I’ll go ahead and admit it. I’m one of the millennials who said TikTok is for the teens until quarantine came around and I got tired of scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Rinse and repeat. I’m not deep enough into TikTok to actually make one yet, though I’ve thought about it. Give me a few more weeks locked in the house with my 50+-year-old parents and I’ll be craving a connection with the youth so bad I might make a cringy video of me lip-syncing “I’m a savage. Classy. Bougie. Ratchet…” Did your mind instinctively think of the dance moves with each word? Because mine did.
I’ve discovered that TikTok is more than attractive teens participating in dance trends. There are creators who make funny skits like Lonnie, who acts out conversations between God and the angel Gabriel to explain how animals with absurd characteristics were made. There are also creators who make delicious recipe videos like Tabitha Brown, whose voice is as smooth as her vegan smoothies. And of course, there are my favorite creators, the ones who transform themselves with makeup. I am amazed by the talent and ingenuity. I found so many beauty hacks on TikTok but I’ve been tricked before so I decided to try three of these hacks out to see if they are the real deal.
Reverse Foundation Routine
I don’t really understand what this hack does, which is why I wanted to try it. Jarida was the original poster of this TikTok trend, but she doesn’t claim to be the inventor of this method. It has been around for a while. Basically, instead of doing foundation, powder, setting spray, you reverse it and do setting spray, powder, and then foundation. My guess is it’s supposed to make your foundation last longer, but I read somewhere while doing my research (a.k.a. a quick Google search) that this method is meant to help mattify oil skin. My skin is very dry, but I figured I’d give this trick a try anyway.
Verdict: If I was giving these hacks a star rating, this hack would get 5 shiny, gold stars. Not only did I see a difference in the appearance of my foundation (It was more full-coverage and smooth), but it was super easy. There's pretty much no way to mess it up. I don't wear a full face of foundation often, but when I do, I'll definitely be using this hack.
I love seeing people make cute little shapes and designs on their faces, but I just don’t have a steady hand or creative eye to duplicate them—so I was thrilled when I watched mariasboe use her grandmother’s stamps to make butterflies and dragonflies on her eyelids using eyeshadow as ink. However, the opacity of the eyeshadow made me a little skeptical that she was actually tricking us by placing real ink on her skin, but maybe it was just a really pigmented eyeshadow. Either way, I wanted to try it. I searched everywhere in my parents’ house for stamps, but none were found. However, my parents love wine so there is a large vase full of corks in the kitchen. I decided to take one and test my whittling skills to make my own DIY stamp.
Verdict: Obviously, this hack is more for your avant garde looks and not your everyday makeup. I bet this hack would be even more impressive with an intricate set of rubber stamps, but if you don't have any like me, making stamps out of wine corks was easy and fun. Also, if your eyeshadow isn't pigmented enough, I bet you could trace over the shadow on your skin with eyeliner to sharpen it up or start with the source and paint the stamp with liquid eyeliner instead of eyeshadow.
Bathrobe Belt Curls
I’m not sure who originally came up with the bathrobe belt curls on TikTok, but I watched Bri Harmon do it and I was a little skeptical for one big reason. Her hair appears to be dry when she wraps it around the belt. Now, I don’t know much about hair, but I’m pretty sure that in order for this trick to work, the hair either needs to be damp or have heat applied to it. I planned to dampen my hair, assuming my eyes were deceiving me and her hair was actually wet, but then I stumbled on another TikToker, Whitney Peñuelas, whose hair was very clearly dry when she wrapped it so I crossed my fingers and began wrapping.
Verdict: This was my least favorite hack. Does it work? Yes, kind of. If you have long, straight hair without layers, this hack will probably work for you, but it didn't really work with my short, wavy, layered hair. Instead of curls, I got lots of volume, which I'm not complaining about, but wrapping my hair was a frustrating process so I think I'll stick to using my curling iron. With that said though, I can't believe this hack works on dry hair. That part amazed me.
If you're bored in the house and you're in the house bored, test these TikTok beauty hacks yourself and add your review below!