There's no better time for a beauty break than the cold, quiet depths of winter— for me, a less-packed calendar means more time moisturizing and multi-masking, less time heat styling and putting on a full face of makeup. Lately, my everyday beauty M.O. doesn't go far beyond a light foundation, mascara, and a brow pencil, but when I'm feeling ~extra~, a lip tint or stain gives a fresh face an extra pop of color.
Lip tints and stains are great for low-maintenance beauty looks. They're the set-it-and-forget-it product of the lip color world — they provide pigment without the color intensity of a full-on lipstick, and without the application attention, too. They're just about as easy as a lip balm, and they make a bright statement on fresh skin with little to no effort. Plus, while the terms 'tint' and 'stain' are often used pretty interchangeably, ones that veer more into stain territory have extra staying power. The best part? Many of them can also be used to give your cheeks some color for a one-two beauty punch.
The kind of lip tint or stain you use is totally up to personal preference. They come in several different forms — sticks, balms, tubes, you name it. Different products also deliver different color concentrations. Some are more subtle and translucent, while super-pigmented stains are a little bolder. And once you factor in all of the gorgeous shades out there, the options truly are endless.
Here are ten lip tints and stains to add to a pared-down beauty routine.
Benefit's fan-favorite lip and cheek tint comes in three shades. Feeling non-committal? Try 'em all in this set.
This ultra-cool product has pH-adjusting technology to create a custom berry shade that flatters any skin tone.
This tinted balm is ultra-moisturizing for dry winter lips.
This buildable tint comes in Stila's signature click pen, so you can brush on as much as your heart desires.
This pretty pink tint conditions while delivering long-lasting color.
This cult favorite lip and cheek tint moisturizes in six shades.
Don't be scared off by the intense lilac hue — Clinique's Baby Tint line is ultra sheer, so it's subtle and unique when it's actually applied.
This cream stain is water resistant, so keep it on hand for warmer summer days at the pool, too.
A pop of this shiny, sheer cherry color can brighten up an entire makeup look without the hassle of a full-on red lipstick.
These nourishing tinted lip oils from Burt's Bees will leave a hint of color while keeping your pout super hydrated.