The perfect bold berry or crimson pout takes some work…a lot of work. With a traditional lipstick, you absolutely must exfoliate and moisturize to prepare. Then there’s the routine of priming, lining, filling, blotting and re-touching over and over again. When there’s barely enough time in the day as it is, all this extra work can be too much no matter how ‘in’ the look is. Luckily there are some other options for us these days. If you love the matte look (or just hate re-applying or leaving lip prints on your kids), stains and markers are perfect. Just slather on lip balm as you get ready, then wipe it off and apply the stain for a look that lasts nearly all day. For those of us with chronically dry lips or who just prefer a dewier look, tinted balms and sticks are the way to go. Slough off dead skin with a toothbrush and apply the color. You’ll have to re-apply after eating or drinking, but they often go on easily without the need for a mirror. No matter what form you choose, it’s a win-win for busy moms who crave the berry look this season.
Laqa & Co. Fat Lip Pencil, $18, ronrobinson.com
Avon Lip Stain Marker, $9, avon.com
Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour, $16, nordstrom.com
Jemma Kid Stain Flush & Gloss Lip and Cheek Duo, $32, dermstore.com