The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Arrivals

SANTA MONICA, CA—JANUARY 11: Actor-director Angelina Jolie attends the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar, on January 11, 2018, in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)


Celebrities have been known for trying extreme treatments in the name of beauty. Beyond lifts and tucks there are vampire facials, cryotherapy...the list goes on and on. But some celebrity beauty tricks just don't make any sense. One such example is the Sharpie.

In a recent interview with Instyle to promote her role as the face of Guerlain's fragrance, the actress, director, and philanthropist Angelina Jolie revealed that, growing up, she used Sharpies to color her hair.

"I was a bit of a tomboy. And then I was a bit of a punk," she recalled. "Nowadays it’s very popular to dye your hair blue, for example. In my day you bleached it and used a Sharpie [for color]."

Now, experts certainly do not recommend using Sharpies on your hair or skin, but Jolie is not alone. Back in 2010, the very un-punk Taylor Swift told Style Caster that she used a Sharpie as a makeup substitute while traveling. “I was on a plane to Japan about two years ago and I had no makeup with me, so I went into the bathroom and I used a Sharpie to line my eyes," she explained. "From that point on I started using liquid liner because I realized it was obviously pretty easy for me to do! I definitely don’t recommend drawing on your eyes with a Sharpie, though."


Fortunately, today's market is overflowing with products that can serve the purpose of a Sharpie—when it comes to both hair and makeup—so you shouldn't have to dip into your desk before looking red-carpet ready.