I hate stories like this. They fail to mention that we are surrounded by germs, molds, bacteria, and other scary things every day, and yet we somehow manage to survive. You just have to face the world with a little common sense. Even though you may get a little distracted and giddy when you go into the well-lit, perfectly organized world of Sephora, you still need to be smart about germs. Here’s how to play it safe, but still sample cosmetics to see if they’ll match your skin tone:
- Never, ever, ever put any communal make-up product or applicator in or on your eyes or mouth. Period. Just don’t do it. If you want to try out an eyeshadow, apply it to your had to see if you like it’s feel and color. Don’t go smearing it over your lid. Want to try a lipstick? Swipe it on your hand. Don’t go into Sephora thinking you can get a make over out of those freebies. There are way too many germs to risk it. And please, never sample mascara. It's kind of like trying on a swimsuit without wearing any panties. Ick. Don’t do it.
- Keep your fingers to yourself. Don’t go sticking your fingertips in the samples! They have cottonballs and q-tips there for a reason—use them.
- Remove all sampled make-up from your skin before leaving the store. Sephore, UIta, and the department stores all have rubbing alcohol, eye make-up remover, and tissues around so that you can easily remove any samples from your skin. Be sure to do so. Some stores even have Purell on hand which kills germs without using soap. Perfect!
Now, go play safe and have fun!