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By Natasha Burton
DIY junkies flock to Pinterest for tips on everything from creating adorable party invites to getting out stubborn stains. But the site has also become a hub for at-home beauty remedies. To find out if they really work, we asked leading beauty experts to weigh in on these 10 oft-pinned hair, skin and makeup DIYs.
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The DIY Pin: Use Vaseline to make cream eyeshadow
The Verdict: Cecilia Wong of Cecilia Wong Skincare in New York says this is a definite don't. "When petroleum jelly is used on skin, it doesn't allow your skin to breathe and causes tiny bumps and breakouts in most people." Instead, use refined shea butter, mango butter or pomegranate butter, which also have anti-aging properties and vitamin E.
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The DIY Pin: Try olive oil as a makeup remover
The Verdict: This one's legit, Wong says: "Olive oil is not only moisturizing but anti-aging. It makes a great and inexpensive makeup remover." Just mix half a cup of the oil with a cup of filtered water, apply to a cotton pad and gently wipe your face.
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The Pin: Use green tea to soothe your sunburn
The Verdict: Chemist and beauty industry expert David Pollock vouches for this tip, explaining that tea is rich in tannins, which help fight free radicals (the sunburn-causing molecules that damage your cells' DNA) and reduce inflammation. However, he suggests using black tea, which is richer in tannins and therefore more effective.
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The DIY Pin: Make mascara last longer by adding eye drops
The Verdict: "I am not a fan of adding anything to your mascara," says Pollock. "In general, stay away from adding ingredients that can contaminate a formula—especially one used around the eyes."
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The DIY Pin: Rub onions on your nails to make them healthy
The Verdict: "The logic behind this tip is that nails already contain a lot of sulfur, and onions are rich in sulfur," says Wong. "But there's no evidence proving that you can cure weak nails just by rubbing onions on them." Instead, she advises eating a balanced diet with sufficient levels of iron and protein (think: beans and leafy vegetables) to help keep nails healthy.
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The Pin: Dust on spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg, as bronzer
The Verdict: Celebrity stylist Steve Mason says this sounds like a good idea, but could ultimately backfire. "These products are not ground fine enough to use as makeup—they would definitely need to be ground much finer," he says.
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The Pin: Create a wrinkle-reducing mask using ground almonds, milk and honey
The Verdict: Both almonds and milk help to soften and hydrate skin, Wong says, thereby making wrinkles less visible. But for an easier natural alternative, simply massage almond oil on your skin for two to five minutes daily.
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The DIY Pin: Mix lemon and honey to create a spot-treatment for pimples
The Verdict: Pollock notes that both honey and lemon juice contain alpha hydroxyl acid, which could make this combination an effective acne solution in the short term. However, using this DIY too often could irritate skin.
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The DIY Pin: Flat iron craft-store chalk on wet hair
The Verdict: While chalking is a fun way to get an instant temporary change in hair color, this method can cause severe damage and breaking on your hair, says Mason. "You should never wet hair and then flat iron over it," he warns. "You are basically frying the chalk onto the hair and that's how it stays."
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The DIY Pin: Repair damaged hair with a mix of avocado, banana, egg, and olive oil
The Verdict: "Sounds like a great inexpensive idea, but it might be messier and not as effective as a formulated hair moisturizing treatment," says Mason. "The molecules in the products you are mixing are too large to get into the hair's cuticle, therefore they simply coat the hair shaft."