One stick wonders for a glowing complexion

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By Wei Yeen Loh

One stick wonders for a glowing complexion

Ever find yourself in need of a beauty fix at the very last minute? While we often count on our trusty makeup kits (well-stocked, no less) on five-minute touch-ups throughout the day, nothing beats having one product at your disposal that can instantly transform your look. Better yet, a product that doesn’t require you to bring along your entire brush set or BeautyBlender. Below, we explore highlighter, foundation, and multipurpose sticks that have made it to our beauty lifesavers list:



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We can’t say no to multitaskers especially when you can use it to highlight, strobe, contour and add a hint of colour to your cheeks. If you can’t live without blusher and lipstick, try Charlotte Gainsbourg for Nars Multiple Tint that offers a dewy, natural-looking wash of colour. Those who prefer an additional bronzing element can go for By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Stick that gives a 3-in-1 option (blush, bronzer, highlighter), and M.A.C Studio Quiktrik Stick for buildable coverage.



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If your concealer runs after a long day, touch up foundation sticks should be next in your shopping list. Try Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Stick Foundation for a creamy texture that seamlessly conceals imperfections with a satin finish. And if you prefer a stick with light diffusing powders, go for Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick.



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We love it when makeup doubles up as skincare. Ilia lluminator is one all natural highlighter you need in your makeup bag for its healing properties that nourish your skin while adding depth to it. Alternatively, take it to the next level with It Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Luminizing Crème Stick that has collagen, hyaluronic acid and vitamins A, C, E to rewind signs of ageing. Speaking of hyaluronic acid, YSL Beauté Touche Éclat has the same active ingredient to increase your skin’s hydration. Plus you can never go wrong with a pen that highlights and erases traces of smudged makeup. 


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But for an instantaneous camera-ready pick-me-up, look for highlighter sticks that leave a soft-focus effect such as Benefit Cosmetics’ Watt’s Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter, and perhaps a pen that is precise and requires minimum effort such as Burberry Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen—a backstage must-have for many makeup artists.


Ilia, It Cosmetics, and Benefit Cosmetics’ are available at Sephora stores nationwide and online.


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