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Beijing Youth Daily recently found that users across several online streaming platforms were advertising cosmetic products containing some dubious ingredients. On short video app Douyin, for example, one vlogger with a follower flock of 14,000 conjured up a powder foundation, only to wrap it up and sell it off in a well-known brand’s case packaging. Chen Na writes for Sixth Tone


Fake MakeUp. Credit: Beauty Hooked

Fake it ’til you make it? Photo credit: Beauty Hooked

Temper Magazine’s Trending segment casts a net upon all that is throwing tantrums within the world of China Fashion across a variety of global sources. This very necessary segment makes for a collection of largely non-Temper Magazine-original content dipping its toe into the deep indigo-dyed pool that is the ocean of Middle Kingdom fashionable astonishment. This time around…

We head on over to Sixth Tone where contributor Chen Na looks into the latest of online scandals with eager DIY cosmetics beavers trying to sell off their “artisanal creations” as high-end brand beauty products. Chen tells all.

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The bliss-kiss that is online shopping.

A spokeswoman for Jinri Toutiao, Douyin’s parent company, told Sixth Tone that the company had shut down the account in question. Although there’s nothing wrong with do-it-yourself beauty products, she added, selling them without a license, or making counterfeits, is a violation of Douyin’s terms and services. To become a licensed seller, domestic makeup manufacturers must register their business, inform local food and drug offices about the ingredients in their products and submit testing reports. The spokeswoman said it was “inconvenient” to give her name.

But the problem is not limited to Douyin. A quick search conducted by Sixth Tone on Kuaishou, Douyin’s top rival, and livestreaming website Douyu returned similar results. In one video showing how to make lipstick, a vlogger melts oil, wax, and an unidentified red powder over an alcohol burner, then pours the mixture into a mold. Once the substance has set, she removes it and inserts it into a lipstick tube.

Fake Cosmetics. Copyright@ Beijing Youth Daily

Temper calls this: “Artisanal Ambition”. Copyright@ Beijing Youth Daily

“This is a problem many platforms face,” Kuaishou told Sixth Tone in an email from an official account. “Kuaishou will severely punish any user who violates national advertising and commerce laws.” Punishments could include suspending the user’s account or reporting the case to the authorities, the company added.


Want to get all the concealed/r facts straight? Then read the full report right here on Sixth Tone!














This trending topic was originally written by Chen Na for Sixth Tone 2018. All rights reserved
Edited by David Paulk for Sixth Tone
About Sixth Tone: There are five tones in Mandarin Chinese. When it comes to coverage of China, Sixth Tone believes there is room for other voices that go beyond buzzwords and headlines to tell the uncommon stories of common people. Through fresh takes on trending topics, in-depth features, and illuminating contributions, Sixth Tone covers issues from the perspectives of those most intimately involved to highlight the nuances and complexities of today’s China.
All images: Copyright@ Sixth Tone


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Elsbeth van Paridon

China Fashion, Design and Urban Culture Groupie, Editor-in-Chief at Temper Magazine
Temper Magazine Founder and Editor-in-Chief Elsbeth van Paridon holds a degree in Sinology from the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and additionally is just another run-of-the-mill fashion aficionada.

After tackling Beijing for some six years where she worked for China International Publishing Group, she spent a moment in time moseying down steep alleyways and writing about their fashionable and underground features in Hong Kong.

Van Paridon most recently managed to claw her way through a Europe-based academic endeavor called "Journalism". 'Tis in such fashion that she has now turned her lust for China Fashion/ Lifestyle and Underground into a full time occupation.

Van Paridon hunts down the latest in Chinese menswear, women’s clothing, designer newbies, established names, changes in the nation’s street scenery, close-ups of particular trends presently at play or of historical socio-cultural value in Chinaplus a selection of budding photographers.

Paired with a deep devotion to China’s urban underground scene, van Paridon holds a particular interest in the topics of androgyny, the exploration of individuality and the power that is the Key Opinion Leader (the local term for “influencers”) in contemporary China.
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