I’m notorious for being the person who puts on a lipstick and within an hour it’s all over my face. It never fails. To be honest, I really have no idea how it happens, but it does.
One thing that has helped this phenomenon is lining my lips with a liner. Other than that, I’ve had to mostly switch to the best non smudge lipsticks like liquid lipsticks that are more permanent and stay all day.
I’ve tried a ton of lipsticks over the years and although I LOVE my Urban Decay lipsticks and am obsessed with my Charlotte Tilbury pillow talk. But there’s a time and place for them when you have the patience to reapply throughout the day.
However, right now, they’re not being worn as much as these stay all-day matte liquid lipsticks. These are the best non smudge lipsticks that I’ve been wearing on repeat and survive wearing a mask.
Best Non Smudge Lipsticks
High End Long Lasting Lipsticks
NARS in Don’t Stop
I love the formula of this liquid lip velvet from NARS. It comes in a bunch of great colors, but this matte red in Don’t Stop is so good. I probably wear this the most out of anything on this list. If red’s not your thing, there are lots of other colors to choose from soft brown pinks to burgundy and deep mulberry. But this is a great cool red if you’ve got olive skin tones like me. Grab this matte lipstick at Sephora, Nordstrom or any major beauty department store.
Kylie Cosmetics Matte Lip
I got my first Kylie Lip Kit a few years back and seriously love it. It’s such a great matte formula and really great staying power. I don’t use the liner, just the liquid lipstick. But the liner helps to ensure your lipstick does stay all day long. There are many great colors from warm reds, pinky beiges and my favorite hue, One Wish.
Butter London Soft Matte Lip Cream
A newer product in my lipstick drawer, this Butter London matte lip cream is so great. It’s a lot less permanent than the others, but stays put very well.
MAC Versicolor Varnish Cream Lip Stain
Haven’t personally tried this MAC lip stain, but have heard RAVE reviews. It’s also a bit creamier and glossier than most of these matte lipsticks in this roundup. Lots of great pinks and reds to choose from too. Easily grab this at MAC or any major department store.
Real Her Matte Liquid Lipstick
A new to me brand, Real Her has some really great products. I also love all of their positive affirmations on their packaging. This matte liquid lipstick is basically transfer-proof and is super pigmented.
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Drug Store Long Lasting Lipsticks
Maybelline Super Stay Matte Lipstick
One of my favorite lip products, this Maybelline Super Stay Matte Lipstick REALLY stays all day long. It also feels great which I think is super important when looking for a non-smudge lipstick as many can be super drying. This is going to be my go-to drugstore find for sure. This matte lipstick has the MOST color options from super light nudes, all the pinks and reds you can think of and lots of deep dark moody hues too. Plus, if you want to go super bold, there’s even a dark blue! Grab this at any major drugstore.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
I’ve been an avid user of NYX Professional Makeup lip creams and glosses for years. Its one of my favorite drugstore brands when it comes to lipsticks. And the Soft Matte Lip Cream formula is great for wearing under a mask. It stays put and looks great. So many great colors and super affordable and available at most drug stores and Target.
L’Oreal Paris Infalliable Pro-Matte Liquid Lip
This bad boy will stay on for DAYS. You can just sleep it in and wear it the following day. So you’ve been warned! This one wins for ultimate staying power. But it really is a solid matte formula. Choose from deep plums, bold reds and my personal favorite Angora.
Photos by Hannah Lozano