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I Tried 5 Viral TikTok Beauty Hacks So You Don’t Have To

Experimenting with a beauty routine during a lockdown is pretty low stakes: If it doesn’t come out the way you planned, no one besides you and your vanity need to know.

Unless you share it on TikTok, the place more and more people are flocking to these days to pass time, put their creativity on display, laugh at silly things and yes, learn beauty hacks. 

Search the term #beautyhack on TikTok and you’ll find yourself on a landing page that has over 1 billion ― with a B ― views. But only some rise through  the ranks to viral status. The first viral beauty hack I saw on the app was the bathrobe braid. User @bacardibri123 claimed you could achieve no-heat beach waves by weaving your hair into a bathrobe belt in a French braid motion and sleeping on it overnight. 

I was intrigued and, due to our current situation, more willing to take the risk. But if you’re going to have your hair done, you might as well have your makeup done too, right? 

Behold, five viral TikTok beauty trends that I tried and that you should, too. 

1. Bathrobe Braid Hack 

I was pretty skeptical of this one, despite seeing the results on my feed and having used the overnight braid method to add waves to my hair before. TikTok user @bacardibri12 has very long, thick hair. I do not. My hair has a natural wave, so I blow-dried it straight before French braiding it into the belt. In the morning I definitely had a cool wave going with no heat involved ― but I could have achieved something slightly better and much faster with my curling iron. So, depending on what is more important to you, I’d say this one is worth a shot. 

@realgirlproject

Trying the bathrobe belt braid hair hack 🙏🏼

♬ original sound – realgirlproject

 

2. Eyeshadow Eyebrow Trick 

My brows veer on the Eugene Levy side of things, so the two-step process in this hack from @soprimp ― covering them in dark eyeshadow and shaping them with a makeup wipe ― was a little intimidating. Also, I found that most of my eyeshadows are sparkly, so you need to find yourself a matte shadow. The color was pretty intense, and I ended up going through with my brush and spending a good chunk of time wiping eyeshadow off my face. But after I got used to them, I thought my brows looked pretty good. 

@realgirlproject

Eyeshadow eyebrow two step hack 🤩

♬ original sound – realgirlproject

3. A Very Complicated Long-Lasting Foundation Technique

Instead of using just primer before foundation, this hack, posted by @jaridamat, implores you to: moisturize (I used Embroylisse lait-creme concentrate), use translucent powder (I used Laura Mercier) then setting spray (Urban Decay forever) and let it dry, then primer, THEN foundation (I used Pat McGrath for both). My end result was a little cake-ier than I would typically like, but as I wore it throughout the day it definitely lasted and looked good on-screen, which is where we live now. I would do this again MAYBE for a wedding and maybe not on a humid day.

@realgirlproject

Many steps involved to do this foundation hack. Many steps.

♬ original sound – realgirlproject

4. Lip Plumper

This was, in my opinion, the easiest and most successful hack. Perhaps it’s not such a hack as it is a trick makeup artists use all the time, but over-lining the top and bottom lip and shading the corners, filling in with lipstick and adding a lighter shade to the middle of the bottom lip left me with decidedly larger-looking lips. I used a MAC nude/pink liner and two nude cushion lipstick shades from The Creme Shop. All the better to eat this homemade sourdough with, my dear.

@realgirlproject

Trying the lip plumping hack 💄

♬ original sound – realgirlproject

 

5. Winged Eyeliner Hack

This one, er, didn’t go so well. I had high hopes for my hooded eyes and this eyeliner tutorial from @elliemakeupartist, which involves drawing three lines on the lid and coloring them in with liner. The first eye was a complete disaster, but I got closer to the mirror for the second eye and it came out a bit better. To be fair, I later noticed that the page also has a hack for winged eyeliner on hooded eyes, but by then my face of makeup was already complete. I was ready to, once again, sit on the couch. 

@realgirlproject

Tried a winged eyeliner hack! 🥰

♬ original sound – realgirlproject

In the end, I added bronzer and mascara to finish off the look and I was ready to … clean my bathroom of all the products I had used trying these beauty hacks.

