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Between work, travel and just dealing with life in general, the last thing we have time and energy for is applying a full face of makeup when we’re already darn tired. But the revival of stick foundations has given us an easy solution to looking more alive within seconds (while also giving us extra snooze time).
Stick foundations didn’t always have the best rep – while they are the superhero of shortcut routines, many of their older variations were thick and cakey. But the foundations have gotten a huge upgrade and their new variations will make you want to get one ASAP. These versatile sticks can even out your skin tone and give you a glow in just a few minutes, especially since we’re big on the natural makeup look. Not only are they creamy, they also glide on easily, extremely lightweight and will leave a radiant finish.
You use them in many different ways – either with your fingers or with tools. They can be layered for maximum coverage or diffused for lighter coverage. For a natural look, apply it over your T-zone, under your eyes and chin. If you’re going for a contoured look, apply the foundation in a diamond shape over your face to make your features pop.
If you’re sold (just like us), here are some of the stick foundations that you need to have.
1. Skin Foundation Stick, $73, Bobbi Brown
Designed to look and feel like skin, this is formulated with a transparent base and skin tone correct pigments to give you a natural-looking finish.
The innovative formula features Smart Technology that is able to deliver moisture or oil control, depending on skin’s needs. It provides medium to full coverage and has a creamy yet lightweight texture which is water, sweat and humidity resistant.
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2. Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, $76, Hourglass
This highly pigmented foundation stick gives the coverage of a concealer, the fluidity of a liquid, and the weightlessness of a powder in a long-wearing, waterproof formula.
It gives full coverage that’s still lightweight and is able to conceal all discolouration and imperfections for a flawless complexion in a seamless finish.
3. Cover Click, $28, Cover FX
This is the stick version of the brand’s popular Total Cover Cream Foundation. The two-in-one foundation gives full coverage and even double up as a concealer for an all-day radiant finish.
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4. Velvet Matte Foundation Stick, $70, NARS
This creamy formula gives a smooth, comfortable glide and a soft-matte finish. Formulated for easy application, it doesn’t dry, streak or leave a cakey finish.
The dual-sided foundation stick even has a latex-free Touch-Up Blender to help you correct or contour. While it usually provides a more natural coverage, you can stipple it for fuller coverage.
5. Radiant Stick Foundation, $130, Clé de Peau Beauté
If you like luxe makeup, you’re going to love this. The creamy stick has an extremely light and fresh texture, and gives a dewy, slightly translucent finish.
It has a unique formula that is infused with microscopic water particles for an essence-like texture that melts into skin. It even has skincare ingredients to energise skin, boost luminosity and skin clarity.
6. Clay Stick Foundation, $64, Tarte
This creamy matte clay stick provides 12 hours of wear and a weightless, natural coverage. It has powder-to-liquid formula melts into skin for medium-to-full coverage, and is infused with micro-encapsulated powders that burst with your body heat to keep your skin shine and cake-free.
It’s made with Amazonian clay to hydrate and mattify, depending on your skin type. The best thing about it, it’s free of harsh chemicals like talc, gluten, sulphates or parabens.
Additional text: Cheryl LYS
This article was first published in Female.
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