Here’s What Happens If You Don’t Clean Your Make up Brushes

You can’t say we didn’t warn you…

How many times are we told to give our make up brushes a regular scrub? Old make up, oil and dirt mean that those bristles are a breeding ground for bacteria.

Gross. But, in all honesty, even as a beauty writer I will admit I do not wash my brushes anywhere near as often as I should.

By the time I realize they are probably a bit grubby I’m already using them on my face and I really don’t have time to begin a full blown cleaning session.

If the situation is particularly bad I’ll use a make up wipe, and I’m ashamed to admit, I’ve grabbed a brand new Beauty Blender from the cupboard just so I don’t have to wash the one I’m using. Laziness at its peak.

Well, after reading this we don’t think you’ll be so lax anymore, because a few spots here and there are not the only thing that can come out of poor brush hygiene, as this poor model found out.

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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Anthea Page uploaded a picture of herself on Instagram with a very sore looking eye infection, which she acquired after a MUA used a dirty brush to apply her make up whilst on a shoot.

She accompanied the picture with a long caption warning others of the dangers of poor hygiene and to make sure they always insist everything is cleaned to their standards.

“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,” she said.

If this isn’t reason enough for you to step up your brush cleaning we don’t really know what is.

Invest in a good brush cleaner and if you’re not sure how to clean them properly read our easy guide on how to clean your make-up brushes.

There’s really no more excuses, girls, so get scrubbing.