Face masks are the new normal nowadays, but does that mean the days of face makeup and lipstick are long gone? Now, you probably either skip wearing lipstick entirely, or when you wear it, it gets everywhere on your mask. But when you’re out dining and drinking, you’ll want to make sure you still have lipstick on to complete your look.
We know how hard it can be to find a lipstick in right shade and formula that won’t dry and flake off over the day. On top of that, we’ve now got to think about whether it’ll stay on our lips, or if the mask will end up wearing more lipstick than we are!
But don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered. Here are 20 transfer-proof lipsticks that won’t smudge or stain your mask. With these recommendations, you can kiss those worries goodbye!
1. Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick
Highly pigmented and long-lasting, the SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick is one of Maybelline’s fan-favourites. This lipstick promises to last up to 16 hours, and is available in more than 30 shades of reds, nudes, pinks, and purples.
The SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick’s non-drying formula and elastic ink clay-free technology keeps your lipstick in tip-top shades that prevents it from flaking and caking. You can go about your day not worrying about touch-ups or that it’s going to smudge and stain your mask!
Do keep in mind that upon application, the SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick may feel a little sticky on the lips. Give it up to 30 seconds to dry and you’re good to go! If your lips get dry over the course of the day, just apply a couple of swipes of lip balm.
Available at Watsons and Guardian, and in stores for S$17.90.
2. Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Crayon Lipstick
If you’re looking for a long-wear and transfer-proof lipstick that’s easier to apply on-the-go, Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink Crayon Lipstick is for you. With the easy-to-use crayon, you can line and fill in your lips for precise application, and its long-wearing formula gives intense colour with no fading, smudging or mess. This hassle free crayon lipstick also comes with a built in sharpener so you’re always ready to colour and go, and it boasts a formula that lasts up to eight hours!
Available at LookFantastic for S$18.50.
3. Lime Crime Matte Velvetines Lipstick
Lime Crime’s cult favourite, the Matte Velvetines Lipstick is a richly pigmented, long-wear matte liquid lipstick with French vanilla-infused formula. Formulated to avoid bleeding and transfer, its liquid formula also glides onto your lips easily and dries down to a super-soft and velvety finish. Said to be “touch-proof, kiss-proof,” it’ll most definitely stay perfect on your lips even with a mask on throughout the day!
Pro-tip: apply lip balm 15 minutes prior to the LimeCrime Matte Velvetines Lipstick to keep your lips moist and hydrated.
4. Chanel Rogue Allure Ink
if you’re looking for a vibrant, long-lasting, and mask-friendly lippie, Chanel’s Rogue Allure Ink is right up your alley! With the Rogue Allure Ink’s transfer-proof formula, you can enjoy the freedom of not worrying about the colour smudging or transferring onto your mask. This matte liquid lip colour lasts up to 8 hours and its thick, rich colour will definitely make a statement.
While Chanel markets the Rogue Allure Ink as a matte liquid lipstick, it leans more towards a lip stain formula rather than matte liquid, as they apply more liquidly than most other matte liquid lipsticks. This is especially great if you prefer a more sheer or blotted lip, but you might have to apply a few coats to achieve a perfect opaque look.
Available at Chanel (S$52).
5. 3INA The Longwear Lipstick
3INA’s Longwear Lipstick is a highly pigmented and long-lasting liquid lipstick that applies as a smooth cream and dries to a silky, matte finish that won’t smudge or stain your mask. Enriched with Beeswax, The Longwear Lipstick glides on effortlessly and keeps your lips soft and moisturised.
Pro-tip: Line your lips before applying 3INA’s The Matte Lipstick for a longer wear!
Available at Lookfantastic (S$15) and 3INA stores (S$23).
6. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick has been a cult-favourite for many years, and is often praised for its award-winning lightweight and long-wear formula. Enriched with Vitamin E and avocado oil, this lipstick will soften your lips, leaving you with a matte, yet hydrated and comfortable finish.
This full-coverage lip colour delivers vibrant, striking colours that will make your lips pop with colour, and can last up to 6 hours of continuous wear. Rest assured this lippie will not bleed or transfer, so it’s most definitely safe to wear out even with a mask on!
Available at Sephora (S$34).
7. Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour
The Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour is a highly-pigmented lipstick that provides full coverage in one stroke for a matte and velvety finish. Boasting a liquid formula that dries quickly for a kiss-proof, touch-proof and waterproof finish, you can go about your day wearing this lippie and a mask with no worries! This lipstick is also fit for all-day wear, and can last up to 12 hours!
Pro-tip: Line your lips before applying The RImmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour for a smoother finish.
8. Rouge Hermès, Matte lipstick
The Rouge Hermès, Matte lipstick is a hydrating matte lipstick which delivers intense, long-lasting colours in just one application. Even as a matte lipstick, its soft, velvety finish still feels comfortable on the lips like a second skin. If you love luxurious packaging, the Rouge Hermès, Matte lipstick has it all— the refills , the brushed metal case designed by Pierre Hardy, and even a subtle sandalwood-imbued scent!
Pro-tip: The Rouge Hermès, Matte lipstick is so versatile, you can wear it as a full-on lip look, or as a lip stain. To do the latter, simply apply a light layer of lip balm, then gently pat on the lipstick working from the centre towards the outer corners for more blotted look.
Available at Hermès (S$103), additional refills sold seperately at S$52.
9. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick
With over 27 years’ experience in the beauty industry, the world-famous British makeup artist’s makeup range has always highly coveted, so it’s no wonder that her Matte Revolution Lipsticks have been highly raved about too.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipsticks are enriched with Lipstick Tree and Orchird Extracts which soothes, hydrates, and protects your lips. The 3D glowing pigments in the formula create an illusion of fuller lips, and a blend of waxes, oils and triglycerides glide on to your lips for long-lasting colour. With this lippie, you can go all day without worrying about touch ups or transfer!
Available at Sephora (S$50).
10. Dior Lip Tattoo
The Dior Lip Tattoo may be the luxury brand’s first long-wear lip tint, but don’t lower your expectations just yet. This long-wear tint glides on like a gloss, is highly pigmented for an opaque coverage, and dries in seconds. True to its name, it’s like a tattoo: it leaves your lips with an incredibly comfortable no-makeup feel.
The lightweight finish coupled with the hydrating formula definitely makes it one of the top contenders for lip stains on the market! With the Dior Lip Tattoo, you can put on your mask with confidence knowing that there won’t be a mess of smudged lipstick underneath.
11. L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain
Fan favourite L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain gives you highly pigmented colour and doesn’t transfer, delivering the high colour impact of a liquid lipstick while also maintaining a lip stain’s no-makeup feel. Its comfortably lightweight and matte finish is also perfect for all day wear.
L’Oreal ambassador Sir John has said that the lipstick “stands the test of time and won’t be around your cheeks or chin when you take off your mask,” so you don’t have to worry about any smudging or transfer!
12. M·A·C Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour
You can kiss drying matte liquid lipstick goodbye with the M·A·C Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour! This lippie has a creamy formula that’s silky smooth and can be evenly covered for an advanced matte finish. Aside from the rich colour and no-transfer, M·A·C Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour is also ultra-lightweight and hydrating, so you can comfortably wear it all day long, even under your mask!
Available at Sephora (S$41) and MAC Cosmetics stores.
13. Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Matte Lipstick
The Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Matte Lipstick is a non-drying matte that stays in place for as long as you want it to, so it’s very mask-friendly. This smooth and creamy lipstick is also super duper lightweight, you won’t even remember that you’re wearing it! The colour-true pigments and soft wax base creates an intense vivid tone that will definitely make your lips pop.
Despite being a matte lipstick, the a surprisingly soft and silky formula will deliver the utmost comfort without drying out lips or smudging. If you’re a fan of fancy packaging, the Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Matte Lipstick is sure to catch your eye with its elegant gold metal ribbed tube!
14. Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour
The Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip colour is a highly pigmented, hydrating lipstick with a velvety matte finish. Its luxurious and vitamin-rich formula is buildable, and combines moisturising mango butter and delicate mattifying powders for a smooth, silky texture that’s sure to keep your lips from being chapped. This is a must-have if you’re looking for a smooth and creamy lipstick that won’t smudge or transfer onto your mask!
Available at Selfridges (S$33).
15. Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Liquid Lipstick
If you are looking for a matte, yet non-drying lipstick, then look no further than Yves Saint Laurent’s Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Lipstick. This YSL lip features the iconic Tatouage Couture applicator with a wider and fuller surface for an easier and smoother application. On top of its lightweight, non-sticky texture, the hydrating, velvet matte formula makes it comfortable for all-day wear.
Pro-tip: Upon first application, gently dab away until it sets and turns into a soft velvet matte for a more sheer look.
Available at Zalora (S$57) and Yves Saint Laurent stores.
16. HERA Sensual Powder Matte
The HERA Sensual Powder Matte is a highly-pigmented lip tint with a creamy texture that offers a long-lasting intense colour. The colours will stay true for hours without leaving them feeling sticky, and the deep hydration oil helps lock moisture into the lips for a comfortable and non-drying matte finish.
If you have dry lips, don’t worry! This lippie has a 33% primer ingredient that will fill the curves of your lips and reduce the appearance of wrinkles for a soft matte finish.
Available at Sephora (S$43).
17. NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment
The NARS Powermatte Lip pigment will be your one-stop solution for textured lips that last throughout the day. With its lasting and quick-dry formula, it dries down to lock in the pigment for a smudge-resistant, carefree wear. While it applies more like a liquid lip than a lip stain, it’s so lightweight you won’t even know it’s there!
18. Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet
Make a statement with the Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet while also staying worry-free about the colour smudging and staining your mask! The liquid lip’s formula’s rich colour and whipped creamy texture will leave your lips with the perfect pout that’ll last up to eight hours. Thanks to the comfortable, non-drying formula, you can rest aurred that your lips will stay moisturised while ensuring the colour does not dry, fade or crack.
19. Kat Von D Vegan Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
The world went matte when Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick debuted, and it’s not hard to see why. This bold matte lipstick contains natural lip conditioners including vitamin E and sunflower seed wax for ultra-smooth application and an intense colour payoff. This highly pigmented, long-lasting lip color is still one of KVD Vegan Beauty’s most beloved collections. Lasting up to 10 hours with transfer-proof properties, this liquid lip is sure to stay on even when you’re wearing a mask!
20. Bourjois Rouge Velvet Liquid Lipstick
The Bourjois Rouge Velvet Liquid Lipstick features an enhanced formula with 1/4 of pure pigments that provide a bold and intense colour payoff and 1/4 velvet concentrate that your leaves lips smooth and and silky. This mask-friendly lipstick can last for up to 24 hours, and its matte colour doesn’t dry out the lips or flake off either, making it an extremely popular drugstore liquid matte lipstick. While it has a more sheer matte consistency, all you have to do is apply more layers to build up the look!