During the summer months, most women want low maintenance makeup. Melting lipsticks, smudged liners, and caked on faces are hardly chic but that doesn't mean you have to go makeup free. The past few years has seen massive innovation in the world of tints and stains and we've found 10 that cover all your bases from low price to high gloss.
By Terry Aqualip Tint
This is a game-changing lip stain for anyone who's ever had problems with pigment attaching to the dry skin on your lips. Not only does this jelly tint go on a pretty bright pink, it offers real long-lasting buildable color to a point where it can look opaque after just a few coats. It's definitely a product for people who don't like stains.
$35 at SPACE.NK.apothecary.
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain
This innovative formula is a gel textured product that applies like a gloss but stays like a stain. This is a perfect option for women who like a high-pigment lip color but want a worry-free formula.
$32 at Sephora.
Yes to Carrots Sweet Fig Lip Butter with SPF 15
One step up from the standard drugstore lip balms, this moisturizing formula is natural, paraben-free, and packed with nourishing oils. Add in some sun protection and what more could you ask for?
$3.49 at Yestocarrots.com.
YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Glossy Balm
If you love your lip balms but are looking for a more luxurious formulation, this sheer lipstick offers a wash of color in addition to an ultra-light texture and moisturizing ingredients. It's a great first step product if you're not used to wearing lipstick all the time.
$30 at Sephora.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
If you're interested in beauty there's no way you could have missed the launch of this balm/stain hybrid from Revlon. With buildable colour and a smooth balm, these chubby crayons are perfect if you're on the go.
$8.99 at Ulta.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15
There's not much more that can be said about Fresh's Lip Treatments because the super hydrating formula often speaks for itself. This cult product is so popular for a reason.
$22.50 at Sephora.
Tarte LipSurgence Natural Matte Lip Stain
The original LipSurgence lip stain has an impressive following but this matte version totally fills a gap in the market. It makes a great long-lasting base for lipstick and is also flattering on its own. Perfect for shine-phobic women who want a bit of extra color.
$24 at Sephora.
Dior Addict Lip Glow
It's called Addict for a reason. Once you try this sheer balm you'll want to reapply it over and over again. There are a lot of products that claim to change based on your skin's PH, like this does, but gimmick aside, this is still a really wearable balm.
$30 at Sephora.
We couldn't do a roundup of the best tints and balms without mentioning Benefit's holy grail rose tinted cheek and lip stain. Now as a cheek stain it can be a bit hard to work with but for your lips it provides just enough of a rosy glow to give you a really natural boost of color.
$29 at Sephora.
Clinique Almost Lipstick
It's not very often that you describe a product by saying what it's not, but this isn't a balm, not a stain, not a gloss, and definitely not a lipstick but it is a universally flattering sheer formula that layers well and is super creamy. If you're new to the product, try the old standard Black Honey shade first.
$15 at Sephora.