The 7 Mask-Proof Lip Stains That Will Survive All Your Trips Out

These days we’re feeling nostalgic of our Pre-COVID makeup routines, especially with fall inching closer and all the beautiful lip products on the market right now. Adjusting to the normal we know now includes how we’re wearing makeup and what kind of products we’re willing to invest in. Lip products in particular can be a bit tricky since we’re wearing masks whenever we go out, and we may find ourselves skipping lip makeup completely.
Enter lip stains. Not only do lip stains deliver a more natural finish that is all the craze right now, but they are also long-wearing and smudge-proof, which is just what we need. Lip stains are formulated with water-based ingredients (unlike lipsticks which use oils) which means they *shouldn’t* smudge or stain. Some other properties of lip stains include:
    • No feathery line surrounding the lips
    • Does not stain other things that get in touch with your lips
    • The drying agents present in it can make your lips chapped
    • Needs careful application due to its fast-drying nature
    • Requires makeup remover to take off
    • Usually limited to more natural shades
    • Normally formulated to have light to medium coverage that is buildable

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Lip stains can be considered temporary lip dyes while still being one of the most natural-looking lip products that offer buildable color and intensity. Lip stains are practical and offer a beautiful flush of color without overwhelming the rest of your look or turning the inside of your mask into a mess. It combines the staying power of a fuller coverage, heavy liquid lip with the softness and wearability of lip tints. We recommend regularly using chapstick if you wear lip stains often to keep your lips soft and hydrated.

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Now let’s get into the top 7 tried and true mask-proof lip stains:

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L'Oreal Paris Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain
This best-selling matte lip stain is not only affordable but provides color impact with a bare-lip sensation. If you enjoy liquid lipsticks minus the heavy coverage feeling, you'll definitely enjoy this lip stain. It also comes with a precision applicator, so you can skip the extra step of lining your lips for a quick, collected everyday look.
SHOP - $8.98
revlon lip stain
Revlon Balm Stain
This balm stain is so lightweight and gives you just the right amount of flush. If you are looking for a lip stain that's going to deliver more punch and pigment, you might want to skip this one. But if you're looking for something ultra comfy and natural, you'll love this. It comes as a retractable chubby crayon, so there's no mess but you'll also get less precision with this product. Think colored lip balm with major staying power.
SHOP - $5.82
Bite Beauty Outburst Longwear Lip Stain
This highly-rated lip stain by Bite Beauty can be described as "An intensely-bold lip stain that’s hydrating, long-wearing, and lightweight, with easy control and waterproof wear." It also includes ingredients like passionflower and coconut oil to lock in moisture. If you're looking for a satin finish, you'll like this lip stain that comes in three fun colors.
SHOP - $24.00
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
We also wanted to throw in a tinted lip balm that's a customer favorite but also closely mimics the wearability and staying power of a traditional lip stain. This beloved lip balm comes in beautiful, natural rosy hues with added hydration for the comfort of your lips.
SHOP - $5.49
Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain
Benefit's cult-favorite lip cheek and stain is a 2-in-1 and we're obsessed with all that this product offers! It's smudge-proof and comes in a beautiful universal rose shade. It also makes for a great little product to carry around in your purse for touch-ups (in case you might need it).
SHOP - $30
YSL lip stain
Yves Saint Laurent Water Stain Lip Stain
For all my ladies that want a show-stopping, high-shine finish, you've found the perfect lip stain! YSL's water stain lip stain is infused with water and gliding oils for comfortable wear while delivering sheer, natural pigment and some major gloss action.
SHOP - $38
sephora lip stain
SEPHORA COLLECTION Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick
This beautiful, silky lip stain from the Sephora Collection boasts 10,000 great reviews, so you know it's a must try! This formulation is interesting because it combines the full coverage and color impact of a liquid lipstick with a flawless matte finish. The result is a silky, lightweight finish after application that doesn’t leave your lips feeling dry or sticky. This product carries the most shades we've ever seen for a lip stain so if you want options, you got options!
SHOP - $15
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