Each expert shares their take on what lip tints are, how they are used, their favorite products and more.
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What are lip tints?
According to Lujan, lip tints “stand out from the entire lip category because they don’t quite feel like a lipstick or a gloss.”
This is because lip tints are typically made with lightweight formulas, shared Synnott. Due to the thin formula, it’s important to note that you will not receive the same color payoff as you would a lipstick or thick gloss. Though, Lujan loves the single layer approach, as he says it looks like your “lips were stained after eating cherries, berries or a popsicle.”
How do I apply lip tints?
Lip tints stick best when the lips are free of any additional product, explained Davis.
To ensure you’re on the right track, Lujan suggests opting for a lip scrub first, such as the Sugar Lip Polish from fresh ($18). Then, you can reach for a small lip brush, per Synnott’s recommendation, or use your finger to dab on the product.
Lujan suggests applying the product in sheer layers and allowing it to fully dry in between each layer, as this will deliver the best color payoff.
What should I look for in a good lip tint?
Our experts outline exactly what you should look for.
“It’s important to have hydration and nourishment — lip tints can look dry if they don’t have skincare benefits for your lips,” shared Synnott, and Lujan echoes that same sentiment.
Willis and Davis also evaluate a good lip tint based on its color pigment and application, ensuring the formula applies evenly, is buildable and long-wearing.
Which shades of lip tints are best for my skin tone?
The last thing to evaluate before shopping for your ideal lip tint is knowing which shades are best for you. With the help of our experts, we curated an easy-to-follow guide below:
Light tone: Pinks and rose browns
Medium tone: Oranges, corals and deep pinks
Deep tone: Cranberry, deep reds and terracotta
While that is a streamlined list, you shouldn’t be afraid to play with color — go with whatever you like! Makeup is supposed to be fun. This is because “the color will always be slightly defused once absorbed into the skin and lips,” explainedWillis.
It only makes sense for the original cheek and lip tint to be first on this expert recommended list. Simply draw three small strokes on the apples of your cheeks and blend quickly. For lips, apply evenly and build color if desired.
Packed with intense color, this lip stain is long wearing and lightweight. For bold color payoff, apply the product directly to the lips. For a more diffused look, tap your finger onto the tip of the product and then dap it onto the lips.