8 Quick and Easy Makeup Stick Looks

Rachel Nussbaum
8 Quick and Easy Makeup Stick Looks
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Though the days of crayons and paint-by-numbers may be history for most of us, makeup sticks, crayons and chubby pencils are great for summer looks, from the beach to a night out on the town. Fuss-free and easy (essentially our summer makeup check-list), stick makeup may not be ideal for complex eyeshadow looks, but for everything else, putting your face on with your fingers couldn’t be more fun. They’re also quick and convenient so you can apply them on the go, and feel free to color outside the lines: lip and cheek sticks are often multi-purpose, and the only thing holding eyeshadow sticks back are traditional social norms.

We’ve compiled a variety of different looks that you can do this summer, from the beach to a day at the office using only makeup sticks. Enjoy the convenience of portable makeup and get busy creating new looks!

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The Look: Day at the Beach

Stick and pencil makeup looks were practically made for the beach, easy to throw into beach bags and even easier to throw on. A
bronzer like Nars The Multiple in South Beach gives skin a tan so you don’t have to get one, while the lighter side of Covergirl’s SmokyShadowBlast in Bronze Fire
creates a mermaid-shimmer effect on eyes without seeming
high-maintenance (the horror!), and the darker bronze works as an
eyeliner to keep eyes defined. Swipe on Nars Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Mexican Rose
to look like you put in just the right amount of effort, and call it a
day with mascara, which has sadly yet to make the jump to stick form.
Here’s hoping.

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The Look: Lazy Sunday

Sundays were meant to be lazy, and makeup sticks are
inherently “efficient,” which just means lazy in a good way. Give cheeks
a baby pink flush with
e.l.f.’s Essential All Over Color Stick
in Lilac Petal, then use it on lips
for a monochrome look. Finish off with Make Up
Forever’s Aqua Shadow in 22E
, a tawny copper, and catch another ten minutes
of sleep because this look is done.

 Image via Irina the Lonely White Dove


Photo: Image via Irina the Lonely White Dove/Image via Irina the Lonely White Dove

The Look: Day at the Office

Office makeup is perhaps slightly less fun than the previous look, but makeup sticks also lend themselves well to application on a subway commute (not that you would ever do that, of course. Purely hypothetical). Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick Eye Color comes in a variety of office-friendly colors, like the purplish-taupe Amethyst and olive-brown Khaki, and smudge well for a completely intentional look. A matte red lip adds color and means business, and Tarte's LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Fiery is probably as low-maintenance as a matte red lip can get. Lightly contour cheeks with Josie Maran's Argan Color Stick in Rose or Spice, because nothing adds boardroom confidence like the illusion of cut-glass cheekbones, and finish off with a glossy, defining mascara.

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Photo: Image via ukhairdressers.com./Image via ukhairdressers.com.

The Look: Gone Shopping

This is a definite Pretty Woman post-makeover look, ideal
for looking classy enough
that salespeople leave you alone when you ask, because you know what you're doing (also ideal for singing the song under your breath). Perfect skin with Bobbi
Brown’s Foundation Stick
, then give cheeks a light flush with Cargo’s
Color Stick
in Key West. Contour eyes with a light brown like Bobbi
Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
in Sand Dune, and smudge to diffuse the color
and give eyes natural depth. A brick-raisin hybrid like Ulta’s
Lip Crayon
in Daredevil adds serious color and finishes the look.

Image via Pinterest; Source: FabFashionFix            

Photo: Image via Pinterest; Source: FabFashionFix /Image via Pinterest; Source: FabFashionFix

The Look: Summer Nights

Whether you’re catching a movie or just running out for a quick dinner, hanging with friends usually calls for a laid-back beauty look, mostly because we know they’ll love us no matter what. But it’s a glorious, dangerously two-way street, meaning you can also go for broke and try out some more daring looks. Enter periwinkle eyeshadow. A light wash of color from CoverGirl’s Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Ice Flame is attention-grabbing without looking too early aughts, and a contrasting glossy wine lip, like Tarte’s LipSurgence Lip Tint in Moody, keeps it from going tween (despite the name). With so much color already, bare cheeks and just black upper-lid eyeliner help balance everything out.

Image via Pinterest; source: Allison Patrick.

Photo: Image via Pinterest user Allison Patrick.. /Image via Pinterest user Allison Patrick..

The Look: Fourth of July

You could go gimmicky,
but for the only moderately excited, a retro-inspired cherry lip and gold eye
are festive without going overboard. Plus, cherry pie! Urban
Decay’s Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color
in Fbomb is completely
thematic, while gold shadow lights up lids like fireworks (eh?). The reasoning may be
iffy, but NYX’s
Glam Shadow Stick
in Yellow Diamond will leave you confident.

Image via Pinterest; Source:
Ilyssa Shari

Photo: Image via Pinterest; Source: Ilyssa Shari /Image via Pinterest; Source: Ilyssa Shari

The Look: Hot Date (Literally)

Eyeshadow sticks are best for smoky, smudgy eyes, and navy’s a fresher-than-black take on the old standby. Clinique’s Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in Massive Midnight is sophisticated but still easy, and doubles as an eyeliner when extended under eyes. A light blush and bronzer combination takes the shadow more "date" than "runway," and Charlotte Ronson’s Double-Ended Blush & Bronzer Cream Stick in Mindy Kaling pulls double duty and takes the guesswork out of coordinating. Top lips with a glossy nude like Revlon’s Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey to bring the look together with a come-hither sheen.

Image via Pinterest; Source: Berried Under Stuff

Photo: Image via Pinterest user Berried Under Stuff./Image via Pinterest user Berried Under Stuff

The Look: Bridal Style

Classic but still modern, a champagne eye and red lip will still look great in photos twenty years from now, when your kids are trying to make fun of you. This is big-picture makeup, and Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil in Sin will look great through both the wedding and the years. With eyes neutral, play up lips with a classic tomato red like Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Majella, and give cheeks a subtle flush with Tarte’s Cheek Stain in Natural Beauty. Just be sure to wash your hands before putting on your dress.

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