As self-proclaimed beauty obsessives, we take it upon ourselves to test out all the weird and wonderful tricks of the trade. Some have been successful (hooray for coconut oil hair masks!) while others have been, um, not so much (our gums are still recovering from this strawberry teeth whitener DIY). Successful or not, we’ll keep on testing—for the sake of beauty, for the sake of our readers, and for the sake of still looking amazing when you’ve run out of your favorite eye liner.
With that in mind, today we’re sharing six bizarre beauty tricks that really work. Some of them you may have heard of through the grapevine (read: Pinterest), and others might be wonderful new revelations. Either way, you’ll have another beauty tip (or two) to whip out on a rainy day. Keep scrolling to see what they are!
Solution: Dryer Sheets
Fall signals the start of windier days and colder temps, meaning we’ll have many a cozy hat on standby. Unfortunately, that also means static-y hair is at an all-time high. To avoid channeling Frankenstein’s bride this season, just run a clean dryer sheet over your hair before tossing on your favorite hat. It’ll keep static at bay and your strands smooth (plus, they’ll smell fresh and clean, so win-win).
Solution: Diaper Rash Ointment
While something formulated to soothe an itchy baby bum might not be the first thing you’d pick to rub on your skin, perhaps it’s time to reconsider. Diaper rash ointment is filled with anti-inflammatory ingredients, as well as gentle moisturizers to treat sensitive, cracked skin.
Solution: Ice Cube Facial
Gabrielle Union swears by the powers of ice-cold water, and we’ve said it again and again: Ice is the cheapest beauty product you’ll ever try. Click here to find out how to use it to do everything from de-puffing eyes to tightening pores.
Brace yourselves—this beauty trick is truly bizarre. If you’ve noticed a greenish tint developing in your blonde strands, reach for the nearest bottle of ketchup and pour it on your head, immediately. Apparently the acids in ketchup can neutralize the chemical reaction that causes your strands to turn green. Don’t believe us? This editor gave her first-hand account (complete with pictures).
Solution: A Silver Spoon
Miranda Kerr swears by this trick, so it must be true. Basically, your favorite soup utensil can also replace your eyelash curler—in fact, it might work even better. Give your spoon a blast with a hair dryer to warm it up, then place it against your eye with the curved part facing outward and the bottom edge directly above your upper lash line. Then, press your lashes against the edge of the spoon and glide the spoon along your lashes, rotating upwards. Voila!
Using a redness-reducing eye drop like Visine in your beauty routine might sound like an old wives’ tale, but the proof is in the ingredients. Visine constricts your blood vessels, so it’ll do the same when applied to broken or dilated blood vessels under your eyes (one of the main reasons why people get dark circles). In the same vein, it’ll also help decrease a particularly inflamed or recently-popped zit—just make sure you’re treating it correctly, too.
Have you heard of or tried any of these bizarre beauty tricks? Tell us below!