As much as we beauty junkies might want to layer on every product we can get our little hands on all year 'round, when the summer comes along, our options become slightly more limited. Because when the sun comes out to play, we have to find makeup that won't melt off, which is why lip stains are the best summer alternative for lipstick. What with all of the extra grilling and sipping fun drinks, not to mention running around in those sweltering, 98-degree days, it's nice to have makeup that we don't have to worry about rubbing or slipping off.
In my book, anything that stains and can actually beat the heat is a winner. It doesn't get much better than being able to slap on a lippy at the beginning of a day, forget about it, and it still be there when the sun goes down. (And guess what — stains can actually do that!) What's more, any stain that you use on your lips might also be usable on your cheeks for a matching flush that also won't budge.
Convinced you need to pick one (or five) for the warmer months ahead? Here are 10 of the best lip stains for summer, so you'll never have to worry about a melting pout.
Available in 15 shades, these stains over a high-shine finish and color that won't quit.
2. The Body Shop
This lip and cheek stain offers 12-hour comfort and moisture— you'll totally forget you even have this on.
Try adding a gloss over this stain that will give smooch and smudge-proof color.
4. The Balm
This gel-based stain gives the perfect flush that suits any skin tone.
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5. Smith & Cult
This sweet-smelling gloss leaves behind the perfect, light stain.
6. Lipstick Queen
Wear these tints alone or under their matching lipsticks to intensify the color and ensure your pout never fades.
With intense hydration and a pop of color, these stains go on with a glossy finish but stay put all day long.
It goes on as a lacquer but then adjusts to a stain that will last a full eight hours, all while conditioning your lips.
9. It Cosmetics
Is it a balm, gloss, stain, or lipstick? Try all-in-one with ultra nourishing properties to boot.
Stay Perfect Lip Stain, $10, Target
The skinny, felt-tip applicator makes it so easy to perfectly outline and stain your pout.
Because set-it-and-forget-it types really are the best.
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