8 Things You Need to Know About Lip Stain

8 Things You Need to Know About Lip StainTouching up your lipstick or lip gloss every couple of hours can be tiring. No wonder that many women are in search of longer-lasting lip products such as lip stain. How is lip stain different from lipstick? Here are 8 things you need to know about this cosmetic product.

It Is Liquid Based

Both lipstick and lip gloss are a mixture of waxes, oils, and pigments. Because of its soft solid or liquid consistency, lip gloss contains less wax than lipstick but it is not completely wax-free. Waxes and oils give lipstick and lip gloss emollient properties, but they also make them slide off your lips quicker. In contrast, lip stain is mostly water or gel mixed with pigment, although some products do contain carrier oil for an additional moisturising effect. Liquid base provides for a long-lasting and smudge-proof effect.

It Looks Natural and Lasts Really Long

Lip stain doesn’t have a matte or glossy finish. Instead, it blends in with your natural lip color, creating a smooth and even tone that lasts for hours. Of course, some products contain more pigment than others, but generally, lip stain looks more natural than lipstick. Once it dries, it lasts 8 to 12 hours without reapplying. At the end of the day, you may even need to remove it with makeup remover. That’s why you need to apply lip stain really carefully. Once it’s dried, it’s almost impossible to fix any mistakes.

It Comes In Different Forms

Because of its liquid formula, lip stain can come in different forms such as roll-on, pen-like tube with color-infused tip, gel with sponge-tip applicator, or brush-and-tube set. Regardless of its form, lip stain is fast-drying, so you need to apply it swiftly. Always make sure to cap the product tightly immediately after use to prevent it from drying.

You Need to Prep Your Lips Before Applying Stain

As we’ve already said, lip stain has a natural finish, and it dries quickly. This means it emphasizes any flaws and imperfections. To make your lips smooth and flawless, you need to exfoliate in order to get rid of dry, flaky pieces of skin, then apply lip balm liberally and reapply it as often as needed to keep your lips soft and hydrated.

You Need to Make Sure That Your Lips Stay Hydrated

Lips stain doesn’t only dry quickly itself, it also strips your lips of moisture. That’s why all lip stain fans know that they need to moisturize their lips as often as they can. A protective layer of lip balm between your lips and lip stain will prevent your lips from drying out and make the overall wearing experience more comfortable. You should also keep in mind that lip stain is not recommended for winter because it makes your lips more vulnerable to cold temperatures and harsh wind.

Less Is More

As lip stain is less pigmented than lipstick or lip gloss, some women apply too much product and make a mess. The best approach is to apply lip stain in layers. First, coat your lips with lip balm and apply just one layer of lip stain, let it dry, and look at the result. If you’re fine with a light flush, you can stop here. If you want your lips to look more intense, apply another layer. Keep applying the product in thin, translucent layers until you reach your desired intensity.

You Can Combine It With Other Products

If you need the color to last all day and at the same time want a creamy finish, you can apply a layer of lips stain under regular lip stick or lip gloss. Your lipstick will rub off after a few hours, but your lips stain will remain intact.

You Can Use It as a Cheek Tint

For a long-lasting and naturally looking blush, apply a tiny amount of lip stain (and when we say “tiny” we really mean it) and blend it out to create a natural look.





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