Social-media stars are gluing their upper lip to their face for a fuller-looking pout and it's got to stop

Tina Yong/YouTubeA YouTuber prepares to apply eyelash glue above her lips.
  • Tik Tok users have started a new beauty trend: using eyelash glue to create the appearance of fuller lips.
  • Videos on the platform show women applying the glue above their mouths, and then pressing their lips to the adhesive. Some have also done the same to their bottom lips.
  • While I don’t believe most people will add this trick to their daily makeup routine, I still think this hack is unnecessary and could cause some people to feel insecure about themselves.
  • Dermatologists also told Insider that the practice can be harmful and cause irritation across the face.
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Despite being obsessed with makeup, I’ve always stayed away from false lashes. Not only do I find them irritating, but the thought of applying glue near my eyeballs is horrifying.

So you can probably imagine how shocked I was to learn that Tik Tok users have started a new beauty trend that involves applying eyelash glue to their lips. The hack is meant to give the appearance of fuller pouts without needing actual lip injections.

While dermatologists have told Insider that eyelash glue can be harmful to lips, I also worry that the trend might contribute to further unrealistic beauty standards.

Here’s a closer look inside the trend that’s taking over social media.

People are sharing videos of themselves applying eyelash glue to their lips

From Twitter to YouTube, you can now find videos of people – often young women – applying a dash of eyelash glue right above their mouth. They then use their fingers to press their upper lip to the adhesive, often holding it in place for multiple seconds.

Once their lip seems set in place, some people do the same to their bottom lip. They apply adhesive under their mouth, and then hold their bottom lip to the glue. The final result is a rounded mouth that resembles the after-effects of lip injections.

Tik Tok users appear to be the first people on social media to take part in the trend

While it’s unclear as to who first filmed themselves applying glue to their lips, many videos of the practice have popped up on the app Tik Tok since September.

In fact, videos posted with the hashtag #lashglue have been viewed more than 2.5 million times. Similarly, the #thelashgluechallenge tag has more than 28,000 views.

Lash glueAmanda Krause/InsiderA screenshot of the Tik Tok app, taken on Friday.

Many Tik Tok users have also shared their videos on Twitter, bringing the trend to other social-media platforms.

YouTubers are also getting in on the beauty hack

On September 23, lifestyle YouTuber Tina Yong shared a video of herself trying out the trend for her ongoing series “Tina Tries It.”

According to the YouTuber, the trick only provides short-term results that last between a few seconds and minutes. She also said it looks very obvious when glue is applied to the upper lip, as you can see where the skin folds.

“Both top and bottom feel super uncomfortable,” Yong said about applying eyelash glue to her lips. “I think it’s safe to say this trend won’t be sticking around for very long. But you know what? It was actually quite funny just to see myself like that.”

“If you guys get bored and you wanna have a good laugh, try it at home with eyelash glue,” she continued. “Do not put any other type of glue on those areas – especially not super glue.”

Speaking to Insider, Yong said she tried the beauty hack simply to see if it would work.

“I love trying new beauty trends, especially ones that I see online,” Yong told Insider. “So when I saw this trend on TikTok, I was curious to see if eyelash glue would actually hold my lip up.”

“To my surprise, it did – but only temporarily,” she continued. “I thought it was really funny, but I would never actually go out in public like that.”

Still, the trend doesn’t seem to be as popular among YouTubers as it is among Tik Tok users

This might have to do with the fact that YouTube places a warning before videos about the trend.

I came across the warning while trying to view a video from a YouTuber named Eileen, who currently has more than 15,000 subscribers. YouTube warned that the video “might be inappropriate for some users.” Still, I was able to click one button and view the clip.

Youtube warningAmanda Krause/InsiderA screenshot of YouTube’s warning to viewers.

Before Tik Tok beauty trends existed, the #KylieJennerChallenge created similar hype

In 2015, Kylie Jenner made headlines with her suddenly fuller-looking lips, which she later confirmed were created by fillers. To mimic her signature look, some people began using shot glasses as suction cups to create bigger pouts. The trend was called the #KylieJennerChallenge on social media.

Unfortunately, the trend proved harmful for many. Numerous people who shared photos of their attempts on social media revealed bruising and bleeding across their lips.

Jenner eventually addressed the challenge on Twitter, saying she wants people to be themselves and experiment with their own styles.

This latest trend shows the lengths people will go to achieve Instagram beauty standards

Beauty trends have changed drastically over the years. Thin eyebrows are no longer popular, and blue eye shadow is a thing of the past. But whereas beauty companies and famous models once created these fads, we now look to Instagram – and it’s becoming a problem.

According to the BBC, a review of 20 studies concluded that scrolling through photo-based apps like Instagram often correlates with negative perceptions of body image.

“People are comparing their appearance to people in Instagram images, or whatever platform they’re on, and they often judge themselves to be worse off,” Jasmine Fardouly, a postdoctoral researcher at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, told the BBC.

Read more: A fitness influencer Photoshopped herself to meet the beauty standards of Instagram’s most-followed women to prove social media isn’t real life

Ultimately, I don’t think most people will add this eyelash-glue trick to their daily makeup routine, or post about it on Instagram, for that matter. However, I did notice that in many videos about the subject, some people said they would try the hack before taking Instagram photos, even if they wouldn’t wear glue on their lips daily.

Though I don’t personally face a ton of body-confidence issues, I’ve still found my mood completely altered after scrolling through Instagram in the past. At the start of the year, I even made a point to unfollow any account that made me feel even slightly insecure.

I can only imagine that other people, particularly young women, will be similarly affected by seeing their peers on Tik Tok, Instagram, or other platforms strive for filler-style lips through this tactic.

Like other viral beauty hacks, this trend could potentially be dangerous

According to dermatologists, the eyelash-glue hack can cause problems ranging from irritation to wrinkles. Speaking to Insider, Dr. Joshua Zeichner, who works as the Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, explained the latter.

“The adhesive used to attach fake eyelashes is generally well tolerated,” Dr. Zeichner said. “Still, I have two potential concerns with applying it around the mouth.”

“First off, you need to make sure not to swallow any of the glue,” he said. “Secondly, if you are folding the lips to the skin, it will cause wrinkling of the skin in that area over time.”

Even more seriously, Dr. Marisa Garshick, a New York-based dermatologist, said eyelash glue can act as an irritant.

“While this trend may seem like a good way to determine what you would look like with a fuller lip, applying eyelash glue to the skin around the mouth can cause sensitivity of the skin which can appear red and irritated,” Dr. Garshick said.

“This can be due to an irritant or allergic contact dermatitis, which can occur due to the adhesive itself or the ingredients it contains,” she continued. “If interested in a fuller lip, it is recommended to check with a board-certified dermatologist to determine the best options for you.”

Ultimately, this trend should have been stopped before it even started

At the end of the day, there are probably worse viral trends than the eyelash-glue hack. Does either the Tide Pod or Cinnamon challenges ring a bell?

Aside from a few moments of laughter, I don’t see many reasons why the eyelash-glue hack should go on any longer.

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