A few years ago, I read in a magazine that sharing makeup is unhygienic. Although I hadn’t started wearing makeup yet, it made sense that I shouldn’t share things that could potentially irritate my eyes, mouth, and skin. Now that I do wear makeup regularly, the thought of passing around a tube of lipstick or even sharing eyeshadow grosses me out. How do I know that the person using my eyeshadow actually washed her face that morning? Nor can I stand the thought of someone else’s eye gunk getting on my eyeliner.
I assumed this was common sense until my college roommate asked if a male friend of ours could use my extensive (and, at the time, fairly expensive) makeup collection for Halloween. Not long afterward, she and a couple of other friends asked if they could use my eye makeup. I turned them down both times, explaining that I prefer not to share makeup. They seemed a little surprised, as if I were stingy, but they admitted that it made sense when I explained my qualms about hygiene. Now that they have their own makeup, they share it with each other, but they know better than to ask me if I can borrow theirs.
Then, a couple of months ago, a different set of friends actually volunteered my eye makeup collection for mass use right before we went clubbing. This put me off for a couple of reasons: firstly, I don’t like people assuming that my eye makeup collection’s a free-for-all, and secondly, no one saw a problem with passing around a blush/bronzer set around a group of girls? What if someone had a pimple….? I don’t want other people’s pimple germs on my cheeks.
I’ve met only one other person who doesn’t like sharing makeup, which makes me wonder if I’m just being totally anal, as people always seem surprised when I turn them down. While I know that the odds of actually catching an infection from sharing makeup are pretty low, I’d rather have whatever germs are in my makeup be MY OWN germs.
The only person I’ve ever shared my makeup with is my younger sister, and even then, that was a one-time deal.
How do you feel about sharing makeup?