If you’re a faithful liquid foundation user, we understand why you’re hesitant about trying this new-fangled stick variant. But once you know more about this wonder stick, you’ll become a stick convert. Here’s the lowdown to convince you to stick to sticks for life.
WHY?
  • This is a makeup multitasker par excellence if there ever was one. Its consistency allows you to use it as a concealer. So, if you need a little help to cover dark circles or blemishes, a fix extra strokes of this beauty will work just fine.
  • Liquid and cream-based foundations don’t do as good a job at concealing scars, birthmarks, and larger imperfections. Sticks, on the other hand, can be concentrated on these specific areas and then blended to perfection.
  • Always fearing a foundation spill inside your handbag? Well, foundations sticks haven’t joined our travel army for nothin’. As compact as your lip buddies, this magic wand will take up minimal space in your already-overflowing makeup pouch.
HOW?
Applying directly from the bullet may seem like the obvious thing to do but we know better. The ideal method of application would be to draw a few lines on your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin, and then use your trusted brush or sponge to go all blend-blend-blend. You could also pick the pigment up from the stick using a brush and then blend it into your skin. Totally your call.
WHAT?
Beauty stores may flaunt foundation sticks with hefty price tags but we, being your beauty advisors, have listed six of the best budget sticks in the biz’. #WeLikey

Nykaa SKINgenius Foundation Stick Conceal Contour & Corrector

4.5/5
Trying to avoid cakey makeup like the plague? Then this 3-in-1 face stick can be your BFF for life. While the buildable, creamy formula gives you a natural matte finish, the Vitamin E nourishment is a bonus for the skin. Your cue to get clever about coverage on the go is right here.

Maybelline New York Fit Me Shine Free Stick Foundation

4/5
Greasy shine giving you sleepless night? Maybelline's lightweight, gel stick foundation has an exclusive anti-shine powder core that instantly dissolves excess oil. Here’s a creamy foundation stick that blends into a natural matte finish for skin that stays smooth and shine-free for 10 hours straight.

Colorbar Full Cover Makeup Stick

4.1/5
An oil-free formula ideal for lazy women who despise elaborate 11-step base makeup tutorials, this Colorbar beaut helps you go full cover and how! The non-greasy formulation doesn’t clog pores, so skin becomes visibly smoother. Especially recommended for acne-prone skin. Available in three shades.

NYX Professional Makeup Mineral Stick Foundation

5/5
Portable and buildable, this is ‘THE’ base makeup soldier for on-the-go women. The luxurious formula allows for flawless contouring. Use this versatile foundation on the entire face or in areas that need some extra attention – this base-ic beauty doesn’t disappoint.

GlamGals Matte Finish Stick Foundation

5/5
Amp up the glam quotient with this super stick. This foundation stick is a natural blend of a foundation, a concealer, a compact and a sunscreen. With its creamy and moisturizing formula that blends easily into the skin, you get the much-desired matte effect without clogged pores.

Lakme Absolute White Intense Skin Cover Foundation

4.2/5
The water-based formula of this exemplary foundation stick spreads softly over your skin and blends in with your complexion to give you glowing fairness. The mousse stays put and ensures that even the finest of lines are concealed brilliantly. Also, say hello to Vitamin B3 and SPF25.