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DEARSUGAR Needs Your Help: Drawing The Line When It Comes To Sharing Make Up

DEARSUGAR and Germ-a-phobe Gina need your help. How do you feel about sharing personal items like deodorant and cosmetics with other people?

Dear Sugar,
The other day I had a bunch of girlfriends over for a pre-cocktail party before we left for a night on the town. We started off by watching a fun, girly movie, making cosmo's and laughing and talking. I was in a great mood. Around 10:00 we decided that it was time to hit the road and I ran to my bathroom to freshen up my make-up.

I know that I am a little bit anal-retentive when it comes to germs, but this really freaked me out. One by one everyone came into the bathroom and began using my deodorant, perfumes, make up and mouth wash. They were all swigging it right out of the bottle!

But what really got me sweating was when I watched one of the girls take my eyeliner pencil to her inner rim. I couldn't stay for the lip liners and lipstick trials, I thought I was going to pass out. Is anyone else like this? Perfumes and even anti-perspirants are one thing, but make-up! Ew, I just can't do it.
Germ-a-phobe Gina

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cutiewithabootie cutiewithabootie 10 years
Hi all, I happened upon this site while searching "bacteria on cosmetics". I am in Esthetician school and we have to do makeup on others but I am a freak about sharing as well. My classmates ask to use mine almost everyday, most of the time I make up something pretty fast. Today, I had a brain freeze. Now I am in panic mode. I came home trashed most of it but the eye shadows and my MAC compact I put it in the freezer. Anyone heard abouut cold killing bacteria, I know heat will but that will not work on cosmetics. Help!!! I love my stuff, but they do to I guess. No more will it go into the class room.
mz-photoGenic mz-photoGenic 10 years
There are some things that I would and wouldn't share. Lip gloss, eye shadow and bronzer are all ok. Mascara and eye liner all depend on the person. Me and my best friend share all our makeup, but we know we won't get pink eye or something like that. But sharing deodorant is pretty gross.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 10 years
I let my friends share things like blush, lip gloss, eye shadow, and if I know them and know that they don't have and have never had any eye-things, they're welcome to go for my eyeliner and mascara. Most of my friends I've known since I was three, though, so we're practically sisters.
fashonista14 fashonista14 10 years
Gross, i don't share make up.
siouxsie siouxsie 10 years
i dont really wear makeup...but i wouldnt share eye makeup most definitely...deodorant..who cares what lives in my pits? they're nasty to begin with...mouth stuff im a little sensitive too cuz of cold sores and junk...
Neural Neural 10 years
Some things I can share... but not eye stuff, not my toothbrush, don't put your lips on my mouthwash, etc. That's too much.
Tiinnaaaa Tiinnaaaa 10 years
i dont mind sharing make-up.. i always share with my friends. Eye make up and other stuff, i really dont care.
Nicadema Nicadema 10 years
Depends on the friend--but NO NO NO on the eye makeup. Lipstick? Again depends on the friend, but I will always wipe it before I let her use it and after. For those girls to come into your bathroom and help themselves to your stuff is RUDE! I would have stopped it and you should have stood up for yourself.
cubadog cubadog 10 years
I love him too! He is definitely my baby!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
say no to pink-eye! one time I got desperate and used my sis-in-laws deoderant. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
honey31 honey31 10 years
Just say no!That is so grose think of all the germs eek!
Toronado Toronado 10 years
Never, ever do I share my makeup. Cologne, yeah, that's no problem. But nothing else.
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Aww cuba I love ur weenie!! lol Im a huge Doxie fan
cubadog cubadog 10 years
I can't believe some of you allow anyone to borrow your make-up. Any health professional will tell you that it is one of the nastiest things you can do! Hello pink eye and hepatitis. Yes you can get hep from borrowing make-up and earrings.
Adriana42 Adriana42 10 years
2 people are not supposed to share makeup's just gross and unsanitary..i wonder if thats the caouse of my friend's frequent acne breakouts since her and her sister share all their makeup.
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
I don't care about powder stuff, and if someone has chapped lips I get all stressed out and hand them some gloss, but sharing DEODERANT- gross, sick, and disgusting
pillpopper pillpopper 10 years
I also think it is unhygenic and gross to share make-up - I cant even stand when my own SISTER borrows my lipstick! But I am also cheap and makeup is kind of pricey so I'm with Cortney..I would clean brushes and sharpen tips of pencils and tissue off lipstick to avoid buying all new stuff.
nicachica nicachica 10 years
mmmmm...i have to say that i don't mind sharing make-up but i always ask first cuz i know some people are iffy about it. i try and stay away from deoderant unless its an emergency but otherwise, i don't mind. i mean really, there are germs everywhere and you can't absolutely avoid it all the time so get over it! and honestly, when was the last time you got sick because you borrowed your friend's make-up??? maybe cuz my older sister has always borrowed my make-up when we get ready to go out and it's a bonding thing we do...that's probably why i really don't think its a big deal. yay for sisters! :)
wynter wynter 10 years
I share with my mom if I'm over her house or she's here, but that's the ONLY person I'd share my makeup with. _____________ GEAUX SAINTS!
la_clique la_clique 10 years
EWWWWW.....perfume is fine. But you should never share eyemakeup....Powdered makeup is ok, if they are your good friend, and if they ask- but that is it! Deoderant? --shudder-- Toss that sh*t and buy new!
rocketgirl rocketgirl 10 years
Oh, never let people borrow "creamy" makeup or eye makeup! That's how conjunctivitis and other illnesses/bacteria spread. Throw it out and lock up the new! Being a germ-freak about makeup is a very good thing. Of course, I could be saying that because I'm a germ-freak about that too...
ohilovemybabies ohilovemybabies 10 years
I agree Courtney they should have at least asked..
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
SweetPeasMom, That is funny. I can picture you saying, Stop! Drop the lipstick and slowly back away now!
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 10 years
If a friend borrows my lipstick - I tell them to keep it! Not that I wear a lot of make-up, but what I do have I do not share. Even when I go to get my make up professionally done - I buy new lip-liners/sticks and any thing that will even get close to my eyes! I have never had any cold sores and I don't want any now! They are just nasty if you ask me!
honey31 honey31 10 years
Grose!Germs germs germs!
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