These 10 Lip Stains Won't Melt In The Summer Heat

by Miki Hayes

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.

1. MAC

Versicolour Stain, $25, Nordstrom

Available in 15 shades, these stains over a high-shine finish and color that won't quit.

2. The Body Shop

Lip & Cheek Stain, $16, The Body Shop

This lip and cheek stain offers 12-hour comfort and moisture— you'll totally forget you even have this on.

3. Benefit

Lollitint Cheek & Lip Stain, $29, Amazon

Try adding a gloss over this stain that will give smooch and smudge-proof color.

4. The Balm

Stainiac Lip and Cheek Stain, $15, Amazon

This gel-based stain gives the perfect flush that suits any skin tone.

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5. Smith & Cult

The Tainted, $24, Birchbox

This sweet-smelling gloss leaves behind the perfect, light stain.

6. Lipstick Queen

Saint & Sinner Lip Tint, $24, Nordstrom

Wear these tints alone or under their matching lipsticks to intensify the color and ensure your pout never fades.

7. YSL

Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Pop Water, $36, Nordstrom

With intense hydration and a pop of color, these stains go on with a glossy finish but stay put all day long.

8. Smashbox

Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer, $15, Jet

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

Vitality Lip Flush 4-In-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain, $20, Sephora

Is it a balm, gloss, stain, or lipstick? Try all-in-one with ultra nourishing properties to boot.

10. No7

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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