Starbucks Beauty Hacks

Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time) life doesn't go as planned. When that happens, you improvise. And that's how I came up with these beauty hacks that have served me well over the years. So if you find yourself in a situation where you need some instant beautification, visit a Starbucks!


  • Once inside you'll notice, other than the aroma of coffee, the area where you dress your drink. There are so many goodies here! One of my favorite items here would be the napkins! These are perfect for removing excess oil from your face (a must for summer). Keep Starbucks napkins in your purse, bag, or car for quick touch ups--not just any napkin will do! Go try it!
  • The inside of the napkins are great for using the crease as a funnel for nail and craft projects--a must for keeping glitter or small beads at bay.
  • I've used the tiniest corner of napkin to repair a nail once.

  • The sugar, water, lemons, milk, cream, honey, nutmeg and cocoa can all be used for beauty treatments for skin, face, and hair. For example, sugar and lemon make a great exfoliator for the face or hands. I've mentioned these and other natural Beauty DIYs here.
  • Cocoa powder is great for hiding roots, and if you're in dire straits, mix a little with plain chapstick on the inside of a cup lid for an instant creamy shadow. I've also used this as a makeshift bronzer, but this works better for lighter skin tones, as it has a greyish cast. Avoid if allergic, of course.
Food and Beverages
  • Take plain, uncooked oatmeal (avoid the toppings) and use as a mask or scrub for face/body and even as dry shampoo. Be sure to thoroughly brush out.
  • The yogurt makes a great mask for hair/face, just remove the fruit first.
  • Starbucks has fruit, too! Apples, strawberries, and bananas make excellent face/body/skin masks.
  • The Cake Pop stick is perfect for mixing, scraping (more on that below), using an an emergency hair stick (this only works on the top layer of my hair, but will work better on shorter, thinner hair), refreshing curled lashespushing back cuticles, and for crafting/nail art! Try using the stick for making dots on nails (like in this Evil Eye or this School Spirit Nail art).
  • Keep the cucumbers from the Bistro Box and use to depuff eyes--an old tip that works.
  • Hot herbal tea is wonderful for opening up the sinuses--use as a mini steam treatment.
  • Cooled teas can be used for shiny hair, hair enhancer, relief from sunburn, foot soak, or toner. Let me know in the comments if you'd like more details on which type of tea does what.
  • Espresso, once cooled, can enhance brown hair. Leave on at least half an hour before rinsing away.

Stirrer, Sleeve, Cup, Lid, Bag
  • Similar to the Cake Pop stick, the stirrer (I'm talking about the green plastic plug ones, but they have the wooden ones too) works for mixing, scraping, pushing back cuticles, cleaning under nails, and crafting/nail art.
  • The sleeve can be used as a guide for winged shadow or liner. Or as a mascara shield.
  • The cup is instant storage, mixing cup, and the bottom can be used to trace a circle for crafts. 
  • The lid fits perfectly in your hand as an artist's palette--thinking making your own tinted moisturizer or mixing products. It's also for scraping shadow and adding water/setting spray/contact solution to make a more intense shadow.
  • I've also used the stick/stirrer to scrape shadow onto the cup lid and then I added clear polish and mixed with the stick/stirrer. Instant nail polish!
  • The bag works well to catch fall out from shimmery shadows--a must for the holidays.
  • Tear bag into strips and dampen hair with water. Use the strips to wrap around your hair and then knot. Add heat (carefully) or allow to dry naturally. Remove the strips and you'll have curls


  1. Haha! This is brilliant, Elle! Time to go do some looting at Starbucks! :-P

  2. Your little hacks are the best - but these take the cake - I would have never thought to look to starbucks for quick fixes!!

  3. Yes, sometimes (at least 50% of the time I think) things don't go as planned. But yeah these beauty hacks are awesome. I have to look at Starbucks differently from now on. Ohh and now I am craving one of their cold coffee drinks. Look what you did here! =D

  4. You...are...brilliant!!!!!! I love these!
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. It's a real pity that we don't have Starbucks here in Italy :[[[ I love it babe!



  6. Hahaha....Elle, only you would think of Starbucks as a place to go for some beauty hacks:) Agree with the comment above....brilliant!

  7. So smart! I always grab a TON of napkins for my car and purse.

  8. this is great!!! love it.


  9. this is genius. starbucks should pay you ;)

  10. Who knew?! I had no clue the uses for all these things! Great tips!

  11. Elle you are SO creative! Who knew Starbucks could be for more than just coffee? :)

    The Tiny Heart

  12. Oh my gosh this is brilliant! I love the idea of using the the stirrer for pushing back cuticles!! Genius! Susan

  13. Your beauty hacks are always the best! Such ingenious ideas! I hope you have a great Monday!


  14. Great ideas! Going to have to try the napkin thing!!

    <3, Pamela

  15. Wow, you are a creative one! You've thought of everything here! Love all the tips and love Starbucks!!

  16. This is so perfect and creative, we would never think to go to starbucks for all of our little beauty whims. Love :)

  17. Cool post! I never would have thought of these tips!

  18. Artist palette using the lid is pretty clever. You found a lot of great ways to use Starbucks stuff. I also never thought about the stirrer for the cuticles.

  19. These are brilliant!! Everyone is going to be pilfering from Starbucks now! Haha!

  20. These are such great tips!!! I've been obsessed with blotting with the napkins for years - they're the BEST! I keep a stash in my car for that very reason! And there are so many other tips here that I had no idea about!

  21. I love it when you give these handy tips.

  22. This was such a fun post! Very creative! I never thought about any of these!

  23. What helpful beauty hacks! Thanks for sharing!

  24. What a brilliant post - especially the tip about hiding roots with cocoa or using it as bronzer. Genius!

  25. Damn! Who would've thought?!?! I guess I need to Starbucks... NEED! :) ;P

  26. These are great hacks! I need to go to Starbucks more often :)

  27. These ideas are insane Elle! Thanks for sharing! Super cool. I'm guessing you go to Starbucks quite a bit! :)

  28. You are very smart. Crazy stuff. I never would have thought of it.

  29. wow, so many great ideas - thanks for sharing!!

  30. I love Starbucks and wouldn't of thought about any of these hacks there!! Thanks for sharing!!

  31. Very useful, thank you for these tips:)

  32. Very unique tips dear. I never knew we can implement our beauty regimen having starbucks around :-p

  33. Pity I dont have a starbucks around me! But Ill keep these tips in mind ;)

  34. This is absolutely genius! How do you come up with those ideas? Hahaha :)

  35. I'd love to know what teas are good for beauty uses!


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