Softly Stained Lips for Fall

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Fall and winter are typically more courageous makeup seasons. This time of year is known for its rich, jewel-toned lip colors, but does it have to be opaque or nothing? A soft hint of deep color can work well for those looking for natural drama—cue lip stains! Translucent tints and stains give a sheer wash of color that can enhance your face without overwhelming it during the day. We’ve rounded up our three favorite tints, balms, and stains that can bring your lips back from bold to just-bitten.

Tarte Lip Service LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster

We love this lip stain for its weightless feel and pretty, universal color range. And good news: The popular and eco-friendly lip tint now comes in five new limited-edition shades for the holiday season! While we’re crazy about all the new hues, Swank, a delicate cherry stain, is the standout.

Fresh Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

Fresh releases yet another lip treatment in its cult-favorite lineup. Sugar Passion is a sheer rouge tint that combines moisture and color for a fresh-from-the-orchard effect on your lips. And because of its sheer, emollient formula, you can never over apply.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Stain

Try this felt-tipped marker stain for the most dramatic effect of the three. We’re impressed by the long lasting formula’s performance and pleased with the price tag. Tint your lips with one of our favorite fall shades, Cranberry Crush 65. This fusion of pink, brown, and red magically flatters any complexion.