The world of beauty on social media can be a pretty alarming place sometimes. Whether it’s eyebrow wigs or yellow blush, there are some things we’ll never quite understand. Recently, an Instagrammer — who goes by the handle @butterflyjasmine49 — took bizarre trends to a whole new level when she started using actual bugs on her face. That’s right, like crickets and spiders and millipedes… on her face… in the name of makeup.
The creepy, crawly looks — which were first discovered by Cosmopolitan — have gotten Jasmine a lot of attention, and for good reason. Even though her pics make us shiver, they’re also totally beautiful. With almost 600 posts on her page, the most recent ones feature critters literally right by her eyeball. “!!REAL SPIDER!!” she wrote in the caption of a shot featuring a furry little creature. “Chaco golden knee tarantula is a ground-living species that burrows when he can. Although generally sweet-natured, the Chaco golden knee, like many other tarantulas, may flick irritating hairs at people when alarmed.”
People in the comments expressed both amazement and disgust. “This scared the f--k outta me omg,” one fan wrote. Another added, “You’re crazy! But I still love you! Sanitize the s--t out of your face when you’re done with that nasty thing! Lol.” Don’t worry, these lil buggies aren’t alive anymore. She explained the process in the comments section. “[The bugs] are all dead for sure,” she wrote in response to a fan who asked about her spider video. “But this specific one is actually just the molt of a tarantula, the spider this belongs to is still well and alive.”
For Jasmine, shopping for cosmetics supplies means looking in unusual places. In a look featuring a grasshopper, she explained that she got the little guy from PetSmart — apparently, they sell dehydrated grasshoppers as food for reptiles. Some insects, like the bumblebee she used in a colorful design, were sent to her by fans and friends. Also, some Etsy users distribute dead bugs — like the green beetle she put on her eyebrow in a sparkly creation. Um, why?!
Even though we'd never dream of putting a bug near our faces, we have to admit that this isn't just makeup, it's artwork! Next time you think doing winged liner is difficult, just imagine applying it with a scorpion glued to your eyelid…