Just like me, you are probably guilty of sharing make-up with someone at some stage in your life. Getting ready with friends is a ritual, and combined you have access to more shades and textures, right? Sounds like a good reason and a harmless practice…

However, there are disadvantages to sharing your beauty products, some of which are serious health risks. Here are six reasons to break the habit, even if it’s hard to say no to your friends.

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1. You’re losing out on product

Applying good products is best practice for your skin, and proper beauty products are extremely expensive and extremely valuable. I don’t know about you, but there’s no way my girlfriends will have the opportunity to browse through my make-up bag and use my precious products. They can look, but definitely not touch!

2. Breakouts

Make-up can be an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Sharing make-up will transfer unwanted germs on to your face and can cause or irritate already existing pimples and acne. When sharing brushes and product, you’re automatically putting yourself at risk.

3. Eye infections

You can’t use a mascara for more than nine months: as soon as it gets that old, you should chuck it out. Your eyes are very sensitive to bacteria, and an old mascara wand is basically a palace for germs. Due to the eye area being very sensitive, you can catch an eye infection very easily from sharing mascara or eyeliner, too. Nope.

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4. Your friend will not treat your make-up the way you treat it

Your friends won’t treat your valuable products with the same care as you do. We value the things we pay for. Your friend is probably not going to pay you back for your dented eyeshadow palette or smooshed lipstick she accidentally wound all the way up.

5. Cold sores

I caught my first blister infection from my brother when I was five years old, and since then I’ve had a cold sore every single time I’m recovering from flu. In the second year of my studies, I was so stressed that I got one every second week – no jokes! Sharing lipstick is a high-high risk move for getting cold sores. Just don’t do it.

6. Staphylococcus infections

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In simple terms, staph is a group of bacteria that can cause infection. This bacteria hides under your make-up and therefore you have to be wary of who you share your products with, as bacteria can spread easily. This is extremely scary, because although it can be treated with antibiotics, if left untreated it can spread into your blood stream, heart and lungs.

Okay, so are you ready to stop sharing make-up yet?