Lipstick has come a long way since the classic bullet, and the latest liquid lipsticks boast some serious staying power (really, they won’t budge until they meet some makeup remover) thanks to gelling agents for flexible comfort, moisturizing vitamins, and polymers to lock in color. Keep lipstick on your lips, and not your spouse-to-be, with these top picks.
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Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Color
The ultrathin, weightless formula glides on like a gloss, then dries without tackiness. Use the tip of the applicator to line and define lips, then fill in with the flat side for high-impact coverage ($28, lauramercier.com).
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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Enriched with vitamin E and avocado oil—but without parabens, sulfates, or synthetic dyes—this lipstick comes in 15 wedding-ready hues that dry to a semi-matte finish for six hours of continuous wear ($22, stilacosmetics.com).
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Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick
A blend of polymers and nourishing vitamins help fill in fine lines and make lips appear smoother, while also being resistant to flaking, feathering, and dryness. A special doe-foot applicator makes on-the-go application a cinch ($28, hourglasscosmetics.com).
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Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kiss Proof Lip Colour
Rimmel promises 16 hours, and boy does it deliver. Kisses and food are no match for the transfer-proof formula, which dries to a semi-matte finish. A swipe of the glossy topcoat provides moisture and shine while locking in the color until you’re ready to take it off—and even then, it takes some elbow grease ($7, ulta.com).
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Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge
Created for professional makeup artists to use backstage and on set, Aqua Rouge is formulated with mica for intense color payoff, while polymers and oils lock in the hue so well it won’t leave a trace on any drinking glasses ($24, sephora.com).
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Chanel Rouge Double Intensité
This multifaceted makeup looks like a lip gloss, acts like a stain, and feels like moisturizing lipstick. A glossing topcoat adds lacquer-like shine and all-day moisture ($36, chanel.com).
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L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Last Lip Color
The hyaluronic acid-infused formula delivers rich color that won’t flake or fade. Following it with the Color Seal Conditioning Balm provides for an extra layer of low-gloss moisture. And with a huge array of 24 shades to choose from, there’s a shade to match any color scheme ($12.99, drugstore.com).