Since I don’t wear a tonne of make-up on a daily basis, I need to make sure the few products I do use can withstand the day, especially when it comes to my lipstick. Because seriously—who has the patience to fix smeared and faded lips five times a day? Definitely not me. Which is why I love a good waterproof, long-lasting lipstick.
I know—waterproof may sound drying, flakey, and all-around extra, but trust me: They're incredibly awesome when you find the right formula. And since a key part of my job is testing a gazillion things then writing about my actual favourites, check out my favourite 12 (yes, 12!) waterproof, budge-proof lipsticks ever, guaranteed to last all day.
1. Maybelline Make-up SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick
Matte waterproof lipstick
Consider this a tattoo for your lips - but without any of the pain, maintenance, cost, lifelong regrets, etc. This highly pigmented matte lipstick features an arrow-shaped applicator to help you reach the inner corners of your mouth without messing up your lines.
2. BareMinerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipstick
Creamy waterproof lipstick
Finally! A lightweight, transfer-resistant liquid lipstick that doesn’t feel like shrink-wrap on your lips. TBH, it’s really comfortable to wear, and it comes in eight super-pretty shades.One tip, though? Wait at least 10 minutes before eating or drinking to allow the colour to truly set.
3. Dior Addict Lip Tattoo
Waterproof lipstick tint
Sometimes, I like the look of a tint, but I also want the wear of a matte lip. Sound impossible? Well, Dior somehow made it happen. This 10-hour wear “tinted ink” gives a bright but sheer layer of colour, while keeping lips feeling ultra hydrated. It's kinda like your bare lips, but way, way better.
4. Tarte Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint
Opaque waterproof lipstick
The internet has been raving about this opaque, flake-proof liquid lipstick for years, and for good reason: It dries almost immediately, and doesn't suck the moisture out of your lips. For the smoothest finish, do a little lip prep beforehand by using a little lip exfoliator followed by a rich, hydrating lip balm.
5. The Lip Bar Matte Liquid Lipstick
Moisturising waterproof lipstick
I can’t say enough good things about this liquid lipstick. It's a strong favourite because it stays put all day without feeling drying (oh, hey, shea butter and jojoba oil!).
6. Beauty Bakerie Matte Lip Whip
Truly waterproof lipstick
No lie—once, I wore this super-matte lipstick on an all-day boat ride in the Virgin Islands. Not only did it last until sundown, but it also survived a 45-minute snorkelling session. Pure magic!
7.Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick
Budge-proof waterproof lipstick
Listen, this waterproof lipstick is NO joke. It literally does not budge, so plan on grabbing a heavy-duty make-up remover or oil-based cleanser (FYI: I use DHC Deep Cleansing Oil for double-cleansing) to get this bad boy off at the end of the day.
8. Lime Crime Matte Velvetines
Long-lasting waterproof lipstick
This deeply dramatic, velvety formula lasts all day with minimal touch-ups needed. But, as a note, it can be a little drying. So for the longest, most comfortable wear, try swiping on a lightweight lip balm first, waiting 15 minutes for it to sink in, then layering on your liquid lipstick as usual.
9. Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick
Award-winning waterproof lipstick
This lippie has all the staying power you want, minus the dry, chalky feels. I love it because it’s a modern update on my all-time favourite lippie—Aqua Rouge Waterproof Liquid Lip Color—which was sadly discontinued by the brand *cries*.
10. Deck of Scarlet Matte Velvet Lip Color Kit
All-day waterproof lipstick
This super-saturated lip pigment (P.S. it comes in a set of three!) is my go-to, especially when I'm in a rush. This buildable, creamy formula literally locks on, so after I apply in the morning, that's it—I'm good for the whole day. And that's a great thing, because I have a million other things to worry about that don't include the state of my lipstick.
11. Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color
Super-rich waterproof lipstick
When Rihanna initially launched this soft-matte liquid lip in Uncensored (a bold, universal red), I was obsessed. The one-stroke formula really does cover lips in a rich, opaque pigment that 100 percent stays put. And now, she's launched seven additional shades—including a peachy nude (Unbutton) and a smooth, inky black (Uninvited)—so everyone can find a shade they love.
12. Nudestix Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencil
This waterproof lipstick and blush
Okay, so technically this isn’t a true lipstick, but this two-in-one pencil definitely deserves a spot on my list. Here’s why: It is smudge-proof, comes in 13 pretty shades, and is easily removed with a make-up wipe. Not to mention, you can use it on your eyes, lips, and cheeks, which I did in a pinch when I forgot my makeup bag.
H/T Cosmo US