When it comes to making your way through life, there are often life hacks that people can find online that genuinely make life easier. Whether it is using a new material to clean surfaces, finding ways to keep fruits and veggies fresh, or making the most out of small storage places, life hacks can be genuinely super helpful. With that being said, there are also some life hacks that people come up with online that may be better left unhacked.
It may be something that simply is not worth the trouble, something that doesn’t really achieve what it has gone out to achieve, or things that are just downright silly. Perhaps some of the silliest life hacks that you would be better off forgetting about have to do with trying to make women’s lives easier. Luckily, we’ve broken down the 40 weirdest life hacks for women so that you know not to try them!
Plumping your lips with a glass
In the most recent years, it has become a goal for many women to get luscious lips without going to a plastic surgeon and receiving fillers. It first started with cosmetic companies creating a lip gloss that uses formulas that include pepper, which causes lips to become irritated enough to stimulate the blood flow and make it appear fuller.
The latest trend is vacuuming your lips using a shot glass to make the blood rush to plump your lips, but the result will lead to swollen lips and possibly a bruise.
Use a fork to contour your nose
Contouring is a makeup trend that has been around for decades, but has become an important rule for many women when they are applying cosmetics. While it is an incredible way to make your nose look smaller, it can be hard to draw a symmetrical line.
Many makeup artists have tried using a fork to create symmetrical lines on their nose and the result is often positive. Unfortunately, every woman’s nose is different, and this life hack could result in making it look bigger.
Use a credit card to draw your eyeliner
Wearing eyeliner is a must to complete a glamorous makeup look, but many women struggle to draw their eyeliner evenly, and they can find themselves spending hours trying to fix an eyeliner that’s too long on one side or it’s not straight.
A beauty hack that has been circling around the internet to create a feline flick in a short amount of time is using a credit card to guide you while you are drawing a line. Unfortunately, this hack will result in unnatural looking eyeliner and can be messy.
Make your nails whiter with lemon juice
Lemon is known all over the world as a great natural beauty method for skin and hair. Nails can change color after wearing bright or dark nail polish, and no matter how many times you scrub them with nail polish remover, it is still the same.
A popular life hack to bring your nails back to their natural color and whiten them is to soak them in lemon juice and wrap them with tinfoil for 10-15 minutes. This method will not change the color of your nails and could lead to making them weaker.
Fix broken bra clips by sewing both sides together
So, it does sometimes happen that a strong drying machine sadly destroys the clips that women need on the back of their bras. WIthout any clips, women are not able to easily clasps their bras shut which effectively defeats the purpose of the underwear garment at all.
One weird life hack sort of fixes the issue by advising women to sew both sides of their bras to one another. The only problem with this is that it makes it nearly impossible to put a bra on at all!
Use flour to bake your face
The term baking is known in the beauty industry as a makeup technique that helps to make it last longer by placing a lot of layers of setting powder on top of concealer for 10 minutes and then brushing it away.
Substituting makeup setting powder with flour or starch to create a smudge proof evening look is another beauty hack that you will be better off without. Covering your under eye with flour will not only leave you covered with it from head to toe, it can also cause nasty breakouts.
Wear ski goggles to not cry while cutting onions
This isn’t that bad of an idea, but it is certainly weird. Rather than digging through your winter gear in order to find your ski goggles whenever you have to cut an onion, why don’t you just tough it out like an adult and chop through those tears?
Seriously, though, this might be one of the life hacks that makes the most sense on this entire list, but that really isn’t saying all that much now is it?
Replacing your Beauty Blender with a dish sponge
Applying foundation with a sponge has always been the most popular method to create a flawless layer of makeup on your skin…until the Beautyblender entered the market and saved women money by creating a makeup sponge that won’t absorb expensive foundations.
Replacing Beauty Blenders (which is a non-latex material that absorbs water) with a dish sponge became a beauty hack due to its price difference. While spending $3 on a generic sponge sounds tempting, a dish sponge will not give you a good finish or absorb all of the makeup on your face.
Get rid of a pimple in 10 minutes with toothpaste
Waking up in the morning with a pimple can be quite annoying especially if you have an important meeting. Toothpaste is frequently used in beauty hacks, such as scrubbing your nails with it or placing it on dry feet to get rid of the dead skin.
