After reports that a Californian woman is suing a makeup store for allegedly giving her herpes from a tester lipstick, a debate has erupted. Is it problematic to try makeup testers directly on your face?
“It’s 11/10, very problematic,” Mamamia Out Loud co-host Jessie Stephens concluded on the podcast this week.
Given you don’t know who or where those testers have been, it’s surely common sense that it’s not the wisest idea to put it directly on the most sensitive part of your face. After all, you wouldn’t pick up any other personal products that were left out in a public space and put them on yourself.
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However that does make it difficult to get an idea of what makeup will look like before you buy it. And with many expensive products on the market, purchasing blind isn’t always an option.
So how can you test makeup without risking your health? And what are stores doing to make it easier?
The biggest rule is simple: keep any foreign object that is accessibly by multiple people or that you do not own AWAY from your eyes and lips.
It’s something makeup stores take very seriously.