Returning to offices and socialising more post-lockdowns has meant a lot of us are still celebrating having an occasion for full faces of makeup. And we’re certainly excited to put our beauty skills to the test again and go full glam.
With that in mind, it’s important to refresh you makeup kit with new, fun makeup goodies. One key product for any glam look is of course the classic liquid lipstick. The liquid formulas stay put longer lip gloss or cream lipsticks and can give your look a little extra oomph, whether you prefer a satin, matte or metallic finish.
With so many to choose from, it can be tricky separating the wheat from the chaff. But that’s where the beauty buffs at Cosmetify come in. We’ve collated the 10 best liquid lipsticks so you can easily find your new favorite shade in no time at all.
What is liquid lipstick?
They combine the liquid of your favorite gloss and the pigment of your favorite lipstick. A long-lasting option for bold lip looks, liquid lipsticks don't smudge or budge throughout the day – even in the heat.
Using a burst of intense color, liquid lipsticks also provide a high coverage and can come in many different finishes, including matte, satin and metallic. They also come in a range of shades from red liquid lipsticks to nude, natural hues. To find your favorite formulas and new exciting brands, use our handy drop-down search filters.
How do you apply liquid lipstick?
It's crucial to prep your lips before applying a long-wearing liquid lipstick – especially if it's a matte formula. Prep your lips by exfoliating with a lip scrub and then follow with your favorite lip balm. Allow the lip balm to fully sink in before applying the liquid lipstick. For a sharper look, outline your lips with a lip liner first. Then using the applicator or a lip brush provided fill in your lips carefully with color.
Unlike other lipsticks, it's recommended to not rub your lips together as this can smudge the formula while it's drying. And, because liquid lipsticks are usually highly pigmented, you only need one coat to achieve a bold look. To fix any mistakes simply dip a cotton bud in makeup remover and wipe the mishap away.
The best liquid lipsticks:
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick is a classic formula loved by beauty editors and influencers alike. We love this option as it provides a gorgeous matte finish with a high color payoff. Better yet, there’s over 30 mesmerizing shades, including beautiful berry, terrific teal and popping pink.
Fenty Beauty is a must in any makeup bag. The liquid lip color comes in bold shades that work from both day to night. Whether you want a sexy red or seductive purple, there’s a color for every occasion. The formula is also budge-proof which means it looks amazing all day long.
This liquid lippie from Huda Beauty feels comfortable on the pout, thanks to the super hydrating formula enriched with antioxidants. It also has a lightweight texture which dries down matte and comes in a range of stylish colors.
Ah, the glossy, long-wearing liquid lipstick - one of the best makeup products to rise in popularity in the last year or so. Perfect for keeping your pout in place, yet with the shiny finish that's in nowadays, lipsticks like this Lip Polish from Illamasqua are to die for.
Another favorite in the glossy-yet-long-wearing lip category are these stunning kiss-proof babies from Rimmel. They weather through eating and drinking (and kissing, of course) for up to 16 hours, all while keeping your lips comfy and hydrated. Use one end of the product to apply vibrant color and the other for a glossy top coat that locks the pigment in place.
Another gorgeous n' glossy product everyone's been raving about for the last year and half is this vinyl-effect product from Maybelline. Whereas lots of glosses don't stand the test of time, this miracle product is perfect for the lazy among us who just hate reapplying makeup throughout the day. The mirror-like shine is unbelievable, considering it's transfer-resistant for up to 16 hours! Plus, vitamin E and aloe vera keep you more comfortable than a regular matte lipstick.
Can't get enough of Maybelline? Neither can we. They also offer a super affordable matte liquid lipstick in a wide variety of colors. Pick up a few to update your makeup kit, whether you prefer unusual blue shades or classic pink hues there’s one for every occasion and every makeup style. Each pigment feels comfortable on the lips and looks great even after a long day in the park.
For office days or nights out, why not try the Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick from Stila? This luxury formula provides a semi-matte finish that feels hydrating on the lips, thanks to the blend of avocado oils and vitamin E. Plus, it comes in a range of wearable shades that look fab from desk to socially distanced dancefloor.
And if you're not into full coverage, don't worry! Stila also carries a sheer version of the iconic lippie above. It has the same staying power and hydrating ingredients, but comes with a translucent matte finish that gives your lips just a wash of color.
And if that wasn't already enough, the brand even created a metallic version of their liquid lipstick! Staying put without bleeding or transferring for up to 12 hours, the product carries a shimmering finish that fits right in with all the frosted looks going around these days.
Want even more lippie inspo? Take a look at the best black lipsticks you can wear all year round.
Written by Rebecca Jenkinson
Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.