A Makeup Artist Who Tries Everything Says These 17 Lipsticks Truly Last All Day


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I didn't truly become a lipstick girlie until I started working as a beauty editor. Like many other beauty products I used to have beef with, lipsticks have come a long way—especially long-lasting formulas. Previously, I found that traditional matte formulas would dry out my lips, and hydrating ones would smear all over my face and teeth (ugh). This caused me to give up on them for a bit. But my time as an editor has really opened my eyes to what's out there. I basically discovered that I was using the wrong formulas. There are now so many long-wear options out there that do all the things for your lips while lasting eight plus hours—it can be done!

It's easy for me to get the 411 on which ones are the best of the best because I talk to makeup artists on a weekly basis. This time, celebrity makeup artist J Guerra shared some of his all-time favorite long-lasting lipsticks. I surely couldn't keep this list to myself—the ones he picked are just so good. For all his picks, and a few of our own favorites, keep on reading.

How to Choose the Best Long-Lasting Lipstick

Matte formulas are typically most helpful when you're looking for something long-wearing, but the key is to make sure that you find a formula that's both hydrating and matte. There are so many great formulas out there now that are designed to be comfortable and moisturizing throughout the day (almost like ChapStick) and still dry down to that matte finish so they won't smear, smudge, or get on your teeth throughout the day.

Formulas with a high pigment payoff are also ideal for all-day wear. For the least number of touch-ups, you'll want something super saturated that can withstand eating, drinking, and other daily activities. Overall, I've found liquid formulas are usually best when it comes to longevity, but there are a few formulas that are exceptions. Scroll down for all our favorites!

Best Overall Long-Lasting Lipstick: Rouge Dior Forever Liquid Lacquer

Best Matte Long-Lasting Lipstick: YSL The Slim Matte Longwear Lipstick

Best Drugstore Long-Lasting Lipstick: Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick

Best Red Long-Lasting Lipstick: Violette_FR Petal Bouche Matte

Best Pink Long-Lasting Lipstick: Nyx Cosmetics Lip Lingerie XXL Matte Liquid Lipstick

Best Luxury Long-Lasting Lipstick: Gucci Long Lasting Satin Lipstick

More Long-Lasting Lipsticks We Love

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.