Celebrity beauty hacks that work

9 Celebrity Beauty Hacks That Actually Work

We all do out-of-the-box, interesting, or just plain crazy things to give ourselves that dewy, flawless glow - but none of us take it quite as far as celebrities.

And while some of their hacks may make you cringe, there are others that really do work! Here, we’ve put together the top 9 celebrity beauty hacks that we’ve found over the years. Some are wacky... and some you may have even tried.

Either way, you’re bound to find at least one that you'll want to give a shot!

Hack #1: Sheet Masks

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s something that we often forget to do (or at least forget to do regularly). But if you stick to it, it gets results.

There are lots of sheet masks available today to treat any skin concern that you might have - from dullness to acne to dry skin.

The celebrity way? Use them on the go - like in a car or on a plane - or as prep for a special occasion. And if you want to get the full benefits, stick to it at least once a week.

SEE ALSO: Finding Products That Work: It's Not Just About Knowing the Right Ingredients

Not into the sheets? Check out No Plans for a hydrating and detoxing traditional mask option.

Hack #2: Ice Dunks For Your Face

Feeling a little bolder? Bella Hadid told Huda Beauty that she swears by a Japanese trick called Jasmu for flawless foundation. The hack?

  1. Apply your foundation

  2. Bake it with translucent powder (enough to cover your face)

  3. Dunk your face (!!!) in cold water

  4. Pat dry

It sounds insane, but the results are worth it: flawless foundation and a matte finish that lasts for hours.

Not convinced? You can also do it makeup-free a la Kate Hudson (basically an ice bath for your face) for an all-natural, fresh-from-the-gym glow.

Hack #3: Grocery Aisle Hair Products

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Turns out that celebrities get those shiny, luscious locks with a little help from the food and beverage aisle. Some of these seem much grosser than others, but it’s all pretty interesting stuff:

The food:

  • Mayonnaise: Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, and Zoe Saldana reportedly use this controversial condiment as a hair mask to lock in moisture and boost shine! In fact, Saldana makes it a yearly family tradition! And it makes sense - traditional mayo contains lots of hair healthy ingredients, including egg, lemon juice, and vinegar.

  • Ketchup: Blake Lively also uses ketchup to color-correct her hair if it looks ashy or green. She’s not alone with this hack - Sienna Miller did it for years to get her vividly colored hair back to blonde.

  • Avocado: Adriana Lima reportedly uses an avocado hair mask once a week. She simply mashes an avocado, mixes it in with her conditioner, and leaves the mask on for 30-45 minutes. The result? Shiny hair for days.

The beverages:

  • Coca Cola: Suki Waterhouse reportedly rinses her hair with Coca Cola. Why? It’s supposed to add texture and body to fine, limp hair.

  • Beer: In the same vein, Catherine Zeta-Jones conditions her hair with honey and beer for body and volume. Want to give it a try? Coat your hair in your beer of choice, leave it on for 20 minutes, and shampoo it out.

  • Cranberry juice: Nicole Kidman swears by this hack to help maintain her red hair - and she switches to champagne when she’s a blonde!

Hack #4: Chill Your Products

Not into the idea of icing your face? Try it with your products instead! Chrissy Teigen swears by this hack, saying, “I put my eye cream in the freezer. Having it nice and chilled and cold for you makes a big difference. It really wakes you up and I have really early call-times, so it helps.”

And you don’t have to stop with the eye cream. Try it with your morning moisturizer or serum for an extra pick-me-up. Or give it a shot at night to help tackle inflammation.

Hack #5: Try Coconut Oil

This isn’t exactly an insider secret, but lots of celebrities swear by the power of coconut oil. Kourtney Kardashian uses it as a mouthwash - often called oil pulling - claiming on her website that it pulls toxins straight from her mouth. And there's some science to back her claims: one study found that, "oil pulling is observed to bring improvement in oral hygiene when practiced correctly and regularly." (1)  

Don’t care for a swig? Jesinta Campbell also uses it as a moisturizer, hair mask, and makeup remover.

Hack #6: Give DIY Scrubs A Try

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Priyanka Chopra: Sea Salt and Rosewater Lip Scrub 


 

In a video for Vogue, Priyanka Chopra explains a recipe passed down from her mom and grandmother: she mixes sea salt, glycerine, rosewater, and a few drops of lemon juice to create a rejuvenating lip scrub.

Kristen Bell: Brown Sugar & Olive Oil Body Scrub

She shared her recipe with Us Weekly, telling them, “I… love making little scrubs to keep in the shower. I’ll mix brown sugar, honey and a little bit of olive oil and scrub my body with it.”

Fun fact? Sugar is less abrasive than salt - so this would be a great way to go for daily, gentle use.

Cate Blanchett: Grapefruit & Sea Salt Body Scrub

Looking to rev things up with some extra polish? Try this recipe from Cate Blanchett. “Olive and macadamia oils are really good for your complexion,” she explains. “Put one of them on in the shower, and they make your skin zing. I incorporate them into a homemade scrub with grapefruit juice and sea salt — a beauty trick taught to me by a friend of mine.”

Hack #7: Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Want to take a more natural (and ultra-affordable) approach to your toner game? Try apple cider vinegar. Scarlett Johansson reportedly uses it to help heal breakouts and restore her skin’s pH balance. "A while back, I started researching natural skin care," she explains. "It's a nice way to treat your skin if you don't want to use all those harsh chemicals that a dermatologist would recommend [...] If your skin is problematic or you're having a lot of breakouts, it's really healing. It's a little bit stinky, but if you're not sleeping over at your boyfriend's, it's really effective!"

Hack #8: Preparation H For Undereyes

This one made us laugh out loud a little bit at first - but when we heard who uses it, we realized it may not be something to sneeze at. Both Sandra Bullock and Kim Kardashian use this under eye hack, with Sandra claiming, “Putting butt cream (Preparation H) under my eyes is one of my best beauty secrets, and stops me from getting lines.”

Want to keep it more normal? There's a killer, more traditional eye cream here.

Hack #9: Use Natural Oils

Finally - go crazy with the oils! Chloe Grace Moretz and Emma Stone use olive oil on their faces - and Stone adds grapeseed oil to her repertoire as well.

Want some other non-greasy, non-comedogenic options?

  • For oily or acne-prone skin: Jojoba, squalane, tea tree, marula  

  • For sensitive skin: Calendula, rose hip

  • Safe for all skin: Squalane (check out our squalane eye cream here). 

And if you're wondering exactly how to incorporate oil, check out our blog post on the topic here

Pro tip: Use oil and >moisturizer if you want to get the full benefits - the moisturizer will actually help your skin soak the oil in better and retain all of its nutrients - win!

(1) Shanbhag V. K. (2016). Oil pulling for maintaining oral hygiene - A review. Journal of traditional and complementary medicine7(1), 106–109. doi:10.1016/j.jtcme.2016.05.004