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50 Easy At-Home Beauty Activities to Do When You're Bored


Beauty treatments should have an end goal, of course, but they should be fun, too. After all, DIY face masks, hair treatments, and quirky beauty devices are a classic way to pass the time when nothing else sounds fun. Indeed, there are few activities that sound more appealing after a long workday or on a weekend afternoon than a glass of wine, a new episode of The Handmaid's Tale (or Nailed It-whatever floats your boat) and some sort of gooey, wrinkle-reducing concoction slathered all over your face.

We Byrdie editors have tried our fair share of at-home beauty treatments. Some are more confusing, messy, cumbersome, or ineffective than they're worth, but the following are those we genuinely love to play around with when we're bored at home and in the mood for some pampering. Looking for a fun beauty activity to pass the time? Read on for our 13 faves, from quirky moisturizing treatments to press-on nails.

1. Try the Hanacure At-Home Facial

Hanacure All-in-One Facial Starter Kit $29Shop

Few skincare treatments are buzzier at the moment than this mixable face mask, which is designed to re-create the youth-inducing effects of a professional facial by brightening, contouring, detoxifying, brightening, lifting, and firming the face. It only takes about a minute to prepare and apply, then 30 minutes to take effect, but the results are mindblowing. Just look to our full review by Byrdie's assistant editor Erin Jahns, who tried the product with her 70-year-old parents.

2. Give Yourself a Press-On Pedicure

ImPress Press-On Pedicure $7Shop

Another Byrdie editor-approved at-home treatment is Im-Press's line of press-on pedicures. If you're feeling too lazy (or broke) to go to the salon, these $7 kits of real gel press-on nails are impossibly easy to apply, actually stay put, and come in an array of cute, minimalist nail art designs you'd otherwise pay top dollar to have done professionally.

3. Use a Blue-Light Laser

Tria Beauty Positively Clear Acne Clearing Blue Light Device $169 $113Shop

The powerful blue light emitted from this chic little device works to fight acne by penetrating deep into the pores to kill any breakout-causing bacteria down there. Use it once a day for five minutes, and you can almost guarantee to see improvement within a couple months. Byrdie's managing editor, Lindsey Metrus, is a fan, not only of the results but of the ritual itself. "It just feels so good to just lie there and run it over your face," she says.

4. Sculpt Your Face with a Crystal Gua Sha

OdacitГ© Crystal Contour Gua Sha Rose Quartz Beauty Tool $38Shop

Gua shaВ is an ancient Chinese practice whose facial benefits include lifted, contoured facial muscles; smoother skin; and a reduction of wrinkles. Simply drench your face in your favorite serum, then use the smooth edges of this rose quartz tool to scrape the skin, lifting it from the center of your face upward toward your hairline.

5. Do Some Mess-Free Self-Tanning

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water $28Shop

Self-tanning had always seemed like a burden to me until I got my hands on a bottle of this totally clear, non-stinky, all-natural tanning water. After exfoliating and shaving, I simply spritz this stuff all over and blend it with a mitt. It's so easy, it leaves no stains or smell, and six hours later, I suddenly have a natural-looking tan.

6. Indulge in a Bubble Charcoal Mask

Talika Bubble Mask Bio Detox $10Shop

This three-step mask bubbles up as it sits on your face, which is a truly amusing spectacle. It's not just for show, though-the unique detoxifying formula combines oxygen with traditional Asian medicinal ingredients to clear toxins from the pores.

7. Moisturize with a Japanese Lotion Pack

Koh Gen Do Pure Cotton $14Shop

Lotion packs have been my favorite way to deeply hydrate my skin at home ever since I learned about the practice on a trip to Tokyo this past spring. You simply douse a number of pure, unbleached cotton sheets in a hydrating lotion or essence, stretch the sheets out super thin, place them all over your face, and leave them there for 15 minutes. When you take them off, your skin is guaranteed to glow to the gods.

Koh Gen Do Oriental Plants Lotion-II $58Shop

8. Repair Your Strands with a Jojoba Oil Hair Mask

Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil (2-Pack) $18Shop

Jojoba oilhas endless benefits for the skin and hair, but one of the simplest and most effective uses is as a treatment hair mask. Simply apply the product all throughout your hair, braid your strands, leave it for a few hours or overnight, and then shampoo. The ingredient, which is composed of 98% monounsaturated fat, works to control dandruff, promote a healthy scalp, moisturize your hair from the inside out, repair damage, and help your hair grow.

