As time progresses in the makeup-verse, so do products. Innovation in makeup is certainly not a new phenomena, but new product applicators certainly are. Cue: makeup sticks. We love them because they’re incredibly versatile, easy to use and have a glorious amount of pigmentation and payoff. The latest stick we simply can’t live without? Lip and cheek makeup sticks, of course. Ahead, find seven makeup sticks we love and will certainly be throwing into our makeup bags this summer — making lippie, blush (and even eye makeup!) easy and breezy during the upcoming warmer months.
The Onomie lip + cheek sticks come in a myriad of pink, brown and nude shades, and its pigment is not the only thing we love about it. It glides on super easy and pairs nicely with just about any skin tone, allowing you to create the ultimate monochromatic lip-eye-cheek combo.
If you’re looking for an everyday multistick, Bite Beauty Biscotti is the one for you. We love this for a subtle hint of mauve on your lips and cheeks. Bulk it up for a bolder look on the lips, or keep it extremely light on the apples of your cheeks for a nice flush.
The YSL Baby Doll Kiss + Blush duo stick wouldn’t be complete without its unique duo-chromed features. Each shade contains two complementary colors that can be swirled together for extra pigment or worn individually for a light pinky, nude or deep berry glow.
Consistency wise, the Milk Lip + Cheek stick is definitely a star. It’s a super buildable and flexible formula, and we love swiping the dusty rose shade in Werk on our cheeks for a boost of color. Even better, this stick also comes in a deep berry — Quickie — that’s perfect for a bolder lip that can take you into the evening hours seamlessly.
Not only does the NYX Illuminating Stick come in a variety of nude colors that we love, it comes in a bright pink called Rose Petal Pop that we’re even more excited by. We love swiping this onto our lips for a nice pinky glow, and it even looks just as lovely blended onto the face.
If there’s absolutely anything we love Nudestix for, it’s their Nudies all Over The Face Color Mattes. With just one multistick you can create an entire makeup look with eye, cheek and lip color at the drop of one applicator. Deer Maple Eh is one of our favs in this collection — it’s the perfect boho light brown that can warm up just about any complexion.
For a more out of the box lip and cheek pencil/stick, we love the Carryon Lip and Cheek Gel by Wander Beauty. These are absolutely perfect for travel, as they’re super compact and contain a ton of versatile product in one, and they even come in four nice shades that represent every corner of the pink-to red-to nude rainbow.
About the Author:Alanna Martine Kilkeary is a native New Yorker and an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com. She has had the opportunity to grace the digital pages of Harper's BAZAAR, Rolling Stone and Teen Vogue with her words and skills. She runs a literary infused fashion blog in her free time, her heart belongs to William Shakespeare, and most importantly, she believes that Wes Anderson should serve as art director for the entire universe.