What’s not to like about face masks? There are tons of them (sheets, clays, creams), they’re a lazy, easy way to hydrate your skin, and you can scare the shit out of your roommates by creeping up on them with one on. And though we’ll likely ride or die for face masks until the end of time, we have to admit: the run-of-the-mill ones can get a little old.
That’s probably why resourceful celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Shay Mitchell concocted genius hacks to elevate your face mask experience that much more. Whether you’re looking for ways to soak up every drop of serum (get your money’s worth, girl) or you want post-mask skin care tips, Hollywood has you covered.
Ahead, take a look at eight celebrity-approved face mask tricks that will transform the way you use the skin care staple.
Use Sheet Mask Gauze for Your Neck
Victoria Beckham has a clever hack to use every part of your face mask to minimize waste and get more bang for your buck. In an interview with Into the Gloss, the fashion designer revealed that she uses the gauze (a.k.a. the serum-soaked wrapper) that comes with her sheet mask as a D.I.Y. neck mask, ensuring not an ounce of hydration goodness is wasted. "The actual mask comes wrapped in gauze, which I use to mask my neck, too," Beckham said.
Rub Face Mask Serum in with a Jade Roller
Along with using her sheet masks's wrapper as a neck mask, Beckham also minimizes waste by contouring her face mask's serum in with a jade roller. After she removes the sheet mask, Beckham takes a jade roller (which is said to have heeling and protective properties for the skin) and rubs every drop of serum into her face, preventing any product from simply dripping off. (Nothing is wasted in the Beckham family.) "Afterwards, I like to use a jade roller to really contour it into my face," she told Into the Gloss.
Use a Brush to Apply Clay Masks
To prevent her clay mask from drying in areas it shouldn't (a.k.a. her eyebrows), Shay Mitchell came up with a clever hack to make sure the clay stays solely on her face. In a Snapchat video, the actress reveals that she uses a makeup brush to pain her clay mask on her face, focusing only on areas where she wants it. The precision of the brush allows her more control rather than slathering the clay everywhere with her hands.
Rub Leftover Eye Mask Serum on Your Chest and Neck
Sharing Victoria Beckham's zero-waste policy, Kendall Jenner also has a clever hack to make sure every ounce of her eye masks is put to good use. On a post on her website titled, "The Eye Mask I Wear Before Every Event," the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star revealed that she takes any leftover serum in her eye mask's wrapper and rubs it into her neck and chest. Given that the model's favorite eye mask—Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask—has tons of rejuvenating properties to reduce redness and inflammation, Jenner likely knows what's up to put it on other parts of her body.
Use Face Masks to Tighten Your Butt
Face masks don't need to remain on your face, according to Madonna. In interview with Refinery29, the singer revealed that she uses clay masks—specifically, her MDNA Skin Chrome Clay Mask—on her ass to smooth and soften the skin for derrière-baring performances. "There isn't one product that I don't use on every part of my body," Madonna said.
The singer also recommends clay masks to spice things up in the bedroom by asking your sex partner to slather the product on your behind and remove it once it's dried, unveiling your taut and supple skin. Given that Madonna's mask comes with a magnetic coating, allowing for an easy and clean removal, her tip seems like a sound idea.
"Ask your significant other to remove it for you," Madonna said. "You can lay down [on your stomach]. He can rub your feet—or she—while your mask is setting for seven to 10 minutes. And then you can get some magnetic head on your behind."
Mix Your Clay Masks with Apple Cider Vinegar
To enhance her already powerful pore-cleaning clay mask, Mindy Kaling mixes the product with apple cider vinegar. Kaling, who specifically touts Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing, revealed her D.I.Y. skin care remedy on Instagram. By mixing apple cider vinegar (which contains acids to remove dead skin) with the product, Kaling is able to deep clean her pores better than simply sticking to her run-of-the-mill clay mask.
Use Yogurt and Turmeric for a D.I.Y. Face Mask
For a two-ingredient D.I.Y. face mask, Priyanka Chopra mixes fresh yogurt with turmeric (an ingredient said to have healing and protective properties for skin) and slathers the concoction over her face. Chopra, who calls the potion an "indian trick," touts its ability to rid signs of tiredness and deliver a fresh glow.
"Sometimes I’ll put on fresh yogurt as a mask with a little turmeric powder in it—this is like an Indian trick. The turmeric is a healer for your skin,” she told ELLE India.
Find Face Masks You Can Eat
Because even beauty gurus get hungry during their skin care routine, Salma Hayek came up with a way to kill two birds with one stone: put on a face mask and drink a smoothie. In collaboration with Juice Generation, the actress launched a smoothie line that doubles as face masks. The smoothies, which contain superfoods and health-boosting ingredients like acai, papaya, and avocado, are not only great to put on skin, but they enhance the skin via your internal system, too.
“The things that work for your face really can also work from the inside out. We combined some ingredients so if you don’t put it on your face and drink it, it’s still good for your skin,” Hayek told Women's Wear Daily.