Can you really avoid viewing a makeup tutorial when you open Facebook or Instagram? The beauty industry is literally booming — and it's not just the online presence that is making some serious cash. Beauty sales are upward of $445 billion, and this number is only projected to climb higher and higher. Profit within the beauty industry was still impressive during the economic recession of 2008, and it's no surprise. Everyone wants to look their best — and makeup isn't just for the glamorous and famous. We all want to look beautiful, and makeup helps us get there. No matter what look you are going for, there is really nothing a cosmetics line can't achieve.
Call me crazy — but how easy is it to go overboard with a shimmery highlighter? With the endless brands of bronzer, eyeshadow, and contour kits, it can be hard to decide where to even buy your products. Although every makeup-junkie has their preference, there are a few major makeup retailers that come out on top. Sephora and Ulta are two of the biggest retailers in the business. Even celebs can't get enough of these brands — and beauty guru and worldwide celeb Rihanna even released her Fenty Beauty makeup line at Sephora. Her line offers a wide range of different foundations for every skin tone, giving us just one more reason to empty our bank accounts in the name of beauty.
Makeup testers that can found among the endless shades of lipstick and blush are useful to anyone determining which shade suits them best. You can try on a ton of different colors if you want — they are literally there for that purpose. Although these makeup store amenities may seem like a steal, you may want to think twice before picking up that tester tube of fuschia lipstick. It has the power to make you sick.
4. Investigative Journalists Aimed To Uncover The Dirty Truth
Ever wonder what kind of germs could be living on these makeup testers? Journalists decided to pinpoint exactly what could be growing on sample makeup in major stores. They swabbed makeup testers from Macy's, Sephora, and Ulta to test for bacteria. The results may make you a bit nauseous.
The swabs were examined for a wide range of bacteria, and the results that came back are horrible enough to haunt you. Swabs from all three stores came back with positive results for E. Coli and staph bacteria. These types of bacteria can cause harmful and rather serious illnesses — such as diarrhea, urinary tract infections, and even skin infections such as cellulitis.
None of the stores completely passed the swab test. Journalists collected a total of eight samples from Sephora, and four of these samples were contaminated with bacteria. Both Macy's and Ulta had their fair share of contaminated makeup testers, with the majority of swabs testing positive for E. Coli, staph, and one other rather disturbing type of bacteria.
7. Some Samples Contained A Especially Gross Bacteria
A few of the swabs collected also tested positive for a bacteria called Kebsiella pneumoniae, which usually comes straight from the most disgusting source. Kebsiella pneumoniae is usually found in human excrement, meaning it should be nowhere near your face — let alone on a makeup sample. This finding is obviously a cause for concern, and a well-known dermatologist has spoken up about this harmful bacteria.
8. A Leading Dermatologist From NYC Has Weighed In
Dr. Whitney Bowe is extremely versed in skincare and the effects of exposing the sensitive skin of your face to harmful bacteria, especially "You could literally be applying and smearing someone else's fecal matter directly onto your lips," Dr. Whitney Bowe stated. You may want to keep her words in mind the next time you want to try on the latest shade on lipstick in-store, and there are actually horror stories you can reference for one more reason not to use makeup testers.
9. A Woman Claimed She Contracted Herpes At Sephora
A California woman made headlines when she blamed Sephora for her contraction of the herpes virus. She made the claim this past October after she used a lipstick tester at a Sephora store. She's even gone a step further by deciding to take legal action against the cosmetic giant.
The woman has filed a lawsuit against Sephora due to the emotional distress of her diagnosis. She believes that the company is to blame for not informing her about the possibility of contracting a disease from their makeup testers. Although it may seem a little far-fetched, dermatologists have revealed it isn't out of the realm of possibility.
You don't hear stories like this very often, but dermatologists assert that it could happen. It turns out that the herpes virus can live on makeup products for up to a week, making this woman's claim totally plausible. Experts are uring cosmetic consumers everywhere to test out makeup a different way, far away from your face.
Obviously, makeup testers should stay far away from your face, but that doesn't mean you can't see the color before you buy. Experts advise that you rub the makeup over the top of your hand to properly sample the product. Avoiding harmful bacteria is key here — so be sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterward!
No one can really resist testing out their favorite makeup for free, but rubbing some on your hand can really help prevent unnecessary illness from spreading. Applying the makeup tester to your face puts your eyes and mouth at risk of contracting viruses, and avoiding these areas can help prevent you from getting sick. No matter where you shop for cosmetics, be sure to proceed with caution when it comes to samples.
Although Sephora and Ulta may seem like the last place to worry about contracting a disease, you may want to breeze by the samples without going overboard. No matter how good your hygiene habits are, you can never know who put that lipstick near their mouth before you. *tries not to gag*
Although free samples may seem like a win, the health risks that come with them are not as sweet. You could always purchase your own and return it if you aren't satisfied — most stores are pretty flexible when it comes to keeping their loyal customers happy. Pain is sometimes beauty, but you definitely don't want to catch a virus.