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March 12, 2019

Lightbulb Moment: 5 Simple But Genius Ways to Hack Your Sheet Masks

Unfold, apply, wait 20 minutes: If that’s been your MO when you sheet mask, then you’ve been living in the skintertainment Dark Ages! Let us enlighten you with these five mind-blowing, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that sheet mask hacks — and yes, you’re welcome.


At this point, sheet masking is a way of life. Getting #sheetfaced with a mug of sleepytime tea and a good book is my #1 favorite way to wind down for the night. But you know, there’s more to sheet masks than just chucking them on and praying for that dewy, chok-chok glow.


I know, I know, sheet masks are a fairly straightforward thing. They are for your face. They are soaked in yummy, good-for-the-skin ingredients. What else is there to know? My love, there is SO MUCH TO KNOW. Trust me.


Our fave, super easy sheet mask hacks below.


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1. Make that fit your own


One of my biggest complaints with sheet masks are they are one size fits all. And while there’s no way the brands can make different sized sheet masks or customized ones (hmmm … that’s an idea), you can definitely DIY!


Most of the time, my issue is that the sheet mask is too big around the bottom half of my face, which means I have to like tuck it all the way under my chin. So I just cut the sheet mask in half, so I can place the top half (forehead through nose), and then I can place the bottom half up higher on my cheeks, so that it overlaps the top half and I don’t have all this extra mask material at the bottom of my chin.


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2. Spot treat your face


Sometimes my skin is being a butt (like around my period) and I need some extra love around my chin and jawline. So I’ll take one of my acne care or one of my ultra-soothing masks and cut it up, put it in the freezer for five minutes, and put the pieces on those problematic spots. A mood!


3. Repurpose that mask


So many people forget to hydrate and moisturize their décolletage (aka the neck, shoulders and upper chest area). That area shows aging way faster than the face does, so make sure to keep her nice and silky, OK!


I usually keep my sheet mask on my face for 15 to 20 minutes, and then finish it off my placing it around my neck with some of the extra serum from the packet.


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Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Tencel Sheet Mask


4. Sheet mask your FEET?!


Who says sheet masks have to be only for your face? Listen, I’ll put a sheet mask anywhere, OK! I have very dry, eczema-prone skin, so if I can show my feet and inner elbows a little love, then that’s what I’m gonna do. So yeah, I put sheet masks on my feet, on my arms … they even help soothe freshly waxed areas.



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5. Make it yourself


One of my all-time favorite “living in Korea” hacks was making my own sheet masks. Yes, I really made my own sheet masks. BIG MOOD. I would buy a pack of cotton masks from Daiso (oh how I love Daiso), and then I’d buy a bottle of the original Missha FTE and put the masks into Ziploc bags, pour the Missha Essence into the bag, smoosh it around, and VOILA! I had 20 Missha FTE sheet masks at my disposal. It probably wasn’t the most “hygenic” thing to do, but it worked for me!


Is there an essence that you love and wish you could just slather on your face at all times? Well, you can buy a pack of dry sheet masks from Amazon, get an oil of your choice (argan or rosehip would be mine), some glycerin, and whatever essence you like. Put the ingredients in a shallow bowl, and dip the dry mask into the mixture, and VOILA! Custom-made sheet masks with all the ingredients that you love. You can even take that extra essence mixture and rub it on your face after you’re finished. Swoon!



What are your best sheet mask hacks? Let me know in the comments! I’m dying to hear your tips!



Sheryll Donerson got her start as a beauty writer by writing K-beauty reviews for her blog, The Wanderlust Project. These days, she's lifting heavy weights, eating tacos, drinking (too much) coffee and is 1/4 of the beauty podcast, Beauty Beyond Basics (or Triple Bees for short). You can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @sheryllrenata.



I feel like I'm the only person who hates cold masks - I usually sit on mine for a bit to warm it up before I apply!

lol I'm the opposite! I don't like heating masks!

If I did like warm masks, I can envision microwaving a small bean bag (the kind I'd use for cramps) and laying it on top of the sheet mask package to warm it up.

Placing it on your decolletage and neck after using it on your face is genius, especially for those sheet masks that include way too much essence. (Skinica, I'm talking to you.)

This isn't so much a hack as it is a way that I've figured out how to sheet mask so that I don't have to finish my skincare routine in the middle of a good Netflix binge (which is usually when I sheet mask). So after my 20 minutes, I'll just press a lightweight oil on top of the essence, and then finish my movie/show/drama. This prevents the essence from... Read more

I love those skinica masks! I use that extra essence on some dry sheet masks mixed with the Soonjung toner and it's A+

That's such a good idea! Seriously, there is enough essence in the Skinica masks to bathe in!

How quickly do you have to use the DIY masks after you soak it @xomarthamarie?