By Devon Abelman. Photos: Courtesy of Instagram.
I'm starting to think that there isn't a household item that can't be turned into some kind of beauty hack. We've seen tomatoes, condoms, and bra inserts be transformed into Beautyblenders, and someone even used floss recently to remove blackheads. Yikes. Now, makeup artists on Instagram are using the back of their iPhones as a palette for foundation.
At first, we thought the iPhone foundation blending hack was a shock tactic. MUAs have been known to create attention-grabbing thumbnails for their Insta videos — only to post a video that has nothing to do with it. Sometimes they follow through, and the crazy hack actually works. We saw that a couple weeks ago with lighters. However, we're not convinced we should be using the back of our dirty phones to whip up a custom illuminating foundation like Jake Warden.
The 15-year-old aspiring makeup artist has featured the iPhone foundation blending hack on his Instagram not once, but twice. In both videos, he squirts foundation onto the back of his rose gold iPhone, which doesn't have a case on it BTW. He blots his Beautyblender on it and applies his foundation from there in one of the videos. However, in the second one, he added some drops of liquid highlighter before swirling around the makeup on the back of his phone.
We were ready to pass this off as a silly teen thing, but Warden isn't the only one using his phone for a flawless foundation application. Kiki of @spottedstyleblog tried out the technological trick, too. It was so controversial that she had to turn off the comments on her post. Why? People were worried about how hygienic the hack was.
In her caption, she wrote, "My phone was clean prior to making this video." This comes as a relief to us beauty editors because we know how nasty phones are. Dermatologist David Bank of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic, and Laser Surgery in Mt. Kisco, New York, once told Allure that they're "technological petri dishes." Ew. Throughout the day, dirt, bacteria, and other grossness builds up on it. With that in mind, why would anyone want to use that as a surface to blend foundation before putting it onto their faces? You're just begging your skin to break out. The back of your hand or an actual palette work just fine — believe us. However, if you do want to try this hack out, we highly recommend wiping down your entire phone with an antibacterial wipe first. Your skin will thank you.
This story originally appeared on Allure.
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