We love a good beauty hack, mostly because it means we're repurposing a product we already own to improve the state of our hair, skin, makeup look, etc. Some of our favorite hacks? Dipping just-painted nails in cold water to make them dry faster and dabbing concealer under our noses to brighten our entire complexion in a flash, to name a few. So while we've picked up many of these tricks from makeup artists, Pinterest—even fellow beauty editors—we're especially tickled when we learn a new tip from Hollywood's finest.
From Beyoncé's genius lash-curling trick to Jessica Alba's unexpected pimple-hiding hack, we've compiled our favorite time-saving and, not to mention, money-saving tips—each hack-producing product can be found at your local drugstore. Keep scrolling to learn more!
Even Cameron Diaz falls victim to adult acne, but makeup artist and friend Gucci Westman has two secret weapons to ward off any incoming breakouts on the actress: Neosporin ($7) and Visine ($6). "It takes away the redness and the swelling," Westman explains. Genius.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Known for their feather-y, natural brows, the Olsen twins piqued our interest when they shared an exclusive brow-grooming tip with us: They use a toothbrush and brow gel to shape their arches. "You need a flat toothbrush," Ashley says. "It's bigger than a brow brush, so it works better."
Jessica Alba's makeup artist employs the most simple and effective pimple-concealing trick: eye shadow primer. Martin tells us that he uses Nyx's Proof It Eyeshadow Primer ($7) essentially as spackle on top of a nasty breakout. It creates a smooth surface to apply makeup on top of, and sticks to the skin "like glue."
Free hack alert: Gigi Hadid uses those tiny mascara wands you can get for free at a makeup testing station at Ulta (or any other beauty counter) to slough away dead skin on her lips. She also uses a sugar scrub in conjunction with the wand for a super-smooth pout.
For soft, beachy waves like Jenna Dewan Tatum's, you don't need to tire your arms out hile using a curling iron or rely on good genes; instead, use bobby pins (seriously). Stylist Bridget Bragerused an old-school pin-curl method to style the actress's hair for the red carpet, using only bobby pins, hair spray, and a blow-dryer.
There's no denying that Zendaya's highlight is on point, and as it turns out, the actress has a sneaky drugstore hack to make it pop: "I dab Aquaphor ($5) where I want my highlight to be," she explains. "Then I put my highlighter on top and boom!"
Leave it to Bey to find a genius way to make her lashes stand out sans mascara. She once told Allure, "I use [Smith's Rosebud Salve, $6] to prime my lashes before curling," she says. "It was like a natural mascara. It made the lashes hold the curl and look shiny."
Which tip is your favorite? Tell us below in the comments!