This Is Why You Seriously Need to Wash Your Makeup Brushes

An Australian model uploaded a picture to Instagram to show what can happen.

We hate cleaning our makeup brushes. It's probably the only time that we wish we applied our entire face of makeup with our fingers, because then we wouldn't have to stand at the sink for a good part of half an hour.

But moans aside, there is a very important reason why you should be cleaning your makeup brushes, especially if you are a makeup artist.

Australian model Anthea Page took to Instagram to share a nasty eye infection she claims she received from makeup artists not properly sterilizing their tools.

Pages says that she witnessed "unhygienic practices" and even "confronted the qualified artists" but still left fashion week with a staph infection (an infection caused by bacteria) that required antibiotics.

Even if your makeup brushes are only being used on yourself, you are still at risk of conjunctivitus, clogged pores, staph infections, and the list goes on. That's why you need to clean them at least every two weeks (opens in new tab), whereas makeup artists must clean their brushes after every client.

Well, we know what will be doing this evening.

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Laura writes about everything beauty and fashion related for Cosmopolitan UK and specialises in makeup, plus-size fashion and the world of YouTube. Her favourite pastime is reminding everyone of that one time she met Charlie Hunnam and Jason Momoa. Please don't ask to see the pictures...