They say beauty is pain, and people's gross makeup stories only confirm this mentality. While makeup failures remind people of the importance of technique, the gross things people do with makeup provide a good lesson in clean cosmetics. But if you think about all the dangerous makeup hacks being spread around the internet, you start to see the cracks in the foundation.
Nasty makeup stories reveal instances when cosmetics are less likely to get you a date or a job and more likely to score you some acne or a staph infection. When you fail to incorporate hygiene into your beauty regiment, you run the risk of creating gross makeup palettes even Heath Ledger's Joker would shy away from.
To report the cosmetic crimes of others, or to repent for their own, people share their grossest makeup stories on Reddit for the world to see and judge. Apparently, many people out there do not understand makeup expires or that tester brushes at Sephora rarely, if ever, get disinfected.
Make sure your own glow up doesn't blow up in your face.
From Redditor /u/galindafiedify:
"I was making a lipstick tester, and when I opened up the cap there was a thick, black bug leg sticking out the top of the bullet. Thank God I chose that box to make a tester, otherwise a customer would have taken it home!"
From Redditor /u/housesnark:
"My old roommate would leave all of her brushes on the carpet, right next to her cat's litter box. And she wore full coverage foundation and multiple eyeshadows everyday."
From Redditor /u/lalisa4:
"My friend didn't understand why I didn't want to put the testers on my face. I watched as she did a full face of makeup and had to listen to her tell me I was weird for just putting stuff on my arm. The next morning she woke up with pinkeye. I didn't."
From Redditor /u/cuddlebunz:
"A girl I know licks her eyeshadow brush after using it to clean off product rather than using a couple of brushes or washing it."