For every one amazing YouTube makeup tutorial from one of the best beauty vloggers, there are roughly ten dumb YouTube beauty challenges. Girls slather on hundreds of layers of foundation, highlight every facet of their bodies, and put things that are not made to be on any part of the body directly on their faces.
While some of these challenges are fun in a morbid curiosity sort of way, they’re also massive wastes of money and show everyone that you have a LOT of time on your hands. Some of these stupid internet makeup challenges can be potentially harmful and cause skin irritations. Other challenges can be downright dangerous and cause permanent damage.
So, decide for yourself which one of this potentially harmful makeup challenges makes you cringe the most, and then debate whether or not you have a better way of doing it.
Face Full Of Food Makeup Challenge
Makeup artist Raychel Newton came up with the #FaceFullofFoodChallenge. A more apt hashtag for this challenge would probably be #FaceFullofZits. Some of the stuff she used is alright to go on skin, like raw beets. But this girl contoured with a Snickers bar! She also used butter as a primer, because putting loads of cream and oil on your skin seems like a great adhesive for your foundation.
Ladies, if you’re resorting to your fridge for makeup, you’ve got bigger problems in your life. Obviously, this is just a joke, but all those oils can’t be good for your breakouts. Also, what a waste of a candy bar. Hopefully, she got to eat it afterwards.
Art Supplies Makeup Challenge
YouTuber MissTiffanyMa popularized this art supply makeup challenge. While most the supplies she used are intended for children, and therefore non-toxic, it doesn’t mean that they’re meant to be worn on the face for prolonged periods of time. A “non-toxic” label doesn’t mean that it is safe for your skin. It just means you won’t drop dead if you eat it. The watercolor paints she is using in the above video are not meant for the skin at all! If your skin is at all sensitive (see: human skin), there is a very good chance you’ll develop a rash if you cover your face in tempura paints and Crayola markers.
'Don't Judge' Makeup Challenge
This makeup challenge is stupid because it's basically bullying wrapped up in a super judgemental video. While this challenge masquerades itself as a display that "includes everyone" and highlights “realness,” it’s all a façade. Really, it’s just pretty girls who seem to be pore-less and wrinkle-less drawing on some zits and stating, “Oh, I’ll never be ugly … but it’s fun to pretend and make fun of people who are actually do struggle with societal standards of beauty!"
If a friend suggests doing this makeup challenge, please don't. Stick to the #BeautyInAll challenge instead.
100 Layers Of Foundation, Nail Polish, Or Any Other Beauty Product Challenge
There were tons of “100 layer” beauty challenges. There were 100 layers of lipstick, mascara, nail polish, and foundation, just to name a few. And then there was the 100 upon 100 layers challenge when makeup artist Jenna Marbles did all of these 100-layer challenges at the same time. Not only is layering a product 100 times a huge waste of money, it’s also not great for your skin. How is your skin supposed to breathe through 100 layers of foundation? How do you take off 100 layers of nail polish without totally ripping off your nail? It may be a crazy challenge, but it doesn’t seem like it’s worth it.