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Unpacking the controversial ‘mugshot challenge’ makeup trend

 

James Charles is facing backlash for participating in a popular TikTok trend that imitates mugshots.

The “mugshot challenge” originated on TikTok, which began idealizing mugshots long before users started mimicking them. In early March, users posted videos of mugshots they thought were attractive.

“Last girl looks like she knows how to have a gooooood time,” one user captioned their video, which now has 226,700 likes.

In another video, the TikTok user added thirst emojis before launching into a slideshow of nameless, incarcerated faces.

The trend bore the mugshot challenge, in which users recorded themselves applying smudged eyeliner and messing up their hair before posing in front of blank, white walls. Some took the trend further by adding makeup to appear bruised and bloody. In one version, TikTok user nehvjones applied a temporary tattoo to her neck. In another, TikTok user thehumankind appeared scratched, adding that she “aint going down without a fight.”  Read more…

 

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