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Social-media stars are glueing their upper lip to their face for a fuller-looking pout and it’s got to stop

Social-media stars are glueing their upper lip to their face for a fuller-looking pout and it’s got to stop

  • Tik Tok users have started a new beauty trend: using eyelash glue to create the appearance of fuller lips.
  • Videos on the platform show women applying the glue above their mouths, and then pressing their lips to the adhesive. Some have also done the same to their bottom lips.
  • While I don’t believe most people will add this trick to their daily makeup routine, I still think this hack is unnecessary and could cause some people to feel insecure about themselves.
  • Dermatologists also told Insider that the practice can be harmful and cause irritation across the face.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Despite being obsessed with makeup, I’ve always stayed away from false lashes. Not only do I find them irritating, but the thought of applying glue near my eyeballs is horrifying.

So you can probably imagine how shocked I was to learn that Tik Tok users have started a new beauty trend that involves applying eyelash glue to their lips. The hack is meant to give the appearance of fuller pouts without needing actual lip injections.

While dermatologists have told Insider that eyelash glue can be harmful to lips, I also worry that the trend might contribute to further unrealistic beauty standards.

Here’s a closer look inside the trend that’s taking over social media.

People are sharing videos of themselves applying eyelash glue to their lips

From Twitter to YouTube, you can now find videos of people — often young women — applying a dash of eyelash glue right above their mouth. They then use their fingers to press their upper lip to the adhesive, often holding it in place for multiple seconds.

Once their lip seems set in place, some people do the same to their bottom lip. They apply adhesive under their mouth, and then hold their bottom lip to the glue. The final result is a rounded mouth that resembles the after-effects of lip injections.

—double jointed queen (@saddumbgirl) September 7, 2019

Tik Tok users appear to be the first people on social media to take part in the trend

While it’s unclear as to who first filmed themselves applying glue to their lips, many videos of the practice have popped up on the app Tik Tok since September.

In fact, videos posted with the hashtag #lashglue have been viewed more than 2.5 million times. Similarly, the #thelashgluechallenge tag has more than 28,000 views.

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A screenshot of the Tik Tok app, taken on Friday.
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Many Tik Tok users have also shared their videos on Twitter, bringing the trend to other social-media platforms.

—angelene (@AngieRieta) September 7, 2019

—🌸 Alexandra Daniels 🌸 (@alexdanielsxo) September 8, 2019

YouTubers are also getting in on the beauty hack

On September 23, lifestyle YouTuber Tina Yong shared a video of herself trying out the trend for her ongoing series “Tina Tries It.”

According to the YouTuber, the trick only provides short-term results that last between a few seconds and minutes. She also said it looks very obvious when glue is applied to the upper lip, as you can see where the skin folds.

“Both top and bottom feel super uncomfortable,” Yong said about applying eyelash glue to her lips. “I think it’s safe to say this trend won’t be sticking around for very long. But you know what? It was actually quite funny just to see myself like that.”

“If you guys get bored and you wanna have a good laugh, try it at home with eyelash glue,” she continued. “Do not put any other type of glue on those areas — especially not super glue.”

Speaking to Insider, Yong said she tried the beauty hack simply to see if it would work. 

“I love trying new beauty trends, especially ones that I see online,” Yong told Insider. “So when I saw this trend on TikTok, I was curious to see if eyelash glue would actually hold my lip up.”

“To my surprise, it did — but only temporarily,” she continued. “I thought it was really funny, but I would never actually go out in public like that.” 

Still, the trend doesn’t seem to be as popular among YouTubers as it is among Tik Tok users

This might have to do with the fact that YouTube places a warning before videos about the trend.

I came across the warning while trying to view a video from a YouTuber named Eileen, who currently has more than 15,000 subscribers. YouTube warned that the video “might be inappropriate for some users.” Still, I was able to click one button and view the clip.

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A screenshot of YouTube’s warning to viewers.
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Before Tik Tok beauty trends existed, the #KylieJennerChallenge created similar hype

In 2015, Kylie Jenner made headlines with her suddenly fuller-looking lips, which she later confirmed were created by fillers. To mimic her signature look, some people began using shot glasses as suction cups to create bigger pouts. The trend was called the #KylieJennerChallenge on social media.

Unfortunately, the trend proved harmful for many. Numerous people who shared photos of their attempts on social media revealed bruising and bleeding across their lips.

—Nelson Sorry To This Mandela (@KidFury) April 20, 2015

—zo 🌻 (@_zoeymcguire) April 20, 2015

Jenner eventually addressed the challenge on Twitter, saying she wants people to be themselves and experiment with their own styles.

—Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) April 21, 2015

—Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) April 21, 2015

This latest trend shows the lengths people will go to achieve Instagram beauty standards

Beauty trends have changed drastically over the years. Thin eyebrows are no longer popular, and blue eye shadow is a thing of the past. But whereas beauty companies and famous models once created these fads, we now look to Instagram — and it’s becoming a problem.

According to the BBC, a review of 20 studies concluded that scrolling through photo-based apps like Instagram often correlates with negative perceptions of body image.

“People are comparing their appearance to people in Instagram images, or whatever platform they’re on, and they often judge themselves to be worse off,” Jasmine Fardouly, a postdoctoral researcher at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, told the BBC.

Read more: A fitness influencer Photoshopped herself to meet the beauty standards of Instagram’s most-followed women to prove social media isn’t real life

Ultimately, I don’t think most people will add this eyelash-glue trick to their daily makeup routine, or post about it on Instagram, for that matter. However, I did notice that in many videos about the subject, some people said they would try the hack before taking Instagram photos, even if they wouldn’t wear glue on their lips daily.

Though I don’t personally face a ton of body-confidence issues, I’ve still found my mood completely altered after scrolling through Instagram in the past. At the start of the year, I even made a point to unfollow any account that made me feel even slightly insecure.

I can only imagine that other people, particularly young women, will be similarly affected by seeing their peers on Tik Tok, Instagram, or other platforms strive for filler-style lips through this tactic.

Like other viral beauty hacks, this trend could potentially be dangerous

According to dermatologists, the eyelash-glue hack can cause problems ranging from irritation to wrinkles. Speaking to Insider, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, who works as the Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, explained the latter.

“The adhesive used to attach fake eyelashes is generally well tolerated,” Dr. Zeichner said. “Still, I have two potential concerns with applying it around the mouth.”

“First off, you need to make sure not to swallow any of the glue,” he said. “Secondly, if you are folding the lips to the skin, it will cause wrinkling of the skin in that area over time.”

Even more seriously, Dr. Marisa Garshick, a New York-based dermatologist, said eyelash glue can act as an irritant.

“While this trend may seem like a good way to determine what you would look like with a fuller lip, applying eyelash glue to the skin around the mouth can cause sensitivity of the skin which can appear red and irritated,” Dr. Garshick said.

“This can be due to an irritant or allergic contact dermatitis, which can occur due to the adhesive itself or the ingredients it contains,” she continued. “If interested in a fuller lip, it is recommended to check with a board-certified dermatologist to determine the best options for you.”

Ultimately, this trend should have been stopped before it even started

At the end of the day, there are probably worse viral trends than the eyelash-glue hack. Does either the Tide Pod or Cinnamon challenges ring a bell?

Aside from a few moments of laughter, I don’t see many reasons why the eyelash-glue hack should go on any longer.

This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author(s).

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YouTuber James Charles has lost nearly 3 million subscribers after his bitter beauty feud with Tati Westbrook

YouTuber James Charles has lost nearly 3 million subscribers after his bitter beauty feud with Tati Westbrook

  • YouTuber and celebrity makeup artist James Charles appears to have lost nearly three million YouTube subscribers as he is locked in a bitter feud with close friend and fellow makeup vlogger Tati Westbrook.
  • On Friday, Westbrook released a 43-minute-long video explaining that she ended her friendship with Charles after he advertised with a top competitor of Westbrook’s supplement company.
  • Westbrook also accused Charles of “manipulating someone’s sexuality,” and spreading lies about her and other people in the beauty community.
  • According to SocialBlade, which tracks real time social media subscriber counts, Charles had around 13.9 million subscribers as of early Monday morning — a major drop from his count before the feud, which was over 16 million.
  • Westbrook, on the other hand, has gained around three million subscribers since her publishing her video on Friday.
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Celebrity YouTube beauty vlogger James Charles appears to have lost nearly three million YouTube subscribers as he is locked in a bitter feud with makeup vlogger and former close friend Tati Westbrook.

On Friday, Westbrook released a 43-minute-long video explaining that she ended her friendship with Charles after he advertised with a top competitor of Westbrook’s supplement company, Halo Beauty.

Westbrook also accused Charles of “manipulating someone’s sexuality,” and spreading lies about her and other people in the beauty community.

Fellow YouTuber and cosmetics mogul Jeffree Star weighed in on the drama, saying that Charles had been banned from his and his boyfriend’s home, and calling him a “danger to society.

Read more: The beauty YouTuber war is growing: Jeffree Star says James Charles is a ‘danger to society’ and has been banned from his home

Pop star Zara Larsson also said in a now-deleted tweet that Charles “hit up my boyfriend in the dms several times knowing damn well he’s straight.”

