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We tried 9 TikTok makeup and beauty hacks to see if they work

TikTok is full of inspiration and beauty hacks, and while some work great, others are very questionable. (Any tinkering with beauty should be taken with a grain of salt.)

When it comes to makeup, there’s little that can go wrong, as the results aren’t permanent and you can just wipe it off, wash your face, and move on if the look doesn’t suit you. not suitable. Corn beauty tips are only worth it when they actually work, so we’ve tested nine of the most popular right now to see if they’re worth a try.

1. The perfect combination for lips

At the start of her 43-second video, @yokenzieb says, “Your perfect lipstick will be your eyebrow pencil, your lip liner, whatever blush you use in the center of your lips, and a gloss. The video has gone viral with over 4 million views, and the hack makes sense because the brow and blush colors you use should match your skin undertones. It’s a simple way to discover your supposed perfect lip color and it seems almost too easy to be true.

I used the Refy Eyebrow Pencil Medium, Rose Inc. Blush Divine Radiant Lip and Cheek Color in Dahlia and Jones Road Beauty Cool Gloss in Original. Although I really like the end result, I felt like a cooler lip liner would suit my lips better, but it’s a very minor detail and the hack worked.

2. Ombre blush

The concept is simple: use two colors of blush to create a custom shade. Since blush has been such a popular item lately, this seems like an easy way to use more of your products. For this, you need cream, stick or liquid blushes. You place the darkest shade and near the temples, then a lighter shade in front; blend to create an ombre effect.

Did it work?
It works really well! It’s simple, but it’s a fun way to create various color combinations, like red and pink, plum and orange, or berry and baby pink. The end result is subtle, but I’m a fan.

What I used: Nudestix Nudies Matte in Salty Siren and Make Beauty Stick (discontinued).

3. Clean Makeup

You’ve seen many people’s clean makeup, including the Hadid sisters, Hailey Bieber, and Kendall Jenner. It’s a combination of minimal makeup, glowing skin, sometimes a little swipe of brown pencil and lip gloss. Hair is normally slicked back into a tight bun or ponytail. Since the trend was started by celebrities and models, there have been many iterations on TikTok, although they are all quite similar.

I’m not a fan of the word “clean” to describe makeup, as it implies anything that isn’t like that is “dirty”, but I wanted to give it a try as a no-makeup makeup fan, which is basically what it is. It’s a look I would happily do again, and the result is quite natural and healthy-looking. I made a point of not completely covering my current spots. Since I used a tinted/CC cream, the coverage is minimal. You don’t need to have “perfect” skin to achieve this look.

What I used: Supergoop Play Everyday Lotion SPF50, Brighter future dew, IT Cosmetics CC+ Illuminating Cream with SPF50+, Stila Complete Harmony Lip and Cheek Stain in Bronzed Bronze, Rose Inc. Divine Clean Dewy Cream Blush in Heliotrope, Chanel Essential Balm in Transparent, MAC Eye Kohl Eyeliner in Teddy, Ilia Limitless Lash Lengthening Mascara, Sculpt REFY eyebrows, Tower28 Milky Jelly Lip Gloss in Almond, Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

4. Glitter Hairspray

Shiny, sequined looks have become even more popular since “Euphoria” first aired and it’s easy to see why, given the fun and creative results. The shimmering hairspray reminds me of my ballet shows and the hairspray we put on our buns before shows. It looks pretty similar, and people on TikTok are big fans of it. I used a generic glitter spray I found, but Claire’s sells one that has sold many times.

I have tried this twice and think it works best on straight hair. On my wavy texture, it gets lost, or at least the camera doesn’t pick it up. I love how fun it is, but there’s a little downside: after you spray everything nearby will have little glitter particles on it, including your clothes!

5. Hyaluronic Acid Hack

If you’re using hyaluronic acid to plump up your dry skin but find it’s not working, this hack suggests that you should mist your face with water or a facial spray after applying your hyaluronic acid and before applying it. apply a moisturizer. This hack certainly works, because hyaluronic acid is a humectant that holds 1,000 times its weight in water.

It definitely works! I knew it, because it’s a technique that I generally use. You can even use this trick for other hydrating products like moisturizers. I tried it on half of my face first to better show the difference.

6. IRL eyeliner filter

You may have seen people try out a dramatic eye filter and trace it. The very bold look is perfect for a night out. It’s a bit difficult to get the shape exactly like the filter, so feel free to adapt it to your eye shape. To make it easier for you, you can make a dot at the end of the movie, then slowly draw the lines and fill them in.

There are now a few iterations of this eyeliner filter, including a downward-turned liner (nicknamed the puppy liner), which is apparently ideal for hooded or downcast eyes and those that don’t suit a cat’s eye.

I loved the end result! I used the Lottie London Stamp Eyeliner, but maybe a cream liner applied with a thin brush would work better as I found the liquid liner dried out a bit. As for the puppy liner, it turned out better than I expected, but I need a little more practice to get both sides even.

I also tried the puppy liner here:

7. Jaw highlighter

This trend was accidentally created by Bella Hadid, who was seen at a friend’s birthday party with a shiny jawline. A makeup artist on TikTok analyzed that Hadid was probably starting a new “jaw highlight” trend without realizing it. The trick is to apply a highlighter along the jawline and line a little under the jawline. The best type of product for this to blend well and be as seamless as possible would be a non-shimmer highlighter. However, you can top it off with a super shimmer highlighter for extra punch.

Yes, and the result was better than expected! I will do this again in the future and try using various highlighters to find the perfect combination. I used the Lisa Eldridge Elevated Glow Highlighter in Cosmic Pink.

Here is a video of my experience:

8. One-point outline

Contouring is a great technique for creating shadows and changing the shape of your face. Megan Lavallie has shared a tip that looks incredibly easy to follow. Outlining can often seem intimidating to do correctly, but it might help.

Yes, and the result really blew me away! First I did just half of my face to compare. As you can see, the difference is stark: cheekbones ripped off in one easy step. The trick is to blend very lightly, as this will create the outline effect.

What I used: Stila Complete Harmony Lip and Cheek Stain in Bronzed Bronze and mixed with Merit Brush No.1, because it has a flat top.

Here is a video of my experience:

9. Linear Corrector

Could this concealer hack simultaneously highlight and cover and also reduce the need for foundation? Linear concealer seems easy enough to do: start under one eye, go around the nose, around the mouth and add a line under the cheekbone. Then do the same on the other side, and finish by going above the eyebrows and down the nose. A sponge-tip concealer would probably be best for this, so you don’t pick up more product than necessary. You then add a bit of bronzer in cream, stick or liquid form and mix it in very well.

Did it work?
I’m amazed at how well it worked. Despite a few active pushes around the mouth, I didn’t feel the need to cover them further after this technique.

What I used: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer in 05 Medium and Stila Complete Harmony Lip and Cheek Stain in Bronzed Bronze. I could probably use a lighter shade for my concealer, but I’m really happy with the results.

Here is a video of my experience:



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