While we’ve been placing a lot of focus on eye makeup now that we’re all required to wear masks in public, it doesn’t necessarily mean we should stop using lipsticks and lip products completely. It’s all a matter of finding a long-lasting, smudge-proof lipstick to wear under your face mask. Aside from longevity, comfort and pigmentation are important factors as well. We’ve scoured the Internet for some recommendations and these are the ones you need to have in your hands ASAP. P.S. Remember to prime your lips with a lip scrub and balm beforehand!
FENTY Beauty Stunna Lip Paint
When Rihanna launched FENTY Beauty, the Stunna Lip Paint was one of the products that quickly gained holy grail status — specifically for its comfortable, smudge-proof, and long-lasting formula. One stroke leaves a fully opaque swash of colour on your lips. Multiple reviews have attested to its lasting power against food and lip-locking, so we know you can wear this under your face mask with zero doubt.
Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lipstick
While we’re on the topic of holy grails, the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lipstick collection really set the standard for budge-proof lipsticks from a drugstore brand. The arrow-shaped doe-foot applicator allows for precise application of this saturated lippie. Plus, it promises to stay put for at least 16 hours. A whole day of colour at a very affordable price? Sign us up, please!
L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Lipstick
Here’s another drugstore option if you don’t want to splurge. If the reviews are any indication, the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Lipstick is the underrated smudge-proof lipstick. You’ll enjoy a lasting, colour-saturated, matte pout with its non-drying formula that has people raving. You’ll experience some flaking after eating, but other than that, you won’t need to retouch at all.
KVD Vegan Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Another immoveable lipstick formula is the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick from KVD Vegan Beauty. This liquid lipstick lives up to its name — the creamy formula dries down to a weightless matte that just won’t move. It’s packed with moisturising ingredients like Vitamin E and sunflower seed wax that make it comfortable for all-day-long wear. Taking it off at the end of the day may be a challenge, but we’d take it.
Smashbox Always On Cream To Matte Lipstick
Though most of the recommendations for smudge-proof lipstick are of the liquid variety, we have to put a spotlight on this innovative cream-to-matte bullet lipstick formula. The Smashbox Always On Cream To Matte Lipstick applies like a regular bullet lipstick but quickly dries down to a velvety matte finish. Aside from being transfer-proof, this vegan lip product is also infused with Primer Oil Complex that makes it oh-so-comfy on the lips. All that’s left to do is don on your reusable face mask and head out the door.
Tarteist™ Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint
Searching for a matte liquid lipstick that won't make your lips look dry and chapped? The Tarteist™ Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint dries down quickly to a full-coverage transfer-proof, long-lasting finish. Its Comfort-Flex formula also makes it comfortable on the lips, so you can laugh, talk, and more without worrying about your lipstick drying out, cracking or feathering.
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick
Hailed as one of the best longlasting, smudge-proof lipsticks you can find on the market, the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick delivers a thin, flattering swash of colour to your pout. The matte formula is non-drying, too; it's formulated with antioxidants and an exclusive complex to keep your lips hydrated for hours. Did we mention it comes in 15 different shades? You won't be at a loss for options.
Dior Rouge Dior Forever Liquid Lipstick
If you're willing to splurge on a long-lasting lipstick that lives up to its claims, then look to the Dior Rouge Dior Forever Liquid Lipstick. The brand claims that this transfer-proof lippie "won't smudge on your mask". Aside from that, it offers a high-impact colour that can last up to 12 hours. So if you're looking for a pick that can last throughout the workday and some after-work drinks, this is a good option.
Urban Decay Vice Matte Lipstick
Pigmented, matte, vegan — that's the Urban Decay Vice Matte Lipstick. This smudge-proof and long-wearing lipstick is infused with aloe vera and avocado oil to keep your pout hydrated and nourished, while still providing an intensely opaque swash of colour on your lips. Speaking of colour, it comes in 34 Los Angeles-inspired shades — with 10 available to us locally — on the Urban Decay website.
NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream
Capping off this list is the oh-so-affordable and creamy NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream. Available in 16 shades named after cities around the world, this lightweight matte liquid lipstick has a pleasantly sweet scent and budge-proof pigment. Affordable and long-lasting? Win-win!
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