Sharing your makeup brushes with anyone else is not a good idea, but most models don't have much of a choice. When they get their makeup professionally done, they have to rely on the artist to clean his or her brushes properly. Model Anthea Page recently took to Instagram to share what can happen if makeup is applied with used brushes that have not been cleaned properly.
In the Instagram post, Page wrote that while she likes and enjoys her career, it does come with health risks.
"I have just been on a fashion show job for the past four 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," she wrote. "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."
Page also wrote that she was diagnosed with a staph infection by a doctor and is on medication to treat the infection.
Page used her circumstance as an opportunity to remind everyone to be wary of the makeup tools they're using.
"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 wrote. "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."
Even if you don't often get your makeup done or use testers, you should be cleaning your own brushes.
"Wet washing once a week isn't realistic for most people, so if you can use a spray cleanser every one to two weeks and do a full wet wash once a month, that should be fine," celebrity makeup artist Jenny Patinkin told Popsugar.
In general, the more often you can clean them, the better. But if you're breaking out, have an infection, or an allergy, you should be cleaning them after each use.