9. Make a Cling Wrap Mask

Amanda Montell

Why do a plain old face mask when you could terrify your roommates and/or live-in lover with a mask covered in cling wrap? The quirky Japanese practice of topping your mask of choice with plastic wrap really works-by sealing in your body heat, it allows your pores to open up and the mask's ingredients to absorb deeply rather than just hanging out on the skin's surface. Just make sure to use BPA-free plastic and cut yourself air holes, people.

Circumference In-Depth Hydration Face Mask $65ShopChicwrap Cook's Tools Refillable Plastic Wrap Dispenser/Slide Cutter and 250' of Professional BPA Free Plastic Wrap $14Shop

10. Make a Turmeric Under-Eye Brightener

Erin Jahns

Turmeric has been used as a skin-brightening treatment for centuries, and Erin on Team Byrdie swears by it for the under-eye area in particular. MixВ one tablespoon of turmeric and one tablespoon of buttermilk, applyВ the orange mixture to your dark circles with a brush, and expect to look infinitely better-slept after just 15 minutes.

Jiva Organics USDA Organic Turmeric Powder $5Shop

11. Do a Glitter Face Mask

GlamGlow #GlitterMask Gravity Mud Firming Treatment $59Shop

If you're really bored, add some excitement to your day with showy glitter mask. GlamGlow's #GlitterMask uses the same skin-tightening formula as their iconic GravityMud Treatment,В but with glitter made out ofВ licorice and marshmallow leaf, because why the hell not?

12. Create a DIY De-Bloater

Aura Cacia Black Pepper Essential Oil $11Shop

One of my personal favorite at-home beauty treatments is a topical de-bloating elixir I learned about fromВ Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, who is secretly an aromatherapy guru. Her recipe involves a mixture of jojoba oil and essential oils of juniper, grapefruit, black pepper, and geranium (check the moreВ in-depth recipeВ for specifics). Rub it all over your body when you feel like you're hanging onto water, and behold as the diuretic works its magic.В

13. Self-Applied Eyelash Extensions

Lashify The Control Kit $125Shop

This completely game-changing lash extensions kit is so easy an impatient, jaded beauty editor could do it-with results and stupidly gorgeous, natural-looking lashes that stay on for up to 10 days. When Byrdie's editorial director came into the office one day with a full set of these, we were shook to find out she did them herself in 15 minutes.

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14. Paint a Rainbow Mani

Essie Nail Polish in Russian Roulette $9Shop

Start with this bright red on your thumbs, then work your wayВ through the rainbow on the rest of your nails.В

15. Perfect Your Smokey Eye

Maybelline New York Minute Smokey Eye Gift Set $24Shop

PerfectingВ the art of the smokey eye is a never-ending journey. There's always room for improvement, so why not experiment?В

16. Explore an Obscure Online Beauty Shop

Vapour Organic Beauty Illusionist Concealer $25Shop

ExploringВ beauty sites you've probably never heard of beforeВ is endlessly entertaining. We found this concealer onВ Levert Beauty, a clean beautyВ mecca.В

17. Make a Beauty-Boosting Smoothie

Vital Proteins Beauty Collagen $32Shop

MixВ some of this powder into your favorite smoothie to reap its skin-enhancing benefits.В

18. Do an Animal Print Sheet Mask

masqueBAR Pretty Animalz Sheet Mask $4Shop

Entertain yourself and nourish your skin at the same time. This cat-patterned mask promises to energize your skin while you have fun wearing it.В

19. Mix All of Your Lipstick Shades Together

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Minis $33Shop

Take a cue from YouTuberВ Safiya NygardВ and mix all of your lipsticks together (and pray that they result in a wearable shade).В

19. Read a Beauty Book

Deepak Chopra & Kimberly Snyder Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself from the Inside Out $15Shop

This title comesВ highly recommended from our editorial director Faith Xue. You'll learn practical tips, tools, routines, and foodsВ for transforming yourself and your lifestyle.В

20. Do a Face Massage

Herbivore Rose Quartz Facial Roller $40Shop

Turns out you can use a facial roller to give yourself a massage. Our wellness editor Victoria Hoff has all the deets.В

21. Try this Mascara Hack

Milk Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara $24Shop

Experiment with this life-changing mascara hack. You won't regret it.В

22. Take a Pretty Product Flat Lay For Instagram

Glossier The Skincare Set $40Shop

With their sleek packaging and millennial pink accents, Glossier products are totally Insta-worthy.В

23. Do an At-Home Peel

Pixie skintreats Peel & Polish $24Shop

Treat yourself to an at-home peel like this one, which has natural fruit enzymes, lactic acid, and cellulose that work together to reveal smoother, softer, glowing skin.В

