A guide to stains

August 19, 2008 at 12:00 pm 8 comments

Stains have become very popular because they are a great alternative to lipsticks and powder blushes. But what are they? What do they do? And how should you apply them?

What are stains?
Stains are coloring agents that are absorbed into the skin to give a natural tint to your cheeks and lips. They usually come in liquid or cream form and dry quickly. Some of them are water-resistant and most of them are not drying and oil-free.

The pros of stains
Stains are long lasting: they last through eating and drinking and you don’t need to reapply throughout the day. They are also perfect to wear when it’s hot as they won’t sweat off.
Natural looking: stains give you just a hint of color. They are great for a natural, fresh-faced look.
Buildable: if you want a more intense color, just apply another layer until you’re happy with the result.
Don’t cake: stains don’t cake and are great for all skin types.
Convenient: one stain can be used on lips, cheeks and eyes. However, not all cheek stains can be used on lips as they might not be lip safe. Stains that can be used on both cheeks and lips are marketed as cheek/lip stains and not just cheek stains or lip stains.

The cons of stains
Can be drying: stains tend to be drying. That is why it is always best to apply lip balm before applying lip stains.

How to apply a cheek stain
– Apply moisturizer and foundation.
– Using your finger, a brush or directly from the bottle, apply the stain to your cheeks and blend it in an upward and circular motion. Blend them quickly because stains dry very quickly.
– To finish the look, apply a layer of translucent powder.

How to apply a lip stain
– Exfoliate your lips and apply lip balm.
– Using you fingers or a brush apply the stain to your lips. Be quick and careful. Stains dry quickly and they will be difficult to remove if you made a mistake.
– Let it dry and, if you need to, apply another layer.

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  • 1. Anstasia  |  August 19, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Aw, thank you! I didn’t realise anyone read my blog except my long-suffering boyfriend. I love your E.L.F brush reviews – I’m going to try them now ($80 for a MAC blush brush? Ahhh x.x)

    It’s nice to see someone else who cares about what they put into the things you put on your face, too <3

  • 2. Anastasia  |  August 19, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Oh man, I spelt my own name wrong =[

  • 3. Nikki  |  August 20, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Yes yes, apply the stains QUICKLY!!! I learned from it the hard way! LOL you can imagine how my cheeks look when I had a huge dot that I can’t blend! LOL

  • 4. beautifulwithbrains  |  August 20, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Anastacia: you’re welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed the reviews. I really lik your blog and I’m sure lots of other people do, too.

    Nikki: lol. I think that probably happens to everyone when they first use stains. You need to be super quick!

  • 5. sab  |  August 20, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    yeah.. also my fingers were left with pink stains too! i don’t mind tho. but is it just me?

  • 6. beautifulwithbrains  |  August 21, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    It’s not just you Sab. It happened to me too!

  • 7. Anastasia  |  August 22, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    After having to re-apply my blush at lunchtime today, I’m re-looking into cheek stains… I had PoseTint by Benefit used on me before, but the girl doing it wasn’t very skilled and I looked like a clown! Being extremely fair skinned I do prefer the consistency of powder, but it doesn’t stay =[

    Also, the colours seem more limited, I like having a range of blushes to match my eyeshadow that day…

  • 8. beautifulwithbrains  |  August 23, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I have very pale skin too and I like stains because they just give you a hint of color. You need to apply them properly though, or you just end up looking like a clown.


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