Back when my work commute was an hour and a half each way, I mastered on-the-go makeup application. It helped me find out which beauty products are most convenient, easy-to-use, and still effective in a hurry. Foundation sticks, in particular, were life savers. With no time for primer, and not enough stability to use a liquid product, sticks made my beauty routine simpler. Their crayon-like packaging means not worrying about mess or skill, so on days when I’m in a rush—or just feeling plain lazy—I know I’ll still at least look like I got my life together. Ahead, shop the best foundation sticks on the market.
Maybelline SuperStay Multi-Use Foundation Stick
This lightweight stick goes on creamy, but dries matte. It features a pointed blender on one end to make on-the-go application even more convenient. Get a deeper hue to use it for contouring.
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick
5,000 Sephora reviews (and 4/5 stars) can’t lie. This waterproof foundation is a favorite for its weightless feel and skin-like finish.
Kryolan TV Paint Stick
Kryolan’s heavy-duty, full-coverage stick is the best-kept secret of drag queens like Sasha Velour and Miz Cracker. Considering the performers completely transform their faces and make it so their beat can last through dancing and stage lights, you best believe this stick should be your go-to for a big day-long event.
NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick
No need to worry about creasing or having foundation settling in with this flawless cream matte formula. Pores and fine lines disappear, redness is nonexistent, and the included blender makes touchups easy.
Make Up for Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation
Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD liquid foundation is a cult-favorite, so it’s a major bonus that it comes in stick form, too. This formula glides seamlessly onto the skin and offers full-coverage without leaving skin cakey.
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick
“Traceless” is in the product name and it’s accurate—this foundation will be undetectable once blended into the skin. It has a creamy feel that leaves skin moisturized and dewy-looking.
Wander Beauty Flash Focus Hydrating Foundation Stick
If you find foundation to be drying, look no further than this option from Wander Beauty. It’s infused with coconut oil so skin not only looks even-toned, but stays hydrated.
Flesh Firm Thickstick Foundation
Flower Beauty Pore Perfect Instant Blur Stick Multitasking Foundation
This dual-ended stick from Drew Barrymore’s beauty line is perfect for those concerned about oil. It comes with a blurring stick to minimize the appearance of pores and create a “filter” over your face.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation
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This is among the most popular stick foundations with good reason: It’s lightweight but highly-pigmented, so a little goes a long way. Expect a satin, glowy finish as opposed to a matte one.