You may have heard of how effective it is when it comes to drying out pimples. Placing toothpaste on your skin will make it very irritated and you could develop a chemical burn, as well as making your pimple appear larger and more red.
Conceal dark circles with red lipstick
Many women struggle with dark circles under their eyes, and covering it with concealer is not always a desirable result due to using a color that causes it to leave a grey cast.
A professional makeup artist will recommend color correcting your under eye area with warm colors such as orange and peach before applying concealer on top of it. Using a red lipstick can save you from purchasing color correctors, but it will leave red stains under your eyes that the heaviest concealer won’t be able to cover.
Use a maxi pad for shoes that won’t fit
Placing maxi pads to fix any problem that comes from wearing ill fitted shoes is a very popular beauty hack that many women, including celebrities, swear by. The idea is placing a maxi pad to cover the inside of your shoes will help to make it turn into a snug fit that won’t cause friction between the back of your foot and the shoes.
While this trick is great to absorb sweat that makes your feet slippery inside the shoes, it will not magically turn your shoes half a size smaller.
Bobby pins to adjust the fit of clothes
It’s always a bummer when you find clothes that aren’t your size. A famous clothing trick for a baggy skirt or dress that is too long is using bobby pins to fix it. You simply put on the piece of clothing that you want to wear and then fold it to the desirable length or fit, and place a bobby pin to hold it.
This sounds like a promising life hack, but unless you are planning on not moving all day, this trick will unfortunately not work, and the bobby pins will fall out.
Curl your hair with an empty plastic bottle
Many women love to plan on wearing their hair a certain way for special events. Using an empty plastic bottle to curl your hair has become a trend among social media beauty gurus. You simply cut the top and then cut a line on the side of the plastic bottle that is big enough for your blow dryer’s nozzle.
Place a section of your hair inside the bottle and twist it until you have a defined curl. This hack will lead to having tangled hair rather than curls, and you find yourself with burned fingers.
Use a hair tie to fasten your chapstick to your gear shift
This just makes no sense, but alas the weird life hack exists nonetheless. Sure, you could make sure to fasten your chapstick to your car’s gear shift in order to make sure that it doesn’t go anywhere, but why not just put it in a cup holder or your glove compartment for when you actually need it?
Not only does it seem likely that the chapstick wouldn’t stay put with this situation, it also seems somewhat dangerous to use your car’s gear shift as a chapstick holding device?
Use beetroot as blush or lip stain
Makeup lovers are always on the lookout for natural cosmetic companies that won’t harm their skin after years of using them. Beetroot is frequently added to beauty products to develop a red tint and has been used in hair dyes.
It has always been a favorite method to create a flushed look by applying it to your lips and cheeks without applying real makeup. However, the downside is that it’s not easily bendable, hard to remove, and you could apply too much.
Applying conditioner as a shaving cream
Shaving can be a hassle for many women due to shaving creams causing the skin to become irritated. There are many natural substitutes for shaving creams such as coconut oil, but that can be hard to get your hands on when you’re in a rush.
A popular beauty hack is using your hair conditioner as a shaving cream when you are out. While this method will leave your legs feeling silky smooth, it won’t give you a smooth shave due to the conditioner coating the hair and making it thicker.
Fade stretch marks with aloe vera and coconut
Stretch marks are a result of many factors, but mostly happens to women during puberty and it leads to young girls becoming very self conscious about it. Your collagen breaks when your skin stretches and it creates the lighter lines, known as stretch marks.
Mixing natural aloe vera and coconut oil together is believed to reduce the appearance of stretch marks if applied on the area daily. While that will leave your skin smooth, it will not restore your skin to fade stretch marks.
Using shaving cream as a facial scrub
By the looks of it, this confused lady thinks that using shaving cream for anything other than shaving is a good idea. In fact, it looks like she thinks that using it as a facial wash is a good idea.
The crazy thing is that shaving cream is known to be a major cause for clogged pores, which of course is one of the leading causes of pimples on the face. Whatever you do, don’t follow this one…unless you want some nice pimples.
Wearing wool socks to break in new heeled shoes
Of course, breaking in new heeled shoes can be a pretty painful experience. Whether it’s a strap that doesn’t fit all that well, or rough edges that end up giving you quite a few blisters, it can be a pretty dangerous job!
