10 Smooch-proof lip stains to shop for long-lasting colour
Perfect pout for days
Looking for a lip stain that will see you through from dawn until dusk without fading, cracking, or smudging? Here are our favourites to shop.
Do you find yourself constantly reapplying your lipstick throughout the day? Tired of leaving unsightly lipstick marks on cups, masks, and collars? You are not alone. While lip oils are a great pick for enduring hydration and bullets are the one for high-impact pigment, they’re not always the most resilient formulations. Plus, life gets busy! When you’ve got a million other things to worry about, sometimes it’s just nice to have a low-maintenance go-to to pop on for a day at the office or when running errands.
Enter: The lip stain. This category of lippy went viral during the pandemic era for its long-wearing benefits, but we say why retire it? It’s the ultimate secret weapon to add to your makeup arsenal for the perfect everyday lip that stays put, no matter what life throws your way. Can’t be bothered to reapply your lipstick constantly? Use a lip stain! Want to nail the perfect MLBB look? You guessed it—use a lip stain! Did you forget to bring your lipstick around with you for touch-ups? Don’t worry, your lips are stained—they still look great!
Say goodbye to smudgy lip lines, faded pouts and never-ending touch-ups—instead, say hello to vibrant, fade-resistant and transfer-proof lips that’ll take you from day to night effortlessly.
Of course, not all lip stains are created equal. That’s why we’ve taken the time to round up the cream of the crop. Plus, like your bog-standard lipsticks, they come in different finishes and serve different purposes. For example, Dior Beauty’s Lip Tint and Fenty Beauty’s Poutsicle Lip Stain are all about hydration, working to plump and smooth the lips as they deposit pigment. Rare Beauty’s Tinted Lip Oil, on the other hand, is a hybrid formulation with transformative application—it moisturises the lips and leaves a subtle shine when first applied, and settles into a beautifully subtle stain as it wears off.
Then, we have Amuse Beauty’s Jelly Lip Tint and Dear Dahlia Dream Velvet Lip Tint—designed to give you the two most highly-coveted K-beauty lip trends right now; a juicy ombre lip for the former and a velvet ombre lip for the latter. There’s also Huda Beauty’s buildable lip stain, which doubles as an equally long-lasting blusher, fortified with hyaluronic acid powder and coconut extract for ultra-comfortable, all-day wear.
In short, these lippies will see you through any and all lip-smacking, smooching or slurping you may be participating in throughout your day. Ahead, shop our must-have curation of holy grail lip stains that cater to every lipstick lover’s needs:
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