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4 Toxic TikTok Trends to Turn Away From

Not all TikTok trends are created equal. Proceed with caution...

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I think it’s fair to say that TikTok has introduced us to a variety of cool hacks and interesting information, like using a spatula to apply your foundation like a professional makeup artist. However, TikTok, like any other internet-based information source, isn’t known for being the most accurate or socially responsible.

Here are a few toxic TikTok beauty trends we recommend staying away from:

Foundation Frothing

Foundation frothing is as odd as the name implies. Squirting 1-2 pumps of foundation into a glass of water, then frothing up the concoction, and placing it on your face… okaaaaaay. Besides the fact that this is simply a waste of foundation, you would have to be very careful what water you use to implement this “hack”. Unless you have a filter in place, and even then, you would be adding bacteria that simply shouldn’t be going anywhere near your foundation and your face.

SPF Contouring

There are so many wonderful beauty hacks that can be found on TikTok, like adding blush to your undereye area for a flush look, “contouring” with SPF is definitely not one of them. The idea of SPF contouring is to place sunscreen in the area of your face you would “strategically” place a lighter concealer or foundation color and let the sun set in your “contour”. Not only is this trick ineffective, the whole point of wearing SPF in the first place is to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Face Slugging

We know this opinion may come across as controversial, but here us out. While slugging, but in reality if you are prone to breakouts or have oily-skin, layering a ton of Vaseline on your face is not going to do your skin any favors.

At-Home Microneedling

If you take nothing else, please listen when we say to leave any form of needles in the hands of professionals. While microneedling treatments can have its benefits, especially with acne-prone/textured skin, if done improperly it can lead to infections and scarring.

We recommend leaning into safer and more fun TikTok trends like the “I’m Cold” makeup look if you’re interested in a bit of experimentation.

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Nicole Kirichanskaya
Nicole Kirichanskaya is a born-and-raised Brooklynite with a passion for fashion, feminism, and the fanciful. Her love of beauty stems from when she was taught the importance of a good manicure at an early age from her Ukrainian babushka. She has written for a number of publications including Global Glam Magazine, CEW, Footwear News, and more.