With that being said, this hilarious life hack of wearing wool socks in order to break in a pair of heeled shoes is downright ridiculous. Not only does this doesn’t look very comfortable, it probably also leads to some pretty sweaty feet.
Using lens solution to revive old mascara
Mascaras can be quite pricey, but it’s all worth it to get long and full lashes. If you’re not careful with how you’re using your mascara, it could become dry and flakey in a short amount of time. Luckily, it can be fixed by adding a few drops of contact lens solution to the mascara to help it melt.
Although this beauty hack sounds extremely promising, it can change the formula of your mascara to become prone to smudging and it can go slip into your eyes, which will make it extremely irritated.
Using colored pencils at eye liner
Here, it seems as though the idea is to soften up some colored pencils in warm water before using them to create some soft eye shadow for your eyelids. While it looks like it might work for a little bit, there is one very real problem about this hilarious life hack.
Once the soft pencil scrubbings dry on your eyelids, they’re going to become super brittle once again and fall right off. It can also lead to a nasty eye infection. You’d be much better off simply getting yourself some real eyeliner pens.
DIY chapstick with candy, gum, and Vaseline
There are many ideas available online to create your own chapstick by using things you have at home and mixing it with Vaseline. While some of those ideas are natural enough to work well, there’s one that you should definitely avoid.
A popular beauty hack is mixing fruit candy, minty gum, Vaseline, and food coloring if you want a hint of color, and then microwaving it until it’s bendable. This hack will leave your lips feeling sticky, and the menthol in the gum will cause it to become very dry.
Mix concealer with lotion for great legs
It can be a struggle to get tan during the cold winter days, which is why many women try different beauty hacks to create sun kissed legs when they have a big event. While there are products on the market to build a sunless tan, you can create your own by mixing your favorite body lotion with a darker concealer.
This beauty hack will only work if you are using a concealer that can be used on the body, meaning it will not stain your clothes.
If you’re ironing clothes, just hang it near a hot shower
This life hack has certainly been tried by countless college students who have found that their favorite shirt or dress is way too wrinkled to wear out! While the idea behind this hilarious life hack makes a fair bit of sense, the simple fact is that it just does not work.
The truth is that you need way more heat and steam than a normal shower can really offer. In the end, chances are good that you’re just going to end up with a soggy shirt.
Using tape to draw in eyebrows
Lots of us are always looking for the right hack in order to make sure that our eyebrows look good, but using tape to get your eyebrows drawn on is not the way to go. In the end, the best way to get your eyebrows looking “on fleek” (as the kids say) is to do it the good old fashioned way and tweeze them.
While it may be somewhat painful, it is certainly less painful than having a horrible pair of eyebrows that you have to walk around with for a couple of weeks.
Use an ironing board for a makeup table
On the surface (how about that pun?), using an ironing board as a surface to lay out your makeup doesn’t seem like all that bad of an idea, but it becomes far more weird when you consider the fact that you could simply use… well… a table to put all your favorite makeups as you get ready for a fancy night out.
Perhaps a surface like the one that is depicted right next to the ironing board in this very image could work?
Dry your bra with a heat vent
This is another weird life hack that may not be that bad of an idea on its own, but quickly becomes downright silly once you consider just a few things. For one, a lot of people hang dry their bras already due to the fairly quick-dry material that a lot of them.
Other than that, if you do want to dry your bra a little bit faster than it will dry using a hanger… why don’t you just put in the dryer?
Use thread to create an eyeliner flick
When it comes to applying eyeliner like a pro, you will find endless tips and tricks to help every woman through the process. It takes years of practice and a steady hand to create straight eyeliner on both eyes in 5 minutes.
One of the life hacks to help you draw a perfect eyeliner is applying mascara on thread, and then placing it on the outer part of your eyelid. This hack would change the life of a lot of women, but it actually makes drawing eyeliner even harder due to its inconsistent results.
Use glue to paint your nails perfectly
In this weird hack, it looks like the thinking here is that using glue will make sure that you won’t be covering your cuticles and fingers with the nail polish as you paint your nails with your favorite color of nail polish.
The only issue here is that once you have perfectly painted your nails, you now have to spend lots of time trying to pick the glue off of your fingers. Seems like it’s much more trouble than it’s worth.