Tati Westbrook at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles in February 2017.
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According to SocialBlade, which tracks real time social media subscriber counts, Charles had around 13.9 million subscribers as of early Monday morning — a major drop from his count before the feud, which was over 16 million.

Charles’ responded to Westbrook’s claims in a video titled “tati,” where he apologized to the beauty mogul and her husband.

“Most of my career over the past few years has been about me making mistakes and trying to learn and grow from them,” he said in his video, which had over 35 million views. “I haven’t always done the best job of that, I can admit that, but I have always tried.”

Westbrook seems to have benefitted from the feud, gaining around three million subscribers since her publishing her video on Friday — her follower count has rocketed to 8.97 million as of Monday morning.

Someone has uploaded a live counter of Charles’ versus Westbrook’s subscriber count if you want to stay up to date on the action.

Representatives for Tati Westbrook and James Charles did not immediately reply to INSIDER’s request for comment.

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SZA says a Sephora employee called security to make sure she wasn’t stealing beauty products

SZA says a Sephora employee called security to make sure she wasn’t stealing beauty products

  • In a tweet shared on Tuesday, SZA said that a Sephora employee at a store in Calabasas, California, called security to make sure that she wasn’t stealing makeup.
  • The musician, who says she once worked for the beauty retailer, wrote that she had a “long talk” with an employee who she referred to as “Sandy Sephora,” and just wanted to buy Fenty Beauty products “in peace.”
  • Fans of SZA called the employee in question “disrespectful,” and accused them of racial profiling.
  • In a statement sent to INSIDER, a Sephora representative said the brand aims for its stores to be “an inclusive and welcoming space,” and is “gathering more information about the incident in order to take the proper next steps.”
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On Tuesday, SZA said on Twitter that a Sephora employee at a store in Calabasas, California, called security to check that she wasn’t stealing makeup.

The Grammy-nominated musician nicknamed the employee in question “Sephora Sandy,” and said she had “a long talk” with them.

“Lmao Sandy Sephora location 614 Calabasas called security to make sure I wasn’t stealing. We had a long talk. U have a blessed day Sandy,” SZA wrote on Twitter.

In another tweet, she wrote that she was trying to shop for Fenty Beauty products “in peace.”

Many fans were quick to defend the musician

While some called the Sephora employee disrespectful, others accused them of racially profiling SZA.

Sephora also reached out to SZA over Twitter

The brand’s official Twitter account called SZA a “part of the Sephora family” in its message responding to the artist.

“You are a part of the Sephora family, and we are committed to ensuring every member of our community feels welcome and included at our stores,” the tweet reads.

In a statement sent to INSIDER, representatives for the retailer said Sephora aims to be “an inclusive and welcoming space” for its shoppers.

“We have been informed of an incident at our Calabasas store and in addition to reaching out to SZA directly, we are gathering more information about the incident in order to take the proper next steps,” a Sephora representative said in the statement.

“We take complaints like this very seriously, profiling on the basis of race is not tolerated at Sephora,” the statement continued. “Our purpose has always been rooted in our people and ensuring that Sephora is an inclusive and welcoming space for all our clients.”

Read more: Fans are outraged that the Grammys snubbed SZA — and it’s reminding people of how Rihanna was treated

SZA has an unreleased song about Sephora, in which she sings that she used to work there

On Twitter, SZA retweeted a fan who wrote that the artist once wrote a song about the beauty retailer.

While the song has never been officially released, a leaked snippet includes lyrics about Beautyblenders and other items within the store.

“You’ve been on time/Beautyblender/F— sephora/I love Sephora/Just cannot afford the things up in there,” SZA sings in the unreleased track.

SZA says she once worked at Sephora, and even has a song about the retailer.
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The song lyrics also suggest SZA used to work at the retailer, as she sings, “I used to work there,” and referred to it as “the only job I never got fired from.”

Representatives for SZA did not immediately reply to INSIDER’s request for comment.

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TikTok isn’t Vine, but it’s a beautiful mess all its own

TikTok isn’t Vine, but it’s a beautiful mess all its own

TikTok is on the rise two years after Vine’s tragic demise, but don’t expect it to fill the void that Vine left. That’s OK! The absolute chaos that TikTok embodies is exactly what we need in 2019. 

If you’ve been spending time outside like a functional human and have no idea what TikTok is, here’s a rundown: The app was formerly known as Musical.ly, a platform dominated by preteens lip-syncing to uncomfortably suggestive choreography. In August 2018, the app was bought by ByteDance and merged with its app TikTok. 

