We’ve all done weird, desperate things in the name of looking our best. Anyone who says differently is either 1) lying, or 2) Beyoncé (who #wokeuplikethis, obvi). In the spirit of sharing our beauty knowledge (and confessing all!), we polled our ever-resourceful team of editors and asked them for the weirdest beauty trick they swear by. From cold silver spoons to touching candles, keep scrolling for eight bizarre beauty tricks that actually work!
“When I really need to exfoliate, I put body wash on a pumice stone and use it (gently) over my whole body.”
-Nicole Akhtarzad, Fashion/Editorial, Who What Wear
“Sometimes, I’ll rub my finger into candles that I really love the smell of (just on the surface, not so much that my finger makes an indentation in the candle), and put it on my wrist like a solid perfume. This works in a pinch when you realize you forgot to spritz perfume and there’s a candle nearby!”
-Alina Gonzalez, Editor, Byrdie
“I use a blowdryer to heat up my eyelash curler for a few seconds, and then curl my eyelashes. I swear it gives a better curl and makes it last longer since it's set with heat. It's like a DIY heated lash curler.”
-Kat Collings, Editorial Director, Who What Wear
“I outline the top and bottom edge of my eyebrows in white eyeliner (I use L’Oréal’s Double Extend Eye Illuminator Eyeliner ($9) to give them a little more definition. The pencil isn’t stark white—it's more of soft ivory—and I keep the lines very thin. Once I blend it out, my brows just look a little cleaner.”
-Deven Hopp, Editor, Byrdie
“Whenever I wear a look with heavy shadow or liner, I like to use unscented facial moisturizer and a tissue to remove my eye makeup. It seriously works like a charm and feels so soothing. As a contact lens wearer, I was initially worried about putting lotion so close to my eyes, but this trick works so well, I easily got over my concerns.”
-Liz Lynch, Senior Editor, Domaine
“This is by no means jaw-dropping-ly weird, but it is somewhat nontraditional: I keep a silver spoon in the fridge at all times and place it over my eyes on days when I wake up with puffy-eye syndrome (a.k.a. most days). It helps de-puff instantly, and also forces me awake—no easy feat.”
-Faith Xue, Editor, Byrdie
“My weird beauty trick is straight out of the Victorian era (or perhaps even further back). If I notice my skin looking a little blah/flat/monotone while I'm out and about, I'll pinch my cheeks to bring the blood to the surface and add a little color. A bit masochistic, perhaps, but it works."
-Meghan Blalock, Managing Editor, Who What Wear
“I dab a cotton swab in a lemon and rub it on acne scars to lighten them. Be careful though, it makes your skin photosensitive, so only do it at night!”
-Nicole Kliest, Senior Editor, Who What Wear
What’s the one weird beauty trick you swear by? Share with us below!