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    1 posts, 1 voices, 526 views, started Nov 13, 2008

    Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008 by Ms-kay


    • Carnelian

      Playing dress-up is not something only grade-school students do. Many people take delight in vamping up friends before parties, a first date or a night out at the club.  

      However, unwanted attention can be brought on by unexpected makeover mishaps.

      The age-old question of whether or not you should share your makeup should be one that you can answer without hesitation. Maybe you think sharing makeup is OK as long as it's with your best friend or your sister, but the truth is that swapping makeup is always a bad decision. Infections can be transmitted from one person to another with bad makeup hygiene or by using makeup that's too old.  

      You might think that it's common sense to keep makeup safety in mind, but many women – especially teens who are just learning how to apply makeup – don't realize how important it is to have good makeup hygiene.

      Sharing makeup or using outdated cosmetics can lead to a bacterial infection called folliculitis (itchy red bumps).

      Cosmetics do contain preservatives to kill bacteria, but there is still the risk of contamination with shared make up. Eye make up has the highest risk of contamination with possible irritation and eye infections. Lip gloss can also spread germs from saliva and lip infections such as cold sores. You could explain to your daughter that sharing make up is the same as sharing bacteria.

      Testing out the make up in department stores has an even higher risk of contamination given the many people who try out the cosmetic. When testing cosmetics in the store, never apply the make up directly, but use a clean cotton swab or tissue to apply the cosmetic to your face.

      Also be cautious when going to a salon for pedicures and manicures. If tools and products are infected nail fungus can be transferred from one patron to the next.


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