Eek! This Model’s ‘Infected’ Pic Will Remind You Just How Important It Is To Regularly Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

Consider this a PSA, peeps.

Make-Up Brushes

It’s the one thing that we constantly put on the back burner, but we’re also continually being reminded that it’s seriously super important that our make-up brushes are given a good old wash down every once and a while.

Perhaps one of the most horrifying stories about the dangers of dirty brushes is that of Jo Gilchrist, who was left paralysed after contracting a staph infection which she contracted from a friend’s foundation brush last year.

Now an Australian model has come forward with her own gruesome story of the horrors of less than clean make-up brushes.

Anthea Page took to Instagram to announce that after a four-day fashion shoot, she had contracted a staph infection from a make-up artist’s brushes and as a result had been placed on a course of medication to clear it up.

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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“I have just been on a fashion show job for the past 4 days and unfortunately even though I had observed unhygienic practices and confronted the qualified artists (who I will not name) I still ended up taking home a nasty eye infection from fashion weekend,” Anthea writes. “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,” Anthea adds.

“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,” she advises. “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 make-up kit so you can keep yourself safe and healthy. Ps – It’s been diagnosed as a staff infection by the doctor and I’m now on medication.”

Luckily for Anthea her ailment won’t have any lasting long term effects but it could have been a very different story, and the message is clear: whether applying your own make-up or getting it done by a professional, always make sure the brushes are super duper clean.

Need some tips? We’ve got all the deets on keeping your brushes clean here.

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