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Safe or Justifiably Horrifying? A Fun Guide to Beauty Product Sharing

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Chapped lips and no Chapstick to speak of? Getting ready at a friend's house and your legs look the stunt double for Airbud, the dunking golden retriever? Forgot mascara? Here's a handy guide for figuring out your exact level of gross when you ask to borrow a beauty item from a friend.*

*Levels determined with the help of the Center for Disease Control, the Mayo Clinic, and the tiniest touch of basic common sense.