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9 best lip stains and tints to nail that Korean gradient lip look

There’s no denying that South Korea has brought us many notable beauty trends (glass skin, anyone?). But this week we’re looking at the famous gradient lip look that many K-pop singers and K-drama actresses have sported over the past year. The product responsible for this look? It’s none other than Lip stains and tints, of course.

These products are not just lightweight, but are also long-lasting and surprising nourishing as well. Besides, can we talk about the fact a lip stain will stay put on your puckers all day without so much as smearing on your mask?

Unlike lipsticks that form a layer on your lips, stains get absorbed by your lip’s outer layers which gives a natural look. Most of these are water or gel-based and provide the much loved “no-makeup makeup look.” They can also be used as a base for your lip balm or lipstick.

There is, however, a technique to applying these vanity table staples. Experts recommend drawing a “V” at your bow and your lips’ outer corners. Then draw a “U” on your lower lip. Finally, connect the dots with your fingers and you are good to go. For best results, apply on clean, dry lips over a layer of hydrating lip serum or balm.

Most brands offer a range of shades meant for every occasion. From soft and blurry to sheer and balmy, we have found some of the best lip stains that will make for an ideal substitute for lipsticks and give you that soft and supple pout.

The article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

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Looking for the perfect lip stain to add to your routine? Read on.

Don’t let its water-light consistency fool you because once you apply it, this lip stain can last up to 12 hours. This is also the first “kissable” tint from the brand. Expect a variety of shades, from playful peach to berry browns.

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If you are looking to cover up chapped or dry lips, there is no other lip stain more suitable for you than the Revlon Kiss Cushion lip tint. This stain has a coconut oil-infused formula that moisturises your lips all day.

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Popular in many South Asian countries, this tint is made with rosehip, argan, and jojoba oils that nourish and moisturise. This pigmented stain gives your lips a sheer and matte look that’s lasting.

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Innisfree Vivid Cotton Ink gives a velvety matte finish and is infused with camellia, mango seed, avocado, and cottonseed oils. It leaves a stunning stain on your lips all day and is smudge-free.

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Ladies, you’ll want to pucker up with Clarins’ Water Stain before that big date. Promising to last up to 300 kisses — according to the brand — this stain is made with plant-based ingredients and is 77-percent water, giving you the perfect fluid texture. Expect an au naturel look with this one.

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Recommended by many South Korean makeup artists, this lip tint has an ultra-smooth formula which is available in 10 shades. To increase its vibrancy, simply apply more layers.

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The best thing about Clio’s Mad Velvet Tint collection is its range of colours on offer. Whichever you choose, look forward to having your lips feeling youthful, soft and ready for that Insta-selfie. It’ll also last up to five hours and keep your lips from cracking or becoming flaky.

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This product by Benefit Cosmetics is an iconic lip stain first introduced in the 1970s. The beautiful rose-tinted sheer colour will easily glide on your lips and cheeks to give a phenomenal natural finish that lasts hours.

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The L’Oréal lip stain has a magnificent matte finish, with a barely-there look to give your lips a natural tint. This lightweight and long-lasting product is affordable and is available in 37 shades, including bright, metallic, and neutrals.

[Image Credit: L’Oréal Paris]

9 best lip stains and tints to nail that Korean gradient lip look

Nikita Baruah

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