Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

5 Makeup Products You Just Don't Need


Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez has attributed her good looks to some surprising products in the past.
Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez has attributed her good looks to some surprising products in the past.
Gregg DeGuire/Contributor/FilmMagic/Getty Images

In our endless quest for beauty, women have been known to buy some bridges. Note leech detox, human-placenta facials and Preparation-H eye treatments. Do they work? Who knows. We're not about to argue with Demi Moore, Jennifer Lopez, and pretty much every model in the 1970s, respectively.

It's easy enough to dismiss the leeches. If our blood were toxic, we'd be having bigger problems than dull skin. But what about all those seemingly reasonable treatments that bombard us with promises of perfection -- or at least dramatic improvement -- for the low-low price of $19.95? Would they be on the shelves if there weren't some logic behind them?

Of course they would, and they look a lot like the beauty products we can actually benefit from. It's not easy to figure out which jargon-filled claims of younger skin and massive lashes are pretty rational and which are just plain silly.

We sympathize. It's a quest.

So, a little help: Here, five products you can cross off your list of possible miracles, beginning with one that takes a good thing just a little too far ...


More to Explore