Questionable beauty hacks from Facebook videos. So recently I was scrolling on my Facebook feed and I came across
This video, it was a DIY makeup hack video in which the hacker cut up fake
Eyelashes and dumped them into clear eyebrow gel
And that was it. That was the hack. Much to the ire of the commenters below.
This led me down a rabbit hole of more of these Facebook Beauty hack videos, of which
Many seem to share the theme of why, and is that even a hack? It seems like they often just do random things
Just to have a sensational thumbnail or title. So it's not really the kind of clickbait where they lie to you because they usually
Show you what's in the thumbnail within the video, with some exceptions
But often times they seem to just invent something
Ridiculous just to get a reaction. And they almost never talk in the videos
So they don't really have to explain themselves. To be fair it can be kind of entertaining, like hey
You've got a fork on your face. How about that? But I wouldn't really call them hacks.
That said maybe I've got it all wrong
Maybe these hacks aren't ridiculous, and they're actually very helpful, so we're gonna put them to the test today and find out.
Okay! So first up is this pretty mysterious hack. So this particular video was posted by a Facebook page called
Brush, and the caption says "I need to try these" A little bit below that they do credit this girl Luisa
But it doesn't seem like they tried these before they shared them with the world. So basically they put some toothpaste and then some baking
Soda in a cup and they mix it together
And then straight away there was no before picture of the chin, Luisa is just brushing the toothpaste on her chin.
I don't know what her motivation is, I mean we can watch it with the sound on just to be sure that
Louisa's not speaking to us
No, it's just just sort of jazzy, love making music. But she does make sure to put up some fish emojis
just you know she's making a fish face. Then she wipes it off and
We see her chin, and then after that it just goes straight into a different hack, so that's about all the context
We have. So I say let's test this thing. Okay,
So she starts off by just pouring the toothpaste in there's no quantities that she gives. She just sort of puts it in
It's a pretty artful swirl if I do say so myself, and then after that she puts in what looks like one
Teaspoon of baking soda. Oh I spilled it I spilt it this smells really good though
Maybe it's for bad breath. On your face. So how she applies it is
She just sort of takes some on her toothbrush and then puts it straight on the chin. Oh, it's cold
It just missed completely, oh wow that is
Pungent and powerful on the chin, she does sort of brush, it around. Oh that hurts. I feel hacked
Lemme see if Louisa herself has anything to say about this. Ah this must be it. It is supposed to remove blackheads
It's supposed to remove blackheads! It's supposed to remove blackheads! Don't leave it on!
Well, I've left it on. It's too late now
We can't go back. Alright
So I think I should probably take it off now because I've left it on for at least five minutes. Oh boy. Oh oh, ow ow!
As it's coming off it hurts more. I don't know that my chin looks like there's less blackheads on it
But it does look a little bit red and raw. So Louisa did have a little bit more instructions
But Brush just chose to like completely not include those, though
The comments do say a couple of helpful things, do not do the first one with whitening toothpaste. It will burn. Are these whitening?
Yes, damn it Louisa! Alright. Well. That's our first hack. Based on the pain and the lack of instructions
I wouldn't recommend this one. Shall we continue?
So this next hack was the sort of og hack that started off this whole process
This is the clear eye brow gel. This video was posted by a page called "eyeliner addict"
And yeah people in the comments are just really not having it.
Trishia for example says "so if I shave my legs
Or vag I can just glue it on my face?" to which I say Trishia
Do you. The thing is as the girl applies the gel to her eyebrows, her eyebrows
Don't look bad at the end, but I'm just really
Unconvinced that it has anything to do with the little hairs that are in the gel
But who knows. So let me wipe my eyebrows off and put some
Eyelashes on them. All right, so it looks like her first step is just
Chopping off bits of these fake eyelashes. Does she chop them all up? She must right? This is just not enough hair
There's just this is too slow. Okay. This is making your life easier
I kind of feel like I don't have as many as they did. They only really showed like one tray of these little eyelashes
But I feel like theirs was much hairier. It looks like a really bad
Sneeze. Is that how many nose hairs come out when you sneeze?
So we have the exact same eyebrow gel that they showed in their video
They have some type of extra dropper though to get it out of there
so I'm gonna pop open the top and I'm gonna stick this syringe in. None of these steps were included in the hack by the way.
