43 Easy At-Home Beauty Activities to Do When You're Bored

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Beauty treatments should have an end goal, of course, but they should be fun, too. After all, DIY face masks, hair treatments, and quirky beauty devices are a classic way to pass the time when nothing else sounds fun. Indeed, there are few activities that sound more appealing after a long workday or on a weekend afternoon than a glass of wine, a new show to dig into, and some sort of gooey, wrinkle-reducing concoction slathered all over your face.

We Byrdie editors have tried our fair share of at-home beauty treatments. Some are more confusing, messy, cumbersome, or ineffective than they're worth, but the following are those we genuinely love to play around with when we're bored at home and in the mood for some pampering. Looking for a fun beauty activity to pass the time? Read on for our 43 faves, from quirky moisturizing treatments to press-on nails.

1. Try the Hanacure At-Home Facial

Hanacure All-in-One Facial Starter Kit $29.00

Few skincare treatments are buzzier than this mixable face mask, which is designed to re-create the youth-inducing effects of a professional facial by brightening, contouring, detoxifying, lifting, and firming the face. It only takes about a minute to prepare and apply, then 30 minutes to take effect, but the results are mind-blowing. Just look to our full review by Byrdie's former associate editor Erin Jahns, who tried the product with her 70-year-old parents.

2. Give Yourself a Pedicure

And, if you don't have a steady hand (neither do we), these at-home kits are impossibly easy to apply, actually stay put, and come in an array of cute, minimalist nail art designs you'd otherwise pay top dollar to have done professionally.

3. Use a Blue-Light Laser

Tria Beauty Positively Clear Acne Clearing Blue Light Device
Tria Beauty Positively Clear Acne Clearing Blue Light Device $185.00

The powerful blue light emitted from this chic little device works to fight acne by penetrating deep into the pores to kill any breakout-causing bacteria down there. Use it once a day for five minutes, and you can almost guarantee to see improvement within a couple months. Byrdie's associate general manager, Lindsey Metrus, is a fan, not only of the results but of the ritual itself. "It just feels so good to just lie there and run it over your face," she says.

4. Sculpt Your Face with a Crystal Gua Sha

Odacité Crystal Contour Gua Sha Rose Quartz Beauty Tool $45.00

Gua sha is an ancient Chinese practice whose purported facial benefits include lifted, contoured facial muscles; smoother skin; and a reduction of wrinkles. Simply drench your face in your favorite serum, then use the smooth edges of this rose quartz tool to scrape the skin, lifting it from the center of your face upward toward your hairline.

5. Do Some Mess-Free Self-Tanning

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water $32.00

Self-tanning had always seemed like a burden to me until I got my hands on a bottle of this totally clear, non-stinky, all-natural tanning water. After exfoliating and shaving, I simply spritz this stuff all over and blend it with a mitt. It's so easy, it leaves no stains or smell, and six hours later, I suddenly have a natural-looking tan.

6. Indulge in a Bubble Charcoal Mask

Talika Bubble Mask Bio Detox $13.00

This three-step mask bubbles up as it sits on your face, which is a truly amusing spectacle. It's not just for show, though—the unique detoxifying formula combines oxygen with traditional Asian medicinal ingredients to clear toxins from the pores, according to the brand.

7. Repair Your Hair with a Jojoba Oil Hair Mask

Jojoba oil has endless benefits for the skin and hair, but one of the simplest uses is as a treatment hair mask. Simply apply the product all throughout your hair, braid your strands, leave it for a few hours or overnight, and then shampoo. The ingredient, which is primarily composed of monounsaturated fat, works to control dandruff and promote a healthy scalp.

8. Make a Cling Wrap Mask

Circumference In-Depth Hydration Face Mask $65.00

Why do a plain old face mask when you could terrify your roommates and/or live-in lover with a mask covered in cling wrap? The quirky Japanese practice of topping your mask of choice with plastic wrap apparently really works. The idea is that by sealing in your body heat, it allows your pores to open up and the mask's ingredients to absorb deeply rather than just hanging out on the skin's surface. Just make sure to use BPA-free plastic and cut yourself air holes, people.

9. Make a Turmeric Under-Eye Brightener

Turmeric has purportedly been used as a skin-brightening treatment for centuries, and Erin on Team Byrdie swears by it for the under-eye area in particular. Mix one tablespoon of turmeric and one tablespoon of buttermilk, apply the orange mixture to your dark circles with a brush, and expect to look infinitely better-slept after just 15 minutes.

10. Do a Glitter Face Mask

x MY LITTLE PONY(R) #GLITTERMASK GRAVITYMUD(TM) Firming Treatment Purple Glitter 1.7 oz/ 50 mL
GlamGlow #GlitterMask Gravity Mud Firming Treatment $25.00

If you're really bored, add some excitement to your day with a showy glitter mask. GlamGlow's #GlitterMask uses the same skin-tightening formula as their iconic GravityMud Treatment, but with glitter made out of licorice and marshmallow leaf, because why the hell not?

11. Create a DIY De-Bloater

One of my personal favorite at-home beauty treatments is a topical de-bloating elixir I learned about from Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, who is secretly an aromatherapy guru. Her recipe involves a mixture of jojoba oil and essential oils of juniper, grapefruit, black pepper, and geranium (check the more in-depth recipe for specifics). Rub it all over your body when you feel like you're hanging onto water, and behold as it works its magic. 

