3 Ways You Can Use Charcoal For Beauty | Clozette

As city-dwelling people, we’re no strangers to the many factors that can affect not just our dispositions but also our body. Add to that the hectic lifestyles we live and we’ve got more than a good reason for wanting to detox every part of our routine — our beauty regimen included. There are countless ways to do it, but the one to consider is using charcoal. Not that kind of charcoal! Activated charcoal has been used by many in different parts of their routines because it has purifying and detoxifying properties. If you’re new to the idea, let us help you out. Here are three ways you can use charcoal for beauty.

For purifying your hair

Being out and about makes your hair a magnet for dust, smoke and dirt. Just like for your skin, these particles are damaging to your hair’s health. Make sure you’re removing these from your hair but still maintaining its health. The new Pantene Micellar Charcoal is perfect for this.

Aside from the proven cleansing effects of micellar technology, the infusion of detoxifying charcoal magnetic reaction from the white charcoal extract in the formula ensures that your hair and scalp are free from micro-dirt. While it pulls out the bad things, it’s also made with nourishing ingredients that deeply nourish the hair — leaving you with tresses that are thoroughly cleansed and ultra-healthy. You’re sure to not only feel its purifying prowess but also smell it with its Fresh Leaves with Mosa-Mint scent.

For detoxing your skin

We all know how important exfoliating is on the skin, so making it part of your skin is a must. Doing so removes dead skin cells and reveals healthy skin. If you’re scared to delve into the world of acids, a milder approach would be using charcoal masks. They gently lift off impurities from your skin and prepares it for nourishment.

For whitening your teeth

A black product to make your teeth white? It might sound ridiculous, but don’t knock it ‘till you’ve tried it. Use a charcoal-infused toothpaste as part of your daily routine to lift off particles that promote yellowness on your teeth. It helps detox your oral area, too!

Incorporate charcoal into your routine and get the Pantene Micellar Charcoal Shampoo here and the Pantene Micellar Charcoal Conditioner here.



Though often overlooked, your nails add tons to your overall vibe. Your outfit is never complete without a good set of finely manicured nails. If done right, they can be treated as accessories by themselves. One sure-fire way to add a bit of glam to your everyday is by treating your nails as a canvas. That’s right — go ahead and have fun painting your nails with interesting designs. Plain-coloured nails are great for versatility, but take it up a notch by trying out differing shades, patterns, or even glittering gems. Check out how the Clozette Community aced their nail game with their chosen nail art designs.

Totally fruity

Nail art featuring fruits
Nail art featuring fruits
Nail art featuring fruits
Nail art featuring fruits
(Photo from: qiyunz)

Gold and pearl

Nails with pearl and glitter designs
(Photo from: GohSherlyn)

Subtly charmed

Differently coloured nails with subtle jewels
(Photo from: StilettoesDiva)

All blue

Blue nail art designs
Blue nail art designs
Blue nail art designs
(Photo from: melndrums)

Plain and simple

Plain nude-coloured nails
(Photo from: sparksofjoyce)

(Cover photo from: qiyunz)

While you’re at it, care for your nails’ health with these tips.



If there is anything to be thankful for from the ‘80s then it would be music from Madonna and Michael Jackson, aerobics, Mel Gibson, and ‘80s neon fashion. Believe it or not, the latter is considered to be a growing trend in both wardrobe and makeup and we’re now seeing more stars gamely donning bright colours on and off the red carpet. Neon makeup, in particular, is a brave yet surprisingly fun and pretty beauty option that can add a pop of cheer to your overall ensemble. 

But how do we do neon makeup without looking like the female version of Boy George? Here are our best tips.

Know the occasion

Zero in on the reason you want to try neon makeup. If it’s to go out clubbing with friends then, by all means, go crazy with trying new colours that could match your skin. Neon eyeshadow or lipstick can help you stand out nicely in the crowd. If the occasion is “meet the boyfriend’s parents for the first time” then you might just want to hold off on the acid green eyeshadow.

Know the right colour palette

Wearing neon makeup is tricky, so it’s actually best to plan your whole ensemble beforehand. Know which shades go with your outfit and start from there. Orange eyeshadow with a purple top might actually look too “Halloween-y” but a bright pink lippie with a bright teal dress could truly make for an impressive ensemble.

Make sure the makeup matches the hair 

An acid green eyeliner with Little Mermaid red hair? It could work. But also be open to options. The plan is to flawlessly blend everything and add just a pop of colour. The secret is to choose which colour goes well with your complexion. Which brings us to our next tip.

Choose a colour that best fits your skin

If you're on the medium and fair spectrum, bright pinks and oranges (whether for lippie or eyeshadow) can be used to highlight your best assets but you might want to shy away from colours like yellow, which could look washed out. Olive-skinned ladies, on the other hand, could benefit from Earthy-colors such as green, blue and even orange. But don't let these deter you from having fun. Try out any shade you like, but make sure to blend, blend, blend! 

Don’t be afraid to go unconventional

Take a page from Patrick Ta's makeup book. The celebrity makeup artist gave influencer Camila Coelho a new spin to the neon look by adding body oil and lip gloss from his new Major Glow collection on top of her eyeshadow. The result is a dewy and shimmery look that's not over the top. Need something similar? Some actually swear by using petroleum jelly to add just a bit of shine on bright eye makeup.

Keep it simple

It might sound counterproductive, but the secret to truly great neon makeup is to keep things simple. Choose only one part of your face that you wish to highlight. Do you want bright lips? Bright eyes? Bright cheeks? Stick to that and you’ll be fine.

If you’re not ready for bright eyeshadow yet, then you can always opt for a colourful mascara or a simple bright spot in the corner of your eye. Hollywood director Ava Duvernay, for example, added a sort of “reverse cat eye makeup” using shimmery green in the inner corner of her peepers to match her gown and the beads in her hair which she wore in this year’s Met Gala.

Still afraid of something too bright? Neutralise a colour by keeping the rest of your makeup simple. Bright lilac eyeshadows, for example, can be paired with a nude lipstick or a dab of subtle blush.

(Cover photo from: @ai_tinker_b)

Make sure you're using eye-safe neon products, though! Learn more about them here.