Sharing makeup with your girls
Realizing you forgot your fave lipstick when you’re out can be super annoying (and inconvenient), but you might want to think twice before asking to use your BFF’s lippie. Sharing lip products can transfer viral infections like conjunctivitis, cold sores and even staph infections…yikes. It’s better to brave the bare lip than to risk all that nastiness.
Using old makeup
It’s hard to part ways with your best go-to beauty product, especially when it’s expensive or you can’t remember where you got it. Believe it or not, though, using expired makeup can irritate skin or even cause infections like pinkeye. Wet makeup can go bad within 6 months and powders go bad within a year. With that being said, eyeliner and mascara are the most likely to grow bacteria, so toss ’em after three months.
Applying eyeliner to your waterline
We all love a dramatic smoky eye, but there is such a thing as going too far. Applying eyeliner on your inner eye rims, or behind your lash line, can lead to clogged oil glands and eye infections. It’s best to keep your products as far away from your actual eye as possible so you don’t introduce foreign bacteria.
Snoozing with your makeup on
Sometimes all you want to do is hit the sheets when you get home. We totally get it. But not only does sleeping in makeup clog your pores and cause breakouts, it can also lead to eye infections. As you toss and turn while catching zzz’s, particles of makeup that contain oils and waxes can make their way into your eye. Do it too often and you can wake up with bumps around your eyes or even a stye—and those babies hurt.