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Welcome! If you love make-up, you have certainly heard of lip tint, a multi-purpose product that guarantees a natural and rosy effect on the lips and cheeks. With the popularisation of this type of make-up, the most famous cosmetic brands already sell lip tint. But as each one offers different formats, textures and colours, we will show you in this article how to invest your money in the best lip tint of all.


  • Lip tint is the new beauty darling and can be used as lipstick, blush and even as eyeshadow.
  • But you need to know how to use lip tint, as the product dries fast and has a very long lasting hold.
  • When buying the best lip tint, you need to consider the formula of the product, in addition to the colours and the effect it provides, which can vary between shiny and matte.

The Best Lip Tints: Our Picks

Buying Guide

When it comes to makeup, it takes attention when choosing the best product, both to ensure the desired effect, and to match and treat your skin. For this, you need to understand how the cosmetic works and consider your personal taste as well. To help you with this process, we have created this Buying Guide. Below, you will find out how lip tint works, the correct way to apply it and the effects this cosmetic guarantees, according to your goal.

Mulher aplicando lip tint nos lábios.

Lip tint is one of the most popular cosmetics nowadays. (Source: marctran/

What is lip tint and what is the difference between lipstick and gloss?

Lip tint is a cosmetic product that has fallen into the taste of women all over the world who love makeup. Lip tint works as a long-lasting colourant and can therefore be used on lips, cheeks and even eyelids. With this in mind, you may be wondering: Is lip tint then a lipstick or a gloss? No. Lip tint is not a lipstick, gloss or lip gloss. It is also not a blush or an eyeshadow. But, in fact, it is multi-purpose and works as if it were all these products together. In practice, the lip tint acts as a pigmentation, which provides a natural and healthy-looking tone to some parts of the face.

Lip tint sobre mesa com revistas, óculos e xícara ao lado.

Lip tint is a product used to colour mouth, cheeks and eyelids. (Source: Kaboompics .com/

The main difference of lip tint to lipstick for example, is its texture. Liquid or gel, lip tint does not create a thick layer on the lips, as occurs when you use a lipstick or gloss. Still, it is possible to create a lipstick-like effect, depending on how you apply the lip tint. But we will talk about that in detail later in this article. Another difference of the lip tint is that it has high fixation on the skin and long duration. But the counterpoints between it and other cosmetics go beyond. For you to better understand the differences between lipstick, gloss and lip tint, we created a table with the main characteristics of each one. Take a look:

Lipstick Gloss Lip Tint
Function Colours lips in a more consistent and uniform way Gives shine to lips, with wet effect Pigments lips, cheeks and eyelids in a light and natural way
Texture Liquid or dry Liquid Liquid or gel
Fixation and duration Low Low Very high

How did lip tint come about?

There are a few versions to explain the origin of lip tint. The most popular one is that Benefit, a cosmetic brand from California, USA, created lip tint around the 1970s. The creation would have occurred to meet the request of an exotic dancer to have a product that allowed her to leave rosier nipples. With this, Benefit created the first lip tint, a product made from rose petals.

Another version points out that the lip tint was created in South Korea. But, even though there is this controversy in the origin of lip tint, in both cases, the product was developed with the same goal: to give a natural and rosy look to the lips and still have the multifunction of being able to be used on other parts of the face.

How to use lip tint?

As we have seen, you can use lip tint as if it were a lipstick, a blush or an eyeshadow. But you need to know how to apply the product to ensure the desired effect. For example, one of the characteristics of lip tint is that it dries very quickly after being applied. So, the most efficient way to use lip tint is to apply a few drops on the skin and spread them quickly.

Moreover, lip tint is also known to be very pigmented. Therefore, experts indicate that you should not overdo the amount of the product, otherwise it may create an effect opposite to naturalness. But these are just a few tips on how to use lip tint. Below, you will find other recommendations:

  • Lips: apply the lip tint directly on the lips, spread it with your fingers and let it dry;
  • Cheeks and eyelids: apply small dots of product and spread with your fingers;
  • Amount: Apply a smallamount at a time. Add new layers if desired;
  • Care: Spread lip tint quickly after applying to skin, so that the product does not dry out and stain.

What are the effects you can create with lip tint?

You don't need to be a makeup professional to create effects using lip tint. On the lips, for example, you can create a gradient effect in a simple way. To do this, simply apply the product with more intensity in the centre, leaving the contour of the mouth softer. You can also use lip tint first and then apply your lipstick on top of it. With time, the lipstick will come off, but your lips will still be blushing due to the pigmentation of the lip tint. Besides, if you want to add a touch of shine to your lips, just apply gloss on top of the lip tint. In other words, the lip tint ends up serving as a base to apply other products on top of it.

