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  • 1. Lip Gloss. You might share your fave lip gloss and lipsticks with your friends all the time, but it's actually not a good idea. It's easy to spread contagious germs and infections, including cold germs and even the oral herpes virus, when sharing anything that touches your lips. According to Planned Parenthood, more than half of adults have oral herpes (HSV-1) and that number is growing in large part because you can spread it even if you don't have a visible cold sore at the time. so share the new dress not your lip gloss.

  • 2. Makeup Brushes and Sponges That foundation sponge you love so much is a breeding ground for bacteria and germs thanks to its soft, porous materia, which means you can easily pass everything from pink eye to staff infections back and forth if you're sharing one. Same goes for makeup brushes. Make sure you wash your brushes and sponges at least once a week with a mild cleanser and hot water, and let them dry completely to kill bacteria and germs — and buy a two-pack so your sis or bestie can have her own.

  • 3. Products in Jars It sounds obvious, but dipping and re-dipping your fingers into a pot of lip gloss or face cream is an easy way to spread germs, especially when you add in multiple people's fingers. Even if your bestie washes her hands first, she can still spread any dirt and bacteria from her face or lips to the cream or gloss if she dips her hands in more than once, which you can then transfer to your face or lips next time you use it. If you still want your friend to try the amazing new skin cream you're obsessed with, just have her use a Q-tip.

  • 4. Eyeliner and Mascara Whether you're trying on makeup at Sephora or dipping into your BFF's makeup bag, you need to be super careful with products that go near your eyes. The gross but true fact is that tons of bacteria live on your eyelids and lashes that can then spread to your mascara wand, eyeliner, and anything else that touches them, causing eye infections like pink eye. And don't assume if your friend's eyes look fine, that it's safe to let her use your mascara. The bacteria that causes eye infections can live on your lashes or lids for weeks before symptoms show.

  • 5. Razors You really shouldn't share anything that can nick you and draw blood, like razors. It's an easy way to spread bacterial infections and blood-borne viruses, like staph infections, and, in extremely rare cases, HIV. And according to Planned Parenthood, Hepatitis B (an infection of the liver) is an STD that can be spread through using razors if any contaminated blood is present. Bottom line: It's worth the trip to the drugstore to pick up your own razor.

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