TikTokers Are Using Lube as Makeup Primer & Here’s What a Derm Thinks

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We’ve seen many wild beauty trends over the years. Do you remember the squiggly eyebrows?! Some of the really useful ones involve using unexpected items to make our lives easier, such as: B. Tape to apply the eyeliner. But what about the new TikTok trend of using lube as a makeup primer? Yes, like lube that is often used during sex. People on TikTok apply it to their face before applying foundation and mix it with their favorite complexion product. The results are mixed.

For some, it smoothes the skin and allows makeup to be applied evenly without bumps and flakes. It worked for TikToker @seananthonyv, who said in a viral video: “You need to start mixing your lube with foundation. This makes it very smooth to slide.” @ MannyMUA733 tries too. Both boys look great, although Manny notes that his foundation certainly won’t last even a few hours. Then you have @itsrady who included it in her Best Makeup Hacks video. What’s up?!

It looks like most of these developers used a silicone-based product to give their foundation a glowing, glowy finish. As @glamzilla points out in her video, you can achieve the same effect with your favorite serum. Oddly enough, we saw @mikaylanogueira try too, but the video appears to have been removed. She used a water-based lube and didn’t like the process or the finished product. She said she gets a better glow from her favorite glow recipe, Watermelon Glow.

Basically, there’s a chance this will work for you. But with all the excellent makeup primers out there, what’s the point? Except of course a funny TikTok. Blair Murphy-Rose, MD, FAAD is a board-certified cosmetic and medical dermatologist at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center in New York and a clinical instructor in dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College STYLECASTER This lubricant can even be harmful to your skin.

“First of all, not all lubes are created equal, and what works well for one person as a facial makeup primer may be irritating or cause breakouts for others,” she says. “Some are oil-based and can clog pores. Others, like those with concentrated glycerin, can leave a sticky residue that can attract bacteria and debris and promote acne.” Eek! You don’t want to deal with that.

Murphy-Rose says that using lube as a primer in a pinch might be okay (though we’re not sure what situation that would be in!), but she definitely doesn’t recommend it for regular use. Although “water-based lubes are the least likely to clog pores, and hypoallergenic products are least irritating to the skin,” she notes.

Lube as a foundation could be a fun TikTok trend, we’d skip it to keep your skin healthy. There are great radiant primers on the market too, including Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiant Primer + Serum ($17.99 at Ulta), Ilia True Skin Radiant Priming Serum ($52 at Sephora), and Wet n Wild Photo Focus Dewy Face Primer ($5.99 at Ulta). Save the lube for the sexy stuff.

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