The stick foundation is having a comeback at the moment. In the 90s, they tended to be super heavy and the shades were more than questionable, plus they were really full coverage – you had to work really hard to get a fresh-looking foundation. Now, though, they come in various textures and perfect shades. I have fallen in love with a few of them, as a way of getting perfect-looking skin without it looking done – and one of the big perks is that they travel well in my kit, with zero spillages.
1 YSL Beauté’s All Hours Stick Foundation is really beautiful, light in texture so can be as sheer as you want but it is buildable so you can cover any imperfections easily. Available in 20 shades, they need to add to the darker skin tones to be fully inclusive, but the mix of shades is great so you should be able to get one that suits. Although it is sold as a matte foundation, which I normally don’t like, it dries to a velvet finish and has mega lasting power. My advice: be really mean with it, as a little goes a long way. €39.50 at counters nationwide.
2 Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick is a little bit of magic in a tube, with technology that will target areas that are oily or dry and adapt to fix the issue. This magical technology is exclusive to Bobbi Brown products and does genuinely work. Designed to look like your skin but flawless, this again is a sheer to medium cover stick but buildable so you can get a fuller coverage. If I am using this on set I generally don’t use a separate concealer, I just build up coverage from the stick. €38 at counters nationwide.
3 MAC’s Studio Fix Stick Foundation is a great fuller coverage stick, perfectly matte and with a creamy finish. I find this too heavy for my style of make-up, but if you like a fuller coverage this is the one for you. You have to blend this really well; I prefer using my fingers as the heat from your fingers really helps blend it in but you can also use a sponge, preferably a rounded sponge. Dampen the sponge and pat the foundation in to get the best finish possible. It comes in lots of shades as MAC always does, and the shade guide is the same as all the other foundations. €32, at Brown Thomas and BT2 stores or online; at the moment if you spend over €200 on beauty you receive a gift with purchase.
4 Tom Ford Beauty’s Traceless Foundation Stick is the one that started the stick foundation craze. Certainly at the top end of the scale, costing €77, it is still one of the nicest on the market. The stick is thicker so feels like you are getting more for your money [it’s actually 10g compared to the rest at 9g]. This is completely buildable and can go from super sheer blended on freshly moisturised skin to full coverage with some expert blending. There is something about the way a Tom Ford product is presented – they feel heavy and expensive. Complete luxury, and they really perform. I use these a lot and they fit perfectly into a smaller handbag so are ideal for a night out. When working with a client for red carpet events I always give them their lipstick, a pressed powder and one of these foundations as it can work as concealer as well as foundation and is so easy to work with. At Brown Thomas and online.