Check out these affordable beauty treatments loved by celebrities from Broke Girl’s Guide:
We’ve long believed that whatever Gwyneth, Jen or any other seemingly ageless celebrity does should be beauty gospel, but alas, to obtain $250 La Mer serums and $400 snake-venom facials, we’d have to pull a Winona.
Some celebrity beauty secrets are surprisingly broke-girl-friendly, however, and we love to hear such privileged insiders whispering about DIY at-home facials or cheap drugstore faves like Rosebud Salve. Today, we’ve compiled our favorite affordable beauty tips from the most lustworthy celebs (and their much-sought-after stylists!), proving that a less-than-A-list bank account should never keep you from looking like a star.
Maria Menounos: “I don’t have a lot of time to get facials at a spa, so I am a big fan of DIY facials every six weeks or so. Here’s what I recommend: First, open your pores with warm water and use an exfoliating brush or scrub to remove the dead skin. Sterilize your face with a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel before gently operating on clogged pores, and then reapply the witch hazel once you’re done. Next, apply a mask for ten minutes (and don’t forget your neck and chest area). Once you’ve removed the mask, spray on toner, moisturize, and you’re done!”
Christine Symonds (celebrity hair stylist): “Save by buying L’Oréal’s shampoo and conditioner line EVER PURE. It’s sulfate-free and caters to all hair types. You can get it at any drugstore. Splurge on L’Oréal Elnett hairspray. If there is one product I always have with me on a shoot, it’s this!”
Giuliana Rancic: “I notice that I always pump too much eye cream out before I apply. I don’t want to waste it, so I put it on my cuticles. It’s like a two-for-one! Also, sometimes when I have a breakout I put a drop of Visine on the trouble spot and it helps take the red out.”
Jennifer Aniston: “You’re going to hate me for this, but I don’t go out and buy only the expensive stuff … Most nights, I just wash my face with Neutrogena facial soap … Also, I love the lavender body scrub that they sell at Trader Joe’s. It’s only six dollars and really fabulous.”
Yoshi Hagiwara (Beverly Hills hair stylist): “To detox your hair, wash it with a mixture of your daily shampoo and a teaspoon of baking soda–it will neutralize the pH in your hair and give it a really good cleanse. Another great option is to create a mask with olive oil, manuka honey (found at health food stores) and an egg yolk. Take three parts oil to one part honey. Heat up the honey slightly so you can stir it more easily, then crack the egg and mix it in. You can even throw in some vitamin E and rosewater for extra soothing benefits. This is a very high-protein, high-vitamin treatment that is packed with antioxidants to help cleanse, strengthen and remove impurities from your hair.”
Dr. Brandt (celebrity dermatologist): “If you can only afford one product, it should be sunscreen (with a minimum of SPF 30 and UVA/UVB protection). It is important to apply sunscreen every day, rain or shine, to prevent premature aging and protect your skin against skin cancer. It doesn’t have to be an expensive sunscreen.”
Evan Rachel Wood: “If I have a pimple or something creepy like that erupting on my skin, I just buy a fresh lemon. Not the lemon juice. You need the real lemon. I just cut open the lemon, dunk my finger into the juice and then put my clean finger on the zit. It dries it up overnight–and it always works. Try it.”
Tanya Rae (celebrity makeup artist): “Keep your skin glowing by making exfoliation part of your routine…. [One of my favorite drugstore products is] Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub. This scrub is gentle enough to use on even the most sensitive skin on a regular basis.”
Randall Williams (celebrity hair stylist): “Texture is making a big comeback, so I recommend wet sets, which will last for days. Large mesh rollers like these ($2.29) are perfect for giving your hair body and volume without the harsh heat and accompanying damage from a blow dryer. Wet sets enable your hair to hold styles for three days longer than blow drying, and the reduced damage allows your hair to become thicker and healthier.”
Theodore Leaf (celebrity hair stylist): “Chopsticks [are] an easily overlooked tool that I use all the time for sectioning hair to blow dry. It takes the place of duckbill clips that can slip, and you really only need one. Simply section, twist your hair around the chopstick, and secure. It is also great for creating an easy chignon in a pinch.”