29+ Stars Reveal Their Unexpected Beauty Secrets
| LAST UPDATE 01/10/2022
It's no secret that some of our favorite celebs are total stunners. Whether they're glamming up for the red carpet or just an ordinary Tuesday, these stars have secret beauty hacks that they use. Here's what they've shared.
Sienna Miller's Cold Trick
Sienna Miller recently shared a beauty hack that she claims works wonders for the skin, and we're taking note. Here's what she said about the unique freezing ice mask by London-based facialist Una Chambers.
According to Miller, the process itself isn't as glamorous as the results it brings. "It's a pretty intense experience: [Chambers] uses freezing ice masks that make you feel as if your brain is going to fall out of the top of your head. You look wonderful afterward, though," she shared.
Victoria Beckham's Skin Hack
Victoria Beckham is sharing her beauty hack for better skin and we're all for it. But unlike other stars, one of the materials she uses is a rather unique one: bird poop. This ingredient is part of The Geisha Facial skincare routine by Shizuka New York Day Spa.
The facial has been used by celebrities to cleanse the skin and give it that nice glow. Closer magazine reported that Mrs. Beckham got into the special treatment while visiting Japan and loved the results. Looks like fortune does indeed favor the brave!
Kate Hudson's Icy Secret
Kate Hudson is another star willing to go great lengths for beautiful skin. She has a beauty hack that makes her face numb with cold. The actress told Redbook that she learned this trick from a makeup artist, who told her to "fill a bowl with ice water, then dunk [her] face in and out of it for about a minute."
Although the technique sounds like it would make her face turn blue with cold, Hudson explained that it's actually supposed to have the opposite effect. "It brings out all the color in your cheeks, " she said. That's certainly one way to avoid having to wear makeup on a lazy day!
Cameron Diaz's Blemish Hack
Cameron Diaz's stunning photos on the red carpet do a great job of hiding this celebrity's past struggle with acne. She's close with her makeup artist, Gucci Westman, who has been doing Diaz's makeup for more than 20 years. Naturally, Diaz turns to her for tips on the best beauty methods.
Gucci Westman shared a tip for fans who could use some advice on how to hide a pimple every now and then. The makeup guru's secret ingredients to fighting those pimples are Neosporin and Visine. "It takes away the redness and the swelling," she detailed.
Suki Waterhouse's Soda Trick
Some people feel that their hair looks best when it's freshly washed and styled. But Suki Waterhouse says different. The actress and model has a secret to achieving her favorite hairstyle, and it involves an ingredient that usually comes with a McDonald's Happy Meal.
Waterhouse told Us Weekly that she sometimes uses Coca-Cola to rinse her hair. "I don't like my hair when it's washed — it's fine and limp — but Coca-Cola makes it tousled like I've gone through the Amazon or something," she explained. What can we say, the hack is definitely working for this celebrity.
Ashley Olsen's Brow Secret
35-year-old Ashley Olsen and her twin sister, Mary Kate, are no strangers to beauty techniques. After all, these two stars have been in the spotlight since they were in diapers - literally. So, looking their best in front of the camera has got to be one of the many skills they've sharpened over the years.
The Olsen twins were among the first celebrities to bring back the bold brow. Ashley told Byrdie just how to get the perfect arch: “First, you need a flat toothbrush,” she explained. “It’s bigger than a brow brush, so it works better, then we just use Anastasia Clear Brow Gel."
Salma Hayek's Luscious Locks
Salma Hayek has quite a few tricks up her sleeve to offer her fans for treating dry hair. In 2015, the award-winning actress and producer told Buzzfeed all about several natural and organic ingredients to use for DIY hair masks. Luckily, most of them are at the local grocery store.
Just a few of the things she mentioned were avocado, apple cider vinegar (for shinier hair), mayonnaise, coconut oil, and egg yolk. Her advice on getting rid of the smell of the egg yolk was to add a couple of drops of lemon, though she warned that the smell wouldn't go away entirely.
