HAVING a weave and sporting expensive make-up brands has become the trend for most young women, however, this compels some to buy counterfeit or top-brand replica make-up and weaves just to keep up with trends. Many so-called “fake” make-up is sold along the road or at small shops at a low cost, but have the brand name of the original product. People claim that when you wear fake make-up, it treats you well for the first six months, thereafter your skin becomes itchy and you break out in pimples and black spots. Maritzburg Fever spoke to Londeka Gabela who said she has been using make-up for five years, but doesn’t use the replicas or fake stuff because she is scared her skin might get damaged. “I once bought fake make-up for R25 and it was a brand that I use. I used it for a week and my face broke out in a rash and I never used it again. If you don’t know the original brand you are likely to be tempted to buy fake because its cheap. “It’s the small things that are different, like the shape and weight of the container. A person who continually uses an original brand can see or tell if it’s fake,” she said. Gabela said although the original is more expensive she prefers using it because it lasts much longer. Doctor Zamambo Mkhize, a local dermatologist said the make-up can only affect someone who has an allergy. “The only thing that has a negative implication on someone's skin are the skin lightening products they use, as well the weave they put on. “Tight weaves and relaxers can affect people. African women lose their hair and weaves contribute to that. “We want to raise awareness for people who work in salons that if a person complains about their hair ‘being sore’ they must listen. That person is mostly likely to lose her hair,” she said. Mkhize said it is very rare that people develop skin problems because they use make-up whether it is the replica or original.