The 11 weirdest celebrity beauty secrets
By Anna Davies, Women’s Health
Celebs are known for their indulgent red-carpet primping routines—but do kitty litter and beer qualify as beauty products? We asked the experts to find out which tricks have scientific backing, and which are just bizarre.
Miranda Kerr uses lip balm as a shimmery highlighter around her eyes
EXPERT OPINION: Try it! "This will work, just stick to a natural product. A lipgloss will clog your pores and will also be pretty sticky," says New York based makeup artist Stefanie Syat. Dab some plain lip balm on the inner corners of your eyes.
Catherine Zeta-Jones keeps her hair looking hot by dousing it in beer
EXPERT OPINION: Try it! "The alcohol removes any buildup that sits on the surface of the hair," says Amy Mrkurnic, a senior colorist at Oscar Blondi salon in New York. After you shampoo, towel dry, then massage a cupful or so of beer into your strands. Cover with plastic wrap for five minutes, then rinse. Any kind of brew is okay, so skip the pricy craft options and use up those mystery cans in the back of your fridge.
Snooki swears by kitty litter to exfoliate
EXPERT OPINION: Skip it. The clumpy texture of the litter may remind you of a mud mask, but the clay particles are far larger than what you'd find in a substance formulated for skin. "These particles can cause micro scratches, which can lead to inflammation and blotchiness," explains Lezandra Berchik, an esthetician at Bliss Spa Los Angeles.
Not only that, but the moisture-sucking properties of the kitty litter—courtesy of the mineral silica—will have the same effect on your skin, leading to dehydration. As if that weren't enough to deter you, keep in mind that the "fresh scent" designed to mask any odors isn't exactly an aphrodisiac.
TRY THIS INSTEAD: Plain baking soda, either mixed with water or your favorite cleanser, will help clean out pores without any of the irritation.
Denise Richards puts avocado on her hair for deep conditioning results
EXPERT OPINION: Try it! "I do this one myself," says Mrkurnic. "To make it even more effective, combine the avocado with one tablespoon of olive oil." Slather onto your strands, but avoid the scalp itself—that'll make your hair look overly oily.
Jennifer Love Hewitt calms zits with toothpaste
EXPERT OPINION: Skip it. "We hear this 'trick' all the time, but it doesn't work. In fact, it can make a blemish worse," says Berchik. So why do people still try it? "Abrasives in the toothpaste, like calcium carbonate, will dry the blemish so it looks better. But it does nothing to rid it of bacteria, and the detergents and flavoring in the formula will irritate your skin."
TRY THIS INSTEAD: Stick to the tried-and-true treatments, says Berchik. "A product needs to contain either benzoyl peroxide or salicyclic acid to properly treat the blemish."
Lady Gaga uses tape to remove eye makeup
EXPERT OPINION: Try it—with caution. "Glitter can be especially hard to remove, so tape does the trick," says Syat. "Fabric tape will be the most gentle on your skin." But if your skin is super sensitive or prone to redness, avoid this option and stick with makeup remover.
Sienna Miller fixes hair color flaws with ketchup
EXPERT OPINION: Skip. When she accidentally used henna—a vibrant, all natural dye—on her blond strands, Miller said the only thing that got rid of the color was soaking her hair in ketchup, but colorists question this at-home remedy. "Henna is a stain, so it's not going away easily," says Mrkurnic. "I've never heard of this one."
TRY THIS INSTEAD: A color correction is best done in the salon, but if you're in a pinch and need the color out, stat, Mrkurnic recommends combining 90% rubbing alcohol with mineral oil. "Make a three to one ratio of the alcohol with the mineral oil, mix together, and massage through your hair. Then, wrap your hair in plastic and apply heat for 10 minutes to fade any color."
Lisa Rinna uses cinnamon oil for a plumped-up pout
EXPERT OPINION: Try it—with caution. "Adding a few drops of cinnamon oil to a lip gloss will give some added oomph," says Patrice Evangeline, a New York City based makeup artist. But the trick won't make your lips puff up to Angeline Jolie proportions, and makeup artists warn to spot check the oil against a patch of skin first to make sure you don't have any adverse effect.
Teri Hatcher adds red wine to the bath to soften her skin
EXPERT OPINION: Skip it. "Red wine in the tub could work because wine contains tartaric acid, an alpha hydroxyl agent that can exfoliate," says Berchik. But don't raise a glass yet. Berchik warns that it would take a few bottles to notice an effect and the wine could irritate any minor scratches on the skin.