Currently, two things are on a roll: a TikTok foundation hack and the app’s users’ face rollers. The aesthetically pleasing skin-care tool is traditionally used “to help de-puff skin and support circulation,” Joshua Zeichner, M.D., a dermatologist based in New York, previously told Allure. Instead, TikTok users have recently turned to the tool to blend their foundation in hopes of producing a flawless finish.
The frenzy surrounding the face roller as a promising foundation blender seemed to have started when TikTok user Avonna Sunshine posted a video of herself blending her foundation with a rose-quartz face roller on November 3. As she blends her foundation with the roller in the video, she claims that it “evenly distributes your foundation, [its cool touch on the skin] can help shrink your pores, [it provides] a very very smooth application, and you’re gonna get fuller coverage, too [because the roller doesn’t absorb any product].”
Sunshine tells Allure that she’s been using this technique for over a month now, and she thought of it while driving home one day. “I live near [an] Ulta Beauty and something told me to stop and grab a facial roller, so I did,” she explains. The lightbulb moment to use a face roller to blend her foundation ultimately came to her while sitting in front of her vanity.
Sunshine’s video of this foundation hack currently has over 1.1 million views on TikTok, and, of course, many of the app’s other users have tried their hand at the hack as well. TikTok users Amanda Frisch and Rissa are a couple of of the many creators that attempted the hack after seeing Sunshine’s video. Frisch tells Allure that she enjoyed “the cooling effect” the roller provided while blending in her foundation. However, she said the blending process took much longer compared to using a beauty sponge. “It’s a fun trend, but I’ll keep the jade roller for my serums instead,” she adds.
Similar to Frisch, Rissa said she wouldn’t use this technique in her everyday makeup routine. She also noted that she enjoyed trying out the trend and that Sunshine was right about this method giving a fuller coverage finish.
Whether you decide to attempt this foundation technique once or make it a part of your makeup routine for life, dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Jeannette Graf, M.D., advises “washing the tool thoroughly before and after applying [your foundation] and [keeping it] in a sanitary place.” She adds that face rollers accumulate bacteria on their surface, which is why she emphasizes cleaning the roller with anti-bacterial soap and “patting the tool dry.”
Even though some creators have expressed that applying your foundation this way is time-consuming, you can never go wrong with trying a viral TikTok hack just once for the fun of it, right?
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