An attempt at a viral beauty hack for fake freckles went very, very wrong for Australian reality star, Tilly Whitfeld.
The Big Brother star is now warning others not to participate in the TikTok trend.
What is the beauty trend on TikTok?
The fake freckles trend has been around for a few years now, with beauty lovers experimenting with henna, brown coloured markers, and eyebrow pencils to create the illusion.
More recently, a viral ‘hack’ promising fake freckles surfaced on TikTok, involving a sewing needle and ink.
The idea is to use the needle to dot the ink around the nose and cheek area in order to create the freckled look.
However, the TikTok video didn’t specify the type of ink that should be used, which left Tilly Whitfeld dealing with some serious consequences.
What happened to Tilly Whitfeld?
The reality TV star suffered severe scarring and even temporary vision loss after attempting the viral beauty hack.
As mentioned previously, the TikTok video failed to specify the exact type of ink that should be used. Following this, Tilly took to eBay and purchased brown tattoo ink to achieve the faux freckle look.
Unfortunately, the ink turned out to be a counterfeit product, which led to a dangerous reaction due to the high levels of led. Tilly ended up in hospital with serious scarring and her eye swelled so much, her vision was at a temporary loss.
In an Instagram caption, the Australian star wrote: “For those asking why I have my blue clay face mask on continuously through out the show this is what my face looked like a week prior to entering the house hence why I always have makeup on and my skin is always covered. This is the result of attempting to remove scarring I inflicted on myself trying to replicate an at home beauty procedure I saw on a tik tok video 2 months before big brother.”
She followed: “Please please don’t try any “DIY” or “at home” beauty procedures I ended up in hospital with temporary loss of vision in my eye due to swelling and was very sick from the infection, not to mention my face was somewhat unrecognisable. Leave it to the professionals.”
How to safely take part in the fake freckles challenge
If you’re looking to try out the fake freckle look for yourself, obviously a needle and ink is not the way to go.
Instead, try experimenting with safe cosmetic brands. You can opt for a pen specifically designed for faux freckles, such as Freck.
Simply dot the product lightly across areas of your face that you would usually find freckles and dust with powder to seamlessly blend into your skin.