Hollywood's Secret Trick to Crying On Command

Have you ever wondered how actors are able to cry on command in movies and on television? Some of the greatest scenes in history are largely thanks to an actor’s ability to conjure up real tears. While some have the natural ability to cry at will, most need a little help. That’s where the makeup department comes in. There’s a little secret aid called the Kryolan Tear Stick, which looks like a tube of lipstick but has menthol in it, that’s applied under the eyes. The benefit to using the menthol method is that it literally irritates the eyes and makes them red, as if an actor has been crying. It’s important to remember that using menthol to stimulate tears doesn’t cause any damage to the eyes at all.