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This is the one reason you need to wash your makeup brushes

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Sarah Biddlecombe
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We all know that we need to wash our makeup brushes regularly. However, it's one of those tasks that we constantly remind ourselves to do and then instantly forget about, until the next time we pick up a brush - and so the cycle continues.

However, a model has now urgently warned everyone to keep their makeup brushes and applicators clean, after she received an eye infection from a dirty brush.

Taking to Instagram, Australian model Anthea Page told her 89,000 followers about her "safety concerns" over unclean brushes in the hope of "raising awareness of importance of hygiene practises". 

 

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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Unclean makeup brushes and applicators can breed bacteria such as E.coli at a rapid rate, and lead to infections such as the staph infection contracted by Page.

"There are health/hygiene risks involved for models and anyone using testers or getting their makeup done people can overlook," Page wrote.

"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 continued. 

"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."

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Sarah Biddlecombe is an award-winning journalist and Digital Features Editor at Stylist

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