How to Apply Lip Stain So It Stays

Kastle Waserman
by Kastle Waserman

For the past year and a half, our faces have been hidden behind masks due to the pandemic. Most ladies I know had to ditch their favorite lipsticks because trying to wear them with a mask leaves you looking like you just had a make-out session with Bozo the Clown! No thanks!

But now that we're in a situation where masks are recommended or required in some situations but not others, we may be finding ourselves taking our masks off and putting them on several times a day. Let's face it, we still want to wear makeup and look pretty, but how do you do that with a face mask? I discovered lip stains.

Lip stains have long been on my makeup radar, but usually, I just go for a nice creamy lipstick. In these uncertain times, my lip color needs to have serious staying power. The trick is applying it correctly. Here's how to apply lip stain so it stays.

Start with Clean Dry Lips

You'll want to remove any other lipstick, balm or gloss before you apply a lip stain. The stain needs to absorb into the skin for a good, strong tint.

Apply With the Enclosed Wand

I found the wands included in the product usually work pretty well. If you don't like it, you can always use a lip brush to apply. Put a good, thick coat of the stain on your lips like you would a lipstick.

Lip Lining

Wearing our pandemic face masks had us throw our lip liner out the window because it smudges as bad as lipstick. These days, a more natural "bee-stung" look is in (by necessity) with a more blurred lip line. If you want a strong outline, you the tip of your wand to take the stain along the same line you would use a pencil lip liner.


Take a tissue and blot off the excess lip stain. Depending on what brand stain you use, you may have a full lip print or just a little that comes off on the tissue. 


Press your lips together to work the pigment of the stain into your lip skin. You want the stain to really stain your lips for staying power.


You now have lip color that will last through face masks, eating and drinking. I live in a really dry climate and I like to apply a little SPF balm over the stain for moisturizing benefits. But be aware, some balms may give the stain a little slip and it could still come off on your mask.


Some of my favorite brands of lips stains include:

L'Oréal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain (pictured)

Revlon ColorStay Satin Ink Liquid Lipstick

Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayon Lipstick

Benefit Cosmetics Lip & Cheek Stain and Tint



Note: I do not have a sponsorship or affiliate deal with any of these lipstick brands. This is based purely on personal opinion.

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