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12 Dangerous Makeup “Hacks” You Should NEVER Try

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No one said being beautiful was easy, but it's a whole lot more difficult if your beauty routine is literally ruining your skin. Beauty bloggers and vloggers swear by certain dangerous makeup hacks, and without knowing the science behind them, millions of their fans follow suit. That spells disaster for hapless novices attempting to paint their eyelashes with potentially carcinogenic petroleum jelly or burning their skin with seemingly harmless toothpaste.

Everyone loves a good beauty hack, but the truth is that there are some cosmetic shortcuts you shouldn't try. Don't use wasabi on your face unless you like your pores feeling irritated, and avoid using Sharpies as makeup at all costs. And please, please stop squirting yourself directly in the face with hairspray – your skin will thank you!

By avoiding some common beauty mistakes and risky shortcuts, you can achieve the flawless skin and on-point looks of your dreams. Just don't try these makeup hacks, even if you're curious.

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    Swapping Sharpie For Eyeliner

    You can thank pop queen Taylor Swift for this one, who apparently revealed she uses Sharpie as eyeliner in a pinch. Sorry Tay, but you should never, ever, ever put the felt-tipped pen near your eyes. While a Sharpie may give you a truly bold eye, the fragrance alone will make your eyes burn.

    Eyeliner is specially formulated to be used near your eyes, so stick with that.

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    Applying Wasabi As An Acne Spot Treatment

    Wasabi spot treatments rose in popularity when Instagrammer Farah Dhukai shared a video of her performing the DIY hack that racked up millions of views. The truth is that wasabi has no anti-acne properties whatsoever. Zip. Zero.

    In fact, it can actually burn your skin (the fact that it burns your mouth should have been the giveaway).

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    Setting Your Makeup With Hairspray

    Tons of beauty blogs and online tutorials recommend using a spritz of hairspray to keep your makeup in place. Unfortunately, it's a complexion killer. The lacquers and alcohol in hairspray are drying and irritating, and it could cause red bumps to pop up all over your skin.

    As one writer put it, "If it’s not meant to be used on your face, then probably don’t use it on your face."

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    Using Elmer's Glue As A Face Mask

    Elmer's glue isn't toxic, but if you think you're doing yourself a favor by mixing it with charcoal and slathering your face in it, you're sorely mistaken. Nearly everyone who has ever attended first grade knows the addicting feeling of peeling Elmer's glue off of their skin like it's a week-old sunburn.

    Unfortunately, it clogs up your pores and causes the very acne you're trying to get rid of. Plus, it apparently hurts a whole lot to remove.

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