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From Blush to Concealer, Makeup Sticks Are Having a Moment – Here Are the Best Ones to Buy

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From Blush to Concealer, Makeup Sticks Are Having a Moment – Here Are the Best Ones to Buy

Compact. Convenient. Portable – makeup sticks are all this and more. Making strides in a beauty industry that heavily relies on sizeable liquid and powder formulations, which are either too mattifying or dewy, stick products are all the rage right now. I, a beauty editor, am making a compelling case for the versatile makeup stick that hits a sweet spot between matte and dewy, boasting a rich texture and delivering high pigment in just a few strokes. They’re travel-friendly, super handy for when you’re on the go, and slip right into the side pocket of your purse, minus the risk of spillage or damage. Below, we’ve rounded up the best stick beauty products to nail a full glam face in a matter of minutes; hit checkout before you miss out.

A 10-Step Glam Routine With the Best Makeup Sticks

STEP 1: Slather on SPF

After cleansing and moisturising your face, turn to The Derma Co. Hyaluronic Sunscreen Stick with SPF 60 PA++++ for optimal protection against UVA and UVB rays. Stick sunscreens also make reapplication much easier without the looming threat of makeup removal. Ideally, you must reapply sunscreen every 2-3 hours.

STEP 2: Blur Your Blemishes

Next, reach for a primer to blur your pores and blemishes and soak up excess sebum. M.A.C’s Prep + Prime Pore Refiner Stick lends a flawless matte finish for makeup application, diminishing the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

STEP 3: Ace Your Base

Now, it’s time to create the perfect canvas for your makeup masterpiece, and SUGAR Cosmetics’ Ace Of Face Foundation Stick will help you do just that. Lightweight, creamy, and blendable, a few swipes of this long-wear formula will feel like second skin, lending medium to full coverage.

STEP 4: Conceal Your Imperfections

Once your base is in place, take a concealer stick to cover unwanted spots, scars, and hyperpigmentation. Lakme Absolute’s White Intense Concealer Stick boasts SPF 20 and glides on like butter, lending a smooth, even finish and a visibly brighter complexion.

STEP 5: Sculpt and Define

A contour stick is your one-and-only solution to chiselled cheekbones and a sculpted jawline. Add depth and dimension to your look with Nudestix’s Tinted Blur Sculpt Stick that plays with light for a soft-focus sculpt. The lightweight cream-to-powder formula also makes a compelling case for clean, toxin-free beauty. And if you’re a beginner, Beauty Book’s got you covered with the ultimate guide to contouring.

STEP 6: Lit-From-Within

Hello, sun-kissed glow! Add a dash of warmth to your look with L.A Girl’s Velvet Contour Bronzer Stick, which boasts a harmonious blend of jojoba seed oil, shea butter, cocoa seed butter, and grape seed oil. The bronzer stick is available in three shades to suit all skin types and tones. For stick products, consider using your fingers for a seamless blend. The heat from your hands helps the product melt into your skin more effortlessly.

STEP 7: For a Hint of Tint

There’s no skimping on dewy, flushed cheeks! PIXI’s viral On The Glow Cream Blush deserves a spot in your vanity kit, for a single swipe delivers high pigment and an unmistakable glow. The formulation is packed with antioxidants and complements all Indian skin tones. If this one’s not your pick, click here to peruse our roundup of the best cream blushes.

STEP 8: Glow On the Go

Skin luminosity is just one product away – Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Stick Highlighter glides on to put your best features under the spotlight. Available in six illuminating shades, the formulation is buildable and blendable, leaving no streaks or patches on the skin.

STEP 9: Let Your Eyes Do the Talking

Kay Beauty’s Matte Eyeshadow Stick Pencil is a value-for-money beauty essential for striking, hassle-free looks. A creme-to-powder formula, it’s available in eight shades, offering an extreme matte finish that lasts several hours. The best part? It’s 100% smudge-proof and waterproof.

STEP 10: Lips Don’t Lie

Offering instant colour payoff and ultra-moisturisation, Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Lipstick is worth every penny. Now in 30 shades, it lends your lips the ultimate boost of hydration while delivering maximum coverage colour in a single swipe. The sumptuous formula sits in a sleek gold tube – a collector’s delight, if you may.

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