If you need a good laugh, watch some bizarre makeup tutorials. Entertainingly bad makeup trends debut on Youtube every week. I’m talking about really wacky stuff, try-applying-your-makeup-with-a-condom stuff. Obviously, bizarre makeup trends lead to hilarious videos of beauty gurus trying to grapple with each wild craze. Sometimes, they actually master the impossible. Most of the time, everything smudges and runs into a total disaster. Yet we humans, be it out of schadenfreude or genuinely hopeful curiosity, can’t turn away. We crave the suspense. We want to be entertained. So here are the finest bizarre makeup tutorials of the last few years. From kitchen whisk contours to kitty litter facials, these are techniques you need to see to believe.
CONTOUR LIKE AN INSTAGRAMMER
If you have any love in your heart for beauty gurus, you need to follow Nikki’s YouTube channel. Her Adele-doppelganger looks and patient, quirky delivery are enough to make any makeup video comedic gold. With this surprisingly useful send-up of Instagram beauty ‘professionals,’ there’s no question she deserves to be on this list. Nikki walks you through how to use a spoon, a fork, a kitchen whisk, and even a toilet bowl brush to craft perfect contours. Adds a whole new meaning to the word “toilette,” doesn’t it?
APPLY FOUNDATION WITH A BRA INSERT
This bizarre makeup tutorial is a full-on adventure. The minute you see Ronkeraji’s mischievous eyes, you know she’s up to something. Ronkeraji has a fun, interactive approach to her videos. You always feel she’s talking to you like a confidante. It’s especially effective here since it makes the whole silicone bra insert escapade feel like an embarrassing secret. The best part is that this is Ronkeraji’s first time trying the technique. In the end, she’s as weirded out by the results as you are!
DIP YOUR FULL FACE OF MAKEUP IN WATER
You don’t complete a full look only to plunge your face in water, do you? That’s the Instagram trend Natalies Outlet is out to test in this entertaining tutorial. According to two viral videos, dipping your freshly-powdered face in water clears away excess powder. You can dip your head in, soak for a minute, and emerge without messing up your newly-applied look. Outlet myth-busts at an awesome Buzzfeed pace with Hailee Steinfeld charm. If you enjoy this video, check out more Beauty Busters tutorials on YouTube.
HEAT YOUR FOUNDATION WITH A SPOON AND A FLAME
There’s a lot to love about Leyla Rose. She’s got a charming British accent we can’t get enough of, she’s wearing Minnie Mouse ears, and she’s heating her foundation like a junkie cooks meth… That’s right. In 2016, everyone was lighting a fire under their makeup to see if heat could improve their beauty routine. Finally, after months of viral videos and melted products, Rose decided to test whether it’s really worth playing with fire at your makeup desk. What do you think will happen when she goes all Breaking Bad with her beauty routine? Watch and see if you’re right!
APPLYING MAKEUP WHILE YOU’RE DRUNK
Jenna Marble is one of the wittiest beauty gurus on YouTube when she’s sober. Drunk, she’s even funnier. This video is pure gold. Marble is right when she says there aren’t any makeup videos that address how tricky it is to apply makeup after you’ve been day drinking. There’s not much more to say other than stop reading and click ‘PLAY.’ This is glorious, laugh-out-loud-funny stuff.
USE A CONDOM TO APPLY MAKEUP
Surely you remember the condom makeup craze? Condoms have a way of popping up in the most ridiculous viral situations. In 2013, some of us tried to snort them. In 2015, others filmed condoms full of water being dropped on their heads. Thankfully, this beauty trend which involves using a condom to apply your makeup is far less dangerous than those other fads. But it’s still weird. Even beauty boys Jeffree Starr and Manny Mua don’t quite know what to make of it. It sure is fun to watch their expressions as they give it a go, though.
TRY ON A KITTY LITTER FACIAL
Of all the things on this list, slathering your face in kitty litter is probably the most disgusting. It also makes the most sense. Kitty litter is just clay infused with minor chemicals to help limit the smell. It won’t absorb oils or detoxify your pores, but it makes an excellent gentle exfoliant. For Joey Graceffa and his team of beauty gurus, kitty litter is simply a Pinterest fad worth investigating. This trio takes a playful approach to their tutorial so you feel like you’re among friends. It’s so infectious you feel guilty for not participating alongside Joey, Daniel, and the mysteriously-named Ms. Wiggsworth. Why not give the facial a try while you watch? It’s better than covering your face in kitty litter all alone.
We’re lucky to have these people to test viral trends before we try them. Even if you’re repulsed, bizarre beauty tutorials make good entertainment. It’s nice to know you’re not the only mad, media-obsessed person on this planet.
— Scarlett Price