These 7 Innovative Beauty Tools Ruled 2016

Our quality of life improved this year in some ways, at least.

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Beauty Hack No. 1: The Non-Sponge Foundation Sponge

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Silisponge, $12,

If you wear foundation every day and have graduated from the sponge that comes with the compact, you know that the Beautyblender has been the application tool of our time. The one downside, though, is that, while it blends to perfection, it absorbs a lot of precious product in the process. Solving this conundrum is the SiliSponge, a clear silicone applicator that isn't porous but still helps the foundation melt into the skin like a regular sponge—and is much easier to clean.

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Beauty Hack No. 2: Truly Portable Dry Shampoo

The Rush Brush Tinted Dry Shampoo, $16,

The Rush Brush Tinted Dry Shampoo, $16,

The days of shoving a full-size can of dry shampoo in your bag are over. Now, you can spruce up your roots on the go with Cake Beauty's Rush Brush. A portable, makeup brush-like dispenser filled with tinted dry shampoo, it comes in three different shades and smells like heaven.

Beauty Hack No. 3: Lashes in a Flash, Literally

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Flirt Cosmetics Flash Lash Applicator, $28,

The false-lash hack we've been waiting for! This tool functions like a (totally not painful) staple gun with pre-loaded individual "lash buds" that you apply along the lash line with just a few quick clicks.

Beauty Hack No. 4: Home Blowouts That Look Salon-Amazing

Click n Curl Full Set, $40,

Unless you're a pro, at-home blowouts are decidedly challenging—or at least they were until we met Click n Curl. Its brilliantly designed round brushes have detachable barrels that function as curlers, allowing you to dry and style hair in one fell swoop. We're mad we didn't think of it first.

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Beauty Hack No. 5: Perfect Cat Eyes

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Beautyblender Liner.Designer, $16,

Because drawing on a cat eye is among the most anxiety-inducing things in the world, Beautyblender came to the rescue with the Liner.Designer—a guitar pick-like tool that has three different edges (straight, round, and curvy) to ensure a picture-perfect wing every time.

Beauty Hack No. 6: Dry Your Hair; Keep Your Eardrums

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399,

Blow-dryers and peace and quiet are no longer mutually exclusive. The biggest breakthrough for hair drying in our lifetime, Dyson's new Supersonic dryer was designed by more than 100 different engineers to be sleeker, quieter, lighter, and less damaging than anything else on the market. We put their claims to the test, and the hot pink little wonder passed with flying colors.

Beauty Hack No. 7: Old-School Curls Made New

Spoolies Hair Curlers (Box of 12), $18;

In case you've never heard of them, Spoolies were all the rage in at-home curl styling in the 1950s and 1960s. This year they got a makeover and are now heat-resistant, more flexible, and available in multiple sizes. To create a curl, all you have to do is wrap a section of hair around the curler, fold the top piece down to secure it, let it set for however long you want, and that's it. No pins, no clips, no problems.

From: Marie Claire
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