The Best Long-Wearing Lipsticks You Need To Try Today

What makes the perfect lipstick? In our opinion, it’s a long-wearing formula that doesn’t budge at all, with minimum reapplications required. By 5pm, it should still look as good as new (no matter how many coffees you’ve had throughout the day).

Matte formulas hold much longer than sheen lipsticks, but if you aren’t a fan of a matte lippy, don’t despair. We’ve done the groundwork and found the best long-wearing lipsticks with matte formulas that stay for days (literally) and won’t dry your lips out. Each lipstick has a creamy formula designed to nourish your pout.

Here are our top finds…


Ultra lightweight but highly pigmented formulas make up this collection of ravishing reds.

Elizabeth Arden Lip Color Matte in Legendary Red
Rouge Dior Liquid Rouge in 999 Forever Dior
Estée Lauder Pure Color Desire Matte Lipstick in Bite Back
Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte Lip Color in Red Carpet

Lip Tip

For extra hold, dust some translucent powder onto your red lipstick, blot and then reapply. You’ll be amazed at how the colour pops!

Givenchy Prisme Libre Finishing & Setting Powder in No 3


Neutral nudes are undoubtedly the most wearable lipstick shade of them all. These matte long-wearing lipsticks won’t dry out your lips because of their rich, nourishing formulas containing ingredients like vitamin E!

Inglot HD Lip Tint Matte in No. 42
MAC Project Whitney Houston Lipstick in Newark (Limited Edition)
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color in Seduction
Bobbi Brown Luxe Matte Lip Color in Nude Reality

Lip Tip

Enhance your lipstick’s colour with a few applications of the Inglot Hold On Lip Primer. It helps with lipstick application and moisturises the lips thanks to the cotton-seed oil, vitamin E and shea butter found in the formula.

Inglot Hold On Lip Primer


Lipliners prolong the wear of any lipstick by creating a barrier between the lipstick colour and skin. It prevents bleeding, enhances pigment and adds perfect precision, which makes the lips look fuller.

You can also use your lipliner as you would a lipstick and colour in your lips. It’ll stay put all day. Remember to sharpen your lipliner to keep the tip defined.


Givenchy Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil in Carmin Escarpin
Sisley Paris Phyto-Levres Perfect Lipliner in 1 Nude

In order for any lipstick to look its best, it’s essential to keep your lips prepped at all times. These are our tips to maintaining a perfect pout.

EXFOLIATE: Scrub your lips no more than twice a week in order to avoid irritation. Exfoliating rids your lips of flakiness and keeps them smooth for product application.

MOISTURISE: Choose a hydrating lip balm with nourishing properties to apply to your lips each day. This will keep your lips soft and lipstick-ready.

BLOT, BLOT, BLOT: Believe it or not, blotting is a step we often overlook once we’ve applied our lipstick. The benefit of blotting is that the pigment of the lipstick is pressed deeper into the lips and results in a longer-lasting colour. Plus, it feels better getting the excess lipstick off too.

FILL IN YOUR LIPS FIRST: If you’re still battling to make your lipstick stay, fill in your lips first with a lipliner and then apply your lipstick. The lipliner’s waxy consistency will bind with the lipstick and stay put for longer.

These products will help:

Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub
Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15
EAD Original Lip Balm

Looking for a softer look?

Try these tints. They’re matte (so they last for ages) but provide a more subtle colour on the lips. They’re perfect for those fuss-free-kinda-make-up days.

Sisley Paris Phyto-Lip Twist Matte Lip Balm in 6 Cherry
Sisley Paris Phyto-Lip Twist Matte Lip Balm in 1 Nude

What’s your number one tip for making your lipstick last all day? Let us know in the comments below!


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