Foundation is usually pretty self-explanatory. You apply creams and powders with the sponge that comes with it or a brush, you apply liquids with your fingers or a sponge, but how do you apply stick foundations?
This Beauty Class is doing a deep dive into stick foundations: why use them, what makes them unique, and, most importantly, how exactly do you apply them?
Let’s get started:
Why Use a Stick Foundation?
Stick foundations are a cake foundation stored in a tube. Typically, they offer more coverage than a liquid foundation, but it depends on the stick foundation and brand that you choose.
Also, because of the consistency of stick foundations, they can also serve as a concealer. Just use a concealer brush to tape the foundation and then apply like a concealer.
And, lastly, they travel exceptionally well, so if you are struck with wanderlust, a stick foundation may be the easiest foundation to travel with.
Stick Foundation Benefits
Stick foundations often contain skin care ingredients as well, similar to a BB cream, so you’ll get the benefits of active skin care ingredients with your coverage – potentially improving your skin with each use.
Also, stick foundations can be very quick to apply – and much less messy than working with liquids or powders. Great for when you’re getting ready quickly or even doing your makeup in the car (safety first – make sure you’re not trying to drive and apply makeup, please).
Stick Foundation Concerns
Because stick foundations are often applied direct to skin, some concerns include bacteria growth in the foundation. I have never had an issue with this and usually you would know because of breakouts or changes in your skin.
Also, if you are very concerned with this, you can just use a brush to apply, but this will take more time.
Another concern was that they don’t last as long as a liquid. Personally, I feel that stick foundations last longer. This could be that I know how to apply them so I’m not wasting product or the brands that I choose.
Either way, using my easy application method below, you shouldn’t have an issue with your stick foundations lasting.
How To Apply Stick Foundations
Similar to other foundations, there are a few application methods that work best, and I’ll be showing you a simple way to apply stick foundation quickly.
While stick foundations have earned a reputation for being “cakey” in the past, most of this comes down to how you are applying them and less about the product itself.
I also lay out what I’m going to use before I get started. This alleviates fumbling with products while makeup is setting where I don’t want it to.
Today we’ll be using my favorite stick foundation, a clean beauty pick, from Au Naturale, my favorite makeup brushes pre-washed with this method, Benefit Hoola contour, and Tarte Amazonian Clay blush. Easy. The other items are for the eyeshadow tutorial here.
I’ll share more highly-rated stick foundation options at the bottom of the post, too.
Prep For Foundation
As always, you want to prepare your skin so that you have a nice, black canvas to work with.
What I have always used is a nice moisturizing sunscreen, so you get sun protection and a nice even layer on your skin.
You can also layer a primer on top of the lotion. Benefits of primer are that they will help keep the makeup from sinking in to your pores – which can magnify fine lines, large pores and even cause breakouts.
Apply Stick Foundation
Now, all you have to do is take your stick foundation and gently draw lines around your face. You can also use dots if you want even less product and lighter application.
As always, work from the middle of your face and going out and up. This just trains the skin to go that direction and will help a little bit with aging.
At this point, it will not sink in entirely. That’s okay, just work on getting a nice even application all over your face with no blotches or harsh lines.
Use a concealer brush or your finger to dab some of the foundation under the eyes, on top of any blemishes or uneven patches of skin where you would like more coverage.
Blend the edges of this additional foundation so that the foundation is seamless.
Don’t forget to blend the makeup down your neck a little and all the way into the hairline around your face. Nothing looks worse than a mask of makeup that looks like it could pop off your face at any time.
Time To Blend
Just like we discussed in my post on How To Apply Eyeshadow for Beginners, blending is one of the most important parts of any makeup application.
Blending is the process of helping the makeup melt into your skin and truly accentuate your natural beauty.
There are a couple ways to do this, the easiest being a damp beauty blender sponge. I love these super affordable beauty blenders on Amazon. You get 5 for $10. You can use them multiple times and even was them with makeup brush cleaner to make them last longer.
You just wet the sponge under running water until it is soaked all over. Then, squeeze out the excess water so the sponge is just damp.
Then, start dabbing the damp sponge all over your face. Just blot blot blot all over your face, undereye area, neck, everything.
This step will literally help your makeup to soak right in and look like your own skin, but better. The difference is pretty remarkable!
Now, your foundation is applied and you could stop here if you like the glowing look. For a more matte complexion, take a large dusting brush and apply a thin veil of powder. Here I am using this super affordable, drugstore pick from Neutrogena.
For contour, take an angled foundation brush and brush contour underneath cheekbones, sides of nose, under chin bone and along hairline – unless you have a small forehead. Blend it in so there are no harsh lines.
Some opt to add a highlighter as well at this point. This is an extra step that everyday makeup application really doesn’t require, but you can do this if you want extra brightness to the face.
Highlighter goes where you want the light to catch the face, such as:
- In between eyebrows
- Center of the forehead
- Top of the nose
- Middle of the chin
- Tops of your cheekbones.
When you’re finished, you should see light definition, but no obvious lines between the different types of makeup and foundation:
Highly-Rated Stick Foundations To Try!
Ready to try stick foundation for yourself? Check out these highly rated options from drugstore and up!
There you have it! Gorgeous, flawless, traceless makeup application using stick foundation.
Stick foundation makes it so quick, easy, and less messy to apply foundation in a flash.
If you’d like to finish the look with eyeshadow, be sure to check out my beauty class on eyeshadow application. Or, read up on the differences between skin serums and skin oils, as well as different foundation types.
Stay tuned for more beauty class posts soon! Also, feel free to comment below with future beauty class posts you’d like to see!
Have a fabulous day,
P.S. Keep me caffeinated so I can write more!