An Aussie model has a warning for women after she caught a nasty infection from dirty makeup.

Australian model Anthea Page has called out the makeup industry after contracting a serious eye infection from dirty makeup brushes.

The 23-year-old has blamed qualified makeup artists who ‘failed to meet basic hygiene standards’ for a golden staph infection she picked up after a show in Sydney last weekend.

Page shared a picture of her swollen eye on her Instagram account, accompanied by an open letter warning others of the risks, and not just in the fashion industry.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

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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It’s not the first time Page has worried about unhygienic practices on the job, she said, adding that she’s even gone as far as confronting artists about it previously, only to be ignored.

“I do feel my safety concerns were dismissed as if it was part of my job to put up with these unhealthy conditions,” she said.

“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.”

It’s also not the first time she — or one of her fellow models — has contracted a nasty infection or sore either she told PEDESTRIAN.TV:

“Every model has a story about pink eye, staph, school sores etc., but if your face was your job would you want to publicise your issues and draw attention to the parts of you that are f*cked?

“I believe in authenticity and although I was ashamed to share this with the world I felt the issue was so widespread that I had to at least say something.”

She finished her Instagram post by warning anyone getting their make up done or using testers to check everything has been cleaned to your standards “even if someone scoffs at your concerns”.

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