Case Closed: You Should Swap Your Liquid Base for a Foundation Stick

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Is it just us or do the early morning hours fly by faster than the rest of the day? From the moment we hit the alarm to when we’re flying out of the door, every second seems to be speed by faster than normal – only to slow to a crawl when we finally arrive at our desks.

A brilliant and simple hack is all you need to save precious morning minutes. 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 makeup artist Aimee Morrison. “[They’re] ideal for new mums, those who are always on the go, and anyone who loves a quick makeup application in general.”

Tom Ford traceless foundation
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What if you want to make the switch but you’ve always been a liquid base devotee? Morrison breaks down everything you need to know about stick foundation, from formula to application. First, you need to know the difference between the two. “Stick foundation is in a thicker format for medium to full coverage, and works well to cover imperfections, similar to a concealer,” Morrison explains. “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.”

And if you’re wondering what types of skin foundation sticks are better for, she also has an answer for that. “Normal to oily skin works very well with a stick foundation, or it’s best to find one with a matte-type finish if using a liquid foundation on oily skin,” she shares. But don’t despair if you have dry skin. “In general, dry skin does best with liquid makeup, but can also look great with a stick foundation if properly moisturized first,” Morrison advises. “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 center of the face with a stick foundation. Layering different formulas is the secret to a flawless and long-lasting base.”

Mariam Khairallah - Mac Cosmetics stick
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For the best results, Morrison advises the following application tips: “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 get a dewy finish by setting a foundation stick with an illuminating powder to achieve that healthy glow if you have drier skin.”

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