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The mark of a lip color that really stains

It comes in nearly every color, is easy to apply and will last for hours. It seems like there is plenty to love about lip stains. If you’re strictly a  lipstick and gloss kinda girl, you may be unfamiliar with the idea of a stain, you’re not alone. Lip stains are different from your average lipstick and gloss in a number of ways.

Here are some things you should know before adding this product to your makeup bag.

How is it different? Unlike lipstick, stains are not designed to nourish or moisturize your lips. And unlike lip gloss, they will not add any shimmer or shine. Because they have a matte finish, they are a great way to wear color with a casual outfit. You can also layer gloss over stains or mix it with lipstick to get a new shade.

How does it work? Lip stain essentially dyes your lips a color. Unlike lipstick or gloss, which glides on top of the skin, stains actually sink into the skin, which is why they last so long.

How can I make it look its best? Because this lip color is simply pigment, it is best to have a smooth surface to apply it to. If you have dry skin on your lips, those flakes will soak up all the color, making your lips look messy and chapped.

Try exfoliating your lips with a body or face scrub before applying the stain. This will get rid of any loose skin so it can’t pick up color. Apply a moisturizing lip balm, but make sure it has been totally absorbed by your skin before applying the stain. Layering lip stain on top of balm can clog the applicator and make your color look streaky.

How can I choose a color? There are about as many colors of lip stain on the market as there are lipsticks. Just choose the best lip stain to complement you. If your skin and features are light, shades with cool undertones will probably look best. If you have olive or brown skin, warmer hues with orangey undertones will probably look best on you.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing