Foundation Sticks Are Taking Over—11 That Makeup Artists and Editors Swear By

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Foundation (much like mascara) can be a very personal thing. Some prefer a liquid or powder formula, while others thrive by using a quick swipe-and-blend method with a trusty stick. I will tell you one thing. Celebrity makeup artists and beauty editors alike happen to use foundation sticks the most. Why? Well for starters, celebrity makeup artist Judi Gabbay considers them the easiest and most effortless way to apply a base.

Editors and makeup artists also agree that using a beauty sponge is key when applying a product like this. It helps create a gorgeous, seamless finish no matter what level of coverage you're looking for. If you're now itching to try one for yourself or are looking for some new favourites to add to your rotation, keep scrolling! I've rounded up a comprehensive list of editor- and makeup artist–loved foundation sticks below.

A Makeup Artist's Best Application Tips for Stick Foundation:

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Celebrity makeup artist Judi Gabbay has a few application tips for when you're applying a stick foundation. First, she loves that it's so user friendly since you can apply it from the stick itself. "A lot of people say to use your fingers, but I don't believe in that," she says. "Stick foundations are a little bit creamier and greasier than a normal foundation so you're just going to add more oils if you use your fingers. I recommend using a brush when you apply it or a wet beauty sponge to blend it out."

"You can also use different shades on different parts of your face—that's why I love foundation sticks. Applying straight from the stick is your best bet. If you apply it onto the back of the hand it can get too warm after a while. You can buff it out better with a brush like the It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush #7 or the AOA Studio Paw Paw Wonder Blender—I love those!"

The Best Foundation Sticks To Buy Now:

1. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

2. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

3. Westman Atelier Vital Skin Full Coverage Foundation Stick

4. Clé de Peau Concealer Stick

5. Merit The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick

6. Milk Makeup Flex Foundation Stick

7. Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick

8. Ilia Skin Rewind Complexion Stick

9. No7 Stay Perfect Stick Foundation

10. Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blur + Smooth Tint Stick

11. Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Skin Finish Foundation Stick

This post originally appeared on What Who Wear US.

Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.