Yet another DIY beauty hack is taking the internet by storm – however you may want to think twice before giving it a go yourself.
Beauty blogger, Madina Shrienzada, 20, posted a quick DIY-mascara tutorial on her Instagram account earlier this month, in which she uses three simple ingredients – primer, jelly, and black eye shadow – to create a mascara alternative, before putting the mixture on a toothbrush and brushing out her lashes.
Although slightly bizarre, Madina’s video has caused quite the stir among beauty lovers, racking up more than 64,800 views just in just a matter of days – however it has also attracted its fair share of controversy, as medical experts have spoken out to insist that the technique is not only dangerous, it could lead to serious infections.
DIY: In a new viral beauty hack, a woman makes her own mascara using a tooth brush, petroleum jelly, primer and black eye shadow
Viral: Beauty blogger, Madina Shrienzada, shared the video which has over 63,000 views, to her 49,200 followers
In the blogger’s video, Madina shared with her 49,200 followers the exact steps she took to create the makeshift product and said, ‘Use the toothbrush as you would a mascara wand and it separates magically.
‘Try it and thank me later.’
First, she squirts a large amount of primer into a little bowl. Then, she takes a toothbrush and using the end of the brush, scoops a large amount of petroleum jelly out of the tub.
Once she scoops out the jelly, she adds crushed up black eye shadow to the bowl that already has the primer, and takes the toothbrush end with the jelly and mixes all three ingredients together.
After the concoction is mixed, she takes the bristle side of the brush, dips it into the bowl and starts brushing her lashes as if she’s using a mascara wand, with the black gunk, which she tested out on her finger first.
Steps: First, she squirts a large amount of primer into a little bowl, then uses the end of the toothbrush to scoop out a large amount of petroleum jelly
Product: Once she scoops the jelly out of the tub, she adds crushed up black eye shadow to the bowl and mixes all the ingredients together
Mascara: After the concoction is mixed, she takes the bristle side of the brush, dips it into the bowl and starts brushing her lashes as if she’s using a mascara wand
Regarding if the beauty hack is safe or not, Lora Condon, celebrity esthetician, author, and founder of Beauty Buster, shared exclusively with FEMAIL why the seemingly-simple hack is actually seriously dangerous, while urging others to avoid copying it at all costs.
‘This is not something you would want to do because the petroleum jelly can gather dust and particles and dead skin from the face, body, hair and air,’ Condon shared.
Once all of the particles are gathered on the jelly, she says, ‘It would be sitting on the lashes and potentially building up and causing bacteria to just sit right next to the eye.
‘Plus, it is extremely difficult to break down the petroleum jelly oil on the eyelash causing it to remain there for more than 24 hours and harboring even more bacteria during sleep.
The esthetician continued, adding that there are even more difficulties the beauty hack can cause, beyond the crucial medical issues involved.
Safe? Regarding if the beauty hack is safe or not, Lora Condon, celebrity esthetician, author, and founder of Beauty Buster, shared exclusively with FEMAIL the consequences
Germs: Conden shared that the petroleum jelly can gather dust particles and dead skin from the face, body, hair and air, which builds up, causing bacteria to sit right next to the eye
Creative: While Madina’s beauty hack was definitely creative and smart, it may not be the most sanitary, but that didn’t stop her followers from commenting that they loved the video
‘If your hair gets in your lashes or if it’s hot and humid and you are sweating, it will drag the black across your face,’ she explained.
‘Not to mention, if you touch your eyes ever, it is going to get all over your clothes and your face, resulting in you eventually being a black smudgy mess.’
While some people may find a need for the DIY in dire situations such as, running out of the real product, forgetting to bring it somewhere, or the mascara they own is dried out, others shared that it’s just too much work.
One user, Christine’s Beautique, from New York City, who describes herself as a ‘skin expert’ and ‘certified makeup artist’, shared, ‘Cool idea but you can be bringing so much bacteria from the jelly and constantly putting your fingers into the tub straight into your eye.
‘NYC sells mascara for $1-$4.
Meanwhile, others shared more positive comments with one person writing, ‘This is amazing,’ and another user saying, ‘I’m going to remake this, I love the idea of it.’