Gwyneth Paltrow's Stingy Hack
Okay, we must admit this is one of the more unique ones. Apitherapy is an ancient practice and today one of the unorthodox forms of tending to red and swollen areas on the skin. But despite how uncommon it is, 49-year-old actress Gwyneth Paltrow is all for it!
"I've been stung by bees. It's a thousands of years old treatment called apitherapy. People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It's actually pretty incredible if you research it. Man, it's painful," Paltrow told The New York Times. We respect her commitment.
Demi Moore's Leeches
Fruit detox, juice detox...leech detox? Apparently, it's a thing. In a 2008 interview on The Late Show With David Letterman, Moore told David of a cleanse she did in Austria that involved leeches. "These aren’t just swamp leeches, these are highly trained medical leeches," she joked.
"And they have a little enzyme that when they’re biting down on you, gets released into your blood and generally you bleed for quite a bit. And your health is optimized," she explained. Although the treatment appears unpleasant, at least it also looks like it's working for the actress!
Cindy Crawford's Skin Trick
Cincy Crawford has been stunning on red carpets and in front of the camera for years, and each time it seems she looks better than last. Thankfully, the Hollywood icon doesn't keep her tricks all to herself. The supermodel reportedly uses milk mixed with mineral water on her face every day for radiant skin.
According to Hudabeauty.com, Crawford sprays the mix onto her face several times a day for extra moisture. Dating back to ancient Egypt, milk as an ingredient for facial treatment is popular among people today. And it's certainly got Cindy Crawford looking years younger.
Zoe Saldana's Hair Hack
There's nothing like an annual family tradition that everyone looks forward to. Some people take a camping trip, others may go cherry-picking. Zoe Saldana's family does something a bit less mainstream: they get together once a year to put mayonnaise on their hair.
All jokes aside, the mayonnaise - and its main ingredient, egg - is known to be a popular way to get softer hair. It contains proteins and natural oils that help the hair grow thicker and healthier. Saldana told Allure that her mother is "very health-conscious," and has always inspired the actress to live a healthy lifestyle.
Miranda Kerr's Lash Trick
Some of us know how annoying it can be if you've ever misplaced your eyelash curler or forgot it at home when you left for a vacation. But if we ask Miranda Kerr, that's really not a issue. She has a backup solution for such cases, and it can be found in just about any household.
“You can curl your eyelashes with a spoon if you don’t have an eyelash curler," Miranda Kerr said. Even though it's a rather odd way to use silverware, it can be pretty helpful in some cases. And we all know how much more luscious those eyelashes look when they're curled!
Lauren Conrad's Puffy Potatoes
Even the most iconic of celebrities wake up with puffy eyes. Knowing how thin the skin is under your eyes, some people are hesitant to use just any type of product to reduce the puffiness. 35-year-old Lauren Conrad shared a way to do just that, and it doesn't take a lot of work.
“To reduce puffiness, slice up a few refrigerated potatoes, soak them in water for a moment or two and then place them over your lids for 15 minutes. Works like a charm," Conrad shared. The starchy vegetable might just be the solution for those who aren't fans of their morning puffy eyes.
Emma Stone's Big No-No
Fancy, overpriced moisturizers may be suitable for some, but for Emma Stone, they're exactly the type of product she tries to avoid. The actress has said she's very allergic to different ingredients usually found in these products, and prefers to stick to something more natural: olive oil.
"I have a big bottle of olive oil on my sink...so I just put it on my face, and I smell like focaccia. I use natural grapeseed oil from the grocery store on my face as moisturizer. After the shower, I pat it on, and then I’ll use it throughout the day and at night," Emma shared.
Blake Lively's Family Secret
Anyone who's a fan of Blake Lively has probably admired her character Serena van der Woodsen's golden, beachy hair. Well, the Gossip Girl actress shared with fans her mother's family secret for how to wash hair without causing damage to it. And boy, are we glad she did.
