Most mornings are hectic and time is not a friend, so applying a full face of makeup when we’re already late the is the last thing on our list. Using a liquid foundation on-the-go nowadays is a brave move and having to lug a packed makeup bag around with you everywhere is not so practical.
Thankfully solid makeup has grown in popularity over the years, with brands increasingly launching brilliant formulas in chic stick form making it one of the most convenient ways to apply makeup.
They are also a traveller’s dream for getting through the airport completely unscathed. Makeup options in stick form are a plenty, allowing you to carry a full face of makeup in your hand luggage while bypassing that little plastic bag. From foundations to eyeshadows, here are the best makeup sticks for mess-free touch-ups on-the-go.
Make Up For Ever is renowned for its best-selling Ultra HD Foundation, a fan-favourite liquid formulation adored by beauty editors and makeup artists for its longevity, flawless finish, and skin-like feel.
Inspired by the original, this creamy stick version delivers the same stunning, high-definition results, along with the convenience of being in a slim tube you can throw into your bag for touch-ups. Basically, it’s the perfect product for taking on holidays, weddings, or wherever you might fancy a midday foundation fix.
Beauty bloggers swear by this stick foundation from Hourglass, and they’re not the only ones who sing its praises. Its creamy and emollient texture is so easy to blend, gives you full coverage — if needed — and doesn’t crease by the end of the day. Melting seamlessly into the skin for an undetectable coverage and a effortless, ‘I woke up like this’ natural finish. This multi-purpose foundation stick can also be used for sculpting, highlighting and concealing and sheered out for a slightly more natural coverage.
Created by Francois Nars, this lightweight, cream-to-powder makeup stick has gained cult status amongst beauty editors, models, makeup artists and on-the-go-girls all over the world.
The formula blends effortlessly to create a sheer all-over-colour and can be used all over the body as a highlighter, blush and contour. Packed with antioxidants, vitamin E and acai oil, the Multiple has remained a staple for beauty buffs everywhere.
These eye sticks are brilliant if you urgently need a dash of colour on your lids. It is a pencil liner that has a creamy texture but once dried doesn’t budge or fade throughout the day. Just glide this luxe stick across the lash line or the lid and dab with your finger to blend.
Enriched with Vitamin E and moringa butter, Chanel’s lip balm is great for anyone wanting to keep their lips soft and hydrated throughout the day. Chanel makeup artist Mary Greenwell said at the launch of the Les Beiges collection that she uses the dark berry shade as a cream blusher as well as eyeshadow, proving that it is a multi-use balm cutting your makeup time in half.
Take the fuss out of achieving immaculately contoured, highlighted skin with this multi-tasking makeup must-have. Sculpt and illuminate in one quick sweep before using the integrated blending brush to diffuse for a seamless finish. Infused with glow-reflecting prisms and light-corrective powders to grant a luminous, even complexion. Melts into skin effortlessly for a ‘barely there’ effect.
This highly pigmented concealer stick is beloved by nearly every professional makeup artist. A quick dab directly onto the skin and blended with fingers will give blemishes a light cover-up job. More aggressive spots can be tackled with a brush tip application, which picks up more product.