10 Long-Lasting Lipsticks That Won't Budge Under Your Mask

Expect your lip color to still be vibrant once you've taken off your face covering.

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Lipstick is hands down my favorite makeup product. But with the COVID-19 pandemic previously forcing us all to wear masks to protect ourselves and others from the virus, my lippies had been spending more time in my makeup bag than on my actual lips — until now.

Now that fully vaccinated people can take off their face coverings to enjoy some of our old normals again, lipstick is taking center stage. So, if you think I'm going to add a little color to my lips for any and every special occasion this summer, whether it be a date, wedding, or simply leaving my apartment, then you're damn right!

If you want to join me on this adventure, I've rounded up 10 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 has been canceled just because of the coronavirus, think again. Because these lip colors aren't going anywhere — literally.

Maybelline SuperStay 24 2-Step Liquid Lipstick

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Available at Target, Walmart, Amazon

If you want color that will literally last all day long without drying out your lips, give Maybelline's SuperStay 24 2-Step Liquid Lipstick a try. First, apply the color to clean, bare lips, wait a few minutes for it to dry, then layer the conditioning balm on top. When you're ready to take your mask off, your smooth, buttery shade will look like you just swiped it on.

Black Radiance Metalicious Lip Sculptor

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Available at Blackradiancebeauty, Walmart, walgreens

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

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Available at Ulta, Walmart, Amazon

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

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Available at Maccosmetics, Ulta, Target

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

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Available at Sephora, Bergdorfgoodman

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.

The Lip Bar Matte Liquid Lipstick

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Available at Target, Walmart, Amazon

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


Available at Instylebadass

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

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Available at Target, Walmart, Ulta

Thought you couldn't find a lipstick for under $10 that would last all day and offer 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.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color

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Available at Target, Walmart, Ulta

Paraben-free, 16 hours of wear, and over 15 shades to choose from. Need I say more? Pick up Maybelline's Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color on your next drugstore run.

Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat Matte Lipstick

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Available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales

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 ultra lightweight, so you'll probably forget you're even wearing it.

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