The best stick beauty products to add to your makeup bag

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Your makeup bag just got faster with the easiest stick products for a creamy glow and top-up on-the-go.

No longer just for eyes, there a stick available for (almost) every step. For highlighter, bronzer, eyes and more, a full face using only makeup sticks can revolutionise your routine. Portable, durable and super travel-friendly, makeup sticks are the perfect addition to your routine whether you’re rapidly applying on a train or taking the time in front of your mirror at home.

Here’s our guide to the best in sticks, including what to use, how to apply and tips for wearing them:


Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, £32, Selfridges | Marc Jacobs Beauty Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator, £28, Harvey Nichols | Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Amber Haze, £19, Selfridges | Patent Polish Lip Pencil in It’s Really Me, £18, MAC | Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Balm in Mega Melon, £18,50, Debenhams | Fenty Beauty Match Stix, £21, Harvey Nichols | Nude Stix Boho Babe Palette, £60, Harvey Nichols | NARS Matte Multiple in Altai, £25, John Lewis.

Tip #1: Prep and hydrate.

Ensure to use a suitable moisturiser or primer as the base of your application for the easiest and smoothest glide.

Tip #2: Layer and build.

Apply with a brush straight from the stick or in light swipes on the face to build coverage, intensity and colour.

Tip #3: Use the warmth of your fingers.

If your skin is on their drier side or the stick formula is matte, taking the time to melt the product on your fingertips allows for an easier and softer application. If using an eye product, simply swipe and blend with a brush for the easiest smokey eye.

Tip #4: Finish with powder.

Why do all this work for it not to last? While creaminess gives the glow, it sometimes doesn’t provide the lasting power. Finish with a light translucent powder to keep the sheen but set in place.

Tip #5: Keep them clean.

To prevent product transfer and bacteria build up, ensure to always wipe over the tip of the stick after use for sanitisation.


Featured image: Fenty Beauty (Available at Harvey Nichols Birmingham)

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