While most of us have opted for a more laidback, minimal makeup routine these days, it’s still nice to feel put together for whatever your day may bring—Zoom meetings, date nights, FaceTime catch-ups with friends, etc. Our new modest makeup routines probably include a tinted moisturizer, a bit of concealer, some mascara, and a hint of lip color. A lipstick or gloss might feel too heavy for the new normal, which makes a lip stain the ideal alternative for achieving a natural-looking, healthy lip color.
Lip stains and tints are a great way to add a subtle hint of color without feeling overly done. All you really need is a small dab of product right in the center of your lips, a bit of blending, and your lip color is set. It’s called a stain because it temporarily stains your lips with that color, for the most natural-looking hint of a hue. The great thing about a lip tint is that it delivers long-lasting color that won’t rub off on your glass, significant other, and everywhere else throughout the day (you also won’t have to worry about it rubbing off onto your teeth). Think of it as lipstick’s more low maintenance cousin.
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There are so many amazing lip tint options—almost every makeup brand offers one by now. From Dior’s Lip Tattoo formula that’s as long-lasting as they get to Benefit’s cult-favorite Benetint to Elaluz‘s coconut-water infused formula that keeps lips hydrated while flushed, you have endless options of great products to choose from if your current makeup routine is missing a lip stain. It’s one of the easiest makeup tricks for a pretty, effortless look—you’re just one swipe away from feeling ten times more polished.
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