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SRSLY’s Lip Stain Face Off: Guest Blogger

If you haven’t heard of the online comedy series SRSLY (pronounced “seriously”) yet, let us be the proud first folks to introduce you. If you have heard of it, then you’ll know why we love the two brilliant NYU and Upright Citizen Brigade alumnae behind it. Alexandra Fiber and Danielle Gibson’s short, snappy videos are loosely based on their 20-something lives in New York. The hilarious moments adeptly touch on experiences that many of us have every day. All this week, they’re sharing their beauty inspirations in their typical witty style.

Emma Stone pulls off a gorgeous watermelon lip stain at the 2012 MTV movie awards. (Photo:

If you ask us to pick our single favorite beauty product, it has to be lip stain. It’s the quickest way to look chic and pulled together, it lasts all day so you get major bang for your buck, and it’s consistently theone thing people compliment us on. We wear lip stain to every meeting, on every video shoot and when we want to confidently flirt with the cashier at Trader Joe’s. We’ve tried a lot, so here are our picks for the best lip stains on the market:

Balm Stains
This kind of product does double duty. It’s great if you like a bit of color and you tend to get chappy. You have to reapply balm stains more often than with most, but NBD, chapstick is our crack-stick. We enjoy Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment!

Marker Stains
Marker stains like Pixi Beauty Lip Blush are a SRSLY fave because they are minimally messy, have good staying power but aren’t crazy expensive, and give you the singular thrill of drawing on your face. We like to call them “Mouth Crayolas.”

Brush-On Stains
Stila is our absolute favorite brand of lip stain; it uses their trademark “twirl the bottom and liquid comes out of the top” system, in a great range of colors. Plus, you always know when the stain is tapped and it’s time to top up.

Liquid Stains
Ladylike and delicate, Benetint is the classic liquid stain. Best keep this type at home though, it doesn’t do well in transit. One time, Alex’s Benetint exploded in her purse and she looked like she was carrying around a severed head.

Stains are easier to master than you would think—here’s our easy tutorial on how to apply cheek and lip stain.

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