Lip stains and tints are the hot new sensation in the beauty industry and gaining popularity quickly. From celebrities to fashion influencers, everybody is going gaga over this new trend.

These products are not just lightweight, they are also long-lasting and many are nourishing as well. Colour changing, oil stain hybrids, cheek-lip combo, the list goes on. And one of the best things about a lip stain is that it will not smudge all over your teeth within a few minutes of applying it.

Most of these are water or gel-based and provide the much liked “no-makeup look.” They can also be used as a base for your lip balm or lipstick.

Most brands offer a range of shades for different skin tones. For those who have medium to light skin, shades of red are the most expedient. However, if you have a warm skin tone, orange and brown shades will suit you more.

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.

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A non-drying liquid tint for your lips and cheeks. The stain builds up the colour and can be used before applying the lip gloss. It is made with a 100 percent vegan formula and consists of aloe vera which helps in moisturising your lips.

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Do not let the water light consistency fool you because once you apply it, this lip stain can last up to 12 hours. Better yet, this is the first “kissable” tint from the brand. From playful peach to berry browns, this product comes in a variety of shades.

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A light-weight, refreshing gel tint with a purified water-infused base. It leaves your lips feeling light, cool, and hydrated with a water-coating finish. It is formulated with Vitamin E and rosewater and goes well with a glowy makeup look.

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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 and gives the quintessential blotted look.

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Popular in many South Asian countries, this tint is made with Rosehip, Argan, and Jojoba oil that help in moisturisation. This pigmented stain lasts long and gives your lips a sheer and matte look that will last long.

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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 long and is smudge-free.

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Ladies pucker up those lips with Clarins Water Stain because it lasts up to 300 kisses (clinically tested on 22 volunteers)! Made with plant ingredients, it is 77 percent water and has the perfect fluid texture. This product is long-lasting and gives your lips that au naturel look.

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This South Korean brand is admired by many makeup artists all around the world. The lip tint has an ultra-smooth formula which is available in 10 shades. To increase the vibrancy depending on the event, you can apply more layers.

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This lip stain has a creamy formula that does a great job covering dry and chapped lips. The creamy texture helps to spread it out evenly on the lips and gives it a blurry matte finish. This is a smudge-free, light-weight and long-lasting product that provides conditioning and hydration.

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The best thing about the Clio Mad Velvet Tint collection is the range of colours on offer. The tints have your lips feeling youthful, soft and ready for that Insta-selfie. It can last you up to five hours and keep your lips from cracking or becoming flaky.

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This gel-based tint makes your lips look flawlessly juicy and plump. It tastes sweet and is sure to last around three to four hours. The hydration level helps give full coverage and spreads the colour evenly. And this one comes in a cute popsicle-like packaging.

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The Max Factor Lip Tint has an applicator similar to the tip of a felt pen for easy application. The tint infuses into your lips giving you a kiss-proof result. It will stay on for two to three hours without reapplying.

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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 will last for hours.

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This product is for those who love the soft and plump matte look. The plumping lip and cheek stain is weightless and comfortable. It is available in a variety of shades for different skin tones.

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This lightweight lip stain by Nyx Cosmetics gives a gorgeous glossy look. This brilliant hint of colour needs just one swipe for the entire day. Nyx lip tints are also available in the form of matte lip creams. So, take your pick.

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Use it as blush or for a little colour on your lips, this Guerlain product adapts to different skin tones giving a rosy tint. Made in a gel form, it gives off a floral and fruity scent.

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Packaged in a sleek and slim bottle, this is one of the best Sephora in-house collections. The lip stain is highly pigmented and comes in a range of colours. You can wear this product for up to 12 hours without smudging.

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

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