Ask the Experts: What’s the best way to remove lip stain?

Q: What’s the best way to remove lip stain – I seem to have coloured lips for at least 24 hours after using it? Debbie, 50

Lip stains are designed to stay on much longer than lipstick by leaving a stain or tint of colour on your lips for anything up to 24 hours (and I’ve known it to last even longer). Although they are very convenient to use, they can take their toll on lips because most people don’t know how to remove them correctly. Over-zealously rubbing can leave your lips dry and chapped. So, if you’re going to wear this type of product, you need some effective removal options…

Use a remover

Lip-Ink Off (£11.74) is a natural, organic cleanser for these long-wearing lip products. Saturate a make-up pad, a cotton ball or a warm, moist, wash cloth with the solution. Press to the lips for a few seconds then gently wipe (never scrub) to remove. Splash with warm water and finish with some natural lip balm.

Your DIY option

Soak some soft tissue in olive or coconut oil. Don’t be tempted to use kitchen roll, it’s far too rough on your lips!

Gently rub the oil into your lips with the paper tissue using small circular motions. Keep rubbing using slight pressure until all of the lip colour has transferred onto the tissue, then leave the oil so it can soak into your lips



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