Lipsticks add color, personality, and confidence to your look with just a few swipes, but very few withstand your morning latte, lunchtime salad, and after-work cocktails. But a quality long-lasting lipstick is your secret weapon to keeping your lips intact without having to check your front-facing camera every five minutes. And makeup artists — who test virtually everything — know the best ones... because they use them on theirselves.
"Color and texture are first and foremost when choosing a lasting formula. It needs to have a softer texture. If lips are a little on the drier side, I’ll exfoliate and apply balm while doing the rest of the makeup so the lips are primed and ready," says Robert Sesnek, a makeup artist who works with Kristin Cavallari, Chrissy Teigen, and Hailey Baldwin. "Color choices are also make or break with a lip product. They have the right shades and ability to go from one application to building up several coats for the truest tone and shade of that color."
Too many times, the texture of a lip color feels dry. And then when you actually apply it to your lips, the dryness immediately bleeds off, smearing on everything in sight. "If your main concern is your lipstick being non-transferable with long lasting ability, I’d recommend the Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick," Rachel Toledo, a makeup artist who works with Bethenny Frankel, Olivia Palermo, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, says. "It's the best one out there. The red shade looks great on everyone. I once used it on a celeb chef while filming a segment with steam in a hot kitchen and that stain did not budge all day!"
Other important factors include color payoff, too, depending on the look you're going for. "I always look to see if it's opaque enough," Lakeisha Dale, an editorial makeup artist, says. "And if it feels comfortable on my lips. No one wants to walk around with lips that feel parched."
Ahead, see the lipsticks that last through everything, according to the pros who've tried them all.