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How to Apply Lip Stain

Three Parts:

Tired of having to reapply lipstick all the time? Use lip stain instead. It lasts much longer, and is also smudge-proof and waterproof. Applied correctly, it can also make your lips appear both full and smooth. This article will show you how to apply lip stain effectively. It will also give you a few tips and pointers on how to get that full, plump look as well.


Prepping Your Lips

  1. Find a lip scrub.A lip scrub will help buff away dead skin cells and make your lips appear smoother and plumper. It will make applying the lip stain a lot easier. If you don't have a lip scrub at home, or don't have time to run out and buy one, you can make your own by combining 1 part honey, 1 part sugar (white or brown), and 1 part oil (almond, coconut, jojoba, or olive) in a small dish.
    • You should only use lip scrub occasionally and as needed. It's great for sloughing off dead, peeling skin, but it can also damage the delicate tissue on your lips if you overuse it.
  2. Exfoliate your lips with the lip scrub.Apply the scrub to your lips using your fingers. Gently massage your lips using soft, circular motions. A few seconds is all you need. If you have very chapped lips, however, you might need to exfoliate them for up to two minutes.
  3. Wipe the lip scrub off with a damp towel.Soak the corner of a clean, soft towel with warm water. Squeeze out the excess moisture from the towel, then gently wipe the excess lip scrub off your lips.
  4. Buff your lips with a soft toothbrush as an alternative to scrubbing.Use a clean toothbrush. This is great for circulation and can help make your lips appear more plump and full.
    • Consider getting a separate toothbrush for lip buffing purposes.
    • Don't both buff and scrub your lips. Buffing is the better option, as it's gentler.
  5. Pat your lips dry.Take a soft towel, and gently pat your lips dry with it. You are now ready to start applying your lip stain.
  6. Apply a thin coat of lip balm.Allow the balm to soak in to your lips for 10 minutes. If you're in a hurry, allow it to soak in for at least a minute before wiping away the excess.

Doing the Basics

  1. Get out your desired color of lip stain.Depending on how your lip stain is packaged, you may also need a lip brush. Lip stain can come in a bottle with an applicator, in a small jar, and in a small tube.
    • If the lip stain comes in a small jar, you will need a lipstick brush.
    • Even if your lip stain comes with an applicator, you'll have more control over it if you use a brush.
    • If you plan on doing some layering and contouring later on, choose a lighter shade.
  2. Start applying the lip stain to your bottom lip.Simply start at one corner of your lip, and drag the applicator or brush to the middle of your lip. Then, start at the other corner and slowly drag the applicator or brush to the middle to connect your line. Follow the curve of your bottom lip. Once you have your lip outline, fill the center part in with more lip stain.
  3. Smack your lips.Pull your lips inward, so that you can't see them, and then pop them. This will help transfer some of the excess lip stain from the bottom lip to the upper lip.
  4. Finish applying the lip stain to your upper lip.Start applying the lip stain at the top of your lip. Make an "X" to define your cupid's bow, then use your applicator or brush to trace from each corner to the "X". If needed, touch up the color to make sure the entire lip is covered.
  5. Blot your lips with a tissue or paper towel.Take a tissue or paper towel, and fold it in half. Place it between your lips. Close your lips and pull them inward. Open your lips and discard the paper towel. This helps get rid of any excess lip stain. It also helps make your lip stain look more natural.

