Living in a world with instant internet access is pretty great, especially when you're running low on your go-to beauty essentials and are feeling particularly lazy or broke. In a mere few clicks you can easily discover instant makeup life hacks that could change your makeup routine forever, or momentarily make you look a bit weird.
Recently, a beauty vlogger took the web by storm after successfully applying her foundation using a beautyblender in a condom, something that didn't exactly go to plan when I tried it out for myself. The latest clickbait social media beauty trend that's making the rounds just in time for Easter definitely isn't safe for vegans, which seems like a lot more effort than just using you know, your hands.
Earlier this month, YouTuber PopLuxe uploaded a video creating a makeup base by dabbing products into his skin using a hard-boiled egg. Naturally, other content creators quickly followed suit. With beautyblenders looking so much like eggs, it kind of makes sense that they'd work similarly — then again, the bounciness of a freshly hard-boiled egg making contact with my face also seemed kind of...gross.
Nevertheless, I needed to find out for myself just how effective using an egg as an applicator would actually be, or whether it was just another fad trend conjured up by attention seeking viral stars.
In order to source the highest quality applicator on the market, I stopped off at my local farm to pick up half a dozen of the freshest, free range and most organic eggs available. The only way anyone was going to get me to roll an egg all over my face was if I knew where it came from first.
Then I proceeded to boil the heck out of it, keeping it in the water for slightly longer than usual as to avoid any potential yolky explosions. Once the hardening process was complete, I de-shelled the egg and left my trendy new application tool to cool on the kitchen side.
After preparing my face with moisturizer, I poured a reasonable amount of foundation onto the back of my hand to get it used to the temperature of my body. Then our eggy friend got to work as I dabbed the nib (the smaller end? the apex?) of the egg into the product, keeping a firm grasp onto it's slippery bulky posterior.
Next came the application and it didn't work as easily as the bloggers made it seem at all. Not only did my face absolutely reek of boiled egg but the foundation went on totally unevenly and looked like a complete disaster. The amount of product I ended up using just to create this sham was genuinely and truly heartbreaking.
Once failing to create a decent base layer, I tried to push the egg into the smaller crevices around my eyes, nose and mouth to fill up some of the missed areas. As you can tell, it didn't really work and there was a little mark on my nose that was completely devoid of any product this rendering me with an accidental faux nose piercing freckle.
And don't even get me started on the coverage situation.
This is the face of a person who now fully understands the phrase to "have egg on your face. " I've lived it, been there, done that, got the T-shirt, and snapped a picture to make it last longer. Evidently my exasperated dabbing got a little too violent because part of the egg white crumbled off onto my skin, and yes, I screamed.
Realizing that this particular beauty hack would be better left online, I applied the rest of my foundation using my BFF, the trusty beautyblender. There was no way that I'd be able to go about my day if the egg had it's way, as it left my face looking like a horrifically uneven and blotchy mess. A makeup newbie couldn't make it look that bad, even on purpose.
Whilst I'm glad I tried out the viral egg applicator trend for myself, there is absolutely no way that it's going to be part of my every day beauty routine. Or any routine. If any of my friends, family or acquaintances even hold an egg remotely near their face, I'll slap it out of their hands. It wasn't a good look at all and I still smell of egg.
In simple terms: 2/10, would not try again.
Images: Hatti Rex