Makeup brushes are like bed sheets. You know you should wash them more than you do, but like, c’mon. Who has time for that? It’s something every beauty expert says to do and yet it gets done as much as a thorough flossing sesh does, which is to say not much. But if you need some motivation to actually clean those crucial tools, we suggest you read Anthea Page’s story. For this model, dirty brushes didn’t just cause a breakout or two. It caused a staph infection.

Page took to Instagram a few weeks ago to pen an open letter to makeup artists and anyone who regularly gets their makeup done. She began by writing, “I’m not going to sit here pretending I don’t like modeling 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.”

She goes on to explain that she had just returned from a four-day job where she observed unhygienic practices and confronted the artists but still ended up contracting an eye infection that quickly turned into a staff infection, which is no joke.

She writes, “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 practices amongst artists.”

So before you start caking on the makeup for that killer night out, you may want to partake in a thorough cleanse. PS: Here are 15 easy ways to get the job done.

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