Adding Depth and Shimmer

  1. Choose a brighter and darker shade of lip stain.You will be applying brighter shade to the outline of your lips, to make them "pop." You will be applying the darker shade to the inner part of your lips to add depth. Combined, this will make your lips appear fuller and plumper.
  2. Start outlining the inside of your lips with the brighter lip stain shade.Keep the lip stain inside your lip line, not outside. The innermost part of your lips should still have the lighter lip stain color. Outline the inside of both lips.
    • For a sharper, crisper look, use a lipstick brush to apply the lip stain—even if it comes with an applicator.
    • Follow the basic process discussed above, except when it comes to defining your cupid's bow. Instead of making an "X", trace it into a "V".
  3. Blend the lip stain shade in with a lipstick brush.Once you have outlined your lips using the brighter shade, go over your lips with a lipstick brush. Focus on the transition line, right where the two shades meet. This will create a smoother transition, and make your lip stain look more natural.
  4. Apply the darker shade to center part of your lips using a lipstick brush.Gently dab the lip stain on using a soft, tapping motion. Focus the color on the inner part of your mouth, and work your way to the center of your lips.
  5. Consider adding a dab shimmer on the center of your bottom lip.This will help make your lips appear plumper. Choose a light pink, shimmery shade, and tap it onto the middle of your bottom lip. This will help give your lips that finally touch of luscious fullness.
    • You can also add a dab to your cupid's bow.
  6. Finished.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    How can I effectively apply a rollerball lip tint?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Depending on how wide or narrow the rollerball is, fill in as much of your lips as you can. Then spread with a lip brush.
  • Question
    What if I want smaller, cuter lips? Can I apply the light color on the outside and the dark color on the inside?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, that would work.
  • Question
    I bite and chew my lips constantly, will lip stain last through that?
    Community Answer
    It depends on the product you are using. If you are using a liquid lip stain such as the e.l.f Essential Lip Stain, it is sure to last you throughout the day.
  • Question
    How can I make a lip gradient with thin lips?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Take a lip liner that's the same color of your lips. Slightly over-line your top lip (but not your cupid's bow). Over-line your bottom lip using a lip liner that's slightly darker than the color of your lips. This will create a shadow effect which is very flattering for any lip shape. Next, choose a color that's slightly lighter than your lips and apply it in the center of your top lip and the center of your bottom lip. Doing this will compliment your shadow effect and create a highlight. By using this technique, you are making your lips look bigger in a very natural way. For a more dramatic look, use shades of purple or maroon to shade and highlight.
  • Question
    How long does it last for?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    I have used lip stains for Halloween, dances, and parties. I only had to reapply close to the end. I would say that it lasts a good 3-3.5 hours with full color.
  • Question
    After applying and blotting, how long does it take to fully stain? Should I leave it alone for a minute? A few? I lick my lips often, and I don't want to lick it off before it has a chance to stain.
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Generally, it should dry quite quickly, no more than a minute. If it's coming off that easily, it may be a low-quality one.
  • Question
    How can I effectively apply Benetint?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It's not super easy because it stains readily but it won't rub or sweat off. Apply a small drop on your finger and pat it over your lips. This will stain your finger, so just be careful.
  • Question
    Can I use chapstick on lip stains? If so, what type/brand of lip stain allows this?
    Ashlyn Winn
    Community Answer
    Yes. All brands should work, since lip stains are meant to stain your lips, so that you don't get lipstick marks everywhere. Putting chapstick on top is no problem.
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Quick Summary

To apply lip stain, drag the applicator or brush from one corner of your bottom lip to the middle of your bottom lip. Next, drag the applicator from the other bottom corner to the middle to connect the line, being careful to follow the natural curve of your lip. Then, fill in the center of your bottom lip and smack your lips together to transfer some of the stain to your top lip. Finally, finish filling in your upper lip by defining your cupid's bow and touching up any sparse areas.

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  • When testing for a lip color in the mall or in a public place, do not apply the product directly to your lips. Try it on your wrist or the side of your hand instead.
  • When your using a felt tip marker type of lip stain apply it inside to your lips then spread it out using your finger to achieve a just bitten look. Or if your using a liquid type of lip-tint dot it inside to your lips then close your mouth or spread outwards using your ring finger.
  • You may have to let the lip stain sit and dry for a few moments.
  • Use makeup remover to remove lip stain.
  • Consider finishing off the look with a pair of glamorous false lashes.
  • Use lip liner if you want more defined, less-natural-looking lips.
  • You can create a softer look by applying the lip stain to the center of your lower lip. Squish your lips together, then use a lipstick brush to blend the color out to the edges. This gives a popsicle-stain effect.
  • Lip stain can by drying. If your lips tend to get dry, consider applying some lip balm and letting it absorb first, before you go to apply the lip stain.


  • The color of the lip stain when applied is not always the same as the product color.

Things You'll Need

  • Lip stain (1 to 3 shades)
  • Lipstick brush
  • Lip scrub
  • Toothbrush
  • Soft towel
  • Paper towel or tissue

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