I wear makeup every day, and 99 percent of the time I don’t complain about it. I’ve got it down to a science, you see—since I wear the same handful of products pretty much every day, I can finish my face in about five minutes, three if I skip the liquid eyeliner. But there are plenty of days (like this morning, for instance) when I just can’t haul my ass out of bed fast enough and I can’t even remember to put my phone in my handbag, let alone complete a full makeup look. It’s during times like these when I reach for one of my most cherished double-duty products: lip and cheek stain.
Now, the existence of these products is hardly breaking news. They’ve been around (and loved) for ages, and for good reason—you don’t need to suffer through the struggle of finding an appropriate lipstick and blush pairing, you don’t dirty up tons of brushes, and, quite simply, being able to do multiple things with one product is kind of a lifesaver, especially on busy mornings. Plus, one product takes up a ton less space in your makeup bag than several products and blushes. #Science.
Here are the nine best lip and cheek stains around:
This has been my go-to product since I first picked up a bottle four years ago. And you know what? I’m still using that very same bottle. Because it’s a liquid, and it’s buildable, you really only need a little bit for every use. Honestly, if I’ve even made a dent in the product at all, it’s not noticeable. Plus, the rosy tint works on all skin and lip tones.
It’s Bobbi Brown, so you know this product has some crazy staying power, and the color payoff is great. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this bright coral shade if you want to go for a more subtle blush look, but if you have a light hand and blend well, anything is possible.
Yeah, I know this is technically a lip butter, but lipsticks make for great blushes too, guys! Plus, this one’s super-moisturizing, and who doesn’t want ridiculously soft cheeks?
Fine, same with this product. It says “cheek stain,” but we use the term “cheek stain” loosely around these parts in that we’re rebels without causes and don’t follow the rules or product labels.
I guarantee you that, if you do a quick Google search of “best lip and cheek stains,” this will pop up. After all, that’s what happened to me when I was checking to see if I missed any major players. This cream product is super blendable, and instead of sitting on the skin like a powder blush would, it almost absorbs into the skin (in a good way, of course), which makes everything just a little bit more natural-looking.
Ah, Sonia Kashuk. Is there nothing she can’t do? This one’s got a bit of a sheen to it, so don’t expect to apply this and have a matte, flushed look.
I got this as a free sample when I reviewed the Jane Iredale Country Weekend collection for another medium when it first came out a few months back, and I’ll admit that I really don’t use it that often, simply because my hand just sort of naturally gravitates toward the Benetint. That said, this is a great product. It’s really sheer, so if you’re not a big blush fan but still want some color, you can get what you want, and it feels like a balm on the lips rather than a stain or a lip color.
If you haven’t tried anything by It Cosmetics yet, let this be your gateway
drug product. You won’t be sorry.
This product is actually all kinds of awesome. The three colors allow for blush and highlighter on the cheeks, and depending on how you apply it on the lips, you can get a new, custom color every time. Seriously, it’s like three products for the price of one, and you’re already get two products for the price of one considering you can use it both on your cheeks and your lips. So, I guess that makes it a win-win-win?