All right, and then I'm gonna syringe the clear gel into our little pot. Oh, yeah, that looks good. All right
I think it's time to mix our gel up and
Put it on my eyebrows. The thing is like maybe if you have sparse eyebrows you want to fill them in with things that look
Legitimately like hair, but I just don't think that these really look like eyebrow hairs
They're curly and wiry and... pubie
I know that there's hairs on my brush, but I don't think that they're coming off onto my eyebrow
I will admit that my eyebrows are not like the most sparse
but at least they match the color of the
Eyelashes. Because I feel like if you had lighter eyebrows this might look ridiculous. Ａll right, so I think I've done both brows
I don't think that they look like particularly bad
You can't even really see the little hairs at all, and if you can they're just kind of like sticking out awkwardly
It's possible that they may have thought this was a good hack
But I also
Think that they may have just thought it looked kind of gross and thought that they could get a bunch of Facebook comments about it
And they were right. Ｏkay, so this next hack is for eyeshadow, and I'm gonna be honest
I feel like it might work
But when I saw this I was just like
Why?Ｓo this is a video
Posted by this page called five minute crafts, its caption is “Ｔop secret beauty hacks for the perfect image
You know what I'm talking about the perfect image. Ａlright so right in the beginning this person has
Covered her face in pads. Ｔhat is uh not part of any of the hacks
I don't think, that she's just sort of done that too artistically show you that pads are gonna
Be involved in this video. so basically this woman is putting on eye shadow. She's getting fallout. It's terrible
It's almost like a setup like an old-school infomercial
It's like do you have a really hard time opening milk?
And then now they're gonna show you the solution
Which is to just put a straw in the side like joey tribianni my favorite is that she looks to the side
sneakily before she pulls the pad out and then she cuts it up into pieces and sticks the pieces under her eyes. I
Understand the idea of like putting something underneath your eyes to catch fallout,
But does it have to be a pad? Ｔhe people in the comments
Don't seem to be loving
It. is no one gonna mention that pads are way too expensive to be using on your face everyday? the sticky adhesive
That's supposed to adhere to panties should never go on your face. listen Angie
You seem like a sensible person that has no place in Facebook hack videos. so um let's try this shall we? alright
so I'm gonna cut my pad as she does. I think my pads a little bit thicker than hers. then I'm gonna take the
Adhesive off and then stick this on the face. It's a good look
I'm not sure about her pads, but my pads on my face right now only has adhesive like right in the middle of it,
So I actually feel like fallout could still get underneath there. all right. I'm going into some more vibrant colors
Just to make sure we could really test the fallout caching capabilities. I don't really know what type of eye shadow look
I'm going for right here. I'm just - putting colors on my face. all right ready. I'm gonna take them off
Oh, I do think that they caught some of the fallout. Cuz you can see that
There's a little eye shadow specks sort of right there, so it did catch some of it - this little spot right here
But as people in the comments said the expense of using pads under your eyes and also the fact that you have a pad
Adhesive on your under eye skin every day makes us a pretty like not feasible hack all right
So this next hack is a foundation application
Hack, of which I feel like there were a lot in the last year and a half or so alright
So this video is from a page called beauty hacks, and their caption is items at home that will save your makeup routine.
and the item they propose will save your
Foundation is a balloon. my biggest gripe with this hack is how they've cut it together,
It seems like it doesn't work very well to begin with and then it cuts to her foundation being completely blended,
So it makes me feel like she blended out her makeup with something else in between. okay. I mean let's try it
I'm gonna inflate this now
This is a tough balloon! let me stretch this out a little bit
Alright there we go hahah! a Beauty Blender! alright ready?
It makes a fun sound when it hits my face:)
Alright clear first problem, besides the fact that the foundation isn't really soaking in, which is pretty much exactly
What happened in the video, is that this balloon tip is round,
And I can't really get in any crevice of my face, but this is fun. I could just do this for a while
Oh, that's a good idea. the balloon is more malleable than I had expected
Alright, there seems to be a couple crevices that we just can't reach,
So I don't think that her foundation was completely blended out by a balloon,
But I would recommend putting a balloon on her face, because it's fun.
I wouldn't call it a beauty hack,
But it would be what I would call a fun evening.
So this next hack is an example of what I'd call the hack gone too far. this video is called
9 hacks for perfect cat eyes, and this girl basically just takes any
Item she can find with a straight edge, and puts it next to her
eye. which seems to be okay when it's like tape are like a playing card.
She then goes on to paint scissors with eyeliner and put them next to her
EYE. the interesting things about these comments are that a lot of people are criticizing her eyeliner
Which I actually don't find to be the problem,
There are not enough people in these comments being like please don't put next to your eye.