Dry your pants using a heating vent
You would think that people are somehow afraid of their dryers. What aversion do people have with this appliance, anyway? This weird life hack seems to suggest that drying a pair of pants with a heating or cooling vent is a better idea than simply putting them in the dryer.
Sure, putting jeans in a dryer might lead to the pants being a little bit tight when you first take them out, but that has to be better than waiting for the amount of time it would take to dry your pants this way.
Swap out your sneaker’s insoles and put them into your fancy shoes
This one is just hilarious. Who on earth would think that it is a good idea to take out your sweaty, stinky, old sneaker insoles in order to place them into your fancy shoes?
Not only will the smell likely stick with you as you try to navigate the fancy affair that you are attending, it is also fairly uncomfortable to wear no socks with sneaker insoles. Finally, what about the fact that insoles will make the area where you can put your feet quite a bit smaller?
Put plastic gloves over your feet
I want you to try something. I want you to try to think of some kind of event or occurrence that you will have to be in in order for this life hack to actually make sense.
This woman seems to be wearing a perfectly good pair of thong-style flip flops, and for some reason she has decided to put plastic gloves on her feet in order to put her shoes on? Toe socks are bad enough, but what if those toe socks are made of plastic and are actually meant for your hands?
Use a bottomless bag to use the toilet
This weird life hack truly makes no sense whatsoever. Here, the creator of the life hack is indicating that women who are wearing long dresses (or in the case of the image, a wedding dress) should carry around a bottomless bag in the event that they need to use the toilet.
This most hilarious concept behind this life hack is expecting a bride to be to carry around a bottomless bag in the event that she needs to use the bathroom at any time during her special day.
Toasters to make a great grilled cheese
There is something incredibly comforting about making a delicious grilled cheese for a nice snack or a very quick meal. In this life hack, it looks like the thought is that you can use your toaster to grill your cheese by putting it on its side.
There are a lot of issues here. First of all, the cheese could easily bubble up and stick to the grill, and placing the toaster on its side could become a pretty real fire hazard.
Using a nail and hammer to uncork a bottle of wine
Many people enjoy a nice glass of wine to help them unwind at the end of a long and busy day every so often. If, for some reason, you are unable to find your corkscrew, you could find yourself trying anything and everything to get that bottle of red or white open.
While this life hack indicates that you can use a hammer and nail to uncork the bottle, it simply doesn’t work. More likely than not, the nail will just slip right out of the soft cork.
Using old ketchup bottles to make pancakes
The thought here behind this life hack is that you get pancake batter into an old ketchup bottle in order to squeeze out perfectly round pancakes whenever you are craving a nice hot plate of flapjacks.
There are several issues here, however; first off, how do you clean out the ketchup bottle totally? After that, how do you get all that sticky pancake batter in there? Also, there’s also the concern that your pancakes might taste vaguely of tomato.
Hold cherry tomatoes between plastic lids to cut them in half
There are some interesting ideas to make kitchen tasks easier, but some of them are simply a swing and a miss. In this life hack, the idea seems to be that you cut a bunch of different cherry tomatoes at once.
But only problems here are that first off, tomatoes are pretty delicate and pressing down on them could end up crushing them. On top of that, tomatoes are shaped differently, you could end up with some pretty awful cuts.
Using cups at speakers
If you only have a small set of speakers and want to amplify them, you may believe that slicing up some cups and putting them on the edge to amplify the speakers will make them louder.
Not only do these not really work to amplify sound at all, you also end up ruining a set of perfectly good cups for no real reason at all. Better yet, you might as well just purchase a great pair of speakers so you can listen.
Putting a wooden spoon on top of a boiling pot of water
This is some kind of old wives’ tale that a lot of people think works. The belief is that placing a wooden will somehow break the overboiling of a pot of water when making pasta, soup or something similar.
While this may lead to some success when it comes to a simmering pot, the real problem here is a rapid, boiling pot of water. Not only will this not work, you’re also going to have a pretty hard time grabbing that spoon.
Make your own closed-toed shoes
If, for any reason, you are thinking about taking a perfectly good pair of thong-style flip flops and turning them into a weird Frankenstein style of shoe that looks like a weird combination of a flip flop and a clog, just take a look at this picture and you’ll get a good idea why this is a good idea.
Not only do these shoes look downright ridiculous, there is a pretty good chance that the wearer’s entire foot simply won’t fit in this new type of shoes.