"My mom taught me this really great beauty tip. She used to put oil or mayonnaise on the bottom half of her hair before she would shower. That way, when she would shampoo, the soap wouldn't strip the bottom of the hair and dry it out, making it brittle," Lively told Byrdie.
Margot Robbie's Lip Trick
Margot Robbie has let us in on a little secret to getting rid of chapped lips and it's not what we expected. This Hollywood star doesn't use your typical lip balm; instead, her favorite product for soft lips is Bepanthen - something new mothers might be familiar with.
"For my lip balm, I use Bepanthen, which is actually a nipple cream for breastfeeding mothers or diaper rash cream for babies. But because Bepanthen is just a cream for dry skin, it works. It's what I've used my whole life," Margot Robbie told ELLE.
Nicole Kidman's Hair Cleanse
Not only has Nicole Kidman been described as a fashion icon, but she was also announced the as the new face of Neutrogena back in 2017. And it's not hard to see why. So it makes sense that fans would want to know every beauty tip the actress has to offer.
Among other tricks, Kidman recently shared with Longevity some advice on how to give hair a softer and shinier texture. "If you have red hair, try washing it in cranberry juice, and if you’re blonde, a champagne rinse can work wonders," Nicole Kidman said.
Scarlett Johansson's Clear Skin Hack
It may surprise some fans to learn that, in between her busy schedule, Scarlet Johansson makes sure to find time to research natural skincare. The actress has even told ELLE that she should have been a dermatologist. "When you help someone to heal their skin, it gives them a new lease of life," Scarlett said.
"I researched natural skincare and found that apple cider vinegar is really effective. Using it as a toner can be harsh, but if you have breakouts it can be really healing," the star told Elle UK. She does warn that the smell of the vinegar may be a bit strong, but it may well be worth the risk!
Gigi Hadid's Sweet Lips
If there's one thing Gigi's fans can always count on her for, it's sharing her expert knowledge in beauty tips and trends. The 26-year-old model frequently takes to social media to share her beauty advice with millions of followers - and every time she posts, they're all ears.
"Using sugar scrub with a mascara-tester-wand on your lips is a great way to exfoliate them," Gigi Hadid PopSugar. We now understand how she gets her lips to look so full! Those who want to see more tips from this icon can always find more information on her Instagram page!
Freida Pinto's Dewey Look
If you're looking for a reliable source to learn more beauty hacks, a good place to start would probably be one of Vogue's 2009 "top ten most stylish women." Freida Pinto shared a little hack with InStyle for how to make your eyelids look a bit glossier.
"If you use petroleum jelly on your lids, it gives you a dewy, angelic look," said the spokeswoman for L'Oréal Paris. A relatively easy product to find and use, if you ask us! Pinto has also shared additional beauty tips, including using apple cider vinegar for softer hair.
Angelina Jolie's Soft Skin
Angelina Jolie is one celebrity who is certainly not known to have a mainstream way of doing things - and that includes her beauty routine. The 46-year-old actress shared with Elle the rather strange and expensive product she uses to moisturize her skin.
Jolie's secret to softer skin is not something we would find in our average household or even our average cosmetics store. She shared that her favorite moisturizer is a caviar cream that costs a whopping $710 per 100ml! BRB, manifesting this dream into a reality.
Halle Berry's Coffee Trick
Some of us add ground coffee to our morning drinks to help us wake up. Halle Berry, on the other hand, adds it to her daily body wash for smoother skin. The 55-year-old Hollywood star explained how the caffeinated mixture helps give the complexion a more flawless look.
Berry explained that she uses the coffee grounds to not only exfoliate her skin, but also to combat cellulite. The caffeine in the body wash stimulates blood flow across the skin and gives it a smoother look. The organic coffee scrub apparently works like magic for the award-winning actress.
Mariah Carey's Pouty Secret
Mariah Carey has quite an impressive mouth, which she uses to let out her five-octave vocal range while performing in front of millions of people. With the spotlight is always following her, the singer makes sure to take good care of her famous glossy lips.
