I’ve been in the beauty game long enough to know that there are some truly bad beauty tips floating around the internet. Before, we could place the blame on shady “experts” who were trying to peddle their latest cream or serum, but now that beauty influencers have entered the chat, the beauty myths and downright bad advice can sometimes drown out the necessary info.
Remember when Huda Kattan from Huda Beauty and Michelle Phan suggested we all make face masks out of kitty litter? Or when we all were using witch hazel and putting toothpaste on our pimples? Well, sadly, people are still out here shilling bad advice, and I thought I’d take it upon myself to clear the air on a few really bad beauty tips out in social media. Keep reading for more info!
Using Hairspray as a Makeup Setting Spray
Using hairspray to set your makeup is an old-school drag queen trick. As performers, they needed something that would stop their makeup from running due to all the sweat and heat, and hairspray seemed to do the trick. And somehow, people took this advice and ran with it.
Let me tell you now—hairspray is not good for your skin, nor do you need to completely seal your makeup in unless you’re going to be in the water and you want to keep your makeup fresh, or you’re a stage performer. For everyday use, try the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, which is one of my all-time favorite beauty products.
Applying Preparation H Under Your Eye
I once saw a YouTuber use Preparation H, a cream for hemorrhoids, under her eyes. Why? Well, one of the main ingredients of Preparation H is phenylephrine, a blood vessel constrictor that temporarily decreases puffiness. And that sounds great and all, but putting a cream that is meant for hemorrhoids near your eye is basically a disaster waiting to happen.
Instead, make sure you’re prioritizing sleep and getting enough water, which is the easiest, most natural way to decrease eye puffiness.
That TikTok Where Someone Put a *Unique* Cream On Their Lips
So I just want to drop this link here—and I’m going to tell you to not do this … ever. There are better ways of temporarily plumping your lips, friends. Trust me.
@jerrybmaldonadoIf you know what movie I’m talking about please tell me because I want to watch it again ##beauty ##lips♬ original sound – Jerry Mal
All-Natural or Nothing
There’s a dangerous beauty trend going on where “if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you don’t need to put it on your face.” And that’s a cute sentiment and all, but we don’t need to demonize beauty ingredients that are made in a lab. Ingredients like retinol and AHA or BHA might not be “natural,” but they help the skin in immense ways, and important preservatives help keep your products free from mold and bacteria.
My rule of thumb: Be mindful of your ingredients, but don’t let it run your life. And always patch test!
Using Hair/Wig Glue to Attach Your Lashes
I don’t wear false lashes because even after watching approximately 3,957,435 videos, I still can’t do it. But the fact that some beauty gurus recommend using wig/hair extension glue on your eyes is quite alarming. There is a reason why lash glue is a thing—it’s safe for use around your delicate eye area and won’t cause injury or sensitivity around your eyes. Now, if you want to use the wig glue to help fix broken false lashes, that’s totally fine—just don’t use it around your eyes.
What are some bad beauty tips you’ve seen on social media? Let me know in the comments!