TikTokers are utilizing eyeshadow to create distinctive lip gloss colours, however a beauty chemist says the hack may very well be harmful

  • A beauty hack circulating on TikTok makes use of eyeshadow and clear lip gloss to kind a singular lip gloss shade. 
  • Beauty chemist and sweetness influencer Ramón Pagán doesn’t advocate making an attempt the hack out at residence. 
  • Pagán warns of attainable cross-contamination and an infection when creating DIY make-up. 

A well-liked TikTok magnificence hack the place customers combine eyeshadow pigment with clear lip gloss creates daring make-up appears to be like however may include well being dangers.

The development gained traction once more after person Makiya Robale posted a video making an attempt the hack on March 21. Robale’s TikTok, which has over 5 million views as of Tuesday, was initially met with largely optimistic feedback. 

Within the video, Robale is impressed by magnificence influencer Tusha Ruffin, who shared the hack in January. Ruffin’s video has over 11 million views as of Tuesday.


Ramón Pagán, a beauty chemist based mostly in London with over 45,000 followers on TikTok, says the development is probably dangerous and warns in opposition to it.

“The large factor is clearly contamination, particularly taking one thing that goes round your eye and mixing it right into a product that goes round your mouth, or simply something of that regard,” Pagán, who works in a uncooked materials manufacturing lab as a formulator and developer, mentioned to Insider. 

Based on Pagán, cross-contaminating magnificence merchandise for the eyes and mouth may cause infections and velocity up molding. Pagán mentioned that including eye merchandise that comprise water and starch to lipgloss can feed microbial progress and run the chance of making mildew. Most lipgloss merchandise are oil-based and should not be combined with water-based merchandise, Pagán added.

In February, after the hack gained traction, Pagán posted a TikTok explaining the potential risks of the development, which has been round for years. 


“It has been round for ages. I used to work as a make-up artist and so it is nothing new to take pigments and blend them in with merchandise,” Pagán mentioned. “While you work on shoppers you might be by no means taking an applicator, placing it on them, after which placing it again within the tube since you perceive and you recognize that is not sanitary, and so that you often work with a palette or the again of your hand if it is clear, and that is the place you combine issues.”

If you wish to dabble with creating your tints at residence, Pagán has one other resolution.

“As an alternative of utilizing eyeshadows, combine glosses with merchandise supposed for you utilize on lips, like liquid or bullet lipsticks, or multi-sticks even, and doing so on the again of the hand or a palette,” Pagán mentioned.

Pagán says you need to belief make-up manufacturers to do the heavy lifting for you and hold the DIY creativity to the make-up appears to be like as an alternative. 

“Use a product as supposed. Merchandise have directions. When you do not use it as instructed and one thing occurs, that is type of on you,” Pagán mentioned.