10 smudge-proof lipsticks that won’t stain your mask

by Kaylyn Toh

Unfortunately, the pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon and wearing face masks are the norm. Lipsticks are the make or break of what makes you ‘pop’, but having them smudged all over your mask is both unsightly and unhygienic. To solve this, we’ve compiled a list of 10 smudge-proof lipsticks that girls on the internet have sworn by, so you can look smashin’ and less zombie-like under your mask.

1. Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

maybelline superstay matte lipstick smudge proof under face mask
Photo: Maybelline 

This budget-friendly lipstick is highly raved about and many swear by it for its features and affordability.

Available locally in 30 super-saturated shades ranging from a natural nude to attention-catching red, Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick boasts a long staying power of up to 16 hours with minimal smudging or transferring — making it the most affordable smudge-proof lipstick to use under a face mask. 

According to a review by Vervaekeh from Makeupalley, its application only requires a thin coat on the lips, a few dabs with your fingers to spread it on, and this’ll allow the lipstick to dry better and reduce stickiness. 

Review for Maybelline Liquid Lipstick
Photo: Makeupalley

💲 S$17.90
📍 Maybelline, Watsons, Guardian & Shopee

Undecided on what colours to choose? You can virtually try on all shades online to find out which shade suits you best.  

2. Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Crayon Lipstick

maybelline superstay matte ink crayon smudge proof under face mask
Photo: Maybelline 

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Crayon Lipstick is dubbed as the Best Lip Crayon of 2020 in the Allure Best of Beauty Awards due to its long-lasting power of eight hours and superb colour variations.

Available in 12 super-saturated colours, its lasting ink technology allows you to glide a rich layer of matte colour effortlessly. The crayon lipstick is also equipped with a built-in sharpener to keep the tip in precise shape. 

According to a review by Jeannette1956 on Makeupalley, you can use the lip crayon as a lip liner to achieve a precise lip line, or simply use it by itself for full lip coverage. For extra shine, simply add on a coat of lip gloss. 

Review for Maybelline Crayon
Photo: Makeupalley

💲 S$16.90
📍 Maybelline, Watsons, Guardian & Shopee

Undecided on what colours to choose? You can virtually try on all shades online to find out which shade suits you best.  

3. Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Matte Fluid Lip Colour

Photo: Christian Louboutin 

Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin Matte Fluid Lip Colour is an exquisite creamy smudge-proof lipstick designed to deliver a full, intense, transfer-proof matte finish in one stroke. 

Available in 10 intense matte shades, the creamy yet lightweight texture of the lipstick seamlessly glides across the lips with its soft and smooth sponge applicator for full coverage.  

Based on a review written on Cult Beauty, the lipstick is stated to be mask-proof and has an incredibly long-lasting power. While most long-wear lipsticks require drying time, this lipstick dries fast and does not bleed even in humid climates like Singapore. 

Review for rouge matte fluid lip colour
Photo: Cult Beauty

💲 S$108.00 to S$134.00
📍 Christian Louboutin (Asia), TANGS & Selfridges

4. Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion

channel rouge allure ink fushion smudge proof under mask
Photo: Chanel

The Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion literally feels and looks like a second skin. Known for its impeccable hold, this new generation smudge-proof lipstick makes a bold impression.

Available in 16 shades, the lipstick has great long-wearing power and adds subtle softness to its colour once applied to the lips. Its ultra-fine, melt-away and glide-on texture, based on a waterproof formula composed of natural-origin ingredients, ensures that the colour stays on all day with a weightless sensation of comfort. 

According to a review on Makeupalley, though the lipstick stays on for a long time, it tends to fade off in the inner lips area. Depending on the colour intensity that you wish to achieve, you can apply the lipstick in layers accordingly — thicker layers result in a more prominent look. 

Review for chanel ink fusion
Photo: Makeupalley

💲 S$46.60 to S$54.00
📍 CHANEL, TANGS & iShopChangi

5. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color

Photo: Fenty Beauty

With a weightless and soft matte finish, this long-wear smudge-proof liquid lipstick created by Rihanna will definitely let you Kiss It Better!

Available in 9 stunning shades, the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Colour is personally handpicked by RiRi herself to look incredible for everyone. Go easy on the application of the lipstick as it is so pigmented that you’d go from zero to 100 with just one stroke!

