The Best Makeup Sticks

When you need to get out the door fast (read: every morning), turn to makeup sticks to speed up your beauty routine. They swipe right on, no brushes required, and are almost impossible to apply incorrectly. Here, six to add to your makeup bag.


Trèstique Tinted Face Stick


This creamy tinted moisturizer crayon comes in six shades and glides over skin for just the right amount of coverage without looking cakey or dry. The magnetic cap is so satisfying to pop on, and you’ll be happy knowing that it won’t come open in the middle of your bag. The opposite end houses a sponge that can be used to blend out the color for a flawless finish.

To buy: $34,

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-Hour Concealer


The wide color range (there’s 10 shades) ensures you'll find a perfect match in this velvety, long-wearing (it boasts 12 hours) concealer. Swipe it on where you need it and blend with your fingers or use a brush for more targeted coverage. The oil-free, matte formula makes it ideal for blemishes, redness, and dark circles.

To buy: $23,

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Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon


With the comfort of a balm but the payoff of a lipstick, crayons are the easiest way to apply lip color on the go. In a pinch, you can even swipe a bit on your cheeks and blend for a last-minute blush.

To buy: $8,

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Laura Geller Easy Illuminating Stick


Get a glow in seconds with this foolproof highlighter. Choose between gold, bronze, or rose gold and simply swipe across the high points of your face: the bridge of your nose, your cupid’s bow, and the tops of your cheekbones. You can also use it as an eyeshadow for a subtle shimmer or on your chest and shoulders to shine in a strapless dress.

To buy: $26,

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Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint


Think you can’t do eye makeup? This stick is for you. The creamy formula glides on seamlessly and can be smudged out for a sheer wash or layered on for a bolder look. For a quick smoky eye, create a thick line at the base of lashes, then use your finger to smudge it upwards into your crease. With 17 shades, it’s easy to find a match for any skin tone.

To buy: $17,

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Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Drama Pomade Crayon


The rich color fills in bare spots while the waxy texture grips onto hairs to offer control and keep them in place. Application tip: Start filling in the tail of your brow first, lightening up on your strokes as you work your way in for a more natural look.

To buy: $9,

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