Our best lipstick picks to wear under face masks

There are a few ways to mitigate the lipstick-on-face-mask mess.

Who says that just because we’re wearing face masks during this COVID-19 pandemic, lipstick should be snatched from our makeup repertoire? Lipstick makes us feel sexy, and brightens our faces. And a mere swipe across the lips can really lift our spirit.

But what about lipstick smudges on face masks? Ewww!

Well, the easiest way to prevent lipstick smudges on face masks would be to forgo wearing it altogether.

Why do this?

There are a few ways to mitigate the lipstick-on-face-mask mess. You can try adding a light dusting of a translucent setting powder over your lipstick before putting on your face mask to lock your lipstick in place. You can also try a few lipsticks with staying power like…



Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick, long-lasting, buildable, and hydrating; $34, Nordstrom (Shade–So 90s)


sephora lip stain

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick, creamy, weightless, coats lips with a transfer-proof, flawless color that lasts all day, won’t bleed or crack, infused with lip soothing avocado oil; $15, Sephora (Shade–96 Red Velvet)


trump lipstick

Lipslut’s F*ck Trump Matte Liquid Lipstick, cruelty-free, vegan, matte buildable color, made with jojoba and coconut oils and vitamin E; 50% of all earnings from F*ck Trump go towards helping a civil rights organization targeted by the Trump administration; $20, Lipslut.com (Shade–The Original, a Rosy Pink)




Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick, up to 16 hours of staying power, saturated liquid matte with highly pigmented color, unique arrow applicator for precise application; $9.50, retailers everywhere (Shade–Amazonian)


Fenty Beauty by Rihanna, Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color, weightless, soft matte finish, delivers high-impact color with one stroke, free of parabens and cruelty-free; $25, Sephora (Shade–Rosy Mauve)