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Here’s Why Sharing Makeup Is Grosser Than You Feel and More Dangerous Than You Think!

Sharing is caring, but not everything must be shared with other people. Aside from your deepest secrets and your bank account passcodes, you must not share your makeup with others. What!? That seems not so kind at all, right? Makeup products look shareable, and it seems like there’s nothing wrong with letting your friend use yours since she left hers at home. That’s how most people will think, however, some things go wrong when you do share makeup with someone else.

Most reasons why you should not do so are due to hygienic points. Well, obviously, you put makeup on your skin which is a sensitive part and a very exposed area of your body. There really are some gross things that happen when you share makeup with others. Doing this looks normal and alright, but it’s a huge and unhealthy misconception.

Here are 5 common reasons: 


If you are the one borrowing makeup from someone else, let’s say a friend, or if you’re having a makeup artist’s own makeup, you just sit there and get your makeup done, but you might not be sure of expiration dates of those makeup products. 

Some people might not be very mindful about safety and health when it comes to using their makeup, so some might not actually check out expiration dates. You know how essential it is to be informed of the limit of the makeup products you use on yourself because they affect your skin’s health and beauty. 

Expired makeup might have negative effects like rashes and irritations on your skin. If you’re shy to ask expiration periods or if they also aren’t sure, then, it’s a problem. 


If you share makeup with someone else, you share each other’s skin and whatever there is on your skin. Acne, pimples, skin irritations, oils and other elements of the skin can be shared using those brushes, pressed powders, lipsticks and many more. Makeup products are fast mediums of transmitting germs from your skin to another’s and vice versa. 

If you have acne or if your skin is acne-prone, it might get irritated when someone else’s is used on you. On the other hand, if you’re not the type of person that usually gets pimples, your skin might get irritated and might develop a pimple after using someone else’s. This is basically sharing not just makeup but also skin issues and germs. 


It is important that makeup products are cleaned every after use and regularly even when not used. It is because most of those products easily attract the presence of germs. What if they didn’t clean their makeup brushes well before using again on you? What if they don’t disinfect them and thoroughly cleanse them? Aside from it’s gross, it’s very unhealthy for you, the next one to use their makeup. 


You are not fully sure how other people use their makeup. If you’re very meticulous about clean makeup, you’ll be very worried to use other’s because you don’t know how they use those on themselves. They might have makeup practices which are not hygienic, and you won’t even know.


Not only is sharing makeup nasty but also dangerous. If you think pimples and acne could be the worst kinds of skin issues you can acquire from sharing makeup, then you’re not yet fully informed. 

Diseases can also be shared because makeup are mostly used on skin areas prone to infection transmission. Those parts include the eyes and the lips. 

If you share lip tints and other lip cosmetic products, you might get tiny, fluid-filled blisters on and around your lips which are called cold sores. They are itchy and painful. You won’t notice if other people carry the virus that causes cold sores, but you know now that your lips are put to risk when you share lip cosmetics.

Another thing, sharing eye makeup can lead to eye infections such as warts and pink eye. It is because the eyes are among the most delicate and most sensitive portions of your skin and your body in general. Those mascara wands and eye brushes house many bacteria that do not get off with minimal cleaning. It is very important not to share these because a share of diseases and infections are also around the corner whenever you do so.



This may sound selfish because you won’t allow others to borrow your makeup, but this is just being mindful about your own health and being concerned about other people as well. Using your personal makeup is safer and more hygienic since you only have your face, your skin and everything it has. Avoid sharing makeup with others, even with your best friends, because effects of doing so range from grosser-than-you-feel results to dangerous outcomes.       



Nicole Ann Pore does research and combines what she gets with her own thoughts regarding people’s use of makeup and the artistry itself. Along with tose, she writes about good hygiene and the skin’s health as affected by the products people expose it to. Nicole is a daytime writer for Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy, Australia’s leading beauty brand that offers a wide selection of prestige cosmetics suitable for everyone. | Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.


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