15 Weird beauty hacks that actually work

Forget about the expensive salons, the beauty secrets you want are in your cabinet

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Being beautiful isn’t easy. Fancy and expensive cream and treatments promise a lot but, more often than not, the results are quite disappointing. Enter these weird beauty hacks!

Simple yet unthinkable solutions that can either get you the glowing look you want or ease your beauty routine. Curious?

15 strange and weird beauty hacks that actually work

It’s true, these are weird beauty hacks, but they’re also effective and affordable. A little knowledge can go very far, and your friends will be envious of your great look. You can tell them your secret…or keep it to yourself!

The Pepto Bismol mask

Pepto Bismol mask weird beauty hacks
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Sure, it’s got that minty smell, but it’s not bad, and it’s so pink! Best of all? Pepto Bismol contains hydroxy acid, a compound that unclogs pores! As a result, applying this pink formula to your face can help to eliminate blackheads and acne.

Just leave it on for a few minutes and then wash your face carefully.

The magic of beer

No, don’t drink it – you can, but that’s not the secret. Weird beauty hacks are weird, but let’s not that much.

Beer will get rid of all the buildup and product in your hair. All you have to do is massage it into your scalp. The result? A much fuller, cleaner and prettier hair!

Olive oil

Whenever your fancy and expensive makeup remover fails, just head for your kitchen cabinet. Real, extra virgin olive oil gets rid of eyeliner, lipstick, and many other difficult-to-remove cosmetics. Just dab a bit in a cotton ball and go for it.

Plus, it also helps to moisturize the skin in the process.

Eyeshadow to hide roots

Eyeshadow to hide roots weird beauty hacks
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While you’re waiting for your next hairdresser appointment to retouch your roots, hide them using your eyeshadow.

Just choose a tone close to your hair color, dab a brush in the powder and apply it close to your scalp and over the roots to disguise them.


Vaseline is the base of many weird beauty hacks out there. This emollient ointment seems to work for pretty much everything. Here are some examples:

Control nail polish: rub a bit of Vaseline around your cuticles before applying nail polish. If you make a mistake, the polish won’t stick to the skin and it will be easier to correct.

Enhance your perfume: rub a bit of Vaseline in your wrists and neck before spraying your perfume. The scent will be trapped by the ointment and will last much longer enclosed in the pores that absorbed it.

Remove lipstick: dark colors are a trend once again, but as the formulas become more long-lasting the harder they are to remove. End your frustrations by applying a bit of Vaseline over your lips before using a tissue to remove it. The lipstick stain will vanish right away.

Coffee grounds for exfoliating

Do you always start your day with a hot cup of coffee? Then, next time, instead of throwing the used coffee grounds away, just mix them with coconut oil and you’ll get yourself a very effective exfoliating mask. Your skin will be shiny and clean afterward.

Tape the glitter away

To remove glitter, dry patches of skin or tiny dust particles from your skin and makeup, just use scotch tape. It is strong enough to trap those small particles, but soft enough also that it doesn’t the skin in the process.

Besides, it’s much more skin-friendly than to keep applying cleansing products or rubbing it vigorously.

Whitening potato

Whitening potato weird beauty hacks

Shaving, sweat, deodorants and dead cells can leave your armpits with an unpretty darker tone than the rest of your skin.

Fix it by using rubbing a freshly cut potato on your armpits every morning and in the evening. This veggie has an enzyme named catecholase which has skin whitening properties.

Conditioner for shaving

If you’re tight on time and ran out of shaving cream for your legs, try using conditioner instead.

Soap will dry your skin, leaving it defenseless against the shaving blade. Conditioner, however, will moisturize it while creating a protective and lubricating layer over it. The blade will glide over your skin without damaging it.

Toothpaste for nail stains

Darker shades of nail polish can leave traces of color behind even if you use a good nail polish remover. To eliminate those stains, just rub a bit of toothpaste over the nails and rub it with a toothbrush or tissue.

The detergent properties of the toothpaste will work wonders.

Soft elbows and knees

The skin in these areas is naturally drier and if you don’t moisturize it enough it can be left looking uncared for.

To achieve the soft elbows and knees you’ve always dreamed of, just massage them with half an orange. The citric acid in the orange will exfoliate the skin and remove any bacteria and dirt while moisturizing it at the same time.

Refresh your face

Refresh your face weird beauty hacks

Stress and pollution can leave the skin dull and, sometimes, with red patches from the sun exposition or allergy to dust.

Refresh it with a simple mask of cucumber paste and whole milk. Just leave it on for 15 minutes, wash it off with warm water and your skin will be bright, light and beautiful once again.

Get rid of the frizz

If you keep applying creams and masks to solve the frizz and avoid the flyaway hair to no avail, the solution can be much easier than you think. Just give it a try and change your pillowcases for silk or satin ones.

Cotton pillowcases can generate friction, leaving your hair oily, or static electricity which creates the frizz effect.

Lighter lips

Some lips can be very pigmented and darken under the sun rays as if they were tanned. To lighten them up once again apply a bit of lemon juice and almond oil over them before going to sleep.

During the night, the mixture will moisturize the lips, leaving them delicate and plump again, while the lemon will work its magic softening the pigmentation.

Fix tan spots

Fix tan spots weird beauty hacks

Your summer body won’t be ruined anymore if you mess up with your sunscreen. Whenever you fail to apply enough of it and get darker tanned spots over your golden body, all you have to do is apply a mask made of cucumber, lemon juice and rose water over the area.

Leave it for 30 minutes and rinse well afterward. You will be able to see the difference right away.

Pumping lipstick

Forget about expensive fillers or sucking a glass to get the lip plump effect you’ve always wanted. For an effective yet more natural look, all you have to do is to create your own lipstick.


  • 1 lip balm (stick)
  • 1 tsp of Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of clove oil

How to do it

1. Get a double-boiler or prepare a makeshift one.

2. Remove the lip balm from its tube and put it in the boiler so it melts slowly. Don’t throw away the tube!

3. Once the balm has melted, remove it from the heat and mix in all the ingredients.

4. Pour the mixture into the lip balm’s little tube and put it in the freezer to solidify.

You can then use this lip balm normally as you would with any other. The balm will still be moisturizing and protect your lips but the cinnamon and the pepper will work as vasodilators to give them the plump look you want.

3 Weird beauty hacks you should avoid

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Not every hack works. There are some urban legends out there, and you must know them. Don’t waste your time or (in some cases) risk your best health. Here are three debunked hacks:

1. Peroxide is not good for your teeth. It’s true…they will be whiter. But there are some real health risks involved in swirling peroxide in your mouth. It can make you spacy and loopy. Plus, it tastes terrible.

2. Vaseline is not an exfoliant! It’s gentle, but it won’t remove layers. All it does is make your face slimy.

3. Strawberries on your teeth. Well, this one won’t hurt you. But it won’t do too much. And getting that extra red in there makes it difficult to see if you’re having challenging gum problems.

As you can see, simple yet weird beauty hacks can go a long way to make you look more beautiful and glamorous easier. And in case you’re still wondering about the Pepto Bismol one, so was the lady in the video below.