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Makeup habits that could actually make you sick

 

Lets face it—we don't all have picture-perfect beauty habits. We use our mascara for way too long, share our lip gloss with everyone in our English class and refuse to get rid of that foundation we've had forever (when you finally find the right shade, it's hard to ditch it!). The bad news? Some of those not-so-great makeup habits could actually be harmful to your health. Check out the secretly gross beauty routines you need to nix ASAP:

Sharing makeup with your girls

Realizing you forgot your fave lipstick when you're out can be super annoying (and inconvenient), but you might want to think twice before asking to use your BFF's lippie. Sharing lip products can transfer viral infections like conjunctivitis, cold sores and even staph infections...yikes. It's better to brave the bare lip than to risk all that nastiness.

Using old makeup

It's hard to part ways with your best go-to beauty product, especially when it's expensive or you can't remember where you got it. Believe it or not, though, using expired makeup can irritate skin or even cause infections like pinkeye. Wet makeup can go bad within 6 months and powders go bad within a year. With that being said, eyeliner and mascara are the most likely to grow bacteria, so toss 'em after three months.

Applying eyeliner to your waterline

We all love a dramatic smoky eye, but there is such a thing as going too far. Applying eyeliner on your inner eye rims, or behind your lash line, can lead to clogged oil glands and eye infections. It's best to keep your products as far away from your actual eye as possible so you don't introduce foreign bacteria.


Snoozing with your makeup on

Sometimes all you want to do is hit the sheets when you get home. We totally get it. But not only does sleeping in makeup clog your pores and cause breakouts, it can also lead to eye infections. As you toss and turn while catching zzz's, particles of makeup that contain oils and waxes can make their way into your eye. Do it too often and you can wake up with bumps around your eyes or even a stye—and those babies hurt.

Do you have any bad beauty habits? How will you fix them? Share in the comments below!

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by Brittany Goers | 2/1/2016
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