Microscope Beauty Videos Are Taking Over YouTube | Clozette

The internet is a big (and sometimes scary) place. Just YouTube itself has a plethora of content for everyone, and you won’t always know what you’ll run into after just a few minutes of tapping through video recommendations. One minute, you’re watching movie trailers and then you’re suddenly onto pimple popping videos. Weirdly enough, no matter how gross the extremely zoomed-in shots of stuff popping out someone’s pores is, we can’t keep our eyes off it. As if those kinds of videos weren’t enough, a new trend is taking over our favourite beauty vloggers' community: microscope beauty.

The oddly satisfying trend all started with YouTuber Tina Yong and her “Peel Off Blackhead Mask Under A Microscope” video. Millions of hits later, her #TINASCOPE videos inspired other beauty vloggers to upload their own “Under A Microscope” episodes, with subjects ranging from cosmetic products to other beauty tools. So if you’ve ever been curious about how your skin or makeup looks really up close, read on.

Zooming on makeup

Makeupbypita’s video is only one of the many makeup product zoom-ins uploaded on the site. Hold on tight because these sorts of videos are going to show you what your favourite palettes and beauty tools really contain — at least on the surface level. 

What's real?

Of course, who would pass up the opportunity to closely compare the actual difference between the legit and the rip-off beauty products? No matter how similar they look at normal distance, videos like Safiya Nygaard’s will prevent you from being lured into knowingly buying these cheaper versions.

Bare face, brave heart 

Now here’s the real deal. YouTubers like dope2111 brave it out and show a microscopic view of their faces with both makeup and none. Prepare to be disturbed and disgusted — and wanting to see even more.


To other parts we go

The vlogger who started it all takes us to undiscovered sights. Moving on from makeup and beauty products, Tina Yong shows us that even her scalp and nails can be quite interesting subjects underneath the microscope. After all these, you’ll never see yourself the same way again.

This latest YouTube trend sure has us all feeling like scientists. Quite unsettling and gross but also a tad bit informative and cool.  Where we’ll all use this info for, we honestly don’t know. But more knowledge more power, right?



When it comes to makeup, we think multi-use products are a little bit underrated. Apart from the fact that they offer the most bang for your buck in terms of usage (one product for lids, lips AND cheeks!), they’re also easy to carry on the go or for trips where you need to make the most of your storage space. So today we celebrate these small but handy creations with recommendations for every skin type so you can achieve that easy, effortlessly glowing look in under five minutes.

For Dry Skin: ILIA Multi-Stick

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ILIA Multi-Stick in All of Me, SGD63/~USD47 (sephora.com)

ILIA’s Multi-Stick is packed with ultra-hydrating ingredients such as avocado oil, organic cocoa, shea butter and vitamin E. The colour goes on sheer and can be applied onto lips and cheeks for a healthy-looking flush. The brand’s commitment to using certified organic and botanical ingredients is a definite plus.

For Normal Skin: Stila Convertible Colour Two-in-One Lipstick and Blush

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Stila Convertible Colour Two-in-One Lipstick and Blush in Lillium, SGD36/~USD27 (sephora.com)

You might have seen this Stila rouge compact in celebrity makeup artist Lisa Eldridge’s YouTube tutorials. Her go-to for a natural no-makeup look, Stila’s formula is irresistibly creamy and blendable. The radiant colour goes on translucent but can easily be built up depending on your preference.

For Oily Skin: Nudestix Nudies Matte All Over Face Color Blush & Bronze

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Nudestix Nudies Matte All Over Face Color Blush & Bronze in In the Nude, SGD47/~USD35 (sephora.com)

Emily Ratajkowski considers Nudestix’s blush as one of her favourite makeup staples and who wouldn’t want perfect, sun-kissed skin like hers? This blush stick is water-resistant with a lightweight matte finish you can use all over your face. We love how it also comes with a convenient stippling brush for more seamless blending.

For Ageing Skin: NARS The Multiple

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NARS The Multiple in Portofino, SGD53/~USD39 (narscosmetics.com)

Considered as the original multi-stick, NARS’ iconic Multiple has stood the test of time for a reason. Its foolproof formula is velvety, highly pigmented, and easy to apply while the shimmer accents lend a soft radiance to the face. It can also be used for highlighting and sculpting with a huge array of shades.

For A Natural Option: RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Tint

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RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Tint in Modest, SGD60/~USD44 (sephora.com)

Kora Organics founder, Miranda Kerr, is a devoted fan of RMS Beauty’s makeup. This cream colour multitasker is formulated with mineral pigments and nourishing organic ingredients such as coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, and shea butter to hydrate the skin. It’s perfect for a sheer wash of colour or a more intense stain depending on your mood.

(Cover photo from: @iliabeauty and @rmsbeauty)



Beauty can be a lot of things — creative, transformative, experimental. But more than anything, it’s personal. This is especially so when it comes to skincare. Sometimes you’d read a product review, try the product for yourself but end up not having the same experience as the reviewer. It’s the reason why the term “Your Mileage May Vary” or YMMV is popular in the Asian beauty community. But you don’t really have to rely on others’ experience anymore. You can give your skin exactly what it needs. How? Meet the Alcheme Personalised Lightweight Moisturiser

A bottle of Alcheme Personalised Lightweight Moisturiser

Depending on your skin condition and concerns, this moisturiser will give benefits to keep your skin in top shape. Only the ingredients for your needs will be included in your moisturiser, so there’s no waste from using other ingredients. Ahead, see which concoction is perfect for you and the key benefits you can get.

Hydration your way

Give your skin just the right amount of hydration while protecting it from water loss, soothing it and reducing inflammation. The Alcheme Personalised Lightweight Moisturiser contains Camellia Seed Oil, Hyaluronic Acid and Allantoin that deeply hydrate the skin to make it look softer and plumper, while Wheat Seed Extract Ceramide restores the skin barrier.

Anti-ageing for your needs

No matter if you have a few or a lot, you’ll surely be happy to know that this moisturiser will help in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps in tightening pores, making your skin look smoother. Plus, packed with Centella Asiatica, Vitamin C, Babchi Seeds, Ginseng Root Extract and Moringa Seed Extract, it protects the skin from damage caused by external factors such as pollution.

Texture of Alcheme Personalised Lightweight Moisturiser

A radiant you

Say goodbye to dullness, dark spots and skin damage with the help of Wu Zhu fruit extract, Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin C, Millet Seed Extract, Oak Tannins and Butterfly Bush Flowers Extract. You’ll also notice that your skin’s texture will improve over time as the moisturiser protects it from skin damage due to stress and environmental radicals.

For your clear, blemish-free skin

Be free from blemishes like pimples, whiteheads and blackheads. With star ingredients Iris Root Extract, Zinc Sulfate and Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate), this moisturiser helps do that and also reduce sebum production, mattify skin, tighten pores and reduce acne scarring by smoothening the scar and reducing hyperpigmentation.

Your skin versus stress factors

Empowered by Moringa Seed Extract and Butterfly Bush Flower Extract, this moisturiser also removes impurities from dust, smoke and microparticles in the air. It also neutralises free radicals to ensure your skin’s young and healthy. It reduces skin inflammation, too. So you’ll say goodbye to stressed skin in no time!

Learn more about this moisturiser and other Alcheme products here.