The off-duty, no-makeup makeup look is something we’re dedicated to perfecting.

But when it comes to our lips, we’ve been without. Lipstick is too too intense and high-maintenance for the everyday, a clear balm just doesn’t cut it (unless you’re Em Rata), and going bare can leave you feeling, well, naked… not to mention it doesn’t exactly make for a ‘youthful’ glow.

So we decided to delve into the world of lip stains… and thank god we did.

It’s amazing what a subtle hint of colour can do for a tired face. It’s our best friend on weekdays when we’re running late for work, and our saving grace on the weekend when a hangover strikes.

We’ve narrowed it down to five of the best, so click through and pick your poison.

By Carmen Hamilton.