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21 Hair And Makeup Hacks Every Woman Should Know

Learn them early, use them often.

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1. You're best off buying drugstore products at certain chains with 100% guaranteed return policies — meaning you can return opened beauty products if they're, say, the wrong foundation shade.

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CVS and Rite Aid have 100% guarantee policies. Check with a drugstore before you purchase so you don't waste your hard-earned ca$h money.

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2. Or, if you're trying out tester foundation shades at a beauty counter, apply the shade to your neck instead of your arm for the most accurate match.

3. Use a peel-off base coat with glitter nail polish so that the removal process doesn't make you want to stick tiny cocktail forks in your eyes.

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When it comes time to get rid of the glitter, use an orange stick to gently peel off all of the polish. Try OPI's Natural Nail Peel-Off Base Coat, which you can get for $7.75 here.

4. To get the most liquid use out of your eyeliner pen, remove the felt tip and flip it around.

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This won't work with every liquid eyeliner out there, but it's worth a shot! Here are more details.

5. To minimize bacteria growth and keep your makeup brushes alive for longer, you should clean them about once a week. Instead of paying $32 for a makeup brush cleaning mat, use a paper plate and hot glue to get (basically) the same results.

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Mix some lukewarm water with baby shampoo or oil, swirl brushes around in the mixture until the water runs clean, and then let the brushes dry. See full instructions here.

6. Dry your brushes upside down so that moisture doesn't warp their shape or damage the handle. Use a cutting board and rubber bands to dry them in the right position.

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Follow this suggestion to keep your brushes in the best shape of their lives.

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7. Instead of relying on YouTube to teach you everything about makeup, sign up for a free class at a Sephora near you.

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Enter your zip code to find a makeup class near you, then go learn how to contour like the best of 'em.

8. Instead of buying those cute lil' packs of oil blotting sheets, use a toilet seat cover to gently dab your T-zone throughout the day.

9. Get the most out of your beauty products by knowing exactly when you opened them and when they expire.

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This way, you won't leave yourself open to infection from expired products.

10. In fact, every product you buy should have the life in months marked on some part of the packaging. Sometimes it's on a box, other times it's on the product itself.

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If the number is on the packaging of a product that's typically thrown away (i.e., the cardboard and plastic packaging that comes on every mascara tube), make sure you look at the number before you toss it in the garbage.

11. Avoid potential bacterial infections — and straight-up ineffective products — by tossing your beauty products when they actually expire.

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12. Use eyeliner in different ways to play around with your natural eye shape.

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This way, you don't have to get stuck in a rut of having the same eyeliner day in and day out. Read the full tutorial here.

13. If you're trying to find products that will help even out any discoloration on your face, try using color-correcting concealers underneath your usual foundation.

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The colors essentially work like a color wheel: A concealer color will balance out a skin color that is directly across from it on the color wheel. So, if you've got a red blemish, a green concealer will help to neutralize the redness. Read more here.

14. Instead of buying new foundations during different seasons, use a foundation mixer — like this $10 option from NYX — to get the perfect shade.

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You can also use this product if you straight-up can't find a foundation shade for your skin tone.

16. To help get rid of puffy under-eye bags, store your eye cream in the fridge.

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"It cools the delicate eye area and makes the underlying blood vessels smaller,” Dr. Dendy Engelman, board-certified dermatologist, tells BuzzFeed.

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17. Use baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and hot water to get rid of natural and/or polish stains on your nails.

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Follow the directions here. And to prevent the staining altogether, use a clear base coat before colored polish on your nails.

18. For the nights when you're too tired/drunk/lazy to remove your makeup, keep wipes on your bedside table so you have no excuse.

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To keep your skin in the best condition possible, you should really cleanse and moisturize even after you remove your makeup. BUT using a makeup wipe is better than nothing at all.

19. Instead of spending loads of cash on new makeup, look for their dupes to test out colors before committing.

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Drugstore dupes don't quite have the quality of luxury makeup, but testing a cheap lipstick color before buying its expensive counterpart is a good way to not waste money. Check out some popular dupes here.

20. If you hate the pain but love the effect of having your body hair waxed, use this dope numbing cream on the area you'll be waxing 30 minutes before doing so.

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There are plenty of options out there, but this cream is recommended to BuzzFeed by a professional esthetician because it works so well. Get it here for $39.

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