Lubricant as a primer for fake dark circles for sun protection contours: Bizarre viral beauty trends of 2021 | Fashion trends


2021 was a year full of surprises, some great and some as crazy as it gets. But it’s the beauty trends that knocked it out of the park this year. As the world stayed inside to fight the spread of Covid-19, some weird and downright weird skin care hacks and beauty tips became insanely popular with internet users on the internet.

From using lube as a make-up primer to false dark circles and tan tattoos – in 2021 bizarre trends took over the internet. So as we prepare for 2022, here are the bizarre beauty trends that went viral online. Fair warning: some of these will leave you scratching your head.

Lubricant as a primer

Makeup hacks often involve the use of unexpected products, but a lubricant has to be one of the most unusual picks we’ve ever heard. As strange as it sounds, this trend became immensely popular in the makeup programs of several beauty influencers in 2021. With this trend, the lubricant is applied to the skin as a primer. After drying, the foundation and the rest of the beauty look follow.

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Sun protection contouring

Internet users who follow the trend towards sun protection contours.
Internet users who follow the trend towards sun protection contours.

Wearing sunscreen is an essential part of a skin care routine. However, a viral trend made this important product a dangerous one. The sunscreen contouring trend began with a TikTok user covering some areas of her face with sunscreen and then using the strong rays of the sun to create natural contouring. But it’s pretty clear how much irreversible damage this can cause to the skin.

Trend towards false dark circles or tired eyes

This bizarre beauty trend became popular a few months ago, and people used makeup to create dark circles under the eyes to look “cool”. Sara Carstens, model and creator on social media, had started the trend towards normalizing dark circles. However, it did not go well with many internet users who referred to it as insensitive. Despite the criticism, it was all over the internet. The hack involves drawing smeared lines under the eyes to resemble a dark circle.

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Tan tattoo

A woman is sitting in the sun.  (Unsplash (for display))
A woman is sitting in the sun. (Unsplash (for display))

This trend is to apply a sunscreen to your body and get the sun tattooed on you naturally. A tan tattoo also carries the risk of serious skin damage, and this trend is pretty similar to the sunscreen contouring trend. Furthermore, no amount of cute tattoos is worth the sunburns or UV radiation damage caused by exposure to the sun. So remember to lather all uncovered parts of the body with sunscreen.


Slugging involves sealing the skin with a petrolatum-based product.  (Unsplash (for representation))
Slugging involves sealing the skin with a petrolatum-based product. (Unsplash (for representation))

This beauty hack isn’t that bizarre, but its widespread use by anyone and everyone online got us to add it to the list. Slugging is the process of sealing the skin overnight with a petrolatum-based product or other occlusive agent. This beauty hack works especially for people with severely dehydrated skin by locking in moisture. However, it’s a big no-go for very oily or acne-prone skin as it can cause more irritation and pimples.

Would you ever try these beauty trends?

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