This Model’s Scary Experience Shows What Happens When Makeup Artists Don’t Clean Their Brushes

Just when you thought you were doing a better job cleaning your makeup brushes more often than usual, the scary truth behind what can (and often does) happen if a makeup brush isn’t properly cleaned (or if it’s shared with someone else) reminds you of how crucial this step really is. Australian model Anthea Page posted an Instagram photo sharing that she caught a staph infection in her eye at Sydney Fashion Weekend by makeup artists using unwashed and reused brushes backstage. And while Page is honest about the bulk of a model’s life being filled with glamorous perks, she also explains that this is a serious problem she sees often and that we shouldn’t take it lightly.

A letter to makeup artists and those getting their makeup done... I'm not going to sit here pretending I don't like modelling or isn't awesome because it really is and I do almost always have fun on jobs. Models have it good most of the time, especially in Australia however there are health/hygiene risks involved for models and anyone using testers or getting their makeup done people can overlook. I have just been on a fashion show job for the past 4 days and unfortunately even though I had observed unhygienic practises and confronted the qualified artists (who I will not name) I still ended up taking home a nasty eye infection from fashion weekend. I do feel my safety concerns were dismissed as if it was part of my job to put up with these unhealthy conditions. My message is not intended to critique the women who I trusted with my eye and skin health but to raise awareness of importance of hygiene practises amongst artists. If you are getting your makeup done or using any testers, check everything has been cleaned to your standard even if someone scoffs at your concerns. This is not my first time receiving an ailment from a dirty makeup brush and unfortunately in my line of work I doubt it will be the last but please be aware of this if you ever come close to a makeup kit so you can keep yourself safe and healthy. 💖 Ps - It been diagnosed as a staff infection by the doctor and I'm now on medication 💖💖 #unretouched #nofilter #fuckingsick

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“If you are getting your makeup done or using any testers, check [that] everything has been cleaned to your standard even if someone scoffs at your concerns,” the model who is now on medication to treat her eye writes, warning that this type of infection from a makeup faux pas is far more common than we might think. “This is not my first time receiving an ailment from a dirty makeup brush, and unfortunately in my line of work, I doubt it will be the last, but please be aware of this if you ever come close to a makeup kit so you can keep yourself safe and healthy.”

It’s not every day we come across a headline about a model’s life that we can relate to, but this is, unfortunately, a lesson we can all learn from. Not sure how to clean your brushes properly? Read up here