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4 Long-Wear Beauty Hacks You Need in Your Life

On the list of things we despise most, slaving away on our hair and makeup only to have it flatten or budge in a matter of hours ranks pretty damn high. So, in an effort to streamline your routine and ensure your products get you through the day (or night!), we found the smartest beauty hacks that'll make your look stick the landing.

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1 If your brow powder fades and smudges by lunch…
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Opt for Maybelline’s Brow Tint Pen.

We’ve all been there: Perfect brows require meticulous work, which is why it’s especially frustrating when your product doesn’t stay put. Instead of investing in powders that can’t keep up, reach for Maybelline’s Brow Tint Pen, a tool that offers long-lasting, natural-looking coverage comparable to microblading (sans needles and the steep price tag, of course). Thanks to a multi-prong tip, the pen helps you create hair-like strokes super easily.

Maybelline TattooStudio Brow Tint Pen, $10; ulta.com


2 If you wake up with greasy, flat hair…
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Apply your dry shampoo at night.

If you typically blast your roots with dry shampoo before running out the door, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Consider: Dry shampoo is formulated to absorb oil and sweat, but if you brush the powder out 30 seconds post-application, you aren’t giving it any time to do its job. To combat greasy, lifeless hair, coat your roots before bed—don’t worry about the white spots, they’ll wear off as you sleep. In the AM, brush or massage your roots to distribute any leftover product, and you’ll be left with fresh, clean-looking hair.

Sachajuan Dry Volume Shampoo, $35; net-a-porter.com


3 If your matte lipstick flakes and cracks…
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Exfoliate your lips 2-3 times per week.

As much as we love a bold, matte lip, the flaking and cracking that often accompanies a long-lasting formula are enough to turn us anti-lipstick. That’s why we’re particularly keen on this easy trick—two to three times a week, treat your lips to a gentle, exfoliating scrub to slough away dead skin. You can buy ready-made formulations, or make your own coconut-based concoction. With regular exfoliation, your lips are left smoother, softer, and ready for lipstick application.

Cocovit Coconut Oil, $25; everythingbutwater.com


4 If your concealer isn't hiding your dark circles…
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Use the “triangle method.”

Although under-eye concealer seems like a self-explanatory product, the way you apply it can make or break your coverage. Enter the triangle method, a game-changing hack that hides dark circles with ease. Rather than applying concealer under your eyes in a moon-like shape, draw an inverted triangle that points towards your cheeks. This ensures you’re reaching every inch of circles, whereas restricting your concealer to the area directly under your eyes can emphasize shadows and discoloration (yeah, not the goal).

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer, $7; walmart.com


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