Anyone who’s not gotten lost in Reddit’s black hole of memes, Internet language–fueled wit, and the occasional mind-blowing, totally obscure piece of information either 1) is lying or 2) has never been on Reddit. The Internet is one of our favorite places to gather beauty intel, and we recently waxed poetic about all the best Reddit beauty threads in which to gush and learn (which should totally be the new “lunch and learn” for beauty addicts) about curly hair, Korean beauty, and more. But for those of you who think the word thread is something you poke through a needle, Reddit’s vast treasury of information might seem a bit overwhelming.
Never fear—beauty editors are here. We tasked ourselves with finding the weirdest, most wonderful beauty advice on Reddit to help everyone out in the vast Interwebs take their grooming routine to the next level. Will you swap your dry shampoo for cocoa powder or swap your makeup brushes for $2 paintbrushes from Michaels? Up to you—but they get our upvote.
Keep scrolling for 10 wild beauty tips from Reddit forums!
“This may sound completely crazy, but I’m a brunette who uses cocoa powder as dry shampoo (the pure baking cocoa—not hot chocolate powder). It’s ridiculously cheap, it smells good, and it works! I only wash my hair once a week (I’m doing the curly-girl method, which involves less hair washing), so I sprinkle a bit of the cocoa on my roots every day I don’t wash, and the grease is totally managed. I also suggest cornstarch if you’re blond, or a mixture of cornstarch and cocoa powder if you have light brown or dirty blonde hair.” — milkchalk
“I use safflower oil, which has a comedogenic rating of zero, so it is less likely to break you out. It is also relatively cheap, light and has a high smoking point, so it may protect your hair against damage from heat styling.” — Vivacious_Vixen
“A friend told me about using nipple cream (for breastfeeding) as a lip balm. It’s almost pure lanolin, and obviously safe to have around your mouth. In the U.S., Medela and Lansinoh are the most common brands. Any Walmart or Target will have them. Look in the breastfeeding and babycare section.” — insteadofwhat
“When you take bath, add some glycerin in water and use that water for bathing. Glycerin is the best moisturizer for the skin and it will also not make your skin oily.” — Marryjohnson
“Using a brow razor on the rest of my face has been one of the best beauty decisions I’ve made in a while. My makeup applies so much better now and looks so smooth. Make sure to wash your face first, shave your face, then follow up with serum and/or moisturizer (my skin gets a bit dry after I shave, but nothing my serum and moisturizer can’t fix). I’ve added this into my nightly routine a couple nights a week since it’s so quick and easy to do.” — Fancycatmagic
“I suffer from pretty bad under-eye circles, so using Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil ($5) in Milk under an orange color corrector does wonders, because it makes the color stand out more. I feel like I’ve noticed a huge difference, especially after I apply my foundation and concealer!” — Notjohnfrusciante
“Have you heard of a lip peeling gel? It’s my go-to during the winter. Aquareveal is the only brand that I know that makes it, but it comes in the form of a lip pencil and you apply the gel before you apply lip balm. It rubs away all dry skin, leaving your lips super soft!” — Emilygjung
“If you have badly flaking lips and you want to fix them quickly, put on some lip balm, Vaseline, or edible oil. Really layer it on. Then, place a piece of plastic wrap over your lips for about 10 to 15 minutes. Pull back the plastic and your lips should be smooth again.” — Justbeethings
“I am super pale and have a hard time finding colors that work for contouring. Everything is too dark and ends up looking obvious or fake.
“After browsing YouTube, I came across a tutorial where the vlogger used a matte eye shadow as a contour color. It was awesome! Eye shadow comes in so many different colors and undertones, so you can find the perfect color. It looked awesome on her super-fair skin! Game changer for me, as far as pale contouring goes. I never would have thought of that.” — Bedazzledunicorn
“Take a serious look at paintbrushes for your makeup. Michaels always has sales and 40%-off coupons. I grew up in an artist household and saw that many brushes are identical even in quality. My favorite eyeliner brushes are paintbrushes; same with a small pinpoint one for concealing blemishes, and my fan brush for highlighting. You can’t find every type of brush, but smaller ones are easy to find.” — Blainezeyy
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