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Woman sues MAC Cosmetics, alleges she contracted herpes from lipstick at pop-up shop

From RiRi Woo to RiRi ew.

Woman sues MAC Cosmetics, alleges she contracted herpes from lipstick at pop-up shop

Rihanna wearing a red shade of lipstick at the Grammys. What would RiRi say now? (AP Photo)
Rihanna wearing a red shade of lipstick at the Grammys. What would RiRi say now? (AP Photo) Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

From RiRi Woo to RiRi ew.

A Harlem woman is suing MAC Cosmetics after she allegedly contracted herpes from a lipstick that a MAC representative applied to her at a pop-up shop earlier this month.

The NY Daily News reports Starkeema Greenidge attended a Rihanna concert on May 7 at the Barclays Center when the offending incident occured. Greenidge stopped into a MAC pop-up and allowed an employee to rub RiRi Woo, a ruby red shade of lipstick endorsed by Rihanna, onto her upper lip - straight from the tube. The rep then told her to 'press her lips together and spread the lipstick around,' it says in the suit.

Two days later, Greenidge developed a cold sore, which her doctor later diagnosed as herpes. She states in the suit that the disease has lead to 'mental anguish and emotional distress.'

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This serves a cautionary tale for the beauty buffs who test products in stores without using swabs. Makeup containers are breeding grounds for germs.

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