Anyway with that, Let's try it. which end does it look like she's using I think it's this end
Yeah, it's a long pointy one so I think in spirit this hack is pretty- that just freaked me out
Yeah, it just freaked me out. to me this hack is similar to like an eyeliner stamp where she actually
Paints the eyeliner on the little edge, and then stamps it
Stamps it on her eye to which I would say use anything else, but this. this is probably one of the Dumber things
We've done on this channel. alright
Ready, I'm not ready. I'm nervous mom . whoa
That wasn't even good. It didn't come out very well. Which is a shame because I put my eyeball on the line
I think I'm gonna have to try it again
And maybe try and paint more of the scissor blade, thing is my scissor has a flat end right here, and so does hers
It's not even like a point. Yeah. I don't think that looks very good
I'm just gonna do the other side just for good measure. well. I mean that's better, but it's still terrible!
Yeah, I wouldn't recommend this hack
I don't think either eye is ideal and also putting a scissor next to your eye is not ideal
So I would say in general don't do this one
Okay, so this next hack is also from the Facebook page Brush
And it is called four emergency makeup hacks
Everyone needs to know. so this one is like a few hacks in in this video
And it's basically supposed to be
Emergency lipstick. they put Elmer's glue and food coloring into a bowl, mix it together
Then apply it to their lips, and let it sit for 10 minutes, and then peel it off.
So I think basically the idea is that I would be staining my lips, which may work
But I think my biggest issue with it is just like why would I have these things with me in a makeup
Emergency? I feel like if you're you're in a pinch and you've got 10 minutes to spare try and see where the nearest
CBS is I think that's number one on the list. alright, and now let's put it on my lips all right
Let me try and get a good coat of this on there. I'm trying to get some butthole coverage as well
I know I feel like a Barbie doll. so yeah, I'm gonna hang around for 10 minutes
And then we're gonna peel it off .alright, so it's been 10 minutes
I can't really talk, but it's really solidified, and I think I hopefully I'm ready to peel it off
Oh, yeah, that's a pretty good
peel very snake skinny
And I do think my lips look pretty pink actually. I do have a little bit of like extra
Glue kind of like in the inner rim, butthole area but besides that I think that the stain did work,
I just don't think that this is what one would or should do when presented with a makeup emergency.
It doesn't seem like a good use of time or glue. all right, so we've made it this far
This is our very last hack
This is a video from eyeliner addict
And the caption is take your makeup off with shaving cream. basically this girl rubs shaving cream all over her face
And you know it sort of tries to show us that it's taking her makeup off
Then she says but be careful around your eyes
And then it cuts ahead to the eye makeup already being removed. so I suspect that this hack doesn't really work
And they're just living off the cachet that like shaving creams a weird quirky thing to put on your face. so with that
Let's try and take our makeup off.
Nope. I'm not sure. I put too much on I need help. all right. Just give me one second
I'm just gonna run to the bathroom and get rid of this extra stuff.
So she basically just takes the cotton round and just swipes it down like this.
I mean it looks like there's some makeup that came of.mostly, I feel like I just took off the shaving cream
You know? I'm gonna need a lot of cotton rounds for this.
see I just don't see how this is helping anyone
I think that the shaving cream is a little bit, itchy and it's also like weirdly drying? all right
So it seems like we've reached the eyes
She completely skipped this portion so um I guess just straight to the eye.
Is that working at all? I actually do think it's taking some of my eyeshadow off, but I'm not convinced
It's doing anything for the eyeliner
I think it's just sort of smudging it around. I would be at this for like a good 30 minutes before I was actually
Makeup free. so I don't think I would call this a hack, and the fact that this is the only hack in this video is
Worse, I think, it's not like a filler hack
It's not like oh, we need fives like throwing in there there like this deserves a video
Do you think we could cut ahead and then it would work? ya just turn all the cameras off,
I'll take my makeup off with the makeup wipe and then we'll re-roll. okay
So those were my facebook beauty hacks. out of all of these hacks
There were definitely a couple that worked to a certain extent,
But I would also say that none of them
prioritized ease, convenience or common-sense
over getting views shares and comments on their videos
To be fair there are weird beauty hacks all over the internet
But on other platforms like blog posts and YouTube videos the Creator has to at least try to explain
Why they think the hack is helpful, but in these videos they're more like this is a ridiculous seeming method
We're not going to explain to you
Why this is happening and we're gonna bet on the fact that you're probably not gonna
try it and call us out on it. now I
understand the plight of posting videos to Facebook
They're basically trying to get people to stop scrolling on their feed and watch a video
They didn't ask, for so these videos
basically need to be as crazy as
Possible to stand out. which explains why these videos are pretty fun to watch and sort of out of the box
But good beauty hacks
they are not thank you guys so much for watching if you liked that video make sure to
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To Melinda mayhem for watching, thanks for watching, Melinda, and I will see you guys a next time
So I've been seeing these beauty hack videos all over facebook, and they always seem so incredibly strange that I decided to test a bunch of them out and see how they were! We tried a few out from different facebook pages and ended up with basically a full face of makeup hacks!
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