Fumble-proof makeup sticks that'll make your life a whole lot easier
Stop scrambling after your workout – these MVP makeup sticks will prep you in a snap
By Erin Docherty
Women's Health Beauty Editor / March 13 2020
Whether you’ve slogged it out at a pre-work HIIT or you’re running from lunchtime pilates to a meeting, it’s possible to scale back that hot mess look after a workout. You just need the right kind of products. And we know just the squad for the job: these multipurpose, travel-friendly champs are solid 10s. They won’t take up space in your bag or chuck sickies at the last minute – they’re on the damn task, morning, noon and night. Easy to apply and zero tools required, these compact sticks are “a gift from the make-up gods!” says freelance makeup artist Lisa Fulginiti. “They’re great for on-the-go touch-ups, and perfect if you don’t wear a lot of make-up and just need a little cover or colour.” Play around with this lot.
M.A.C Prep + Prime Pore Refiner Stick
A magical stick that blurs giant pores and fine lines? We’ll take it, thanks. Ideal for creating instant flawlessness on the go, just swipe M.A.C Prep + Prime Pore Refiner Stick directly out to the edges of your face and blend inwards for a smooth, matt finish.
YSL Beauté All Hours Foundation Stick
Apply this lightweight, oil-free foundation in a line down your nose, across your cheeks and dot around your hairline, then blend it outwards. Rocking a cute new pimple or dark circles? Use YSL Beauté All Hours Foundation Stick as a concealer and dab a little extra where needed. This formula’s a winner because it’s non- greasy, non-creasy (meaning it won’t settle into fine lines) and stays put. Plus, it won’t spill all over your clothes. Major points.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick gives way to the creamiest colour that can be effortlessly applied on your lids to shade, define, smoke and highlight your eyes. It does it all without creasing, flaking or fading (it’s also completely water resistant). “Directly apply the stick onto your lids, then blend the colour out using your fingers,” says Fulginiti. “This technique is great for when you want a subtle wash of colour instead of a more defined, structured look.”
Nude by Nature Touch Of Glow Highlight Stick
A highlighter may not spot you during a dead-lifting sesh, but it will keep that glow going strong. We love this Nude by Nature Touch Of Glow Highlight Stick because it’s made with Kakadu plum, which is known for its vitamin C content. Fulginiti recommends applying highlighter to the high points of your face using your fingers. “Press along the top of the cheekbones and blend outwards towards the hairline. You can also swipe it across the top of your lip – the Cupid’s bow – to create fullness, under the eyebrow bone to lift your eyes, and lightly down the bridge of the nose. Also press into the inner corners of your eyes to make them look bigger and brighter.”
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Quickie Cream-To-Powder Contour Stick
Quick and easy to use, this two-in-one bronzer and contour stick is your go-to if you want that natural- looking, I-just-stepped- off-a-plane-from-my-tropical-holiday kind of look. Not only is it an absolute dream if you have dry skin (it goes on creamy and won’t leave you with harsh lines), but it’s totally blendable. Apply Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Quickie Cream-To-Powder Contour Stick to your cheeks, or even down your collarbone, for that natural sun-kissed glow.
NudeStix Nudies Bloom All Over Dewy Color Blush
This triple-threat will solve all your post-workout pre-date woes. It functions as a blush, lipstick and an eyeshadow. Swoon. For a healthy pop of colour on your cheeks, apply NudeStix Nudies Bloom All Over Dewy Color Blush using your fingers. “Swipe the colour in an upwards motion along your cheekbones, then press the product in,” says Fulginiti. “The heat from your fingers will help it blend into your skin.” Seamless.
If you’re looking for more multi-tasking goodies, check out our article on the beauty products that’ll get you ready faster.