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Beauty gurus react to TikTok’s bizarre viral makeup hack

The MUAs of TikTok have come up with a strange new way to prep and prime their skin… using lube.

The hashtag #LubePrimer has over 10.1million views on the app, and the strange beauty hack has received mixed reviews from those who have tried it out.

TikTok user @itsrady put the trend in her ‘Best Beauty Hacks’ folder, and showed off a stunning makeup look after using an aloe vera lube to prime her face.


best makeup hacks pt. 2 💕✨ ib: @mimiermakeup #fyp #makeuphacks #makeuptips #makeuptipstiktok #makeup #makeuptutorial

♬ make love verse – emm.

@seananthonyv also tried out the hack and was very impressed by the results, saying: “Ok tell me why this is performing way better than my regular primer? My makeup looks so good, I’m absolutely speechless.”

But it definitely isn’t for everyone, as popular beauty guru @mikaylanogueira claimed she would never be using lube as a primer again.

She said: “That looks really weird… Ew. Am I doing something wrong here? Because this looks like s***.”


LUBE AS PRIMER?! #seananthony #makeupfyp #beautytips #makeup #viralmakeup #makeuphacks #beauty #mua #lifehack #lubeprimer

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ya… never again. 🥴 #makeup #beauty #MakeItCinematic #IKnowWhatYouDid @Rady

♬ original sound – Mikayla Nogueira

YouTuber and skincare specialist Hyram Yarbro, best known as @SkincareByHyram, shared his thoughts on the viral trend.

He broke down the list of ingredients in lube, and revealed most of them are in fact used in most skincare products – including propylene glycol, hydroxyethylcellulose, benzoic acid and sodium hydroxide.

“Can you use it? Yeah. But should you use it? That’s a whole other question!” Hyram added.


#stitch with @seananthonyv Is LUBE as face primer good for your skin?? 💧 #skincare

♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod

Senior Aesthetician Aimee Piper told Glamour Magazine that she recommends steering clear of using lube on your face because due to its thick nature, it can lead to clogged pores, unexpected breakouts and irritated skin.

She said: “Silicones and oil-based products can be suffocating to the skin layer. This means that if you have oilier skin or an active lifestyle where sweating is regular, you are suppressing the sweat out of the skin, causing bacteria and dirt to build up.”

Will you be trying out this trend?


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