Lip stains is a cosmetic product used to color the lips, usually in form of a liquid or gel.
It generally stays on longer than lipstick by leaving a stain of color on the lips. However, it can dry the lips and is not recommended for winter.
Have you ever wished there was a way you could make your lip color last a little longer? Or searched for the answer to amping up the color of your favorite daytime lipstick that just doesn’twork for a night out? We have a recommendation just for you! It’s as simple as using a lip stain!
There are two main purposes of a lip stain. First, using a lip stains can punch up your natural lip color – which can fade as you age. Second, a stain works great under a lip gloss or lipstick to add that extra pop in color!
Lip stains are everywhere on the market and people either love them or not! Many are alcohol based and for that reason, can be extremely drying to the lips. A lip stain is just a base for your lips, therefore requiring either a gloss or lipstick over the top.
Lipstick’s main ingredients are waxes and oils; other ingredients include pigment to achieve a specific color, as well as emollients to help keep lips moist. In contrast to lipstick’s waxy base, lip stain is mostly water or gel, although some products do include natural plant oils or mineral oil. Synthetic dyes — or natural ingredients like henna — are added to stain the lips for up to 18 hours. This long-wearing, smudge-proof effect is one of the primary differences between lipstick and lip stains. The way lip stain is applied comes in a close second.
Because lip stain is a less viscous formula than lipstick, it can come in several forms: roll-on, gel with sponge-tip applicator or marker-like tube with color-infused tip. No matter the application method, you’ll need to work fast. Many lip stains contain alcohol, and this makes them set quickly — almost as soon as they touch the lips. Alcohol also has a drying effect, so you may find yourself exfoliating and moisturizing the skin on your lips a little more often. Lip stains also offer fewer color choices than lipstick does.
The stains are meant to enhance natural tones, so they’re found most often in red, pink and peach hues. Lipstick, however, is manufactured in an array of colors, from the palest pink to deep shades of red and purple. Lipstick has a few other variations lip stain doesn’t: shine, matte or pearl-like finishes and moisture-rich ingredients such as vitamin E or aloe vera.
To get a plump-and-pouty look from lip stain, you’ll need to first apply a thin layer of lip balm for moisture. Then, smooth on the lip stain. Even one layer should last for several hours, but you can get more intense color by applying several layers, and then topping your lips with a gloss. Because lip stain doesn’t contain as much oil or emollient as lipstick, it isn’t as apt to create feathery lines outside the lip’s bounds — so you can probably skip the lip liner.