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French girl beauty obsession: the lip tattoo

Close up image of DIOR Addict Lip Tattoo beauty product. Image courtesy of Dior

Get kiss-proof lips; try a lip tattoo.

Parisian beauty – it’s undeniably chic and completely effortless. The spirit of the avant-garde; worn au natural. And if there’s one secret we’ve learnt from our French counterparts, it’s that a lip stain is a must-have in your beauty kit.

A relatively new innovation in the land of cosmetics, the product’s staying power makes it one less thing to think about throughout the day. Better yet, lip stains are completely weightless, leaving you feeling like you’re wearing nothing at all.

We’ve created our lip stain product wish list for you below, and the votes are in – Dior is leading the pack on this front, taking everything we love about the lip stain, adding a little je ne sais quoi, and creating the lip tattoo.

Close up campaign image for Dior Addict Lip Tattoo Image courtesy of Dior


Embodying everything French beauty stands for – i.e., looking irresistible in a nonchalant kind of way – the lip tattoo does just what the name suggests, tattooing your lips for10 kissable hours straight. That means less time reapplying your pout, and more time getting in touch with your inner flâneur.

Here’s our complete lip stain hit list – we’ll take one of each, thanks.

YVES SAINT LAURENT | Vernis A Levres Gloss Stain Lip Plumper


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Can’t decide if you’re on team lipstick, stain or gloss? The new Vernis Levres Pop Water by Yves Saint Laurent seamlessly combines the best features of all three, offering a vibrant pop of colour that lasts using translucent water brilliance.

DIOR | Dior Addict Lip Tattoo

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The first long wear lip tint by the French fashion house, the Dior Addict Lip Tattoo is already a cult beauty favourite. Boasting a 10-hour hold and weightless “no transfer” finish, this version will make you wonder why you didn’t discover lip stains much earlier. 

MAC | Versicolour Stain

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An energy shot for your lips, the MAC Versicolour offers a luscious fusion of gloss and stain, delivering a glassy shine that lasts from day to night.  Perfect for the woman who wants to add a little sheen to her look. 

PIXI | Tinted Brilliance Balm - Staining

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Keep your lips hydrated in style with this Brilliance Balm by PIXI. The super nourishing formula gently conditions your lips while delivering a burst of lush colour – what more could you want?

BOBBI BROWN | Extra Lip Tint

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The moisturising goodness of lip balm fuses with a feminine peachy stain in Bobbi Brown’s extra lip tint. Blending seamlessly with your natural lip colour, this lip stain smooths and softens lips instantly, working to improve the condition of your lips over time.

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