeup-sharing boundaries without hurting your friends’ feelings? Take a look at these dilemmas and our tips on how to avoid them.

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Risk: Sharing Lipstick 
Your bestie totally loves your new fall shade of Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in #349 and wants to try it out. However, did you know that this could lead to the spread of cold sores, viruses or even the flu? Yikes!

Fix: Try convincing your BFF to buy her own, since you know it would look great on her anyway! Or, if you’re still in the sharing mood, try disinfecting it before and after she uses it. Spray a tissue with makeup sanitizing spray or rubbing alcohol, then wipe down the lipstick. 

Risk: Eye Shadow Swapping
You’re getting ready to go out for a fun night with your gal pal and her silver L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner matches your outfit perfectly! Before you line your lids, note that sharing her chic makeup could potentially lead to eye irritation. Red, itchy eyes do not equal a good time!

Fix: Have your sidekick sharpen the pencil until the used portion of the liner is completely shaved off. Now it’s like new!

Risk: Mascara Testing 
You’re loving the YSL Beauty Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in Extreme Blue that your friend picked up last week and want to give hers a try before you commit to purchasing one for yourself. Unfortunately, the moist, dark environment inside mascara bottles and wands creates an ideal breeding ground for staph bacteria. Yuck.

Fix: Sharing this one depends on whether your pal has already used it or not. If your friend is anything like the MDC team, then she probably couldn’t wait to try it on the second she got it. In this case, it’s better to pass on testing this one. If it’s new and she’s generous enough to let you go first, just dip a disposable mascara wand into the tube once and bat those pretty lashes!

Risk: Brush Buddies
Your roommate’s makeup brushes are way cooler than yours and you desperately want the precise and perfect application they offer. Problem is, bacteria, oil and dead skin cells are living on those lovely bristles.

Fix: It’s time to disinfect. Clean the brushes with gentle soap, baby shampoo or a brush cleaner like the Shu Uemura Brush Cleaner.

Have any makeup sharing warnings youd like to tell us about? Leave us a comment in the section below!

Photography: Joshua M. Shelton
Models: Carrlyn Bathe and Stephanie Farugia 



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