Have you all ever heard the story about the woman from New York who sued MAC Cosmetics because she contracted herpes from sampling a Rihanna Viva Glam lipstick at a pop-up shop at the Barclay Center? The woman allegedly developed a cold sore on her lip 2 days later was diagnosed with herpes by her doctor. I don’t know how the woman prevailed in this suit, but you get where I’m going here.
One day while I was at work fixing things around the counter enduring a pretty slow day, I witnessed a women let her young daughter who was maybe 5 years old at most put a lip gloss that she grabbed from the counter (most likely without cleaning because people usually tend not to) directly onto her lips! Of course, if I would have seen her on the other side of the counter (it’s pretty big) or if she would have looked for me for assistance I would have gladly sanitized it but no. By the time I was heading in her direction the little girl was already applying the gloss and the mother just looked at me like she knew she did something utterly disgusting. Sacrificing the poor child’s lips all in the name of shutting her crying up, tuh! b
Sometimes ladies we get so wrapped in the “glamour“ of it all that we forget what’s most important. Our safety! As a beauty advisor, I see many “eclectic beings“ roaming around the makeup counters that do all sorts of things that would gross you out, but I’ll spare you. Me and the team I work tend to be pretty anal when it comes to hygiene because that just how it should be. It’s not even a thing of representing the company, just being a decent human being.
Here’s a few things for all of you lovely ladies to keep in mind when shopping for makeup and just in general when it comes to makeup use.
- Always always ALWAYS make sure everything you try on at a makeup counter is cleaned right in front of you. It is not unreasonable of you to ask if it isn’t.
- Don’t assume anything is clean. Just don’t.
- Do not double dip. If you for instance try on mascara with a disposable wand, using it, then going back and dipping in the mascara, it defeats the purpose. Feel free to ask your beauty consultant for a few extra wands/applicators/q-tips to avoid dipping back into the product.
- If a product that you are interested in testing has a wand or any sort of applicator do NOT use it to test on your hand (or any other part of your body). Disposable applicators are your best friend.
- Don’t just throw trash such as your tissues, Q-tips, cotton balls, etc. in random holes. If your trash lands on what’s suppose to be fresh Q-tips, tissues and cotton balls that also is disgusting and annoying for the person who has to discover it.
- Beauty Consultants are there to help yes, but you have to accept some accountability. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a consultant by the way.
- If you are unsure of how long you should hold on to a cosmetic product before it goes bad, check the label. On the back of most products there is a picture of a jar with a number and letter combo such as 12M (12 months) This means once the product is open and exposed to air the first time, you should toss it once that amount of time has passed.
- Wash your brushes regularly, especially face brushes such as foundation, powder or concealer brushes. I recommend once a week at LEAST. Other brushes such as shadow brushes at least twice a month. For cleaning you use a mild baby shampoo or an actual brush cleaner. My favorite brush cleaner is from Clinique. Just spray, massage, rinse and lay flat to dry (slightly elevated if you can).
Because I practice these golden rules of proper cosmetic hygiene, I personally haven’t had any terrible experiences at a makeup counter? What kind of safety precautions do you take when it comes to cosmetic? Please share below.