Friday, August 23, 2013

Is Your Makeup Gross? Clean Makeup Series Part 3: Testers


In a previous post I talked about easy ways to clean your makeup brushes.  In this series, I've covered Expiration Dates and Sanitation of your own makeup.  Today is the 3rd and final part of my Clean Makeup Series, and its something that really grosses me out: Testers.  Let me start with a little Public Service Announcement:


FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING YOU HOLD DEAR 

DO NOT
PUT ANY PRODUCT FROM A TESTER 
ON ANY PART OF YOUR FACE 
UNLESS YOU HAVE AN ASSOCIATE 
SANITIZE IT FIRST!
Various testers at my local mall
Various testers at my local mall

I'm completely serious.  You have no idea what kind of germs the last person who used it left behind.   Would you like to get pink eye or a stye?   No?   Then keep tester eye products away from your eyeballs!   You're just asking for a cold or a cold sore when you use a tester lipstick straight from the tube.  At least 80 people rubbed their grubby little fingers all over that sample makeup brush before you picked it up wiped it all over your face- remember that when you wake up to a breakout tomorrow.

The ideal scenario is that you flag down an associate, politely ask them to sanitize the tester so you can use it, and they sanitize it again when you're done with it.  I know we do not live in a perfect world.  So lets pretend there isn't an associate available who can sanitize this product for you; How do you figure out if the color will look good on you without putting it on your face?
  • If you didn't bring any alcohol or tissues with you to sanitize the product yourself (who does that, anyway?!), then just swatch it on the back of your hand and hold it up to your face to get an idea of what the product would look like on your skin tone. 
  • If that doesn't cut it, just buy the dang thing and try it at home.   If you end up hating it you can simply return it.   ANY returned makeup gets shipped back to the manufacturer so they can dispose of the used product and recycle the packaging.  You never have to worry about buying 2nd hand makeup at the store.
  • One last thing about testing Mascaras: If you read the product description of any mascara, you'll notice that at least half the hype is about the design of the mascara wand. But if you want to hygienically try it out you have to use a generic disposable mascara wand. This means you are really only testing 1/2 the product. 
    • The best way to test a mascara with its original wand is to apply the mascara to your arm hair. No, it isn't the same as applying it to your lashes, but you can get an idea of what the formula and wand combo have to offer you without any unexpected yuckiness near your eyeball. 
    • And again if this doesn't cut it for you just buy it and try it at home. You can always return it if it doesn't work for you.

I hope this last post has opened your eyes to the risks involved with Testers and how to avoid those risks while still finding the right product for you.  I also hope this 3-Part Clean Makeup Series has helped some of you with keeping your makeup clean and keeping your face healthy. Thanks for reading and enjoy your clean makeup!