Make Out Like a Bandit with Valentine's Day-Worthy Lip Stains

Give Cupid a helping hand and wear these kissable beauty buys

Leave the heavy, high-gloss lips for Robert Palmer video chicks and Mad Men ladies. Instead, this Valentine's Day (or any day really), paint your pucker with some lasting lip stains. They provide the perfect pop of color without that goopy, totally unsexy feeling you get from a traditional lipstick.

Here are five pouty picks for truly smoochable lips:

Benefit's Benetint
This beauty industry fave imparts a rose-tinted wash for the cutest cherry-popsicle-hued mouth. Plus, the see-through color of Benefit's Benetint will hold up to hours of lip-locking action ($28 at Benefit). For a softer look, try the brand's Posietint ($28), which comes in a poppy-pink shade.

Tarte's LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster
Add a bit of shimmer and shine with Tarte's LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster. Based on the brand's popular cheek tints, this stain provides a high dose of color, along with moisture too. Its formula increases your skin's water content for a fuller, plumper look ($24 at Tarte).

CoverGirl's Outlast Lipstain
Sweeten up with your smile with CoverGirl's Outlast Lipstain. The marker applicator allows for easy, goof-proof application, and the formula offers a weightless layer of pigment ($7.99 at

Josie Maran's Lip and Cheek Stain Magic Marker
Go green, while being red hot this holiday with Josie Maran's eco-chic Lip and Cheek Stain Magic Marker. It contains hyaluronic acid and sugar extracts to smooth your smooch, but like all of her cosmetics, is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and phthalates ($19 at Sephora).

Stila's Coconut Crush Lip & Cheek Stain
You can give your guy a taste of the tropics (even if you don't leave your house) with Stila's Coconut Crush Lip & Cheek Stain. The rose-gold shade works on your lips and cheeks, offering a subtle bronze sheen. Plus, the coconut extract helps slow collagen degeneration and premature aging ($24 at Stila).

What's your Valentine's Day beauty secret? Chime in below!

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