A friend once said “Hannah, stop mixing your face pens with your paper pens” because she noticed eyeliner sitting in my pencil case. Makeup is essentially drawing on your face, and creating art – or in my case, looking human. Being at work during CNY season while my friends party it up on Instagram leaves me looking more like a creature straight out of a horror movie.

That being said (no, zombified!Hannah isn’t the point of this article), most skincare and makeup are available in a stick variant these days. The fun part is that you get to feel like a kid again (sans the toxicity of most art utensils and your mother’s clean walls) while being insanely portable. Here’s my recs for the best stick skincare products on the list – some of which I actually own.

 

Foundation

When it comes to base products, liquid or cream formulas give excellent coverage but usually aren’t very travel friendly. They’re not the easiest to apply with your fingers, so you’d have to bring a brush with you and look. It’s not optimal for lazy girl beauty.

Son & Park Skin Fit Foundation

Only comes in two shades, but if you’re lucky enough to fit into one or the other – this is an amazing foundation. The green core corrects any redness while the entire foundation is infused with a sebum capture system that prevents oiliness. It also comes with a detachable brush on the other end!

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

Available in a variety of shades, this stick foundation is a favourite and for good reason. It looks and feels like skin while promising long-wear and sweat/water/oil resistance. The lightweight, creamy formula blends easily with a brush or fingertips!


Eyeshadows

In Malaysia, your eye makeup has a pretty high chance of melting straight off your face – leaving you with that Taylor Momsen raccoon-eyed look. Stick eyeshadows are waterproof, long-lasting and stupid-proof. Try them out for yourself!

Clio Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow Stick

This stuff lives up to its claims! Once it sets, it doesn’t move. The pigment is also to die for, but the glitter might be a little chunky for some people

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil

Whether you want to use this as an eyeliner or an eyeshadow, this jumbo eye pencil comes in both matte and shimmer finishes! Pro tip: fan favourite ‘Milk’ doubles up as an eye primer.


Other Fun Stuff

Stick products are just… easy. Which is the point of these things: making your life easier. Why cart around blush, primer, contour powder (and all the necessary brushes) when you can use a stick and blend it out with your fingers?

Etude House Play 101 Stick

A little bit like the NARS Multiple, but at a fraction of the price. Find ones for foundation, contouring and highlighting or blush! Etude House also makes their Play 101 Pencils for eye and lip looks.

Bobbi Brown Instant Confidence Stick

Photoshop IRL: this product claims to smooth out wrinkles and pores while reducing shine. Use it as a primer or for touch ups throughout the day!

Do you use any stick products? Are there any products that you won’t be converting to stick form? Let me know!