BY: LBL Team

7 Smudge-Proof Lipsticks to Wear Under Your Mask

The best long-lasting lipsticks to wear with a mask

Prepandemic, many of us enjoyed having the freedom to regularly dress up our faces, including sporting our favorite lipstick shades. But, since COVID-19, the requirement of face masks in public settings have complicated things, to say the least. Wearing lipstick under your mask can lead to smudges and dirty masks, pretty much the opposite of that fun, confident feeling you’re going for. But if you are dead-set on rocking your favorite lip shade, pandemic be damned, here are some smudge-proof lipsticks that hold up under masks:

1. L’Oreal Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain

This lipstick has received thousands of rave reviews on, and for good reasons, too. It’s a liquid matte lipstick that feels weightless and lasts for hours on end, offering intense color. While many liquid lipsticks tend to feel tight on lips and flake off, this one doesn’t.

2. Lip Souffle Matte Cream Lipstick

One Elle Magazine beauty editor swears by this lipstick. She said it goes on more like a tint than a lipstick and is soft and airy. Lip Souffle also hydrates with vitamin E and is free of parabens and sulfates. It holds up all day long for full-on color with no drying or cracking.

3. Benefit Lovetint Lip & Cheek Stain

This long-lasting and smudge-proof lip stain is non-drying, and you can also use it as blush. It allows you to build up color, too, for a customized look. One dab gives you a sheer wash, but multiple dabs create a more intense, rich color. Plus, it’s rated 4.3 out of 5 stars from over 15,000 reviews, according to Google.

4. Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayon

This affordable and very smudge-resistant ink crayon has received over 5,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. Customers rave that the color lasts all day, even when they eat or drink food. Others note that it’s moisturizing and stays up to 12 hours on lips with a creamy consistency that’s comfortable to wear.

5. Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick

One Glamour Magazine staff writer has voted this lipstick one of the best long-lasting smudge-proof lipsticks you can buy. She said that the texture is velvety and very comfortable to wear. An Allure Best of Beauty award winner, it’s a highly pigmented lipstick line that offers lightweight yet rich color that lasts for hours on end.

6. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Editorial Assistant Kesley Steward at The Zoe Report raves about this liquid lipstick. She said that it stayed put on her lips all day despite putting her mask on and off. It offers full-coverage color with a creamy matte finish that stays in place for up to six hours. Best of all, this stay all day liquid lipstick is totally weightless.

7. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick

This budget-friendly creamy, weightless liquid lip stain has received 4.3 out of 5 stars based on over 10,000 reviews. According to reviews, it glides on smoothly and doesn’t crack or bleed. Plus, there are 92 shades to choose from, including metallics, mattes, creams, and shimmers.

  1. “10 Lipsticks You Can Wear With a Mask That Won’t Smudge or Transfer,” The Zoe Report, July 25, 2020.
  2. “The Best Smudge-Proof Lipsticks to Wear Under Your Mask,” Elle, November 17, 2020.
  3. “These are The Best Long-Lasting Lipsticks to Wear Under a Mask,” Glamour, October 8, 2020.


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