20 long-lasting lipsticks to wear under your mask
Fight transfer and fading with flattering stains and high-impact mattes
Finding a long-lasting, smudge-proof lipstick that survives all day has always been tricky, but now it’s even more so. The formulas that will stay put beneath a mask without fading, smudging or transferring (not to mention dirtying your mask) are few and far between.
But although face coverings are likely to remain a part of our everyday reality going forward, there’s no need to give up on defining your lips for good. Instead, Bazaar have put the very best long-lasting lipsticks to the test, to find the ones that really go the distance.
So whether you need a lipstick that is date-proof, doesn’t disappear as soon as you have something to eat, or simply lasts as long as you need to wear a face covering, these are the foolproof formulas we love…
And if you want to find the right red lipstick for your skin tone, we have you covered too.
1. Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion
Chanel’s chic and compact packaging ensures that this liquid formula is perfect for reapplying on-the-go – although the finish means you’ll scarcely need to. Use the flat side of the applicator to apply, then define with the thin side for a matte finish that lasts as long as you do.
2. NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream
With thousands of positive online reviews, NYX’s lip cream is celebrated for its ability to stay put while still providing a soft and smooth finish on the lips. From parties to weddings, you can trust you won’t have to leave the fun to reapply it.
3. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Uncensored
Rihanna designed her lip paints to stay in place all night, without feathering, smudging or losing all their vibrancy. What’s more this lip-defining red is designed to suit all skin tones, making teeth appear whiter without dulling anyone’s complexion.
4. Dolce & Gabbana The Only One Luminous Colour Lipstick
£42 total (including lipstick shade £30 and lipstick case £12)
This super nourishing lipstick has rich colour pigments that reflect the light so that the shades stay impactful even with extended wear. The finish also looks best when blurred slightly across your lips – due to the formulas silky smooth texture -so you don’t have to worry about fading.
5. bareMinerals Barepro Longwear Lipstick
The thin bullet of bareMinerals’ long-wear lipstick not only makes perfect application easier, but the nourishing formula glides on and stays put without feathering or transferring.
6. Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Lipstick
With the intensity of a lip lacquer yet the lightweight longevity of a stain, YSL’s liquid lipstick is in it for the long haul. The main reason you’ll end up reapplying it is to show off the sleek packaging.
7. Burberry Lip Velvet Crush
Another food-proof favourite, Burberry’s liquid lipstick creates a blurring effect over the lips that means that your pout not only looks smoother but even after eating the colour stays uniform.
8. MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
When you’re particularly conscious about lipstick transfer you can’t go wrong with a classic nude shade, such as MAC’s cult favourite Velvet Teddy. It will stay put for hours.
9. Stila Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick in Beso
It’s a bold claim to name your lipstick Stay All Day, but Stila’s classic liquid formula is up to the task. We love this flattering raspberry shade – suitably called ‘Beso’, meaning kiss. Just remember to apply a little lip balm beforehand to keep your lips moist.
10. Nars Cosmetics Powermatte Lip Pigment
Nars’ liquid lipstick allows precise application, which helps avoid bleeding, and provides a smooth matte finish that will not move or crack on your lips once dry.
11. Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Matte Fluid Lip Stain
It should come as little surprise to learn that there is absolutely nothing subtle about Christian Louboutin’s matte liquid lipstick.
Available in ten matte and five metallic shades of red, these formulas are bold, opaque, and astonishingly long-lasting. So strong is their staying power that application requires a level of skill: swipe with precision, as removal requires an oil-based cleanser.
12. Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Soft Core
It’s no wonder that Pat McGrath’s matte lipsticks are such best-sellers – the award-winning make-up artist certainly knows more than a thing or two about long-lasting lip colours.
With a truly opaque and super-matte finish, the formula is surprisingly creamy and comfortable to wear, so you can worry less about the colour cracking. Plus, there are optical diffusers included too, for blurring imperfections and providing a super smooth look, whichever high pigment shade you choose.
13. Maybelline Superstay 24 Matte Ink Lipstick
Available in flattering shades for all skin tones (the pinks are our favourite), this liquid formula clings to your lips for longer wear and utilises an arrow-shaped applicator to make application easy.
The super matte finish is brilliant for longevity but for the best results, make sure your lips are hydrated before you apply. We love the Tinker Taylor Lip Kit.
14. Victoria Beckham Beauty Bitten Lip Tint in Bisou
The secret to VB’s enviable pout, Victoria Beckham Beauty’s clever tint defines and plumps with a universally flattering berry colour. The result is kissable lips that don’t smudge as soon as you start talking.
15. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick
Despite its matte finish, Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution range is easy to swipe on smoothly because the formula is packed with nourishing oils to make it creamy straight from the bullet. No wonder the make-up artist has won award after award for both her nude and statement red shades.
16. Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour
Deemed ‘pizza-proof’ after a test by the Bazaar team, this lipstick will stay in place through dinner and beyond, so you can enjoy the food you love without worrying about your lip colour.
17. L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Liquid Lipstick
Proof you don’t have to sacrifice high-pigment formulas for longevity, this silky liquid lipstick won’t flake on your lips due to its special oil-in-water formula. That also means that it is less likely to settle into fine lines or dehydration creases (that are quite common when wearing a mask).
For even more staying power, try lightly dusting a powder – such as Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Powder – over the top with an eyeshadow brush, for colour payoff that lasts.
18. Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Harlow Red
The perfect cross between a liner and lip colour, Bobbi Brown’s chunky pencil allows you to define your pout with ease, including giving definition to your cupid’s bow.
Quick and easy to use to colour in your lips, the nib won’t overly drag or pull for a smooth, matte finish. You can also use it as a liner to increase the longevity of your favourite lipstick, so you get even more value for your money.
19. Shiseido Colorgel Lipbalm
Despite being marketed as a balm, Shiseido’s moisturising Colorgel – which comes in a range of shades – provides lots of colour that nourishes your lips rather than just sitting on top of them, ensuring longevity. It is a firm favourite on the Bazaar beauty desk.
20. Shade M Beauty Matte Liquid Lipsticks
What we love most about Shade M Beauty’s matte (yet non-drying) formula is that you can wear it with the confidence that it won’t blur or bleed. Even more impressively it also plumps and defines your pout too.
21. KVD Vegan Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
KVD Beauty’s vegan liquid lipstick formula delivers a high-impact matte finish that doesn’t make your pout look dry and patchy. Plus, the colour really lasts, due to rich pigments and hydrators including vitamin E and sunflower seed wax. read more