TikTok Beauty Trends That DON'T Work

If you're on TikTok, you're probably pretty familiar with de-influencing.

And we're here to do just that—sorta. By now, you've likely tried tons of filters and popular trends on the app, but a lot of the time, they don't actually work. Interested in finding out what we're talking about? Here are some TikTok beauty trends that don't work and that you shouldn't waste your time trying.


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Self-Tanner Contouring

Out of all of the attempts at self-tanner contouring we've seen on TikTok, very few of them have actually worked. Most of the time, users end up looking splotchy and not too happy with the end results. And, even when it does work, they put makeup on top of it, so what was even the point? Save your time with this one and just do some regular contour, instead.

@maddiejensen Replying to @https.ella.com absolute fail. If anyone knows how to get this stuff off lemme know 😅😅 #selftan #selftanner #selftannercontour #beautyhacks #fail #ohno ♬ Betty (Get Money) – Yung Gravy


Reusing False Lashes

We're all guilty of reusing false lashes, but it's gotten to a point on the app where people are using them way too many times. After a couple of uses, lashes start to look frumpy and sparse, and the bacteria build-up? That's just plain nasty. If you're going to wear falsies, do yourself a favor and pick up a cheap new pair from Target or ULTA.


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At-Home Waxing

Don't even get us started on at-home waxing. Again, this can work, but the fail videos we've seen make us never want to try this specific one out for ourselves. If you don't know what you're doing, you risk burning your skin and causing permanent damage. It's a no from us!


Aggressively Using Lash Curlers

While we love and adore Alix Earle, the way she uses her lash curler is interesting, to say the least. Her technique has since gone viral, but it's actually pretty risky if you don't know what you're doing. Lash curlers should be handled with the utmost care, and if you're yanking and pulling them too hard, you can easily rip out your lashes—and that's something no one wants to deal with. Just skip this one altogether!

@mistixlash Lash removal lol😅 #lashfail #makeupfail #makeup #lashes #eyelashes #lash #lashhack #omg #funny #fail #eyelash #lashcurler ♬ positions – Ariana Grande


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Face Slugging

Face slugging is a trend that completely blew up on TikTok, and while there are both good and bad reviews, we have to side with the bad ones. If you're not familiar, skin slugging is when you slather an occlusive product on your face to essentially "lock" in moisture, but it can actually be quite harmful! When you're not giving your skin the room it needs to breathe, you might end up trapping dirt, debris and other bad things. If you don't want to risk a breakout, don't try this trend.


At-Home Lash Extensions

At-home lash extensions seem so promising, and while we absolutely love the way they look (especially when they're more on the natural side), the harms far outweigh the benefits. If you're willing to apply a new set every week for the rest of your life, we say go for it, but if you're saving these for fun weekends and special events, they're seriously not worth it. Why? Your real lashes will likely suffer and fall out.


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Pore Vacuums

We'll be the first to admit that when we heard about pore vacuuming, we were immediately intrigued. However, it's since become one of the absolute worst TikTok beauty trends. These devices can leave you with broken capillaries, which usually cannot be fixed, and by using them, you risk the chance of hyperpigmentation, scarring and permanent damage. No thanks.

@vanessa.giuliani Ya'll those pore vacuums are no joke ….#greenscreen #beautyfail #fail #badidea #dontdoit #ididit #ouch #viral ♬ original sound – Makayla

What about other TikTok trends? HERE is a list of weird TikTok trends we left behind in 2022.