Another effect that you can create with lip tint is that of larger lips, known as the plump gradient effect. To give the sensation of lip augmentation, you can apply a little lip tint on the lips' edges and in the centre. The same goes for the cheeks and the eyelids. Try using lip tint before applying the rest of your make-up and before blush and eyeshadow. As the day goes by, your make-up will naturally come off, but the lip tint will still show through.

On what occasions can I use lip tint?

Lip Tint is more recommended for day-to-day use, precisely because it looks natural and less heavy than traditional make-up.
Lip tint can and should be used in any situation.

But that is also why lip tint can and should be used in any situation, day or night, in informal or formal events. You can apply lip tint for work, for parties and even for exercising. Everything will depend on the way you use the lip tint.

How to remove lip tint from skin?

To remove lip tint, whether from the mouth, cheeks or eyelids you need to use a makeup remover. After all, as the lip tint is a product of high fixation on the skin, water alone is not enough to remove it.
Did you know that lip tint can be used on all skin types? But, as most of them end up having a drier finish, the product is even more suitable for those with oily skin

What are the pros and cons of lip tint?

If you've made it this far, you've already noticed that lip tint has many more advantages than negative points. Starting with the fact that it is a multi-purpose product, serving to colour the mouth, cheeks and eyelids. Besides, lip tint is a pigment that gives a natural and soft colouring, ideal for those who do not want a heavy make-up. Another positive point is that the lip tint is long-lasting and fixation. In other words, you do not need to touch up your makeup throughout the day.

Detalhe de boca de mulher.

The lip tint causes a natural and long-lasting effect on the lips. (Source:
Shiny Diamond/

On the other hand, lip tint also has some negative aspects. Because it contains a high pigmentation, lip tint needs to be applied in small amounts, otherwise you will get an exaggerated effect. Also, since lip tint dries fast, if you don't spread the product in the right time, you might end up smudging your skin. To summarise the advantages and disadvantages of lip tint, we have created the table below:

  • Natural, rosy and healthy-looking lips
  • Can be used as lipstick, blush and eyeshadow
  • Has high hold and lasts
  • Can stain
  • Dries fast

Purchase Criteria: How to choose lip tint

Apart from being guided by the price and the manufacturer brand, you need to take some criteria into consideration if you want to invest in the best lip tint. To help you at this stage, we have gathered below the most important criteria that should be analysed. They are:

Below we will show you how to consider these topics.

Texture and shape

The first factor you should take into account when buying a lip tint is the texture. To choose the ideal texture, take into account the way it is applied. You will find lip tint options with liquid, gel and cream texture. Although the last option, in cream, is rarer in Brazil. The liquid lip tint, the most popular, works as if it were a liquid lipstick.

Mulher abrindo frasco de lip tint.

Liquid lip tint comes with a sponge applicator for you to apply on the lips. (Source: lubovlisitsa /

The way liquid lip tint is applied is by means of a brush. So much so that the bottle of this type of lip tint resembles that of a nail polish. The gel lip tint, on the other hand, is usually more practical, since it does not run the risk of running. In this case, the most common application format is in the form of a stick, as if it were a traditional lipstick.


Be sure to also check the list of lip tint ingredients, which may vary a lot, especially depending on the manufacturer. Evaluating the composition of cosmetic products ends up being a more usual practice for those who are vegan. And, in this case, the good news is that there are vegan lip tint options too. But even if you are not vegan, it is worth checking the list of substances that make up the lip tint.

This is because, not rarely, some brands include moisturizing components in its formula, which can be functional for those who tend to have more dry lips. To give you an idea, the most popular components found in lip tint formulas are panthenol and hyaluronic acid, which act as powerful moisturizers, leaving the skin firm and smooth.


Of course, before you buy a lip tint, it is crucial that you choose your colours well. In the case of lip tint, the most common is to find colours like orange, cherry, wine and red. It is worth mentioning that some manufacturers make lip tint available for sale in kits. It can be an advantage if you want to have varied colours.

Shine or matte

Be sure to also evaluate what effect you want the lip tint to create on your skin. This is because there are both matte and shimmery lip tint options. The matte lip tint is ideal for those who like a lighter, natural effect with a velvety finish. Because it gives a dry look, this type of lip tint is more recommended for day to day wear. But if the idea is to give your lips a touch of shine, you can find the glossy lip tint. This type of lip tint is ideal to be used at parties, events and more refined situations. Please note that some versions also come with a gloss, just to increase the shine effect.


Another important factor that you should note before choosing the best lip tint is the quantity that comes in the package. Of course, if you will use the lip tint very often, the cost benefit is greater if you buy a product that earns more. In this regard, you can opt for lip tints whose bottle contains between 4 ml and 10 ml.

(Featured image source: serezniy/