This hack gives you a “permanent” lip liner.


  • Maybelline Tattoo Brow Tint is going viral on Tiktok for giving people a “permanent” lip liner.
  • The hack has gone viral, with people claiming that their results lasted for up to three days.
  • One editor put the hack to the test.

I will easily admit that I spend a lot of time on TikTok. My favorite community to be a part of? BeautyTok. If you’re wondering why, it’s because I found incredible beauty product recommendations and even hacks like the one I’m going to share with you, without even trying. The hack in question is one in which people use drugstore exfoliating brow gels as a lip liner and essentially give themselves a budge-proof lip look.

When I saw creator Iris Beilin post about the hack (in a video that has since gone viral with more than three million views) as a lipstick lover — and later lip stock — I had to give it a try right away. The product used in the video is Maybelline Tattoo Brow Easy Peel Off Tint ($15). Beilin used a darker brown shade, but I went with a medium brown for a slightly more natural look.

The product comes in a small tube that opens to reveal a brush tip applicator for applying the dye. The consistency seemed a bit thick, but with the results Beilin achieved – and given the fact that I was using it for something it wasn’t quite intended – I was willing to overlook it.

Just as Beilin did, I applied the product directly to my clean lips as I would with a regular lip pencil. While I was doing this, I found the brush to be a little tricky, as it was more flexible than an actual lip pencil, making it easier to break out of my lip lines. I also felt that the first coat I was wearing was too thin, so I applied an extra layer of the product to my lower lip to see if it would make a difference.

After applying the dye and waiting 10 minutes as suggested, I removed the dye. This is where I noticed that it didn’t get as smooth for my upper lip – as I applied a thinner layer of product – as it did for my lower lip, where I added an extra layer. However, this ultimately did not affect the final look, as both lips eventually had the same color.

In general, I really liked this hack. I rubbed my lips after removing the peel, and the tint stayed in place, so I can definitely wear this on days when I need my lip look to stay put. The only thing I’ll do differently next time is fill in my lips with a little more pigment so that the results look more like a gradient and less a single line around my lips. I will say, medium brown looks very natural, so there wasn’t too much contrast when I applied other lip products, which I loved, so if you try this hack, consider choosing a shade a little lighter to give you more “everyday wear” results. I will definitely use this hack again, especially on long nights outside or on days when I just need my lipstick.

Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Ariel Baker

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