If your goal is to buy a long-loved tool, testers are unlikely to be needed. Another thing is updating the makeup of a cosmetic bag when they are really needed. Keep in mind, though: This attractively designed probe has gone through dozens of hands and is not always clean. Bacteria, mold, fungus - testers become an ideal habitat for them. Here are some rules for safely testing cosmetics in public places.
Mascara and liquid eyeliner
Disease-causing bacteria are happy to stay in them at the first opportunity. That is why we try not to test these products on the eyelashes and carefully protect the area around the eyes, even if the store offers disposable brushes. The fact is that while you are busy painting your eyelashes, the brush manages to collect a lot of bacteria. Upon returning to the tube, they enter the ideal breeding environment. And if you imagine how many people manage to use a sampler per day, the desire to test it on their own eyelashes immediately disappears.
Mascara can be applied to the ends of the hair, and liquid eyeliner can be applied to the back of the hand. In order to assess its quality, you need to wait about 10 seconds, and then grind it a little: if the drawing has become a little smeared, everything is fine, and if completely, feel free to move on to the next sample.
These include shadows, blush and powder. In the form of samples, these cosmetics are not so dangerous. For reproduction, bacteria need moisture: in a dry environment, this process, if it goes, is much slower. However, this does not mean that you can test them completely without fear. For more safety, ask your consultant for a special tissue to remove the topmost layer of the product.
For testing powdered products, the back of the hand is the best spot. It is best to apply the eyeshadow with a cotton swab: the grease on the fingertips can discolor. In the case of blush, consider such a factor as the base: on it, the blush will look different than on clean skin. But to determine your shade and texture of the powder, you just need to apply the product in large quantities. If there is no contrast to your skin tone, that's your shade.
Lipsticks and products with a creamy texture
Testing lipstick is always pleasant, but applying it directly to the lips is not the best solution: it's scary to assume how many bacteria accumulate on its surface. Therefore, the first thing to do is to flip the lipstick horizontally and distribute its substance on the side.
Testing any product with a creamy texture requires pre-disinfection, so do not hesitate to ask a consultant for a special cleanser. The best area to test lipstick is on your fingertips, which will look almost the same as on your lips (also read: 9 Inspirational Facts About Lipstick).
Foundation & Concealers
This item is an exception to the “just not on the face” rule. Otherwise, it is impossible to determine how much the product suits you in tone. If this is a tube, first squeeze a little of the product onto a napkin: it is its top layer that is most susceptible to bacteria. If the product is presented in a stick, we advise you to perform the same ritual with it as with lipstick.
For quality testing of the base product, apply it close to the cheekbones, and best of all on the skin of the neck. Its tone is smoother than your skin tone, so it will be much easier to determine if a product is right for you. We test the foundation on the back of the wrist: start with products that are one tone lighter or darker than your natural skin tone.
Pencils and brushes
We keep eyeliners as far as possible from the eyes and, according to tradition, use the skin of the hand for a test application. But this is unlikely to work with brushes: it will be difficult to determine the required elasticity, hardness or softness of the bristles without contact with the skin of the face (and again: do not forget about preliminary disinfection).
However, one unsuccessful trip to a cosmetics store is unlikely to turn into a tragedy. After all, you can always ask for a new probe when in doubt about the one on the shelf. However, the ability to test cosmetics, like a real professional, will definitely not be superfluous (and will be a pleasant bonus to your beauty skills).
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