Lip stains and cheek tints
Lip stains and cheek tints have developed rapidly over the past few years.
No longer are they a one-shade-suits-all product left to linger at the bottom of make-up bags unused.
In fact the stains and tints available on the market now are much more refined affair.
As well as giving you that appealing and youthful look of flushed cheeks and rosy just-bitten lips there are new products available that match your true colourings more convincingly.
These stains can be tricky to use, so here are some tips for getting the best results for that slightly flushed and oh so natural glow:
Step 1: Choose the right stain
Pick a shade that complements your skin tone. Keep in mind that cheek stains look darker in the bottle than on your skin. So test it out before you buy it.
Step 2: Prep your skin
Wash your face with an exfoliating cleanser to even out your skin tone and remove any dead skin. Then, apply a light moisturiser all over your face and neck. If you use liquid foundation, blend it into your skin before cheek stain application. If you're more a powder girl, apply it after your cheek colour.
Step 3: Apply stain
Use your fingertips or a make-up sponge and smile as you blend the colour onto the apples of your cheeks. If you're using a liquid stain, make sure to blend quickly (and wash hands right after unless you're using a sponge). If you end up looking circus-ready, rub a small amount of foundation onto your cheeks to dilute the colour. And if you need more colour payoff, apply more until you get the hue you desire.
Products to try:
Stila Cherry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain
Long lasting and delicious tasting, this gives you the same look you get after eating strawberries. On your cheeks you get a sheer wash of colour and when applied to your lips you get a more intense shade that lasts longer than you'd expect. It is a non-sticky formula that doesn't dry out lips like some stains can.
Benefit Posietint and Cha Cha Tint
Benefit The Posietint gives a gorgeous colour to cheeks and lips and lasts for ages, especially on the lips. Unlike some cheap imitations, which stain the skin only where the product is placed at first, this product remains fluid until you have it exactly where you want it. Packaging as usual with Benefit products is beautiful. The Cha Cha Tint is an on-trend mango coloured tinted lip and cheek stain. Layer it up on lips for an intense orange shade, and match with a lighter glaze of the product on cheeks for a peachy perfect complexion.