On the Mark

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The last time you wielded a marker was likely to etch between the lines of your favourite Disney colouring book. But this summer, felt-tip markers for lips are the hottest must-have for fans of Gossip Girl, not Cinderella.

A candy-coloured stain offers a playful, carefree “I-just-ate-raspberries” look. In grape, cherry, watermelon and peach these fine tip-lip markers make for precise and simple application.

For colour that lasts through a poolside barbecue to a night spent stargazing, start with a smooth surface, says CoverGirl’s Greg Wencel.

“Use a scrub or exfoliator to slough off any dead skin.” A lip stain is meant to be long-wearing and will stick to smooth lips easily, “so don’t be afraid to layer a gloss overtop.”

joe fresh beauty lip stain

  1. Joe Fresh Lip Stain, $6. www.joefresh.com
  2. Stila Lip + Cheek Stain, $32. www.stilacosmetics.com
  3. CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain, $9.99. www.covergirl.ca
  4. Lise Watier HydraShine Lip Stain, $20. www.lisewatier.com
  5. Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain, $10.95. www.revlon.com
  6. Maybelline New York Lipstain, $10. www.maybelline.ca
  7. Givenchy Printed Lips Tinted Look Lip Stainer, $27. www.sephora.com

Published in The Toronto Star (July 17, 2010) and thestar.com (July 20, 2010). Click on THE TORONTO STAR tag below to see all published stories by Emma Yardley.

Award-winning lifestyle journalist writing about travel, fashion, beauty and home life.

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