12. Self-Applied Eyelash Extensions

Lashify The Control Kit $145.00

This completely game-changing lash extensions kit is so easy an impatient, jaded beauty editor could do it—with results and stupidly gorgeous, natural-looking lashes that stay on for up to 10 days. When Byrdie's former editorial director came into the office one day with a full set of these, we were shook to find out she did them herself in 15 minutes. 

13. Perfect Your Smoky Eye

Perfecting the art of the smokey eye is a never-ending journey. There's always room for improvement, so why not experiment? Here's our favorite tutorial.

14. Explore an Obscure Online Beauty Shop

Exploring beauty sites you've probably never heard of before is endlessly entertaining.

15. Make an Immunity-Boosting Smoothie

Here are some of our favorite recipes.

16. Try Meditation

Here's everything you need to know (even if you've never done it before). And some great at-home apps to try.

17. Read a Beauty Book

Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself from the Inside Out by Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder
Deepak Chopra & Kimberly Snyder Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself from the Inside Out $18.00

This title comes highly recommended from our former editorial director Faith Xue. You'll learn practical tips, tools, routines, and foods for transforming yourself and your lifestyle. 

18. Do a Face Massage

Rose Quartz Facial Roller
Herbivore Rose Quartz Facial Roller $40.00

Turns out you can use a facial roller to give yourself a massage. Our former wellness editor Victoria Hoff has all the deets

19. Try this Mascara Hack

Experiment with this life-changing mascara hack. You won't regret it. 

20. Do an At-Home Peel

Pixie skintreats Peel & Polish
Pixie skintreats Peel & Polish $24.00

Treat yourself to an at-home peel like this one, which has natural fruit enzymes, lactic acid, and cellulose meant to work together to reveal smoother, softer, glowing skin. 

21. Make a DIY Lip Scrub

Combine sugar and coconut oil for an at-home lip exfoliating treatment.

22. Try a Funky Wash-Out Hair Color

Joico InstaTint Temporary Color Shimmer Spray
Joico InstaTint Temporary Color Shimmer Spray $13.00

Spray in some streaks, or give your whole head a new bright hue. These are the best options, FYI.

23. De-puff Your Under-Eyes with Tea Bags

Topical caffeine has been shown to reduce under-eye puffiness and dark circles. Steep two bags, squeeze out the excess liquid, allow them to cool, and you're good to go. 

24. Do a Baby Foot Treatment

Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel (1 Pack)
Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel $25.00

This one hour foot mask promises to leave your feet feeling baby-smooth (hence the name). 

25. Use a Pore Strip

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips Combo Pack
Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips Combo Pack $15.00

Is there anything more satisfying than seeing all the dirt and oil that comes out of your face after using one of these? 

26. DIY a Bath Bomb

Here's our favorite recipe.

27. Try Dermarolling

Sdara Skincare Derma Roller Cosmetic Needling Instrument For Face
Sdara Skincare Derma Roller Cosmetic Needling Instrument For Face $15.00

This technique has been shown to reduce wrinkles, under eye bags, and even stretch marks. Here's exactly how to do it.

28. Try Dermaplaning

StackedSkincare Dermaplaning Tool
StackedSkincare Dermaplaning Tool $75.00

Not to be confused with the aforementioned dermarolling, dermaplaning is an exfoliating process that will leave your skin softer and brighter.

29. Give Yourself a Scalp Massage

Body Back Scalp Massager
Body Back Scalp Massager $5.00

We can practically feel the relaxation just by looking at this scalp massager, anyone else? Try this rosemary oil scalp massage while you're at it.  

30. Practice a Cut Crease

And watch our in-depth tutorial.

31. Experiment with Filling in Your Brows in a Different Shape

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz $23.00

The brow world is your oyster.

32. Give Yourself a Steam Facial

Follow this tutorial and you'll feel totally refreshed. 

33. DIY an Essential Oil Diffuser

Majestic Pure Aromatherapy Essential Oils Set
Majestic Pure Aromatherapy Essential Oils Set $21.00

Check out our essential oils found on Amazon, Google DIY oil diffuser, and get to work. 

34. Tint Your Own Eyebrows

Godefroy Tint Kit
Godefroy Tint Kit $24.00

Here's an easy-to-follow tutorial and more information and tips to get it right.

35. Attempt Some Minimalist Nail Art

Check out these 30 shockingly easy nail designs you can totally do at home

36. Pair the Perfect Wine With the Perfect Face Mask

Here are the best face masks.

37. Try a Butt Mask

DOPE Naturally Bawdy Galaxy Kit - Butt Mask Collection
Bawdy Beauty Butt Sheet Mask $38.00

It's like a sheet mask, but for your butt. And, while you're here, feel free to read about the potential causes of butt acne.

38. Whiten Your Teeth

3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects
Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects $46.00

Pop these Whitestrips on for an hour while you're watching Netflix. Here's 14 more of our favorite whitening products.

39. Work on Your At-Home Blowout Technique

A low-stakes opportunity to practice before the next time you actually need a blowout. Here are some helpful tips.

40. Try the Olaplex Hair Perfector Treatment

Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3
Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 $28.00

This at-home salon quality hair treatment is a Byrdie editor favorite. 

41. Listen to a beauty-themed podcast

Some of our favorites include Fat Mascara and Breaking Beauty

42. Take a Shelfie

Rearrange your beauty cabinet and then snap a pic to showcase all of your favorite products. 

43. Play Around with Colorful Eyeliner

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Cuff 0.04 oz/ 1.2 g
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil $22.00

It's the latest trend that all the NYC girls are rocking. 

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