8 Genius Drugstore Beauty Hacks Celebrities Swear By

Updated 01/10/17

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!

Cameron Diaz

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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

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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

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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."

Gigi Hadid

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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.

Keke Palmer

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Steal Keke Palmer's genius lip-plumping hack: After applying lip liner and lipstick, she dabs on a matching shade of Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream ($6) on the center of her pout for dimension.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum

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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.

Zendaya

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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!"

Beyoncé

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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!

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