You might want to rethink using those little testers to see how a little NARS Shanghai Express looks on your lips or how some Bare Escentuals Pure Radiance looks on your cheeks. Or God forbid how a little Maybelline Great Lash looks on your eyes.
" 'We went to department stores, specialty stores, drugstores — everywhere,' she says. Her researchers found staph, strep and even E. coli bacteria on makeup testers. 'Wherever you see E. coli, you should just think "E. coli equals feces," ' Brooks says. 'That means someone went to the bathroom, didn't wash their hands and then stuck their fingers in that moisturizer.' Brooks says that when they tested the makeup on Saturdays — the day with the most traffic at cosmetic counters — the percentage of tainted makeup was 100%."
So if you want the Herp or a raging case of pinkeye, go ahead. Else, let's put down those tiny brushes and wee dipsticks and step away from the makeup counter, shall we?