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What to Do When a Roommate Uses Your Beauty Products

How to Deal With a Roommate Who Uses Your Beauty Products, According to an Expert

What to Do When a Roommate Uses Your Beauty Products
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Sharing is caring — that's what you were probably taught in kindergarten. But some things are just not meant to be shared, like a toothbrush, for example, or a hairbrush. (To this day, my own mother won't share her hairbrush with me, and after the first lice breakout in my sixth grade gym class, I get why.)

Beauty products like makeup and skin care are no exception. Sharing products — especially mascara, lipstick, and brushes — can also share germs that could potentially lead to infection. No mascara is worth pink eye.

When you're living in close quarters with someone else, whether it's in college or post-graduation, it can be hard to separate your stuff from theirs. So what do you do when your roommate sneaks in your room and uses your products without asking? We talked to etiquette coach and founder of Beaumont Etiquette Myka Meier for some advice on how to show you care without sharing. Whether it's setting some ground rules ahead of time or investing in your own skincare fridge, there's bound to be a solution for you.

Ahead, read the tips and tricks for how to handle a roommate who, er, overshares.

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