Beauty products you should never share — from cream moisturisers to mascaras

Beauty products you should never share — from cream moisturisers to mascaras

Sharing is daring

Text: Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @limecrimemakeup

If the quintessential makeover montage in many a rom com has fooled you into a sense of complacency re: sharing your beauty products, it, uh, might be time to reconsider. From pink eye to mouth sores, sharing your skincare, lippies, and mascaras poses a lot more of a health hazard than you might think. That's not to say that you can't lend a friend a hand if she's dangerously close to sweating her brow makeup off, though — it just means being more mindful as to which products you can safely loan out (and which you should be selfish about) the next time your BFF requires a touch-up. We've curated a full list of skincare and makeup that ought be kept strictly personal. Your money-maker might just depend on it.

Any beauty product that comes in a jar

Golden rule: if your fingers are dipping in and out of it constantly, it is officially private property. Be it a cleanser, night cream, or moisturiser, sharing will inevitably turn it into a hotbed of germs, bacteria, and more. This applies even if you get your friends to disinfect before sliding their hands into your pot of gold — the transference from hand to face and back again to scoop up more, for instance, contaminate the contents of the jar. Consequences range from mild (zit) to severe (breakout bonanza).



As hard as it may be to believe, your eyes are home to a host of bacteria. This is attributed to the lack of skin protection over the eyeball (because that, uh, defeats the purpose of seeing and all) thus making it more vulnerable than other body parts. Those bacteria are often responsible for conditions such as conjunctivitis, pink eye, herpes simplex and keratitis (the inflammation of the cornea). Mascara — being in such close contact to your eyes constantly — is thus susceptible to picking up on the bacteria from one host and passing it on to the next.

Makeup sponges, cushion applicators, and puffs

Yes, their bouncy textures make foundation and concealers a dream to apply. But with the good, come with the bad; their soft absorbency also make them breeding grounds for all kinds of yeast and bacteria. Regular washing and drying lowers the risk of infection significantly, of course — though the point is moot if you're constantly passing it to and fro someone else who is using it on less-than-spotless skin. Eek.


As any reputable salon will assure you, tools such as tweezers are to be disinfected thoroughly after use. This is due to the high risk of bacterial infections that can occur when hair is pulled too harshly from its follicle, which leads to bleeding and thus, contamination. Avoid this mess entirely by keeping 'em pointy tools of destruction to yourself.

Liquid lipsticks and glosses

Any product that directly touches the lips can become a source of infection. Lipsticks aren't entirely risk-free, but glosses and liquid lipsticks are more likely to harbour and spread bacteria due to its wet formula. It doesn't help either that the applicator sits in its own closed, moist environment too — this means it can never truly shake its contaminated status once shared.

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