The Genius Beauty Tricks Strippers Swear By

Strippers only bullshit two things: their real name and their level of interest in you. When it comes to beauty secrets, they won't do you wrong like celebrities with that "just drink lots of water!" shtick. Because the trick to looking soft-skinned, sweat-free, and wide awake while dancing at 4 AM isn't good lighting and hydration — it's hemorrhoid cream and bandages.

Ahead, six dancers share the best beauty tips that work just as well on the stage as off. (For the fragrances they wear — and why — click here.)

"Baby oil gel looks oily when you put it on, but it dries into your skin and isn't greasy. I get myself ready while it's soaking into my skin. When I go upstairs, it doesn’t look like regular oil. If you put it on at night and sleep with it on, your skin is so amazing and soft in the morning." — Spice, dancer at Magic City in Atlanta, GA

Johnson's Baby Oil Gel, $4.29, available at Walgreens.
"Wash your face, put on your moisturizer, then spray your face with setting spray a couple times before doing your makeup. Then do your makeup, and spray your face again after you finish — it'll last all night. I have really oily skin, and after dancing all night, my face is still on. I didn't do it one night and my makeup was sweating off." — London, dancer at Magic City in Atlanta, GA

"I'm not sure a stripper worth her eight-hour shift could live without Urban Decay's Setting Spray." — Jacq the Stripper, author, comedian, and dancer

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $32, available at Sephora.
"My number one beauty secret learned in the club has to be using Preparation H under the eyes to help with bags. I swear to the Hustle Goddess, it fucking works wonders — that is if you can get past the embarrassment of purchasing it. Bonus: If you keep it in the fridge, the cold soothes as well." — Valerie Stunning, dancer in Las Vegas

Preparation H Hemorrhoidal Cream, $8.49, available at Walgreens.
"Applying lip gloss is performance art, so do it as frequently and over-indulgently as you like." — Jacq the Stripper

MAC Cosmetics Dazzleglass Lip Gloss in Baby Sparks, $17, available at MAC Cosmetics.
"I learned how to blend my eyebrows the correct way using a Q-tip. When you’re done drawing your eyebrows on with a pencil, run a Q-tip across your brows and blend them out with it." — Paradise, dancer at Magic City in Atlanta, GA

Q-tips Cotton Swabs, $2.79, available at Walgreens.
"There's nothing fun about breaking in new stripper shoes. I always have blisters on my pinky toes and where the plastic rubs across the sides, so I've tried every Band-Aid out there. These ones won't come off mid-shift, which is the ultimate test." — Crystal K, dancer in Las Vegas

Compeed Blister Cushions, $7.99, available at Walgreens.
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