By Joshua Manning •
Updated: 29 Mar 2022 • 20:32
Women scarred by TikTok beauty trend
Image Credit: Twitter @tillywhitfeld
A viral beauty trend, has seen young women scarred after tattooing their faces with potentially disastrous results.
Beauty professionals who specialise in eyebrow tattooing have reported a rise in popularity in freckle tattooing which is thought to be in part inspired by young girls wishing to emulate Meghan Markle’s natural freckles,
Tilly Whitfeld, a 22-year old Australian Tiktoker with over 130,000 followers, was hospitalised with severe burns after using a brown ink tattoo set containing high levels of lead, resulting in permanent scarring of her cheeks.
After the incident, she advised her followers: “This is to anyone thinking of getting freckles tattooed on their face – don’t”.
The current increase in home tattooing has led beauty professionals to issue warnings in a bid to prevent further incidents. Laura Kay, a London based make-up artist stated: “I wouldn’t advise that you get tattoo freckles done. People who do tattoos at home without a licence are known as scratchers and that’s not legal. Tattoo artists must have a licence and DIY tattoos pose a real risk of HIV or hepatitis.”
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Originally from the UK, Joshua is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at email@example.com.
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