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Lipsticks have a very special place in makeup. They’re inherently sexy. On top of that, transfer-proof lipstick is the cherry on top. It evokes excitement like anything can happen. And I hate to admit that transfer-proof lipsticks are becoming less about sultry lips and more about necessity; the necessity to have your lipstick stay put under your mask. It shouldn’t smudge, travel to your chin or cheeks, or stain your mask.
I don’t know about you but it feels like they ruined lipstick for us. Are kiss-proof lipstick days gone?
And do we have to settle for mask-proof lipsticks these days? What a buzz kill! It takes all the fun out of it. Well, I won’t have it. And neither should you!
I like to hoard yoga pants so that I can lie athletically with my wobbly body on my couch all day. But I sure do act like a yoga instructor when I’m shopping for one!
So why not act like you are on the lookout for a transfer-proof lipstick because you’re having an affair with your boss? It’s more fun!
You need a smudge-proof lipstick because you don’t want your lipstick smeared all over your face every time you fool around.
Because nosy Nancy from the office is on to you. And she’s dead inside. So yes, that transfer-proof lipstick is going to save your career.
The fact that most of us don’t have this much action going on has nothing to do with it. And please, making out with someone these days? It’s like Russian roulette!
But it doesn’t matter. Not everything has to be about germs. Let us have this!
Whatever your reasons are, I’ve rounded up amazing lipsticks that are transfer-proof. But there’s no 100% guarantee because of certain variables.
Things like how dry your lips are, the weather condition, how long you wear your mask, or how sticky you like your kisses to be… But today’s picks are very unlikely to let you down.
Whether you’re looking for something matte or glossy, something nude or bold, find below the best transfer-proof lipsticks.
1. Nyx Shine Loud High Shine Lip Color
This baby went viral on all possible platforms. Because the liquid lipstick lasts as long as 16 hours, which is way longer than a typical workday. The dual-ended lipstick has an amazing range of colors for any skin tone. You first apply the lipstick and wait for it to dry down. Then you coat it with the gloss for smudge-proof makeup. Whether you’re wearing it to feel better under a mask or feel better when you take it off, this is absolutely one of the best transfer-proof lipsticks on the market right now.
Finish: Matte + glossy
Good To Know: Vegan
2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick
Matte, bullet lipsticks have their own appeal. But this liquid lipstick has an incredibly long-lasting pigment. You’ll be able to kiss but nobody can tell! Because there’s no smearing whatsoever! The shade range includes natural-looking soft nudes as well as bold reds. Whether you’re going for a no-makeup makeup look or an empowering, femme fatale one, this is Nancy-proof! So it’s the perfect lipstick for office hours!
Good To Know: Vegan, cruelty-free
3. Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick
For something that’s more on the affordable side, this is surprisingly good. This one, no matter how glossy it first applies, dries down matte. And it does dry down fast! And because of that, it doesn’t bleed. Eat, drink, sweat it out, fool around; it does not smudge or look dry! From my personal experience, it fades a little bit but after several hours. So you may need to reapply if you’re going to stay after hours. *wink*wink*
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4. Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lipstick
High impact, low impact, bold shades, nudes… It’s one of the longest-lasting drugstore lipsticks you can find. This budget-friendly liquid lipstick dries down to a super elegant matte. You don’t need to reapply. Just put it on and forget it. Even though it lasts forever, it doesn’t dry out the lips or give them a flaky appearance. And it won’t stain that expensive silk mask.
5. Pat McGrath MatteTrance Lipstick
Just the packaging makes you want to start an affair. Try the shade Forbidden Love if you ever do. This is a super creamy lipstick that simply glides on the lips. You only need two swipes to revamp your look and jazz up your makeup. It’s the lipstick to keep in your bag whenever you need an instant touch-up that takes you from 9 PM to 9 AM. They have incredibly bold shades that look amazingly classy.
6. Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment
With a convenient applicator, this one makes lip makeup easy. The lightweight, liquid formula dries down matte. And the shade range has everything from everyday wear to date nights. It’s super rich in color and flake-free. And it leaves your lips with a fully opaque pigment.
7. M.A.C. Retro Matte Lipstick
These deeply pigmented sticks are amazing for a bold, matte, and clean look you can comfortably wear on any occasion. The shade Ruby Roo is the ultimate red to feel empowered. Red lips do that. Or try the shade All Fired Up for a fun and cheerful pink. Even though the colors are rich, the formula is not heavy or sticky. Apply very lightly and slowly stain the lips.
How To Make Your Lipstick Transfer-Proof
Maybe you’ll be wearing your mask longer than usual or maybe you want to feel comfortable wearing your lipstick and don’t want to check your mirror every two minutes.
If you want to make sure your lipstick is completely transfer-proof, there is a couple of things you can do.
And this applies to any lipstick you currently have. With a little help from makeup, you can achieve that. Here’s how you can make your lipstick transfer-proof.
- Apply a lip liner to outline your lips. This defines the lips but also coats the edges and eliminates possible bleeding during lipstick application.
- After lining your lips, apply your lipstick and wait for it to dry down completely.
- Apply a translucent powder on top of the lips to seal everything in. Bake those lips!
- For maximum wear, you can go ahead and apply another layer of lipstick and top it off with powder too.
- But slowly build up the color as things can get messy when you try to undo things.
Transfer-proof lipsticks are a must these days. And not just for people who are fooling around. We need them more because of face masks.
For stain-free masks, make sure your lipstick dries down completely before you put on your mask. And to have daylong non-streaky, flake-free lips, make sure you exfoliate your lips and moisturize them before moving on to the lipstick.
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