Is It Safe to Wear Your Friend's Makeup

Episode #122 / Nov 13, 2009
It happens to every woman; they forget their makeup one time or another and they have to make a choice - to use your friend's makeup or not to use your friend's makeup. But is this safe? Can makeup transfer germs and bacteria? Dr. Schultz answers this question.
Akanthora on January 8, 2010 at 1:01pm

What if I use my friends' makeup brush or puff? Will I get germ or bacteria when I use makeup brush or puff after my friends finish using it?

Neal Schultz, M.D. on February 9, 2010 at 3:08am

@Akanthora: Your friend’s makeup brush or puff is no more or less apt to be contaminated with germs than is yours. Again, the makeup itself has preservatives that help to prevent growth of bacteria but the makeup brushes and the puffs do not so they can be contaminated by bacteria at any time, and that’s why, whether it’s your friend’s or yours, they should be replaced periodically.