If you and your lip stain have parted ways because of some misunderstanding, it’s most likely because you are a makeup noob. Don’t blame the lip stain, it was just doing its job staining your lips and all that. Lip stains, like all the good things in life, require work. You cannot just expect to slather on the color smoothly. Lip stains stay on for longer. Sometimes for as long as 12 hours, you wouldn’t find the need to reapply.

So, the effort you have to pour in is all worth it at the end of the day. But lip stains have this drying effect on the lips. So, you have to combat that otherwise it will make any imperfections (like cracks) stand out. And you probably don’t want that to happen. A lip stain can be used in several ways. Here’s a brief guide on how you can wear this makeup item.

As the showstopper

Lip stains are great for days when you don’t want to overdo your look. When you want to pretend that the color on your lips is natural. “Oh, this? That’s no makeup. That’s my lip color naturally!” Deceptive, hmm. The lip stain can also actually be used without being treated like an extra (it wasn’t created to behave like powder, now was it?)

But lip stains are high maintenance, so you have to first moisturize and exfoliate your lips rather than go on and just paste, paste, paste. When you apply a lip stain it is going to dry at super speed, so you will have to be very quick. If you make a mistake you’ll have to start all over again. It is not as complicated as it sounds. If you actually do find it challenging, then well, practice makes perfect.

After the exfoliating step, you can use a lip liner of the exact same shade to draw on an outline. Lip stains can be mischievous and spread out like stains. Make sure to blend the lip liner with the lip stain. Lip stains are notorious for giving uneven results. The trick is to apply in a minimal amount. Because with this product, less is more. Too many layers can make it seem blotchy.

If you want to apply another layer, let the first one dry properly. Don’t be impatient and blot it. Next tip, you can apply a lip balm either before applying the lip stain or on it. This would save you from the discomfort of dryness. Also, a lip stain can be used as a blush. Just a small amount that you must rub toward your ears before it dries and looks like a bee sting.

If you thought that applying a lip stain is problematic, then know that removing it can be even more difficult. An easy way to do it is to apply petroleum jelly on your lips and let it stay for five minutes before gently swiping the lip stain off.

As a base

Many people argue that lip stains were not meant to be applied all alone and that they are basically a foundation for your lipstick, gloss, or balm. When you apply a layer of lip stain before gliding on a lipstick, you give your lipstick extra staying power. And every lady knows, how wonderful a place the world can be when your lipstick decides to last. Even when the lipstick comes off, your lips wouldn’t look all dull with the lip stain on.