Eeeeek! Ladies, before your next venture to the make-up counter read this:
We’ve all done it…sharing make-up that is. Come on…”Hey that lip gloss is really pretty, can I try some?” or “My face is shiny, do you have any powder I can use?” You know you’ve done it before. It’s between friends, right?
Well, what about a few hundred, possibly thousand, strangers? That’s what you’re doing when using make-up testers at the mall. Most counters are well trained in sanitation, but not all follow procedure (I’ve seen first hand the cut corners when they are in a hurry. Besides it’s almost impossible to sanitize testers when the counter is busy or unattended.)
This article is based on a two-year study conducted on public make-up testers:
“We went to department stores, specialty stores, drugstores — everywhere,” she says. Her researchers found staph, strep and even E. coli bacteria on makeup testers…Brooks says that when they tested the makeup on Saturdays — the day with the most traffic at cosmetic counters — the percentage of tainted makeup was 100%.”