Creams smear and liquids spill, so what’s a girl to do? Stick it! That’s right. Use sticks for everything from blemish concealers to lipstick, bronzer and eye coolers. Here’s a roundup of products that are guaranteed to make your life simple and keep your purse clean. Plus, they’re great for traveling!
THE BIG “O”
Yes, the name’s a little strange, but the versatile and original The Multiple in Orgasm by NARS creates the perfect glowing complexion and it’s conveniently designed for fail- proof application. The pink champagne shimmers so you can use it for cheeks, lips and even eyelids. It’s an allover makeup stick that creates shimmering accents, contours or dynamic highlights – good for all skin tone. . $39 at www.narscosmetics.com.
THE PERFECT BLUSH
Sweep Jane Iredale’s In Touch Cream Stick Blush over your cheeks for a flush that’s soft, dewy and completely natural. It goes on like butter and smells of pure cocoa powder. The easy-to-apply stick lasts all day and into the night. Real cocoa extract makes this a delicious, color-coordinated treat for the lips and provides a radiant glow for your cheeks as well. $26 from www.janeiredale.com.
GOODBYE TO BLEMISHES
Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick contains 10 effective natural herbal ingredients including willowbark, which gently exfoliates skin to clear pores and help prevent breakouts. Combined with tea tree and juniper oils, known for their antiseptic and astringent qualities, and calendula to reduce inflammation and redness, this concentrated formula keeps your skin clear, naturally. $8 at www.burtsbees.com
GET A LEG UP
Leave it to Project Runway’s fashion guru Michael Kors to give women’s legs a rosy glow on days when you can’t – or won’t – wear tights. Simply glide the Michael Kors Leg Shine To Go stick along legs, knees, and ankles for a sleek, sexy shimmer that makes bare legs look healthy and glowing. Packaged in a convenient twist-up canister, this easy-to-use, travel-sized product is also lightly tinted to even out imperfections. Have sleek and stylish gams — with or without sun. $10 at www.sephora.com.
GOODBYE DRY SKIN
Say goodbye to dry, red, itchy skin, eczema, dermatitis and stretch marks with AAA Shea Butter 100% Pure Natural Cocoa Butter Stick. This handy 3-ounce dial up stick contains pure certified cocoa butter, known for its healing properties. This easy-to-tote and easy-to-use healing stick is the perfect answer to messy creams. $6 at www.aaasheabutter.com.
THE PAN FACTOR
Simply swivel the stick to apply Max Factor’s Ultra Creamy Makeup. Professionally formulated to cover and color naturally, this flesh tone cover-up goes on lightly for a silk-matte finish while pampering your delicate skin with a rich emollient. $8.99 for .5 oz. at www.drugstore.com.
GLIMMER & GLOW
Cindy Joseph, model and former makeup artist, has a line called BOOM cosmetics, which includes the Glimmer BOOMstick. This easy-to-apply shimmer stick gives your skin an understated, pearlescent glow. Use day or night on eyes, cheekbones, lips, décolleté and shoulders – it’s perfect for getting your groove on. $24 at www.boombycindyjoseph.com.
RENEW AND RESTORE
Save time and expense by using the ReVersital MicrodermaStick. This incredible product combines three treatments in one easy, simple step, delivered in a revolutionary MicrodermaStick. The resurfacing crystals are suspended in a solid antioxidant hydrating matrix, which sloughs off old skin while placing a moisturizing shield as it stimulates collagen production. $90 at www.reversital.net.
QUICK FIX IN A STICK
Enjoy the benefits of Josie Maran’s best-selling Argan Oil with this convenient dial-up stick. The soothing balm offers head-to-toe spot treatment for dry areas. Use it to moisturize chapped lips, soothe dry skin, moisturize dry cuticles, relieve chafing skin, soothe stretch marks, calm sunburn, soothe waxed skin, and much, much more. $22 for 0.55oz. at www.JosieMarancosmetics.com.
Every woman needs a concealer and one of the best and least expensive products on the market is the L’Oreal HIP Pure Pigment Stick. The high intensity pigments (HIP) last longer and they’re suitable for people with sensitive skin or who wear contacts. Use it for raccoon eyes or unwanted discolorations. The best price is on www.amazon.com. Only $3.83 for .07 oz.
GO AWAY GRAY
Somebody very clever said, why dye all your hair when it’s only the pesky gray that needs help? So now you can try ROUX Tween Time Instant Haircolor Touch-Up Stick. This unique product instantly touches up roots between regular hair color applications and blends away gray. Tween Time applies like a lipstick and washes away with shampoo leaving the color intact. Select your shade at www.hairproducts.com. Only $7.61!
Convenient Vichy Oligo 35 Eyes Anti-Fatigue Cooling Effect Stick reduces under-eye puffiness and dark circles. This handy cooling stick is fragrance-free and hypo-allergenic. Made with Vichy Thermal Spa Water, it’s ideal for sensitive eyes and contact wearers to refresh, hydrate and stimulate your eyes. Amazingly, eyes regain radiance and freshness and under-eye bags deflate for a more youthful appearance. $23 at www.omorfiashop.com.