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A key component of any successful no-makeup makeup look is a lip stain that delivers just a hint of color. The only problem? Until recently, most formulations were a gamble — and anyone who's had to sacrifice hydrated lips for sheer pigment knows the struggle.
The beauty community flocked to stores when lip oils first hit the scene. Finally, a tinted product that moisturizes like a balm, but gives lips the glamorous finish of a gloss. Now, years later, beauty lovers everywhere are still digging lip oils. Case in point: Milk Makeup's Oil Lip Stain, which has sold out in two shades at Sephora.
One layer of Milk's lip oil gives a sheer layer of color, but the product can be layered for more opacity, too. It's loaded with vitamin E, rosemary, and olive oil to hydrate dry lips and a roller-ball applicator that makes sweeping the tint on easy.
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Our senior beauty editor, Alix Tunell, hasn't been able to put these lip oils down since she discovered them earlier this month. "They're so softening," she says. "They're dressier than a balm, but not sticky like a gloss. Plus, they give off a sheer hint of color that's impossible to overdo."
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If you're on the hunt for a lip oil with a little more color, try these from Burt's Bees. The hydrating formula (thanks to coconut and meadowfoam seed oils) is infused with a hit of pigment that can be layered for more intensity, while still appearing natural on our lips.
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