Best Foundation Sticks

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Foundation sticks are one of my favourite base formats for easy, effortless application. They’re essentially a 2in1 doubling up as concealers – a great addition to your makeup bag. This is my #TheAlexEdit of the best foundation sticks that deliver smooth, buildable coverage and a fresh skin finish.

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Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation Stick*

A beautiful skincare-infused formulation packed with antioxidants and plant-derived squalane to deliver a hydrated base and radiant complexion. It’s not high coverage but an every day choice that melts into the skin for a natural finish. Consider this your tinted moisturiser in stick format.

Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick*

I’ve been reaching for this Hourglass foundation stick for years. It applies so beautifully over a fresh skin base. I like to blend it out with a brush rather than directly from the stick in order to build a sheer, dewy finish. However, this foundation stick does have the flexibility to build out to full coverage without feeling heavy or drying cakey on the skin. 

Merit The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick

The newest addition to my stick makeup collection is this complexion stick from new beauty brand Merit. A curated edit of minimalist beauty picks created by Who What Wear co-founder, Katherine Power. It glides onto the skin so smoothly and offers ample coverage and a fresh finish. A great choice for natural, everyday makeup when applied to targeted areas such as under the eyes and around the nose and mouth.  Watch me apply it in this video.

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BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick*

You know I’m a huge fan of dewy skin and a fresh, hydrated complexion and this foundation stick ticks all of those boxes. A super lightweight formulation that melts into the skin and provides good coverage for everyday wear. You can blend this out in targeted areas like a concealer and use for touch-ups too without it going cakey. The perfect foundation stick for super dry skin types.

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick*

Another one of my favourites (that also resides in many of the pro’s makeup kits), is this offering from Tom Ford. It is well loved for its “cream in a stick” formulation that applies like a dream giving you the control to build up coverage from sheer to full. Blended with a brush or your fingers it delivers a soft matte finish.