10 Makeup Stick Products That Are Totally Mess Free

Cosmetics trends come and go, but some stick around forever — and makeup sticks seem poised to do just that (no pun intended). Why are makeup sticks so appealing? Maybe it's because they're super easy to apply on-the-go (no brushes required!). Maybe it's because they're particularly fun to use (kind of like glue sticks were so much cooler than glue in a bottle when you were a kid). Maybe it's because so many of them can be used for multiple purposes. Or maybe it's because makeup sticks are totally mess free. Whatever the reason, if you dig these portable products, then you're in luck: There are more than ever to choose from.

Whether you're looking for a foundation that you can toss in your makeup bag without having to worry about it spilling all over the inside of your purse or something you can swipe on your lips and cheeks before you run out the door that will make it look like you spent more than 30 seconds getting ready, there's a stick (or several) out there that's exactly what you need. (It's not that you're lazy, you're just... lazy.) There are even vegan and cruelty-free options! Will you ever use your makeup brushes again?


Luminous Blur Stick

Milk Makeup

This "golden pearl-infused formula" not only blurs pores and fine lines, it gives skin a finish that's both luminous and matte (which is pretty tough to achieve). Plus, it works on every skin tone... and it's even vegan and cruelty-free.

2Josie Maran

Argan Color Stick

Josie Maran

Available in four different shades for cheeks and lips, this is formulated with Apricot and Mango Seed Butter to make skin super smooth, as well as purifying lemon tea tree oil and cooling menthol.

3BECCA Cosmetics

Skin Love Glow Glaze Stick

BECCA Cosmetics

For a naturally dewy look that's not too glittery, this "low-glow highlighting balm" contains BECCA’s Glow Nectar Brightening Complex.




You've gotta love a product that's as fun to use as it is effective, and this product fits that bill: The "outer halo" is infused with real crystal extracts, while the core is solid moisture so you can hydrate while you highlight.

5Fenty Beauty

Match Stix Trio

Fenty Beauty

These nifty little sets (which come in four shades) have basically everything you need to go from zero to glam in a few swipes: Two Match Stix Matte Skinsticks to conceal and contour, and one Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick to highlight.


Clay Stick Foundation

Tarte Cosmetics

Perfect for every skin type because it's made with complexion-balancing Amazonian clay, this easy-to-apply foundation comes in 12 shades and provides medium coverage for up to 12 hours.


Firm Flesh Thickstick Foundation


Thanks to the relatively new company Flesh, the days of desperately hunting for a foundation that's close to your skin color are gone forever: This stick comes in 40 (40!) shades, all of which promise "medium coverage with a luminous, lightly dewy, not-chalky" finish.

8Wander Beauty

On-The-Glow Bronzer & Illuminator & Wander Cushion Duo

Wander Beauty

Like two products in one, the bronzer is a cream-to-powder formula that gives the cheeks and face a "sun-kissed hue," while the illuminator adds a "healthy glow" to the face and body. Use the cushion for blending.

9ILIA Beauty


ILIA Beauty

Versatile enough for lips, cheeks and eyes, this best-seller comes in four different shades to brighten any skin tone in a snap.

10Charlotte Tilbury

Beach Stick

Charlotte Tilbury

Inspired by the "unique lighting, golden sands & bronzed goddesses of Ibiza," Charlotte Tilbury's Beach Sticks have earned a devoted following for a reason: Containing ingredients that plump and moisturize skin, the creamy, light-diffusing colors are easy to blend and can be used anywhere on the face for an all-over glow.