When you first decide to partake in the samples and/or a makeover you need to take a good look around the counters. Are they clean? Is there trash, like used swabs and applicators laying around? Is there sanitizers in place and disposable applicators available? If not, move on to somewhere else or skip it all together. It is not worth it if you end up with an infection.
Also, if you are getting a makeover take a look at the person’s hands. If they are unclean don’t let them touch you. Insist that they wear disposable gloves before they even touch your face. If they have, let’s say an eye infection and then touch your eye area, guess what, you might end up with it also. Be proactive and keep yourself safe.
When testing makeup always use a clean and sterile applicator. If you see people just swiping lipstick on straight from the tube–skip. Watch out for the ones that do use an applicator and then reload the same applicator with makeup. They are transferring their germs onto the whole product.
To play it safe, when testing foundation use a cotton swab and apply. If you need to test more, get a new cotton swab and apply more.
When testing powders, blushes and eye shadows take a sterile cotton pad and dust away the top layer. This will help minimize the risk of germs. Test lipsticks and other creams on the palm of your hand. The color of your palm closely resembles the same color of your cheeks so you will be able to see what the shade looks like.
The best thing to remember is to consciously be aware of what is around you. If it doesn’t look sanitary it probably isn’t.