8 Lip Stains That Provide Lasting Color and Comfort

August 30, 2021
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
8 Lip Stains That Provide Lasting Color and Comfort
Nothing says effortless beauty quite like a lip stain. They can add a sheer flush of color that looks so natural that it makes others question whether you’re actually wearing lipstick or not. To  achieve that desirable, soft-bitten look lip stains offer, keep reading for tips on how to prep your lips before application, plus our favorite formulas to try.

How to Prep Lips for a Lip Stain

STEP 1: Moisturize Your Lips

The biggest mistake you can make before reaching for your new fave lip stain is skimping on lip balm. That little layer of moisture keeps flaky dryness at bay and gives you an overall smoother, softer surface to work with. Throw a tube in your bag to keep lips looking fresh and juicy throughout the day. We like the Maybelline New York Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm.

STEP 2: Lock it in With Lip Liner

Yes, lip stains are designed to stick around, but it’s not going to apply as precisely as a good old-fashioned lipstick with a pointed bullet. Reach for a lip liner in a matching color (or clear, if you’re going for a more natural look). The goal here is to use a soft stroke, just to have a guideline. Pro tip: Blend the lip liner so there’s no obvious outline.

STEP 3: Choose the Right Color

Now, it’s time to choose the right shade for your skin tone. Cool tones, i.e. those that are blue-based, work better for fair skin. Warm tones, i.e. those closer to orange or red, look gorgeous on olive to dark complexions. 

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