_By Devon Abelman. Photos by: Hannah Choi/Allure and courtesy of Instagram/@antheapage.__
Take a second and try to pinpoint the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes. If it wasn't super-recent, this story about dirty makeup brushes may make you want to rush to the bathroom with your tools. Australian model Anthea Page contracted a staph infection after getting her makeup done on a set where she says she observed "unhealthy conditions." Speaking from experience, a staph infection is no joke. A couple of years ago, I got a similar infection from a nail salon and had to take antibiotics. The pills were almost as big as doughnut holes but not at all delicious. (And the pain of having the actual infection is, of course, even worse.)
Page posted an open letter on her Instagram addressed to "makeup artists and those getting their makeup done" to share her experience. In the accompanying picture, one of her eyelids is visibly swollen. She said in the caption that she observed unhygienic practices and voiced concerns, but they went unanswered. (I'm getting frustrated just thinking about the situation.) Page's letter also included an advisory: "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." Unfortunately, dirty makeup brushes aren't the only tools you have to keep a watchful eye on. Every time you want to try out a new lipstick or mascara at Sephora, you should definitely be cautious about the product before applying it—just using a new spoolie or cotton swab won't always keep you germ-free.
To avoid the wrath of dirty makeup brushes and stave off possible infections, you can opt for a simple brush-cleaning recipe courtesy of Kim Kardashian's makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, this dry shampoo-like spray, or one of the many antibacterial brush cleansers on the market, like Bodyography The Brush Off Anti-Bacterial Makeup Brush Cleanser. And wash your brushes as often as possible. Your skin and eyes will thank you.
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