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Lipsticks That Won’t Budge Under Your Mask

Au revoir messy smudges on the mask

By Samreen Samad  January 26th, 2021

For most of us, our makeup products were collecting dust during the long lockdown months, especially our beloved lipsticks! And while lipstick is the best pick-me-up, the messy misfortune of smudges on the mask and face can be a bit of a downer. 

Safety comes first, and wearing masks will continue to remain a norm for a long time, but that doesn’t mean beauty has to take a backseat. All it takes is the right formula and a few tricks to make your lipstick smudge-free and long-lasting. Here are our picks:

1. Clinique Pop Matte Lip Color + Primer

With a variety of colours to choose from, this one glides onto lips like butter. The lightweight formula doesn’t feel heavy on the lips and stays put for long. Despite the label calling it matte, it’s actually on the creamier side. To make it last longer, apply your lipstick directly from the tube on your lips and then gently dab your finger over it to remove excess colour and set it in.

2. Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick


Take your lip game a notch higher with this super pigmented, velvet-matte lipstick. It’s comfortable on the lips and lasts a good four to six hours. Dab the excess off with a tissue before putting on your mask.

3. Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick


This super pigmented lipstick will last through your mask, a kiss and even a burger! Matte lipstick tend to dry lips, so make sure you slather on a lip balm at least 15 minutes before applying the lipstick.

4. Chambor Extreme Wear Transferproof Liquid Lipstick


As the name suggests, this one is a great pick for mask-proof lipstick. It offers a matte finish that won’t transfer onto your mask. However, it can be a little tricky to apply a liquid matte lipstick. If you’re a newbie, we suggest you line your lips with a pencil liner first and fill in with the lipstick.


5. Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte Lip Color


This creamy-matte lipstick offers rich colour that stays on for a good six hours. To make it last longer, apply your lipstick, gently dab your lips with a tissue, dust some translucent loose powder and apply another layer.


6. MyGlamm LIT Liquid Matte Lipstick

A fuss-free full-coverage lipstick that does exactly what it says. The matte finish doesn’t smudge, and the price is lower than your Frappuccino! Ensure you scrub off any dead skin cells from your lips and hydrate it with a lip balm for better longevity.