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Lipsticks that Won’t Smudge Under the Mask

For most of us our makeup collections felt like tiny museums during this pandemic, preserving memories of more glamorous times in the past. The face mask has remained an extremely effective way to hold the spread of the deadly virus, and it is most likely to stay a norm for much longer than we have thought. But the face coverings have presented ladies with yet another misfortune; lipstick smudges on the mask.

Yes, we’re still not over the mask-ne trauma, and it is a lot more traumatic to watch a $20 worth lipstick smudge on thanks to the mask. At one point, some of us most likely considered not wearing a lipstick under the mask at all, but believe me, when I say this, there is only so much staring at all those beloved lip colours you can do, and in an event, you are tempted to wear one. Come on; people can still see your lip colour when you have your face mask off while eating in a restaurant. Told ya, it is essential.

Always look out for lip colours that boost up your confidence, and rather than choosing cream lipsticks that are loaded with butter and oils and tend to smudge, the key is to opt for lipsticks made with matte formulas. One tip: After application, use a tissue to blot out excess lip product lightly. Alternatively, you use a small brush to dust a little translucent powder to set the lipstick. These two methods ensure that the lipstick has little to no chance of transferring and smudging off on your face and mask.

Here, I have rounded up seven of my most favourite lipsticks that will look just as good once you have taken off your mask as when you first swiped them on. So if you think that lipsticks are cancelled just because of the Coronavirus, think again because these lip colours are not going anywhere anytime soon–literally.

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS LIQUID LIPSTICK ($20)

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS LIQUID LIPSTICK ($20)

The creamy formula adheres to the lips in a flattering way that does not look cakey or crumbly. The hydrating and highly pigmentations implies that you only have to apply it once and you are good to eat/drink whatever you like throughout the day fearlessly! Staying power of these is straight-up w i l d.

With 33 shades of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ signature liquid lipsticks to choose from, you are sure to find your new go-to shade.


FENTY BEAUTY STUNNA LIP PAINT LONGWEAR ($25)

FENTY BEAUTY STUNNA LIP PAINT LONGWEAR ($25)

Can you believe that we live in a world where Rihanna gives us liquid lip colours? Everything might be on fire all around us, but at least we have that. Like the rest of the Fenty Cosmetics, Rihanna has created a range of nine head-turning, high-impact lip shades that look incredible on everyone.

Fenty Beauty Stunna lip paint is extremely weightless; its long-wear formula provides a soft matte finish that hugs the skin all day. You wouldn’t find $25 worth smudges on your mask with this beauty, I assure you. It also has a precision wand for flawless application.


NYX SOFT MATTE LIP CREAM ($6.50)

NYX SOFT MATTE LIP CREAM ($6.50)

Thought you couldn’t find a lipstick for under $10 that would last all day long and will offer zero transfer? I think you should think again. Available in almost 40 hues, both the quantity and the quality of this lipstick range is quite impressive. You would find yourself head over heels in love with its shades that range from soft natural nudes to unique ones such as bright purples and dusty beige.

No matter which one you choose, the whipped, mousse-like consistency melts into a beautiful, matte finish that isn’t going to fade even with your face mask on 24/7.


BENEFIT COSMETICS LOVETINT LIP AND CHEEK STAIN ($18)

BENEFIT COSMETICS LOVETINT LIP AND CHEEK STAIN ($18)

You can’t go wrong with a classic. Benefit Cosmetics’ lovetint in particular is a fiery red hue that gets pretty opaque upon a few layerings. Stains are a no-brainer for mask-wearing as staining your lips is their whole job.

After application, simply blot off the excess product and you are good to go. It can also be applied over cheeks to get that cute little flush.


L’Oreal INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK ($9.99)

L’Oreal INFALLIBLE PRO-MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK ($9.99)

When a celebrity swears by a drugstore formula, you know it’s the one. And this drugstore lipstick is Beyoncé’s go-to! The pigment is decent, and just one swipe gives you right colour, and it is indeed smudge-proof when worn under a mask.

L’Oreal infallible pro-matte liquid lipstick comes with a heart-shaped applicator, which shapes the lips and adds dimension to it super easy.


E.L.F LIQUID MATTE LIPSTICK ($6)

E.L.F LIQUID MATTE LIPSTICK ($6)

Sophistication in a budget: that’s what it is called – presenting you the e.l.f Liquid Matte Lipstick! With 11 shades including beiges, berries, and even black, these liquids won’t budge and certainly won’t break the bank.

It’s soft cotton texture hydrates the lips while giving them a soft matte finish. Also promises to keep your mask lip-colour free. So it’s definitely a win-win situation.


NARS POWER-MATTE LIP PIGMENT ($26)

NARS POWER-MATTE LIP PIGMENT ($26)

We have got to keep an eye on NARS. It just keeps dropping these killer products, left and right, with quality that rivals your favourite, high-end brands, available at the drugstore.

It’s not only ultra-long wearing but waterproof too, almost feels like a second skin on the lips. It is, hands down, one of our favourite lip colours to wear under masks.


Just like everything else, COVID-19 has affected our makeup trends and the way we use it. This was our list of the best options that are available in the market for smudge-proof lipsticks that will not budge under your mask. What are your go-to options? Let us know your favourite shades.

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