Going to the makeup counter and trying on makeup is fun and exciting. But when you try on the makeup do you ever wonder how many other people have tried on that same product? GMA (Good Morning America) investigators went undercover to inspect the bacteria in makeup samples and the safety of using them.
What the GMA investigators found was gross, but not surprising. What they found was that “one out of every five, or 20 percent, of samples we tested from 10 stores across two states showed significant growth of mold, yeast or fecal matter.” So what is a girl to do when she wants to see how she looks in a particular makeup product and avoid bacteria? Follow the Makeup safety tips below to avoid bacteria and getting sick.
Buy it and try it
The best way, but also likely the most inconvenient way (if the makeup does not work out) is to purchase the makeup you are interested in and try it on at home. If it doesn’t work, return it. Make sure to keep the receipt.
Research and review
Doing online research and having the best product knowledge will help you to be more prepared when buying a product so you won't have to test it at the makeup counter. Using resources such as YouTube or makeup review websites can also help determine whether the product is the best one for you.
Only try products that can be sanitized
Foundations and lipsticks were at the top of containing the most bacteria. However, dipping the product in alcohol, and then and then wiping it with a clean tissue proved to remove any bacteria that was on the makeup.Anything in a pump is okay to try since nothing touches the actual product. The main products to avoid are anything in jars, or where there is the possibility to “double dip” and spread bacteria.
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