The 14 Best Lip Stains That Promise to Stay Put From Morning Until Night

If there’s one complaint that we have about lipsticks, it’s that they’re kind of high maintenance. Even the best long-wear formulas require the occasional touch-up throughout the day, and while that doesn’t sound like much, it’s not exactly effortless either. We want a product that we can quickly swipe on the morning, without the need for any additional primer or lip liner, and carry about our days without having to worry if it’s smeared all over our coffee cups or dried down to a shriveled mess. It’s a tall order to fill, but that’s the beauty of lip stains—they do it all

Formulated with the lightweight, barely-there feel of a balm and the color payoff of an intense, creamy lipstick, lip stains are truly the lazy girl’s answer to flawless lip color. Transfer-proof, long-wearing (they’re called stains for a reason), and perfect to pair with a mask, a lip stain is the ideal makeup product for our current lives. Plus, there’s a range of options: They can be sheer or hyper-pigmented, glossy or matte, and subtle or intense. And while the formulas of the past might leave your pout feeling more like the Sahara desert, today’s lip stains have been reimagined for a far more hydrating and comfortable experience. 

Ready to give your go-to bullet a break (at least for the time being)? Keep scrolling for our guide to the best lip stains for all-day, smudge-proof wear.