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By Kayla Greaves
Jul 29, 2020 @ 4:27 pm
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Lipstick is hands down my favorite makeup product. But with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing us all to wear masks to protect ourselves and others from the virus, my lippies have been spending more time in my makeup bag than on my actual lips.

However, while during the beginning of the world, you know, falling apart, I was spending most of my time safely locked inside my home, in recent weeks, I finally found the courage to bravely venture to the park and other outdoor spaces to see my friends from six feet away (shout-out to Lasik).

And if you think I'm going to add a little color to my lips for these special occasions, then you're damn right!

In celebration of National Lipstick Day, I've rounded up nine of my favorite lipsticks that will look just as good once you've taken off your mask as when you first swiped them on.

So if you think lipstick is canceled just because of the coronavirus, think again. Because these lip colors aren't going anywhere — literally.

Black Radiance Metalicious Lip Sculptor

Lip Scuplter

To shop: $5; blackradiance.com

If a metallic lip is your thing, make sure to reach for this product before you head out. For a matte finish, blot with a tissue after application. If you're more of a glossy girl, layer on a coat of clear gloss or Vaseline after it's safe to take off your mask.

L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain

To shop: $10; target.com

This matte stain is a fan favorite simply because it gives you highly pigmented color that doesn't transfer. But hey, don't just take my word for it.  "[This shade] stands the test of time and won’t be around your cheeks or chin when you take off your mask," says L'Oreal ambassador Sir John. "This 'peek-a-boo' color is your much needed emotional pick-me-up. Even if you have no makeup on anywhere else, doing a lip will make you feel alive and well."

M.A.C. Cosmetics Powder Kiss Liquid Lip Color

mac power lipstick

To shop: $24; maccosmetics.com

Aside from the brilliant color and little transfer, what I love most about this product is that the applicator makes it easy to put on with zero fuss. It's also ultra-lightweight and never drying, meaning it's a color you can comfortably wear all day long.

Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick

matte trance pat mcgrath

To shop: $38; sephora.com

Hello, my name is Kayla and I am obsessed with all things Pat McGrath. And anyone who has tried her lipsticks (or any of her other products for that matter) knows what's good. One swipe and you've got brilliant color that won't budge — not even for the second coming of Christ.

The Lip Bar Matte Liquid Lipstick

the lip bar

To shop: $13; target.com

Much like the don dada Pat McGrath, The Lip Bar founder Melissa Butler knew exactly what she was doing when she created her line. These matte liquid lipsticks come in a variety of colors that suit every skin tone, give you a show-stopping finish, and know how to stay put.

InStyle Badass Lipstick

To shop: $18; instylebadass.com

If you're looking for bold color that won't feather or bleed, your search is over. While the whole collection is badass, Rebel Rouser is a matte red that goes on smooth and won't dry out your lips.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

nyx matte lipstick

To shop: $7; target.com

Thought you couldn't find a lipstick for under $10 that would last all day and offer (literally) zero transfer? NYX said, girl, you better think again. I first tried this product years ago when I picked it up at Target by accident, and to this day I can confidently say that it was one of the best mistakes of my life.

CoverGirl Outlast UltiMatte Liquid Lipstick

covergirl outlast

To shop: $8; target.com

Cruelty-free, vegan, 24 hours of wear, and transfer resistant. Need I say more? Pick up CoverGirl's Outlast UltiMatte Liquid Lipstick on your next essentials run to the drugstore.

Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat Matte Lipstick

gucci lipstick

To shop: $42; sephora.com

Listen, Gucci did that when crafting this gorgeous lipstick. Offering a variety of shades, this light, smooth, creamy, and non-drying matte stays in place for as long as you want it to. But, it's also super easy to remove at the end of the day. Another plus? It's super duper lightweight, so you'll probably forget you're even wearing it.