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What can I do to prevent bacteria transmission from makeup samples?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

The following are things you can do to prevent bacteria transmission from makeup samples.

- Employ single-use applicators for anything that will touch your eyes, nose or mouth. On lipsticks, swipe the swab or applicator on the side of the tube, not the top (which everyone else has been touching). With lip-gloss, squeeze a little out and discard, then use the applicator to apply.

- Disinfect lipsticks, pencils, and brushes with spray alcohol (ask the clerk to use theirs or bring your own). Use a Kleenex to scrape the top layer off eye shadows, blushes, and powders and apply with a cotton ball.

- Bring your own mascara if you’re getting a makeover at the counter.

- Avoid sampling on the weekend, when the study found the highest levels of contamination. The lowest levels were on Thursday afternoon.


This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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