Women use sexual LUBRICANT as makeup primer in viral TikTok trend – but beauty experts warn the product could cause breakouts and clogged pores
- TikTok trend involves applying sexual lubricant to the skin as a makeup primer
- #lubeprimer has racked up more than 10.4million views on the video app
- British beauty influencers were surprised by how much they liked the effect
- But skincare experts have warned the ingredients could cause clogged pores
Beauty experts are warning against trying out a TikTok trend which involves applying sexual lubricant to the skin as a makeup primer.
The hashtag #lubeprimer has racked up more than 10.4million views on the video sharing app and beauty influencers around the world have rushed to deliver their verdict.
The theory is that lubricant contains silicone and water, which, when applied to the skin, will create a smooth, slightly sticky base that helps make up last longer.
Beauty experts are warning against trying out a TikTok trend which involves applying sexual lubricant to the skin as a makeup primer. Amelia Olivia, a beauty influencer from the UK with 389,000 TikTok followers, was among those who demonstrated the trend
Amelia was pleased with the results (pictured with makeup) but said she wouldn’t use it again
British influencers Cara Downtonn, pictured, was surprised by how well the lubricant worked
The beauty influencer said it helped her apply her makeup smoothly and felt good on her skin
However experts warned it also includes other ingredients that could block pores and cause breakouts.
Amelia Olivia, a beauty influencer from the UK with 389,000 TikTok followers, was among those who demonstrated the trend.
Like others, she was inspired by British influencer Rady, who featured the trend in a round-up of unexpected makeup hacks.
‘It looks so weird,’ Amelia said, on applying the lubricant. ‘I look like a greasy mess. It is finally semi rubbed in, it does feel a bit sticky. Let’s see how this begins to apply.’
Georgia Harrison, pictured, said the lubricant stopped her skin from feeling dry under makeup
After adding a coat of her normal foundation, Amelia was impressed with the results. ‘How does this look nice?,’ she said. ‘Why the hell did this kind of work?’ But she added she ‘won’t do it again’.
British influencers Cara Downtonn and Georgia Harrison were also surprised by how well the budget beauty hack turned out.
Georgia said: ‘My skin usually gets quite dry when I’m putting on makeup but it looks really smooth.’
Cara added: ‘It genuinely feels like a primer. It has a smooth feel and it actually feels really nice on my skin. Honest review, this is bloody gorgeous. It’s a yes from me.’
Male beauty blogger Damiola Pattrik Ade, pictured, said he wouldn’t recommend it as a primer but did like the way the lubricant sat underneath his makeup
Male beauty blogger Damiola Pattrik Ade agreed: ‘It feels so good on my skin, I’m not going to lie. I like the cherry flavour as well. Look how that is just gliding onto the skin. My foundation is so flawless. I’m not sure I want to recommend this as a primer but for now it’s winning.’
But while the results might look convincing on TikTok, they are not worth the potential damage to your skin, experts explained.
‘When you look at the ingredient list on lubricants, you’ll see they are not ingredients you would associate with skincare,’ Medical consultant Ifeoma Ejikeme, MD, told Who What Wear. ‘They can contain cooling, numbing and heating actions, which can cause irritation.’
Justine Hextall, FRCP, consultant dermatologist at Tarrant Street Clinic, agreed: ‘Silicone can minimise the appearance of pores, but it can also block them if the product isn’t non-comedogenic (acne-causing).
‘There are other commonly found ingredients in lubricants, such as the spermicide nonoxynol-9.
‘It is a chemical that paralyses sperm but also takes out other organisms, thus disrupting the delicate facial microbiome we rely on for healthy skin.’