A Short Guide On How To Use Korean Lip Tints

A simple guide about the differences between lip tint and lipstick, and all the types of Korean lip tints you can find out there.

If you’ve ever watched a Korean drama or a K-pop video, you know that South Koreans have been killing the beauty game for years. Most of their trends are literally worlds away, favoring sweet and delicate looks that make you look fresh-faced and natural.

Of all their makeup trends, the gradient lip is one of my favorites. When done properly, it makes your lips look like you just ate a popsicle: deep red in the center of your mouth, and a lighter pink on the outline. The best way to achieve this look is by using lip tints (also called lip stains). But, if you’ve never used lip tints, you might be wondering: how are they different from lipsticks? Do they last longer? How do I wear them? This article will answer these questions, so you can go home and give the gradient look a try.

Lip tints vs. Lipsticks

There are two main reasons why you should ditch lipsticks. First, lip tints last a lot longer. The reason for that is that while lipsticks only color the surface of your lips, lip tints go deeper into your skin and actually stain it, which allows them to stay longer on your lips. With a lip tint, you don’t have to worry about reapplying after a meal or a drink, or the about the color fading after a couple of hours. You just put some on in the morning, and you’re good for the rest of the day!

The second reason why you need to start using lip tints is that they’re better for your lips. The best lipsticks out there will have, at most, some level of SPF, but even some of the cheapest lip tints are packed with natural ingredients that leave your lips looking healthy and soft. Many of them have ingredients like aloe vera, honey extract, and jojoba oil, among others. This means that, when you use a lip tint, you’re not just putting some color on your lips. You’re also “feeding” them tons of good stuff that will make them look amazing.

Types of lip tints and their characteristics:

Water-based: This kind of lip tint is perfect for those people who want a minimal and subtle look, since the color is not very strong. Because it doesn’t have a glossy finish, it’ll give you a really natural look. However, if you want a deeper color, you can always layer it on, until you get the exact shade you want.

Oil-based: This is the newest kind of lip tint out there. It’s very glossy at first, then it dries matte, and it leaves your lips super moisturized. Of all the lip tints you can find, this is the best one for dry lips.

Gel: They go deeper than water-based lip tints, and are also a much glossier. The best thing about them is that they’re very easy to apply and provide great coverage.

Creamy: Besides sounding delicious, these are awesome because they give you a deep color that stays on your lips forever. The only problem is that they tend to dry matte, so they might dry out your lips. If you don’t want to have this problem, just double down on the lip balm before applying.


Peel-off: This kind is not for the faint of heart. It’s like a mask that dries on your lips and that you have to peel off in order to reveal the color. Some people who have tried it say they got hurt and even bled trying to peel it off, but other people say it’s great, and that the color lasts a long time. 

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