The result of my five TikTok attempts.

I Tried 5 Viral TikTok Beauty Hacks So You Don’t Have To

Experimenting with a beauty routine during a lockdown is pretty low stakes: If it doesn’t come out the way you planned, no one besides you and your vanity need to know.

Unless you share it on TikTok, the place more and more people are flocking to these days to pass time, put their creativity on display, laugh at silly things and yes, learn beauty hacks. 

Search the term #beautyhack on TikTok and you’ll find yourself on a landing page that has over 1 billion ― with a B ― views. But only some rise through  the ranks to viral status. The first viral beauty hack I saw on the app was the bathrobe braid. User @bacardibri123 claimed you could achieve no-heat beach waves by weaving your hair into a bathrobe belt in a French braid motion and sleeping on it overnight. 

I was intrigued and, due to our current situation, more willing to take the risk. But if you’re going to have your hair done, you might as well have your makeup done too, right? 

Behold, five viral TikTok beauty trends that I tried and that you should, too. 

1. Bathrobe Braid Hack 

I was pretty skeptical of this one, despite seeing the results on my feed and having used the overnight braid method to add waves to my hair before. TikTok user @bacardibri12 has very long, thick hair. I do not. My hair has a natural wave, so I blow-dried it straight before French braiding it into the belt. In the morning I definitely had a cool wave going with no heat involved ― but I could have achieved something slightly better and much faster with my curling iron. So, depending on what is more important to you, I’d say this one is worth a shot. 

@realgirlproject

Trying the bathrobe belt braid hair hack 🙏🏼

♬ original sound – realgirlproject

 

2. Eyeshadow Eyebrow Trick 

My brows veer on the Eugene Levy side of things, so the two-step process in this hack from @soprimp ― covering them in dark eyeshadow and shaping them with a makeup wipe ― was a little intimidating. Also, I found that most of my eyeshadows are sparkly, so you need to find yourself a matte shadow. The color was pretty intense, and I ended up going through with my brush and spending a good chunk of time wiping eyeshadow off my face. But after I got used to them, I thought my brows looked pretty good. 

@realgirlproject

Eyeshadow eyebrow two step hack 🤩

♬ original sound – realgirlproject

3. A Very Complicated Long-Lasting Foundation Technique

Instead of using just primer before foundation, this hack, posted by @jaridamat, implores you to: moisturize (I used Embroylisse lait-creme concentrate), use translucent powder (I used Laura Mercier) then setting spray (Urban Decay forever) and let it dry, then primer, THEN foundation (I used Pat McGrath for both). My end result was a little cake-ier than I would typically like, but as I wore it throughout the day it definitely lasted and looked good on-screen, which is where we live now. I would do this again MAYBE for a wedding and maybe not on a humid day.

@realgirlproject

Many steps involved to do this foundation hack. Many steps.

♬ original sound – realgirlproject

4. Lip Plumper

This was, in my opinion, the easiest and most successful hack. Perhaps it’s not such a hack as it is a trick makeup artists use all the time, but over-lining the top and bottom lip and shading the corners, filling in with lipstick and adding a lighter shade to the middle of the bottom lip left me with decidedly larger-looking lips. I used a MAC nude/pink liner and two nude cushion lipstick shades from The Creme Shop. All the better to eat this homemade sourdough with, my dear.

@realgirlproject

Trying the lip plumping hack 💄

♬ original sound – realgirlproject

 

5. Winged Eyeliner Hack

This one, er, didn’t go so well. I had high hopes for my hooded eyes and this eyeliner tutorial from @elliemakeupartist, which involves drawing three lines on the lid and coloring them in with liner. The first eye was a complete disaster, but I got closer to the mirror for the second eye and it came out a bit better. To be fair, I later noticed that the page also has a hack for winged eyeliner on hooded eyes, but by then my face of makeup was already complete. I was ready to, once again, sit on the couch. 

