Cover We’re listing the best long-lasting lipsticks to wear under a face mask this season

From Giorgio Armani's cult favourite liquid lipstick to must-have K-beauty products, these are the best long-lasting lipsticks that won’t budge under your face masks

A year into the pandemic, face masks have become part of everyday life with many of us having to give up wearing lipsticks (*cue gasp*) and focus on beautifying our eyes instead. Be it a high-performance mascara, eyeliner or a premium lash extension appointment, there are plenty of ways to make your eyes pop for a statement-making look while wearing a mask.

But there’s something inherently magical and satisfying about swiping on a coat of lipstick to bring a touch of colour to the lips. It’s a joy-sparking make-up ritual that can give any woman an instant confidence boost and make them feel good even in the darkest days of the pandemic, even if no one can see it. Well, not until we whip off our masks of course. 

With so many types of lipsticks available in the market, it can get pretty tricky to pick the right ones that fit well into today’s mask-wearing situation. That’s why we’ve done the legwork for you and compiled a list of the best long-lasting, smudge-proof lipsticks that will stay put under a face mask. You won't want to miss out on this.

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Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro

Long before matte lipsticks were an absolute beauty trend, this liquid lipstick was already a game-changer. Not only does it dry smoothly on the lips, but the formula is also extremely comfortable for long wear and will not budge under your face mask. If you need just one lip product with you on the go during the pandemic, the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro should do the trick. For a vibrant and bold look, go for the iconic shade, 400 The Red—a fiery red that will surely turn heads and bring on the compliments. 

Available at Armani beauty stores at Ion Orchard, Isetan Scotts, Tangs at Tangs Plaza and through Armani's phone delivery platform here.


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MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour

When it comes to releasing best-selling lipsticks, MAC is among the top brands that consistently does so. And with the Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour, fans of the brand are treated to an incredibly smooth texture and a lovely liquid-suede finish. It's a great option for those looking for long-lasting matte lipsticks that are highly pigmented and won't budge under your face mask. Available in six colours ranging from nudes to reds. 

Available at Sephora.

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Urban Decay Vice Chemistry

Face masks have stopped us from wearing lip gloss, which is inadvertently sticky and will be too messy to apply underneath our face coverings. But this Urban Decay glassy tint works like magic—upon first application, it seems as if this lip product was not going to work with a face mask on, but that was an inaccurate judgement. It looks just like lip gloss and gives off a beautiful shine, but it dries exceptionally well and within seconds, too. If you love that gradient lip effect, this product works wonders. Here's a tip from our friends at Urban Decay: apply one layer, blot with a piece of tissue, then use a powder puff to dab on a light layer of setting powder. Your lip makeup will be even more mask-proof after this. 

Available at Sephora.


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Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color

Don’t let the word “fluid” deter you from trying this lipstick from Fenty Beauty. Boasting a fragrance-free, weightless formula, it richly coats the lips with just one swipe. Available in five long-wear shades, the liquid lipstick settles into a matte finish for an ultra-flattering result. The specially designed applicator is unique as its small tip makes it super easy to apply—even without a mirror, if you ask us. Uncuffed is a pretty, rose-mauve shade that is perfect for everyday wear.

Available at Sephora.

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YSL Beaute Rouge Pur Couture Slim Glow Matte Lipstick

How can a matte lipstick be glowy, you ask? Apparently, YSL Beauty knows how. The luxury beauty brand's Slim Glow Matte features a new formula, infused with Mallow flower extract and enriched with light-reflecting micro-fine pearls that give off a luminous matte finish. It is the iconic YSL lipstick as you know it, except reinvented with an ultra-slim, square-cut bullet that gives you the precision to push and accentuate lips' curves.

The new version in the Couture family is now dressed in a precious rose gold base, making it a real joy whenever you reach for it in your purse for touch-ups. 

Available at YSL Beauty stores, online and via YSL Beauty's phone delivery platform on WhatsApp at 8511 8036.

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick didn’t reach cult status for no reason. Packed with lipstick tree, orchid extract and 3D glowing pigments, this award-winning product boasts an incredibly comfortable, buttery smooth formula that will condition and hydrate the lips while providing a beautiful matte finish.  

Available at Sephora.

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Dior Addict Tattoo Lip Tint

Just like its name suggests, this luxury lip tint from Dior promises maximum colour saturation and strong lasting power that it’s akin to having the shade tattooed on your lips. It’s also ultra-lightweight and can stay firmly put for up to 10 hours.

Available at Sephora.

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Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme Lipstick

Chanel Beauty has a stellar reputation for offering top-notch make-up products and this classic lipstick is no exception. Encased in an elegant black tube, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Extreme Lipstick has a full-coverage formula that coats the lips with radiant, lasting colour that can stay put for up to eight hours. It glides on easily and delivers rich pigment in just one swipe with a gorgeous matte second-skin finish. 

Available at Sephora.

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Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat Lipstick

Another product that deserves a spot on your vanity for its beautiful packaging and impressive long-lasting results. Offered in a spectrum of colours that suit every skin tone, Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat Lipstick has a buildable formula that will offer you a perfect velvety matte finish with a rich colour payoff without drying out your lips. 

Available at Sephora.

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Tom Ford Beauty Lip Colour Satin Matte Lipstick

Packed with rare and premium nourishing ingredients such as soja seed extract, Brazillian murumuru butter and collagen, Tom Ford Beauty’s Lip Colour Satin Matte Lipstick will power and moisturise your pout with smooth, rich colour for a perfectly voluptuous look. The formula is long-lasting and smudge-proof as well, meaning you can wear it all day long comfortably. 

Available at Sephora.

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Dasique Water Gloss Tint

This water gloss tint coats lips with a coveted glass-like film while achieving what every girl wants: maximum shine without stickiness. As expected of a K-beauty brand, the unique formulation of a separate layer of colour pigments and water film ensures long-lasting colour payoffs.

The texture is also light and smooth so rest assured that your precious pout will be kept moisturised all day. 

Available at K Sisters.


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Lilybyred Mood Liar Velvet Tint

A little goes a long way with this lip tint that feels extra velvety on your lips. The colour payoff is pretty amazing and it is so highly pigmented that you won't need to put on too much of the product at each use. With the applicator, dab it around the centre of the lips and spread the colour using a finger or a lip brush. Whether you want to coat your lips entirely or have a more subtle effect, it is absolutely budge-proof and so convenient to wear.