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Finding a truly great lipstick involves a lot of trial and error. The ideal lipstick has a killer formula, along with a saturated color, and doesn’t dry your lips. Most of all, the perfect lipstick shouldn’t involve constant reapplication to keep looking fresh.
If there was ever a time to have the ideal lipstick, it’s New Year’s Eve. Even if you don’t plan to have a New Year’s Eve kiss, having a stellar lipstick for NYE festivities is never a bad thing. The perfect lipstick will pull together your whole look and leave you confident while welcoming in the new year.
The lipsticks below are noted by makeup lovers for their long-lasting formulas and beautiful finishes. With some promising hours of wear- and transfer-proof properties, these are the lip products to trust when counting down to midnight.
Benefit Cosmetic’s Benetint is a hero product for a reason. The rosy lip stain is created from actual rose petals and stays put all night. You can layer it for a deeper red hue or give a single swipe to enhance your natural lip color. No matter what application you choose, you won’t need to reapply.
Shop: Milk Makeup Lip and Cheek, $28
Milk Makeup’s chunky Lip and Cheek stick provides a hydrating, lasting lip color that can enhance your natural lip color or build up to a concentrated hue. With mango butter and jojoba oil, you won’t have chapped lips when the clock strikes 12.
Shop: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, $11 (Orig. $22)
Often cited as one of the longest lasting lipsticks on the market, Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is creamy, full-coverage, light-weight, and promises to last 12 hours. With a gorgeous color range and hydrating properties, this transfer-proof formula is one to try.
Shop: Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, $24
Rihanna knows her makeup, and Fenty Beauty’s Stunna Lip Paint is proof. With bold colors and a budge-proof formula, this liquid lipstick gives you a matte finish without drying out your lips. The application wand is an hourglass shape, so you can hug your lips with a smooth and precise application.
Shop: Revlon Cushion Kiss Lip Tint, $9.99
With the “look of a stain and the feel of a balm,” Revlon’s Cushion Kiss Lip Tint provides a gentle wash of color that will stay put. A cushioned tip applies the product, which is enriched with coconut oil, with a diffused look that is especially lovely.
Shop: NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick, $7
With a series of 24 nude shades to choose from, NYX’s Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick is no-smudge and long lasting. The matte formula is enriched with vitamin E and won’t feel heavy on your lips.
Shop: Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayon Lipstick, $9.49
Maybelline’s SuperStay Ink Crayon Lipstick promises eight hours of wear in several different shades. The easy-to-apply crayon lipstick is smudge and transfer-resistant and won’t leave you constantly reapplying.
Shop: NARS Satin Lipstick Pencil, $27
NARS Satin Lipstick Pencil has a hydrating formula with some serious staying power. The jumbo pencil provides saturated color with a satin finish and is super easy to apply.
Shop: Bite Beauty Crystal Crème Shimmer Lip Crayon, $24
With a light sparkle finish, Bite Beaty’s Crystal Crème Shimmer Lip Crayon glides on smooth and stays on for the long haul. The crayon includes hydrating ingredients like orange peel wax and grape skin extract so it won’t dry out your lips. And that shimmer is perfect for New Year’s Eve.
Shop: Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color, $26
Nudestix Magnetic Matte Lip Color is a “three-in-one lip stain, lip color and lip liner.” The long-lasting lipstick comes in rich, nude shades and claims to last up to nine hours without reapplying. It’s also waterproof so it won’t budge when you drink midnight champagne.
With a lovely peach scent and a gentle color, Too Faced’s Peach Puff Long-Wearing Diffused Matte Lip Color provides a “long-wearing, diffused, modern-matte look.” The color is feather-resistant for precision application and promises to last “even after a kiss on the lips.”