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Beauty is personal! And so are the instruments of your beauty. So know that there are boundaries even in friendships, when it comes to beauty items. The easiest way to break out is by sharing makeup items. But if you aren’t sure which one to share or not, here’s our list of beauty items you should keep to yourself.

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Nail clippers

Since your nail clippers make contact with the area beneath your finger and toenails, they’re likely exposed to harmful bacteria and fungal spores. If you do need to let someone borrow your clippers, disinfect them with rubbing alcohol and some antibacterial soap before and after your friend uses them. By the way, you should clean them after you use them anyway.


Tweezers can be covered with bacteria and other germs due to their proximity to your skin or other germy beauty tools—but the real issue comes from tweezer contact with open wounds. That sounds dramatic, but this could be anything as mundane as getting to an ingrown hair or accidentally causing a cut with them.


razor blade

Sharing razor heads is a big no-no. Razor blades don’t just skim off hairs but pick up skin cells and surface-level bacteria and grime along the way. And that’s the best-case scenario—most people accidentally cut themselves while shaving, exposing the razor head to infections or illnesses carried in the blood. Your razor is dirty enough—no need to borrow someone else’s (or let them borrow yours). If you need to steal someone’s razor, at least replace the razor head before and after use.

Bar soap 

bar soap

Bar soap is an easy place to trap bacteria that sticks around from shower to shower. So using someone else’s or lending yours out is, counterintuitively, not very sanitary at all. However, sharing is fine if you’re a fan of bar soap’s more hygienic cousin, body wash.


towel bathtub

Used towels (or washcloths) shouldn’t be shared. If you need to borrow a towel from someone you’re staying with (or vice versa), do yourselves a favour and pop it in the wash before and after use.



Borrowing someone’s used mascara is definitely not worth getting a pink eye over. Eyes are more vulnerable to bacterial infections than the skin, and that mascara wand isn’t any less laden with them than other tools. The same goes for eyeliner and eyeshadow (brushes too!).

Makeup brushes

makeup bag

You might not know it, makeup brushes need a bath too, every once in a while—and that’s if one person’s using them. The potential germs and bacteria on one person’s face and/or makeup brushes are easily transferred to another’s skin, which could cause (or worsen) acne, along with other potential bacterial issues.

By Damilola Faustino

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