Carey did not hesitate to share her secret beauty hack with fans. All she does to get her lips to look a little fuller is add a few drops of peppermint oil to her lip gloss before applying it. The oil boosts circulation, bringing blood to the surface of the lips, and giving them that plump look.
Beyonce's Makeup Hack
Beyoncé is one beauty icon that needs no introduction. As the most-awarded female artist of all time, Queen B has the cameras following her wherever she goes. And if you ask her millions of fans around the world, they would probably say she's the focus of attention of every room she walks in.
And lucky for us, the singer's stylist, Sir John, shared his favorite beauty hack with E! News, saying, "My [favorite] beauty hack is to use Elmer's glue stick as the ultimate brow gel in the heat. It doesn't clog your pores and it washes off easily."
Jessica Chastain's Smile
Some people know how difficult it can be to flash the perfect smile when the cameras are pointed at you. But fortunately, Jessica Chastain shared a little tip from a friend, who's also an actress, on how to get the perfect look when getting your picture taken.
"An actress friend of mine shared a great trick. She told me to stick my tongue behind my teeth when I smile to keep from over-smiling. If you smile without doing it, sometimes your gums show a little too much. It's an actor's trick!" shared Chastain.
Shailene Woodley's Pearly Whites
Shailene Woodley's beauty hack for fans is also one that helps lead to a better smile. The actress has shared that studying the lifestyles of indigenous cultures has "empowered [her] to make [her] own beauty products." And she mentioned that one of her favorite ingredients is clay.
"One of my friends was making a clay toothpaste that you swallow instead of spit out. So, I've discovered that clay is great for you because your body doesn’t absorb it, and it apparently provides a negative charge, so it bonds to negative isotopes," Shailene shared with Into the Gloss.
Chloe Grace Moretz's Acne Care
Like tons of women around the world, Chloe Grace Moretz has experienced the stress of dealing with acne. "I dealt with really bad cystic acne growing up. I tried changing my diet and my beauty products before going on Accutane. [Having acne problems] was a long, hard, emotional process," she told Allure.
But today, Chloe has a little trick up her sleeve that keeps her A-list skin looking super fine. Apparently, the Desperate Housewives actress is yet another celebrity on this list who's a fan of olive oil for better skin. She's said that washing her face with it has helped clear her up significantly.
Julianne Hough's Spicy Teeth
Julianne Hough looks no further than her spice cabinet for a way to brighten her smile. The actress shared a mix she uses as a whitening product, and the main ingredient - turmeric - can be surprising for some. Though it may seem that the spice would stain your teeth, Hough says it actually has the opposite effect.
Apparently, Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and skin-brightening qualities that make it the perfect ingredient to brush your pearly whites with. Although some may not prefer its strong taste, the superfood has become pretty popular among beauty enthusiasts.
Lady Gaga's Sticky Hack
Face lifts and facial fillers are becoming more and more popular among women today. But Lady Gaga has a way of making her face look younger without surgeries and injections. Instead, the Grammy Award-winning artist uses a much simpler tool - tape. Yes, seriously.
"Every day, it starts the same way. It's like a mantra. I wash my face. I pin my hair back and put on a wig cap, and I ask, 'How am I going to form my eyes today with this tape? How will I pull back my neck with tape?' Or maybe I won't pull it back at all," Gaga shared with Porter.
Laverne Cox's Baby Soft Skin
While some people would spend lots of time in the cosmetics section looking for the perfect face wash, Laverne Cox heads straight to the baby aisle. In an interview with Us Weekly, the Orange Is the New Black star revealed that she uses baby shampoo to cleanse her face.
She swears by the tear-free, hypoallergenic product. "If it’s gentle enough for a baby, it’s gentle enough for your face! I’ll use a wipe to take my makeup off and then I’ll use baby shampoo to wash and then moisturize," Cox admitted. We love to hear it!