Reader Q: "What Company Makes a Good Lip Stain?"

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Reader Question: “What company makes a good lip stain,” asked Kathy.

Answer: While it’s easy to find a countless number of lip glosses and lipsticks that suit your every need, lip stains (or great ones, anyway) are a bit harder to come by. I’m personally not a huge fan of most stains. They can be drying to the point where your lips get flaky, which causes the stain to cling on to those dry skin flecks and results in an uneven finish. Ick. They’re also limited in their shade range, and often their intensity can be more than you bargain for. That all being said, they are the still the best way to coat your lips with seriously long-lasting color. Here are my current favorites, all of which are affordable and easy to pick up at your local Target or drugstore …

Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain — I have multiple shades of this balmy stain. It goes on feeling like a chapstick, but leaves your lips tinted long after the glossy feel fades. And with 10 shades to choose from, you’re sure to find one you like.

Pixie Lip Blush — Of all of the marker-style stains I’ve tried, this is the least drying. I still prefer to top it with a clear chapstick, but it’s not essential, especially if your lips aren’t already parched.

Wet n Wild Mega Slicks Lip Balm Stain — Like the Revlon version, this balm stain goes on like a moisturizing lipstick, but stays on like a tint long after the top layer wears off. The difference? This stain lasts a bit longer, and when you initially apply it, it gives you a bit of a cooling effect. One thing to be aware of: the initial color fades into one that’s slightly different. Not in a bad way, but just something to prepare yourself for.

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Bring on the Bright Lip Colors

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm StainI love a bright lip look. It’s a cinch to do — no fancy application techniques required. It’s low commitment in terms of cost. And, it can instantly make you look pulled together — even when in reality you’ve spent less than two minutes on your makeup.

That’s why I’m beyond thrilled that bright, in-your-face lips are a huge trend for spring. I’m embracing it for sure. When I wore the bold look last week, one of the girls in my office told me the bright shade should be my new go-to. I might just take her advice. Well, that’s if I can resist all of the other great products and shades on the shelves right now.

The bright lip color I’ve been using: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain in Smitten, $8.99. This fuchsia shade looks great on my fair skin tone. And, the formula is devine. The pigments are rich and long-lasting (similar to a stain), and the balmy texture hydrates your lips just enough so that they’re not totally parched (a feeling that often comes along with wearing a lip stain), but not so much that the color seeps into fine lines. I can slick it on in the morning and still have a decent amount of color left on my lips at night — without touchups.

It’s practically perfect.

The Prettiest Stocking Stuffers For Everyone On Your List — All Under $15

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Orly Flash Glam FX Hyper-Reflective Glitter Nail Lacquer in Watch it Glitter, $10 For the glamazon, gold glitter polish with extra- large flakes make any old manicure ultra-luxe.

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Revlon Box O’ Files, $4 For the practical girl, these emery boards to-go are a chic way to always be prepared.

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Jouer Sparkle and Pop, $12 For the party gal, a horn, champagne bubbles, confetti, and a beauty fortune is just the beginning. The surprise lip gloss, body butter or essential lip enhancer is an unexpected beauty treat.

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Pinch Provisions Minimergency Glitter Kit, $15 For the girl on the go, this teeny, tiny pouch is filled with essentials like hairspray, clear nail polish and toothpaste.

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Warren London Pawdicure Polish Pens, $9 Each For the pooch lover, these dog nail polishes will pamper any breed and make them the star of the dog park.

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Avon Holiday Sweets Lip Balm, $1 Each For the lip balm addict, these adorable balms are as moisturizing as they are sweet.

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Jane Tran Polka Dot Bobby Pin Set, $12 For the fashionista, small bobby pins with adorable patterns are just the right thing.

claus-port-musgo-real-body-soapClaus Porto Musgo Real Men’s Body Soap, Classic Scent, $6 For the man in your life, a solid, rich smelling soap is super-decadent.

21-drops-pick-up-fix21 Drops Pick Up Fix Set, $14 For the fragrance lover, aromatherapy to-go is the perfect way to blend your own scents while getting benefits like calm and will power.

I'm Blushing, But It's Okay Because Rosy Cheeks Are Totally In

Here’s a confession: I’m an over-blusher. I always have been. I love the way blush makes me look awake and happy — especially in pictures — so I’m compelled to add just a touch more rouge on top of what I’m already sporting.

Enter Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush in Flushed, $13. Yes, it’s hot pink. But on the skin that translates into a pretty, rosy flush (it’s also a trend that was all over the fall 2012 runways). My favorite way to apply it is on the apples of my cheeks to give myself a fairly natural look. Since this product is ultra-sheer, it’s totally buildable, so I can add just a touch or layer it for a more dramatic effect.

What product do you over-do?

– Carrie Stern Kleiner

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