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The One Mistake Women Make When Purchasing Makeup In-Store

August 31, 2016 by Katelyn Holland
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Although I prefer to shop online these days, it’s hard to resist the lure of a Sephora store. It’s like a beauty playground of products waiting to be tried on and swatched. Shopping in stores is also great because you get to consult experts, test the formulas of products, and see shades in-person. However, if you shop for makeup in stores, you might be making a serious mistake. Lurking behind all those rows of lipsticks is a real danger: germs. While it’s tempting to try on the tester lipstick, it’s important to make sure you keep things sanitary when trying on makeup at the store.

Whether you’re at Sephora or a beauty counter, you need to make sure a product has been sanitized before giving it a try. Makeup can harbor bacteria that can lead to infections. I’m not a germaphobe, but even I’m careful when sharing my makeup with friends. Now imagine a tester product that’s been touched and tried on by hundreds of people in the store. The risk of contamination is even greater. It might seem dramatic, but sharing makeup can result in serious conditions like staph, strep, or even E. coli. You have to be especially careful when trying eye products like mascara and eyeliner. These products can carry bacteria and viruses that cause pink eye.

Read More: The Worst Things To Buy At Sephora, According To Someone Who Works There

Luckily, there’s some easy steps you can take to avoid bacteria when shopping for makeup in the stores. Make sure that lipsticks are sanitized with rubbing alcohol. Apply lipstick with a disposable applicator or cotton swab and always use a disposable mascara wand when trying on mascara. If possible, avoid communal makeup brushes because they can also carry infections. You never know how often a store washes their brushes so be cautious!

Think it’s better to shop for makeup online? Make sure you’re never doing this.

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