You know those magazine articles about how celebs are “just like us”? Well, sometimes they really are! Some stars have said they swear by cheap or discount makeup items – or even homemade ones! – to keep their skin looking smooth and camera ready. The best news of all? You can get this same look at home, on a budget, while looking like you raided a celebrity’s beauty products! Here a just a few celebrity favorites to get you started.
Honey, beer, and strawberries – Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has been quoted as saying she often uses a mixture of honey and salt to exfoliate her skin. You simply rub the mixture onto your skin and rinse it off for an easy, at-home scrub. Catherine also says she uses ground up strawberries to help whiten her teeth and often rinses her hair with beer to keep it shiny. Another do-it-yourself diva, Julia Roberts has said she uses olive oil to keep her hands soft and her cuticles strong. To try it, simply soak hands in a mix of warm water and a few drops of the oil for 10 minutes. That’s four celebrity beauty products right in your own kitchen!
Baby lotion and cold cream – French supermodel Laetitia Casta has said she uses baby lotion to help take off her makeup at night. Available at any grocery or drug store, it’s a cheap, skin-friendly alternative to oily eye makeup remover. All you need is a few drops and a cotton pad. Similarly, singer Kylie Minogue has said she uses cold cream to help battle lines instead of opting for more expensive celebrity beauty products. And did you know that cold cream can also be used to remove makeup? That’s double the bang for your buck!
Cover up – Finally, what’s the cheapest celebrity beauty product of all? A pale complexion! Actress Cate Blanchett has long been known for her alabaster skin. She says her secret is simply staying out of the sun – a challenge in her sunny native Australia! In all seriousness, deciding to avoid direct exposure to sunlight can drastically reduce your chances of developing the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma. Stay inside or wear long sleeves and a hat during the sun’s peak hours, usually between 10 am and 3 pm daily. You’ll burn less often and your skin will thank you someday!