5 Makeup Sticks Perfect for Low-Key Beauty Lovers

Rachel Krause

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There are a lot of things we feel bad being lazy about in the summertime, but makeup isn’t one of them. If all we’ve got in us is a swipe of lipstick or two coats of mascara, then so be it—there’s no shame in keeping things low-key. But if you’re starting to feel limited by warm weather-induced sloth, we feel it’s our duty to introduce you to the beauty of makeup sticks. Not only do they enable you to skip the brushes altogether, they’re easy to use multitaskers, perfect for every woman’s needs. Get into it.

NUDESTIX Lip + Cheek Pencil
($24, sephora.com)
We can’t decide what we like best about this product—is it the genius chubby pencil form? The creamy moisturizing formula? The eight gorgeous shades made to suit every skin tone for the brand’s signature “go nude, but better” look? Regardless, it’s the perfect multitasking pencil—you can use it on eyes, lips, and cheeks—to toss in your purse day after day.

Sticks-TarteTarte Colored Clay CC Primer ($34, tartecosmetics.com)
This skin-perfecting wonder product leaves skin looking flawless sans additional makeup thanks not only to its seamless lightweight coverage, but also its color-correcting clays: purple tones brighten the skin to stop dullness in its tracks, and a pale green neutralizes redness and reduces the appearance of blemishes. All you need to do is swipe, blend, and go.

Sticks-Josie MaranJosie Maran Argan Color Stick ($22, josiemarancosmetics.com)
For dewy color you can feel good about (very good), this argan oil-infused lip and cheek stick goes on super smooth and imparts a sheer, natural-looking flush that totally looks like you were born that way. There’s avocado, mango seed, and shea butters, too, so if a gorgeous pop of color and soft, well-conditioned skin is what you’re after, this little stick is all you need.

Sticks-CliniqueClinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight ($21, clinique.com)
There are a lot of highlighters out there, but this one gets our vote for its luminous finish, creamy texture, and light-reflecting properties that make highlighted areas look pearly, not overly shiny or greasy. The pink-leaning champagne shade is gorgeous on every skin tone, and though we may be stating the obvious, it’s so easy to use. Foolproof, even.

Sticks-Lipstick QueenLipstick Queen Cupid’s Bow ($22, lipstickqueen.com)
We can’t stress enough how much we love chunky lip pencils—in fact, they may even be our favorite way to score lip color these days, and why wouldn’t they be? Flawless lipstick doesn’t get much easier. Ditch the lip liner and use this incredibly pigmented, super comfortable formula instead. The colors are beyond, and the packaging makes easy work of utmost precision.

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