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In the months since, the app has spawned increasingly bizarre — but hilarious — 15-second videos, from gummy bears serenading each other with Adele’s “Someone Like You” to teens flexing their makeup skills on literal potatoes. TikTok users aspire to get a coveted feature on the apps “For You” page, which is basically a scroll-through version of Instagram’s “Explore” tab. 

There are definite parallels between TikTok and Vine — the iconic six-second sketches were all about catching the viewer off guard, and that sentiment is still trendy in Vine’s successor. If this TikTok was cropped into a square and half the length, you could easily expect to find it in a Vine compilation. 

Despite the quick sketches, DIY-aesthetic, and Vine-like dry humor, the app itself is way more complex than Vine ever was. TikTok users can add Snapchat-like face filters, use impressively complex in-app editing tools, and sync their videos to virtually any audio clip. Although there’s still a portion of its original Musical.ly users who duet weirdly sexual dances together, it’s being overtaken by a growing set of TikTok users who prefer to ironically lip sync to dialogue from movies, TV shows, and even Vines. 

TikTok isn’t really any other social media platform because, as BuzzFeed’s Ryan Broderick tweeted, it’s “pure chaos.” 

TikTok is Gen Z at its best: Weird Dadaist humor blended with a mastery of memes.

The “Pretty Boy Swag” videos, for example, have TikTok users dressing up to Soulja Boy’s 2010 bop. During the song’s build up, users will don pieces of costumes and assume position. When the beat drops, they’ll cut to whatever obscure object they dressed as, from a literal rotisserie chicken to Big Chungus to an unwrapped tampon. 

TikTok’s most popular videos tend to be absolutely nonsensical; art imitates life, and right now life makes no fucking sense.  And although Vine definitely embodied some of that weird millennial humor, TikTok is tends to be darker. When Vine was thriving, a majority of younger people were hopeful about the future — Obama was cool and the internet was fun. TikTok may never be able to replace that, but its deeply chaotic presence is a perfect reflection of how surreal each news cycle feels.

Obviously not every TikTok is going to be hilarious, and without great content moderation, much of the videos are wildly problematic. A dive into cringey TikToks, according to the Atlantic, found a video of a kid dancing to Rihanna’s “S&M” in front of the Confederate flag. A misogynistic video shows a teenage girl in an apron participating in the “Choose Your Character” challenge by wielding a bowl and a sign that says “property.” And aside from the more controversial videos, there’s an abundance of gross lip syncs that will make you want to collapse into yourself out of secondhand embarrassment. 

But like NY Mag points out, the content you see from TikTok depends on where you view it from. You’re more likely to hate it if your only exposure to it is from Twitter threads complaining that it’s not Vine or compilations highlighting how awful it is. 

If you need a laugh, or need to disappear into a void of sardonic skits set to a tinny backing track, go straight to the source and swipe through TikTok itself. It’s worth it.

Here’s a list of a few accounts to get you started. 

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Kylie Jenner Just Named New Makeup Shades After Taylor Swift — But Why?

Kylie Jenner Just Named New Makeup Shades After Taylor Swift — But Why?

In honor of the Kylie Cosmetics Valentine’s Day collection, Kylie Jenner donned a red wig and introduced a slew of heart-drenched lip kits and eye shadows. But, in a move that’s even more on-theme than a liquid eye shadow named Roses Are Red, fans speculate that Kylie is celebrating the holiday with a dose of old-fashioned forgiveness, too.

As E! reported, eagle-eyed Kylie fans noticed that one of the Valentine’s Day lip sets features a surprising nod to known Kardashian nemesis Taylor Swift. Each lip set contains a liquid lipstick, a lip pencil, and a gloss. The Forever Set, in particular, includes Built to Last liquid lipstick, Story of Us gloss, and Forever and Always lip pencil. Swifties, and anyone who listened to Top 40 hits in the early 2000s will remember “Story of Us” and “Forever and Always” as Taylor Swift songs. Is Kylie trying to send a message with her shade names?

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Kylie and Taylor may not have had a direct beef, but we all remember the snake emoji massacre and longtime feud between Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, and Taylor. Signs have been piling up that the Kardashian-Swift Cold War of the late 2010s is over; Kim declared in an interview with Andy Cohen that she was “over it,” and just last week, she posted a Snapchat video with Taylor’s song “Delicate” playing in the background.

Of course, Story Of Us and Forever and Always are also extremely on-brand Valentine’s Day titles. Only Kylie (and, let’s face it, probably Kris Jenner) know the real reasoning behind the naming, but we’re choosing to believe the squashing of the beef is a V-Day miracle.


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