This Model's Dirty Makeup Brush Story Will Terrify You

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. πŸ’– Ps - It been diagnosed as a staff infection by the doctor and I'm now on medication πŸ’–πŸ’– #unretouched #nofilter #fuckingsick

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No, washing your makeup brushes is not fun. Yes, you absolutely have to do it. Unwashed makeup tools can hide all sorts of nasties β€” nasties that can dull your complexion and, at the very worst, cause serious infections. Yahoo Beauty reports that model Anthea Page spoke out on Instagram against this dangerous practice. She contracted an eye infection from a makeup artist in Australia after a four-day fashion gig.
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"I do feel my safety concerns were dismissed as if it was part of my job to put up with these unhealthy conditions," she wrote in the post. Page allegedly confronted the makeup artists, who ignored her requests for cleaner brushes. In the Instagram picture, Page sports a swollen eye, courtesy of the infection.

She also makes it clear that her aim isn't to scold the artists who gave her the infection. "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," she says. Page laments that this isn't the first infection she's gotten on the job β€” and it probably won't be the last.

The bottom line? You have to wash your brushes. Not sure how? We've got a few tips from makeup artists themselves. It's easier β€” and more crucial β€” than you think.

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