@realgirlproject

Tried a winged eyeliner hack! 🥰

♬ original sound – realgirlproject

In the end, I added bronzer and mascara to finish off the look and I was ready to … clean my bathroom of all the products I had used trying these beauty hacks.

The result of my five TikTok attempts.

Trevor Noah: ‘Police In America Are Looting Black Bodies’

Trevor Noah on Friday argued that “police in America are looting Black bodies” during an impassioned, lengthy monologue on the death of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that have erupted in response.

In an 18-minute commentary released online, “The Daily Show” host asked “what vested interest” the demonstrators had in maintaining the idea that “society is a contract” when those in power were not upholding their end of the deal.

“Try to imagine how it must feel for Black Americans when they watch themselves being looted every single day,” said Noah. “Because that’s fundamentally what’s happening in America. Police in America are looting Black bodies. And I know someone might think that’s an extreme phrase, but it’s not.”

Noah highlighted what he believed “a lot of people don’t realise,” which was the death of Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday, after a white police officer knelt on the unarmed Black man’s neck, only “became so big” because he had died.

“How many George Floyds are there that don’t die? How many men are having knees put on their necks? How many Sandra Blands are out there being tossed around?” asked Noah. “It doesn’t make the news because it’s not grim enough. It doesn’t even get us anymore. It’s only the deaths, the gruesome deaths, that stick out.”

“But imagine to yourself if you grew up in a community where every day someone had their knee on your neck?” he added. “If every day someone was out there oppressing you, every single day, you tell me what that does to you as a society, as a community, as a group of people and when you know it’s happening because of the colour of your skin.”

Check out Noah’s full monologue:

Trump Uses SpaceX Launch To Criticise Protesting ‘Thugs’ And ‘Angry Mobs’

US President Donald Trump led his remarks on the country’s first manned rocket launch in nearly a decade with some harsh words for civil rights protesters around the country demanding police accountability.

“My administration will stop mob violence, and we’ll stop it cold,” Trump said from Florida hours after ordering the Pentagon to put military police on alert for potential deployment to the demonstration sites.

“Radical left criminals, thugs and others, all throughout our country and throughout the world, will not be able to set communities ablaze,” Trump said. 

Civil rights protests, most of them peaceful, have taken place all week in cities across the country following the death of George Floyd, a Black man, while in police custody; four police officers were later fired. One of the officers — seen in a video of the incident pinning Floyd to the pavement with his knee — has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Some of the larger demonstrations have turned violent in recent days. Protesters in Minneapolis managed to force police officers to retreat as they set fire to a police station, as well as several businesses in the area. Damage to police vehicles has also been documented in other cities. 

Local and national leaders of both parties have lamented the property damage. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said in a press conference early Saturday morning that he understood the “rage” but not the “wanton destruction.” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he was “reeling” after Floyd’s death but stressed that “there is no honor in burning down your city.”

Critics, however, are pushing for a better and more widespread understanding of the issues underlying the anger, including police brutality and a justice system that all too often appears biased in favour of white people. 

Trump has expressed disbelief at the video of Floyd’s death while calling for ever more aggressive policing tactics in clear opposition to protesters’ demands. He tweeted threats to the protesters early Friday morning, writing, ”[W]hen the looting starts, the shooting starts,” a phrase used by a racist Miami police chief during the height of civil war protests in the 1960s. Twitter slapped a content warning over the president’s message for the second time this week, saying it glorified violence.

On Saturday, Trump claimed the violence was “being led by Antifa and other left-wing groups who are terrorising the innocent, destroying jobs, hurting businesses and burning down buildings.” But Minnesota officials are reportedly investigating whether white supremacy groups were behind the violence. 

“I will not allow angry mobs to dominate. Won’t happen,” Trump said. “It is essential that we protect the crown jewel of American democracy: the rule of law.”

Later, he voiced support for law enforcement.  

“We support the overwhelming majority of police officers who are incredible in every way and devoted public servants,” Trump said. “They keep our cities safe, protect our communities from gangs and drugs, and risk their own lives for us every day.”

Protests are expected to continue into Saturday night. 

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