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'I tried 3 viral TikTok beauty hacks to see if they work IRL. Here's what happened.'

TikTok. It's a funny old place, isn't it? And it's packed full of some very questionable beauty 'hacks'. 

As a beauty editor and co-host of You Beauty news, I try a lot of these viral beauty hacks so that you don’t have to (you're welcome, friends). And look, most of them are terrible. And a lot of them are downright dangerous.

But there are a few nuggets of gold in there. You just have to dig deep. 

Watch: I tried the lube makeup trick. And the results kinda surprised me. Post continues below.


Video via Mamamia.

Below, we look at three major beauty trends on TikTok to see if they're really worth the hype.

Let's go.

Clinique Almost Lipstick.

This is EVERYWHERE on TikTok. Have you tried it?

Clinique's Almost Lipstick in 'Black Honey' isn't technically a new product or shade - it's literally like 50 years old - so why is it so popular right now?

Well, apart from the stellar formula, the viral lipstick ticks major boxes when it comes to inclusivity - it's a universal shade that suits any skin tone and lip colour. 

As someone who hasn't tried it until recently, I wanted to see if it was really worth the hype.

Here's what the product looks like:

Pretty unassuming, no?

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When I first opened it, I 100 per cent expected it would go on black. 

I mean, look at it:

Confusing!

But! I was immediately surprised when I applied it to my lips - it had a deep, nearly blackberry kind of pigment. 

Weird!

In terms of the actual formula, it's more like a balm than a lipstick.

Anyway, here's what my mirror saw (MUCH concentration):

Mirror's POV.

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And here's what it looked like after two coats (suited my skin perfectly):

Success!

The best part? It kept my lips feeling wonderfully moisturised and happy for longer than like, two seconds. 

Can confirm: The kids are right. The hype is real! I rate it.

Aluminum foil hair hack.

Another hack that's been slinking its way around the streets of TikTok? The aluminum foil hair hack! 

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Have you heard of this one? No? Let me explain.

Basically, aluminum foil is meant to be great for making frizzy hair and flyaways? And making your hair really smooth and shiny?? So, it's pretty much being hailed as the new answer to bad hair days. Yep, the stuff in your kitchen. That you wrap your food in.

Here she is.

Now, I was a little skeptical - because in my experience, these kinds of trends rarely work. But as someone who straightens their hair nearly every day, as it’s always a frizzy mop, I was intrigued/hopeful/wanted to give it a go for fun.

All you need is a small piece of aluminum foil, and basically you’re supposed to divide your (dry) hair into small/medium sections and wrap the foil around one section of our hair at a time, gently smoothing downwards from roots to ends.

Cool!

Sooo... does it actually work?

Well, watch me put it to the test on You Beauty:

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Yes! It worked! Are you shocked? Excited? Amazed? We sure are.

I obviously wouldn't be throwing out my hair smoothing products and tools, but it could be good if you slept over at a 'friends' house and need a quick solution?

Mascara and tweezer hack.

So! This one. We need to talk about this one. Because Leigh Campbell tried the viral mascara and tweezer hack on the Beauty podcast and for the love of god, it made me so 👏 damn 👏 uncomfy 👏. I was 100 per cent sure she was about to pluck her lashes out. 

But, you guys. Hear me out - because the results speak for themselves.

Have a peek below:

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How good!

As you can see, you're supposed to apply mascara onto a pair of tweezers, then use the tweezers to coat each bottom lash. This trick is supposed to give your lashes an extra pop and make them look fuller, longer, and more defined - kind of like that Twiggy vibe.

So, of course I had to give it a go for myself!

Here's what my lashes look like applying mascara with a wand (left) and applying it with tweezers (right).

Mascara wand (left) vs tweezer hack (right).

And a close-up approximately no one asked for:

Mascara wand side

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Jussssst enough zoom:

Tweezer side

It's not a trick I'd use every day (too scary) (not enough time), but I reckon it's a cool trick if you're ever wanting to step up your lash game without adding falsies!

Have you tried any of the above hacks? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Feature Image: Supplied/Erin Docherty.

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