Growing up, I (of course) loved playing with makeup. Sometimes I’d put a lipstick on, decide I didn’t like it, then gently blot some off on a paper towel. Many times, I liked the color that was left better than the original application. I was making a lip stain and didn’t even know it. And now they come pre-packaged, no paper towel needed.
I love a berry lip stain with flushed cheeks and just mascara on the eyes. It’s a really pretty look and different from the glossed or nude lips that are so popular. A stain is low maintenance, because it really stains the color on your lips (duh) and doesn’t wear off as quickly as glosses or lipsticks. Another option is to layer it under a lipstick to both give the lipstick something to anchor to and so it’s there when the lipstick wears off. The only downfall is that lip stains are often drying, so if your lips are chapped or cracked, the product is going to grab onto those areas.
I recently tried the CoverGirl Lip Stains and they are fabulous. The applicator looks and feels like a felt tip marker and it deposits color when you press down. The color comes out kind of sheer at first, but you can build up to a deep stain. They offer a good color selection, which is key. A girl’s gotta have choices! They also have a faint fruity scent which I like.
My only issue with this product is that as a makeup artist, it’s hard to use these on other people. With other lip products, I scan scrape, squeeze or swipe them out of their containers, but you can’t really do that with these. I can press down and deposit color on a palette, but it only gives a little at a time.
But for personal use, you can’t really go wrong. I’d say it’s worth it to have one of these in your makeup bag when you feel like doing something different. If it feels too matte on your lips, you can always add gloss or balm.
And at around $10, they won’t break the bank (plus, if you buy one at CVS, you can return it, even used). So give it a try!
Have a beautiful day 🙂