There has recently been a new trend for applying makeup. It is not any new sponge or ground-breaking brush. It is the use of a condom to apply foundation.  Youtuber Itzayana Lizbeth was inspired by her boyfriend to use condoms as a form of a foundation applicator. Inspired by Lizbeth, Youtuber Laila Tahri used a condom with a Beauty Blender in it to apply foundation. From there, the news went viral and many makeup users began to experiment with the idea.

Unfortunately, not many viewers agree with such methods. Lizzie Marquez, a sophomore at UC Merced, argues, “I feel like it is a waste of contraceptives and that it’s more time consuming to prepare it as a tool instead of going out and buying a cheap sponge or something. It’s more worth it to buy a Beauty Blender instead.”  When asked how she thought of using a condom on her face would affect her skin, she responded with, “I feel like I’d be repulsed by it. It would probably take a bit longer to blend my makeup and get the slime off the condom first. Like it’s lube not lotion.” When asked the final question of what she thought of the trend she responded with, “I hope it ends soon. The sooner the better.”

However, this isn’t the first time condoms have been used for cosmetic use. Reported by The Telegraph in 2008, Tep Kemyourn, a 29-year-old vendor informed news agencies of a new cure for acne using condom lubricant. She stated, “After I used it for three days, all of my acne dried up and went away. Many people believe in it.” According to Ken Vanny, a 29-year-old woman from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, “It is very effective. Some people don’t believe in it but people who do really get a good result. My youngest sister and my aunt use it too.”

It has not been proven that condom use on the face is safe but it has also not been proven that it is unsafe. For now, it is best to say that condoms should be used as a contraceptive.


Photo Credit: Sam Ginete

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