We all know that feeling of disappointment when you find the perfect shade of liquid lipstick and tragedy strikes—it either dries your lips out, or it comes off the second you start to sip your latte . When a matte lip product is done right, it can last all day long. When it's not, it can be a chapped , caked disaster. We asked Sephora Pro makeup artists for their favorite formulas, and they shared their tried-and-tested picks that last through lunch while still hydrating your lips. They also gave us the scoop on their favorite shades, and how to best apply liquid lipstick to avoid the dreaded cracking effect. Scroll through to see which colors are insider-approved.
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Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick , $21
"They are rich in moisture, have great color range, and are super long lasting. I usually layer colors to create an ombré look, or a custom-made shade." —Hector Espinal, New York City
Buy it: $21, sephora.com
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick , $20
"This is the most pigmented long-wearing liquid lipstick I have used. Plus they have 42 beautiful shades to choose from, so I never need to worry about finding the color I am looking for." —David Razzano, New York City
Buy it: $20, sephora.com
Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain , $14
"I fell in love with Sephora Collection’s Cream Lip Stain because of its rich pigment, smooth application, and unparalleled longevity. I wanted a lip product that would last my entire shift and through drinks after, and this has never let me down. It dries down to a lightweight matte finish that does not dry out the lips.
"When applying, start at the center of the lip and work outward toward the lip line. Once the bulk of the formula has been applied, use the remaining product on the wand to define the lip shape, which helps extend the wear time and prevent feathering. My favorite shade is Always Red 01 because it is a universally flattering cool-toned red." —Chris Sams, New York City
Buy it: $14, sephora.com
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme , $28
"They are ultra-hydrating and have the staying power of a liquid lip paint. They are super nourishing and have a beautiful balanced shine that leaves the lips hydrated and buttery. Also the shades come in an array of neo-nude colors that have an editorial edge." —Jeffery English, Chicago
Buy it: $28, marcjacobsbeauty.com
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick , $22
"Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is super long lasting and has the most beautiful reds, like Beso and Fiery." —Ilde Goncalves, Miami
Buy it: $22, sephora.com
Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil , $24
"They offer long-lasting matte lipcolors with antiaging benefits with the main ingredient resveratrol . It comes in 19 chic shades, and I'm obsessed with the shade Bramble, a statement red that complements many skin tones." —Shawn Lumaban, Jersey City, New Jersey
Buy it: $24, .jcpenney.com