OMAHA (KPTM)- If you're looking for the latest makeup this season, you might want to be careful with what you're putting on your face—especially during this time of year. Doctors said tester counter makeup holds bacteria because people are testing products directly on their skin without using proper tools to keep the products clean.
New makeup products are the latest this holiday season, but it's also season for colds and the flu. And yes, it is important to find the right shade, but testing that new look could be a health risk if you're not careful.
"Things I see when people come in here, they just want to come in here, they just want to touch. That's one of the main things that you don't want to do," said Garbo's stylist and makeup artist, Katie Daily.
Daily sanitizes her brushes and station before every makeup application. She does this to make sure germs aren't spreading from one client to the next.
"Getting eye infections, infections on your mouth, things that you want to stay away from."
"People can have various kinds of viruses that they can be shedding, again, in their respiratory secretions, the saliva, their tears, etc, that could easily contaminate these makeup products and could be potentially transmitted from one person to another," said Dr. Mark Rupp of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
When testing out different products, Daily suggests using single applications tools, especially when trying out lipstick and mascara. That way, when applying it, you're not exposing yourself to germs and the makeup stays sanitary.
"Even with your mascaras, you're going to want to make sure, too, that people aren't double dipping and you're not sharing at home either," said Daily.
She also recommends paying close attention to makeup artist's who might not be as sterile.
"If you're not seeing them sharpen [eyeliner pencil] beforehand, I wouldn't use it. You don't know where the tool has been before," said Daily.
Daily also suggests cleaning makeup brushes every day with warm soap and water to keep bacteria from growing inside the bristles.
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