London - Department store make-up testers are filled with bacteria, mould and faecal matter, it has been revealed.
In the US, the Good Morning America TV show went undercover to test the safety of shared make-up testers, which beauty counters replace, on average, just once a year.
The TV show took samples from 10 stores across two American states, using sterile swabs and undercover cameras, gathering evidence which was then tested in New York University’s microbiology department.
The results revealed what germs people are sharing when they test the same eye-shadows, foundations and lipsticks as hundreds – even thousands – of strangers.
Much like the handles of supermarket trolleys, bathroom doorknobs, staircase handrails and computer keyboards, the majority of samples and applicators available at make-up vendors are caked with mould and bacteria.