Why foundation sticks will keep you on the go
They transform your look in quick time and are easy to use, as Katie Wright finds out
If quick-fix make-up tips are what you're after, there's one swap you can make to save valuable minutes every morning.
By using a foundation stick instead of a liquid formula, you can cut down time spent on blending without sacrificing on coverage, plus, you won't need to add concealer afterwards.
"Foundation sticks are the perfect product for those who want to create a flawless base in minutes," says Bobbi Brown pro artist Aimee Morrison.
"Ideal for new mums, those who are always on-the-go and in general anyone who loves a quick make-up application."
Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation has been a fan-favourite for years, while more recently Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick has been a huge hit with beauty bloggers and shoppers alike.
Last year, MAC launched its Studio Fix Soft Matte Foundation Stick in response to the 'real skin' trend, a preference for concealing imperfections without masking one's complexion.
So what if you want to make the switch but you've always been a liquid base devotee? Here, Morrison breaks down everything you need to know about stick foundation, from formula to application.
What's the difference between liquid and stick foundations?
"Stick foundation is in a thicker format for medium to full coverage, and works well to cover imperfections, similar to a concealer.
"The creamy, flexible formula of a stick foundation seamlessly blends into the skin with little effort and the easy to use, long-lasting nature of foundation sticks make them the perfect base all year round."
Are foundation sticks better for certain skin types?
"Normal to oily skin works very well with a stick foundation, or if using a liquid foundation with oily skin, it's best to find one with a matte-type finish.
"In general, a dry-type skin does best with liquid make-up, but can also look great with a stick foundation if properly moisturised first.
"But why choose one formula when you can wear them both together?
"I personally love to even out skin with a liquid foundation and build coverage around the centre of the face with a stick foundation.
"Layering different formulas is the secret to a flawless and long-lasting base."
What's the best way to apply stick foundation?
"Foundation sticks provide an easy swipe-on application, and the coverage can be layered with a foundation brush or smoothed out with fingertips for a natural finish. To get the most out of a foundation stick, prep your skin well by ensuring it looks and feels hydrated, with a cushion-like feel for the stick to glide on effortlessly. Set in place with an oil free powder if your skin is oily, and if you have a drier skin type, keep a dewy finish by setting a foundation stick with an illuminating powder to achieve that healthy glow."
All about that base: seven of the best foundation sticks
1. Bobbi Brown skin foundation stick, £32 each
Available in 43 shades (the brand's biggest range) this creamy formula includes colour-correcting pigments and is suitable for all skin types.
2. Hourglass vanish seamless finish foundation stick, £42, Cult Beauty
Delivering buildable coverage in a lightweight, waterproof formula, this is the perfect base for the signature Hourglass glow, and comes in 32 shades.
3. MAC Studio Fix soft matte foundation stick, £27
Giving a matte but non-drying finish, this medium coverage foundation stick is particularly good for normal to oily skin types.
4. L'Oreal Paris infallible shaping stick foundation, £8.99, LookFantastic
A good budget option, this long-lasting formula really stays put, but with just 12 shades in the range, there aren't many options for darker skin tones.
5. Bareminerals complexion hydrating foundation stick SPF25, £29
With SPF 25 and added skincare ingredients, this hydrating, water-based stick is well-suited to those with dry skin.
6. Tom Ford traceless foundation stick, £66
This premium pick is worth investing in if you want a flawless, natural matte finish, and with 42 different shades, it offers an excellent range for darker skin tones.
7. Milani conceal and perfect foundation stick, £14, Beauty Bay
Available in 20 shades, this long-lasting vegan formula contains bamboo powder, making it ideal for oilier skin types.