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? 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.
Looking for the perfect lip stain to add to your routine? Read on.
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- The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Tint
- Dior Addict Lip Tattoo
- e.l.f. Cosmetics Aqua Beauty Liquid Gel Lip Stain
- Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint
- Tonymoly Liptone Get It Tint
- Innisfree Vivid Cotton Ink
- Clarins Water Lip Stain
- 3CE Velvet Lip Tint
- Clio Mad Velvet Tint
- Etude House Dear Darling Lip Tint
- Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Tint
- Benetint Cheek and Lip Stain
- Nyx Lip Lustre Glossy Lip Tint,
- Sephora Collection Rouge Lip Tint
- L'Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain
This is a lightweight, refreshing gel tint with a purified water-infused base. Expect your lips to feel comfortable all day, not to mention hydrated with its water-coating finish. It’s also formulated with Vitamin E and rosewater and goes well with a glowy makeup look.
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.
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.
This gel-based tint makes your lips look flawlessly juicy and plump, while promising to last around three to four hours. The hydrating formula gives full coverage and makes it easy to spread the tint evenly. Besides, who could resist that cute popsicle-inspired packaging?
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.