The Mess-Free Way to Apply Foundation

Victoria Moorhouse

Foundation has many great qualities, but being easy to apply isn’t exactly one of them. Liquid formulas need messy brushes and sponges, and creams don’t always give us that “I woke up like this” glow that we’re after. Enter foundation sticks, makeup’s newest MVP that aims to change the product high-maintenance reputation.

These cream-based formulas couldn’t be easier to apply, and better yet, they won’t drip off your face. All you need to do is swipe and blend with your fingertips. It’s the mess-free, foolproof way to even out your skin tone—and there’s a product out there no matter what type of coverage you prefer.

inglot foundation sticks

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Inglot Stick Foundation ($35,

The convenience goes beyond the packaging with this product from Inglot. The brand’s foundation stick range includes 17 different shades, which makes it a whole lot easier to find a true match to your skin tone. It’s even enhanced with evening primrose extract to give a boost of hydration.

undetectable foundation stick

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Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Stock Foundation ($11,

Whether you need to quickly cover up a blemish or just want an even, natural base before you apply blush, this light coverage foundation from Sonia Kashuk is there for you. This formula imparts a satin finish and is available in 8 different shades. Major bonus: it’s only $11, which makes it perfect for foundation stick novices.

trestique moisturizer face stick

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trèStiQue moisturizer face stick ($34,

Multitasking and relatively weightless, tinted moisturizer is having moment. Put it in stick form, and our love for this stuff goes through the roof. An because trèStiQue’s dual-sided package, which is available in 6 shades, includes a replaceable sponge for thorough, finger-free application, we’re even more smitten.

elf moisturizing foundation stick

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e.l.f cosmetics Moisturizing Foundation Stick ($6,

You can always count on e.l.f cosmetics for a solid budget-friendly option. The brand’s foundation stick collection includes 8 different shades and includes nourishing ingredients like aloe, vitamin E (antioxidant score!), and moisturizing avocado oil. We especially love the easy, twist-up packaging!

bobbi brown foundation stick

Photo: Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick ($44,

Bobbi Brown’s lightweight, color-correcting stick foundation line has seriously long-lasting wear: we’re talking 8 hours of flawless skin. Because it’s also water and sweat resistant, you’ll be less susceptible to those dreadful smudges—girls who wear glasses, this is the foundation stick for you!

maybelline fit me foundation

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Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Stick Foundation ($7,

In the center of this amazing drugstore beauty buy, you’ll find a powder core that works to absorb the oils on your face. As you apply your foundation, you’ll also be simultaneously avoiding a shine from showing up half-way throughout the day. What surrounds that genius center is a pigmented gel formula which dries into a matte finish and is available in 12 different colors.

flower foundation

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FLOWER Beauty Skincognito Stick Foundation ($5,

Drew Barrymore clearly got the hype behind stick foundation. This translucent foundation from the celebrity’s beauty collection is incredibly lightweight and easy to blend, making your more morning makeup routine even simpler than before.

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