24. Practice your dutch braid technique

Channel your inner Kardashian using our step-by-step dutch braidВ tutorial.В

25. Perfect How to Overline Your Lips

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil $20Shop

It's an art form we have yet to master.В

26. Make a DIY Lip Scrub

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish $24Shop

Combine sugar and coconut oil for an at-home lipВ exfoliating treatment. Or if you're not a DIY fan, try this lip scrub from Fresh.В

27. Try a Funky Wash-Out Hair Color

Joico InstaTint Temporary Color Shimmer Spray $10Shop

SprayВ in some streaks, or give your whole head a new bright hue.В

28. De-puff Your Under-Eyes with Tea Bags

Twinings English Breakfast Black Tea Bags (100 Count) $11Shop

Caffeinated tea bags have beenВ shown to reduce under-eye puffiness. Steep two bags, squeeze out the excess liquid, allow them to cool, and you're good to go.В

29. Do a Babyfoot Treatment

Baby Foot Exfoliant Foot Peel (1 Pack) $15Shop

This one hour foot mask will leave your feet feeling baby-smooth (hence the name).В

30. Use a Pore Strip

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips Combo Pack (24 Strips) $14Shop

Is there anything more satisfying than seeing all the dirt and oil that comes out of your face after using one of these?В

31. Surf Amazon's Beauty Section

COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches $5Shop

You'll find every product you never knew you needed, like these COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches.В

32. Try Dermarolling

Sdara Skincare Derma Roller Cosmetic Needling Instrument For Face $18Shop

This technique has been shown to reduce wrinkles, under eye bags, and evenВ stretch marks.

33. Try Dermaplaning

StackedSkincare Dermaplaning Tool $75Shop

Not to be confused with the aforementioned dermarolling,В dermaplaningВ is an exfoliating process that will leave your skin softer and brighter.В

34. Give Yourself a Scalp Massage

Body Back Scalp Massager $5Shop

We can practically feel the relaxation just by looking at this scalp massager, anyone else? TryВ thisВ rosemary oil scalp massage while you're at it.В В

35. Practice a Cut Crease

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette $29Shop

Just search "cut crease tutorial" on YouTube and you'll be entertained for hours.В

36. Experiment with Filling in Your Brows in a Different Shape

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz $21Shop

The brow world is your oyster.В

37. Give Yourself a Steam Facial

FollowВ thisВ tutorialВ and you'll feel totally refreshed.В

38. DIY an Essential Oil Diffuser

Majestic Pure Aromatherapy Essential Oils Set $15Shop

Check outВ our essential oil guide, Google DIY oil diffuser, and get to work.В

39. Tint Your Own Eyebrows

Godefroy Tint Kit (4 Applications) $13Shop

Our beauty director Deven Hopp tints her own eyebrows, here's how.В

40. Try to Recreate an Iconic Celebrity Red Carpet Look

L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Bronze It Bronzer $12Shop

Blake Lively wore this bronzer onВ this year's Met Gala red carpet.В

41. Attempt Some Minimalist Nail Art

@aliciatnails

Check out theseВ 20 shockingly easy nail designs you can totally do at home.В

42. Pair the Perfect Wine With the Perfect Face Mask

Lagunamoon 24K Gold Facial Mask $15Shop

You'll feel extra glam sipping your wine while wearing this 24K gold mask.В

43. Try a Butt Mask

Bawdy Beauty Bawdy Galaxy Kit - Butt Mask Collection $32Shop

It's like a sheet mask, but for your butt.В

44. Whiten Your Teeth

Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrips Professional Effects (20 Treatments and White Whitestrips 1 Hour Express) $44Shop

Pop these Whitestrips on for an hour while you're watching Netflix.В

45. Work on Your At-Home Blowout Technique

Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer $195Shop

A low-stakes opportunity to practice before the next time you actually need a blowout.В

46. Try the Olaplex Hair Perfector Treatment

Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 $28Shop

This at-home salon quality hair treatment is a Byrdie editor favorite.В

47. Use an Under Eye Mask (And Take a Selfie in it)

Knesko Skin Diamond Radiance Eye Mask $16Shop

Celebritiesare obsessed with the masks from this brand.В

48. Listen to a beauty-themed podcast

Gejin Bluetooth Wireless Headphones $20Shop

Some of our favorites include Glowing Up with Esther and Caroline, Fat Mascara, and Breaking Beauty.В

49. Take a Shelfie

RearrangeВ your beauty cabinet and then snap aВ pic like the one above to showcase all of your favorite products.В

50. Play Around with Colorful Eyeliner

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil $21Shop

It's the latest trend thatВ all the NYC girls are rocking.В

Want more beauty DIYs? Check out how to master anВ at-home facialВ (because spas are expensive).