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Beauty and the beasties: your makeup bag’s full of horrid superbugs

E.coli, staphylococcus, fungi – it’s seriously not looking well between all that lippy and eyeliner

Laura Donnelly

It’s a finding that might just take the gloss off the party season; nine in 10 used makeup products are harbouring potentially deadly bacteria, research shows.

The study of almost 500 items, including lipsticks, eyeliners, mascaras and beauty blenders, found superbugs were rife, with pathogens likely to be hiding in every cosmetic bag.

E.coli, staphylococcus with high levels of antibiotic resistance, and fungus were among the main culprits isolated in new research by British scientists...

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