The 28 Longest-Wearing Makeup Products That Never Disappoint

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There’s a huge difference between dewy makeup and makeup that’s simply slipping off midday. Fortunately, we’ve done the dirty work for you to find out which ones really don’t budge. Next time longwear power is paramount, reach for these never-fail products to keep your makeup on lockdown—and off of your face mask.

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e.l.f. ACTIVE Workout Ready Eye Pencil ($4)

This sleek liner is built to withstand a grueling workout, so a full work day and date night is no big deal for the bulletproof, jet-black formula.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation ($40)

Reach for this covers-everything foundation when you don’t want your makeup to slip or slide. It glides on easily, blends without ever looking cakey and always hits the mark.

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benefit go go tint Cheek & Lip Stain ($30)

Whether you swipe it onto your lips or dab it onto your cheeks, this punchy coral tint stays where you want it to and delivers a youthful glow to any look.

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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38) 

Non-powder bronzers have a reputation for being cakey and hard to use—until now. Squeeze and dab this matte gel right under your cheekbones, then tap with your finger to blend, for natural-looking definition that rivals what we see on the big screen. 

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Ardell Forever Kissable Jumbo Lip Stain ($10)

Kiss-proof, waterproof and touch-proof, the marker tip on this stain pen makes staying in the lines easy, which is necessary for a stay-put formula like this one. Even better, it’s available in a range of shades that won’t feather or dry lips out like some similar options can. Our favorite: GNO, a true red that just begs to be worn at your next holiday party.

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Stroke of Beauty Lash Exhibit Mascara ($22)

One swipe instantly fans, volumizes (not to be confused with clumping) and lengthens for a set of perfect lashes that even you’ll forget aren’t falsies.

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Sigma Power Stick in Bloody Good ($25)

This coral-toned red stays vibrant and in place throughout a day of meetings, meals and coffee. The only thing better than the formula is the hue, which makes your teeth look whiter thanks to the blue deep in its base.

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COL-LAB The Filter Highlighting Liquid ($15)

Apply this radiance-booster like you would a primer. Once your foundation is on, you’ll notice a subtle gleam shine through that looks nothing but natural.

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IT Cosmetics Superhero Liner ($24)

Be it a thin line or a cat’s-eye, this liner’s easy-to-use felt tip is up to the task. The formula is waterproof for up to 24 hours, meaning it stays exactly where you apply it. Even those with oily skin won’t have to worry about any black transferring onto your eyelids.

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L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Concealer ($10)

Not only does this buildable concealer blend seamlessly into the skin, but it’s also designed to illuminate the area for up to 16 hours, making hard-to-hide under-eye bags or dark circles problems of the past.

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Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color ($3)

This creamy, pigmented formula goes on like an airy mousse and dries down to a long-lasting matte that smells divine. The lineup ranges from seven must-have nudes (from a dusty rose to a basic tan) all the way to a poppy red and fall-ready grays, so there’s bound to be a color for everyone. Oh, and it costs less than a cup of coffee.

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Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Kohl Eyeliner ($23)

Dubbed a “liquid liner in a pencil,” this smooth formula glides on like a gel but delivers the versatility—and color wave (it’s available in over 20 shades and two different finishes)—of a traditional pencil. Smudge it on your lash line for a grungy look, or keep lines crisp and clean for a classic feel.

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MAC Lip Liner in Control ($18)

Line then fill your lips with this mauve, rose shade for a look that lasts all day without any smearing or feathering. Top it with your favorite clear gloss or leave it alone for a matte, sexpot pout.

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Clinique Beyond Perfecting Super Concealer ($20)

100-percent fragrance-free, this high-coverage concealer promises 24-hour wear for those days when running at full throttle is the only option. Plus, it won’t settle into fine lines, so no one will know how many hours of sleep you really got last night.

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Wunder2 Super Stay Liner ($15)

From festive metallics and shimmery pinks to basic, can’t-beat neutrals, this gel-pencil liner comes in a wardrobe of shades (each is more pigmented than the next) and stays in place all day thanks to its waterproof, 24-hour-wear formula.

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Smith and Cult The Tainted Lip Stained Flatte in Demon Dazed ($24)

The whipped formula smells like cake batter, instantly anchors onto lips for a long-wearing flush of sexy nude and never dries them out. What could be better? Only its vamp-inspired hue that’s perfect for holiday celebrations.

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IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny Brow Pencil ($24)

This smear-proof formula adheres to skin as the exclusive 1.4 mm micro-tip officially makes creating natural-looking hairs easy, even for beginners.  

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara ($23)

The brand’s popular Better Than Sex mascara (sporting its signature hourglass-shaped brush) comes in a waterproof formulation, delivering voluminous, separated and curled lashes that won’t budge or flake all day. 

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NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint ($44)

Perfect for light coverage that mattifies shine and evens out skin tone, this quasi BB cream goes on light and stays on all day while still looking like skin. Plus, it’s infused with SPF 30—this one’s a win-win. 

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup ($38)

Packed with SPF 10 and vitamins to improve your skin tone while you wear it, this foundation provides medium-to-full coverage while staying in place for up to 15 hours. Plus, it’s oil-free and won’t settle into any fine lines. 

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Huda Beauty Liquid Matte in Jet Setter ($20)

Apply this long-lasting, goes-with-everything lipstick in the morning and don’t worry about it until you remove it at night. It dries matte, but it hugs lips without making them feel parched. 

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($19)

Often overshadowed by the brand’s cult-classic palettes, it’s time for the single shadows to take the stage. Available in a range of 86 shades (talk about a hard decision to make), these shadows stay on all night while continuing to deliver intense color payoff until you take them off. 

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Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon ($24)

While this foolproof lip crayon’s ingredients include good-for-you oils like jojoba and castor to keep lips supple, the result is simple—this pigment stays on. After two face washes (including running a Clarisonic over my lips) and using a makeup-removing wipe, my lips were still pretty flushed with color. 

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MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Concealer ($21)

A little goes a long way with this lightweight yet medium-to-full coverage concealer, hiding everything from dark circles to discoloration without any slipping. 

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Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner Pen ($22)

This liner lasts through water, sweat and oily eyelids (even without any primer or shadow) and its precision tip makes creating any and every eyeliner look easy. 

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Charlotte Tilbury ‘Lip Cheat’ Re-Size and Re-Shape Lip Liner ($22)

Not only does this liner have the ability to transform and balance your lips when filled in (hence the name), but it also works overtime to make your lipstick stay on from dawn ’til dusk, making it a great option to wear by itself, too.

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Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick ($20)

This highly pigmented lip color goes on like a gloss but dries matte without any of the dryness many other long-wearing lipsticks often bring. The best part? You can eat and drink all you want without worrying about your color feathering away. 

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Fiona Stiles Radiant Aqua Eye Veil ($22)

Perfect for creating a one-eyeshadow-color look or as the base for the rest of your shadow, this creamy color from makeup artist Fiona Stiles’s line glides on smoothly and stays on all day sans any unwanted creasing. For a smokier look, use a thin eyeliner brush and follow it along your lower lash line. 

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