Want to Know How to Stop Lipstick From Smudging? Try This Simple Trick

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Want to know how to stop lipstick from smudging? Try this mask-proof lip liner trick! So, wearing masks is the new norm, and while we don’t know for how long we’re going to have to wear them, we can stop the disastrous lipstick-smudging issue!

In this mask-proof lipstick tutorial, I’m going to show you how to stop lipstick from smudging and feathering. It’s a simple hack that will save you a ton of annoyances. Scroll down and let me show you how to be lipstick-ready after taking off your mask!

Tools and materials:

  • Mirror
  • Waterproof lip liner
  • Highlighter
Waterproof lip liner

1. Use a waterproof lip liner

A waterproof lip liner is the best base for durability and long-lasting wear. It should not feather or fill in the fine lines between your lips. I personally like the Charlotte Tilbury lip cheat lip liner, but you can use whatever waterproof lip liner you like.

Tip: The lip liner should be soft and easy to apply, so there are no drag lines on your lips. 

Applying mask-proof lip liner

Simply apply it all over your lips, instead of lipstick, to give your lips a head start! Gently start with the outer lines of your lips, then fill in your lips completely. 

The tissue test for smudge-proof lipstick

After, try the tissue test, and see for yourself that the pigments do not transfer. That’s what you want, a color that literally sticks to your lips! 

2. Add a highlighter

So, you could stop right there if you want an overall matte look. Personally, I feel it’s a little dull. I prefer to liven up my lips with a bit of highlighter. Here, I’m using the Venics & Organic glow melted highlighter in a warm, neutral tone. 

Applying highlighter to lips

Using your middle finger, dab the highlighter onto your lips, as shown. Remember not to add too much; all you need is a dab to add some much-needed shine and dimension to your lips. 

How to stop lipstick from smudging

How to stop lipstick from smudging tutorial

You now have perfect lipstick, which you can even wear with a mask. Technically, it’s not even lipstick, but it is a smudge-proof lipstick hack! Now, you’ll never have to worry about rushing to the nearest mirror to apply lipstick after you’ve taken your mask off.

Thank you for joining me, and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to stop lipstick from smudging. Let me know your own lipstick vs mask tips in the comments below.

Products used:


Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat COL: Pillow Talk Medium

Cult Beauty

Mirenesse All Day Velvet Matte Kissproof Liner

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Venics Organic Diamond Glow Melted Organic Highlighter

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Suggested materials:
  • Mirror
  • Waterproof lip liner
  • Highlighter

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  • Grandmasue10 Grandmasue10 on Aug 20, 2021

    I guess if you are going to take the mask off at some time, you'd want to do this. But when I go grocery shopping, I don't wear lipstick. I use the kind in a skinny tube wit a dear paw applicator that's like paint. It never comes off.