Reviews on Makeupalley are full of praises for this lipstick, such as this one from dizzielittlerascal. According to her, the lipstick stays on for several hours and one may even forget that they are wearing the lipstick due to its lightweight.

Review for Fenty Beauty lip paint
Photo: Makeupalley

💲 S$39.00
📍 SEPHORA

6. NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment 

Photo: NARS

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment lipstick is incredibly high-performing with its intense pigmentation, weightless matte, and long-lasting wear. 

This smudge-proof lipstick is available in 25 shades, the liquefied pigmentation is ultra-flexible and rocks for any occasion. 

Nakeeyark on Makeupalley reviewed that the lipstick is the best on the market for its perfect matte finish and long-lasting wear. It is also said to be non-drying and does not cause any cracks on the lips. 

Review for NARS lip pigment
Photo: Makeupalley

💲 S$40.00
📍 NARS, SEPHORA & TANGS

7. L’Oreal Paris Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain

Photo: L’Oreal Paris 

The best selling liquid lipstick of L’Oreal Paris, Rouge Signature Lightweight Matte Lip Stain is the first lightweight matte colour lipstick produced by the brand. 

Available in 32 shades, the lipstick offers 24 hours long-lasting power, high impact colour pigment with a natural matte finish and weightless sensation. It is a transfer-proof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof, and heat-proof lipstick. 

According to a review on Ulta Beauty, the lipstick is almost kiss-proof with longer lasting power as compared to other lipsticks. However, it is noted that the lipstick can be a little drying during wear and after removal — be sure to moisturize your lips before and after application. 

Review for L'Oreal rouge signature lightweight matte lipstain
Photo: Ulta Beauty

💲 S$21.90
📍 WATSONS, Guardian, Fairprice, Lazada & Shopee

8. Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick

Photo: Pat McGrath

Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick was dubbed the Best of Beauty award winner of 2017 by Allure. 

Available in 28 stunning shades, each shade is enmeshed in a powder film combined with saturated pigment for lightweight opaque coverage. The lipstick formula contains nourishing ingredients to keep the lips moisturised unlike other matte lipsticks in the market. 

According to reviews on Makeupalley, the lipstick has been praised by many for its pigmentation, long-staying power, and the range of shades available. 

Review for Pat McGrath Mattetrance Lipstick
Photo: Makeupalley

💲 S$56.00 to S$59.00
📍 SEPHORA, Selfridges & Shopee

9. Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Liquid Lipstick

Photo: Yves Saint Laurent 

Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Liquid Lipstick is an ultra-pigmented matte lip stain with rich creamy velvet colour that lasts you all day. 

Available in 12 high-impact shades, these ultra-comfortable lipstick is non-drying, smudge-proof, and offer full coverage with high precision with just one stroke. 

According to several reviews on Makeupalley, the formula is lightweight and it does not dry to a full matte finish, creating a blurred effect. The lip stain also carries a slight scent of berries, which is perfect for those who prefer a fruity finish.

Review for YSL Tatouage Couture Velvet Cream Liquid smudge-proof Lipstick
Photo: Makeupalley

💲 S$56.00 to S$59.00
📍 YSL Boutiques, SEPHORA, Takashimaya, TANGS & BHG

Undecided on what colours to choose? You can virtually try on all shades on YSL USA online to find out which shade suits you best before heading down for your purchase.  

10. Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Photo: The Happy Sloths, Shopee & Beauty Monster

Kat Von D Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick has been an all-time favourite for many girls.

Available in 30 shades, the ever popular Lolita and Double Dare are well-loved for its universally flattering shade that fits well for everyone. The lipstick has high pigmentation and carries a smooth, matte finish with lightweight comfort. 

According to seehereye’s review on Makeupalley, the lipstick is true to its long-lasting power trait and will last you through the day without the need for reapplication.

Review for Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid smudge-proof Lipstick
Photo: Makeupalley

💲 S$29.00
📍 SEPHORA

Now that you’ve gotten to the end of the article, here’s a little tip to make your lip colour last longer — the tissue and puff hack. Simply place a thin layer of tissue over your lips to take off the excess lip colour, then use a brush to lightly puff some translucent powder on your lips through the tissue. Apply a final coat of lipstick on the center of your lips and you’re good to go! 

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