No matter how dedicated you've been to your pre-wedding skincare routine over the past several months, you'll still want to begin your wedding makeup with a bit of base to blur any imperfections and color correct your complexion. One of the easiest types of foundations to work with? Foundation sticks. While not necessarily new, foundation sticks are amongst our favorite formulas. Why, you ask? Their ease of application. Lazy brides, stick foundation is the makeup for you!
Applying makeup with a foundation stick ahead of your engagement party, bridal shower, or even your wedding couldn't be simpler. Just swipe the foundation stick upward along your T-Zone and downward underneath your eyes and chin, before blending outward with your fingers or a Beautyblender. Bam! Your skin will be wedding-ready in seconds flat.
Another major plus of foundation sticks? They're mess-free and travel-friendly, making them ideal for throwing into your carry-on en route to your destination wedding or honeymoon. And finally, stick foundations can be one of the most versatile products in your makeup bag. With the right shades, they're pretty much a 3-in-1 for contouring, concealing, and perfecting.
Ready to simplify your own makeup routine? Below, see the 8 best foundation sticks.
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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
With over 40 shades, a lightweight texture, and water-resistant formula, it's no surprise that this foundation stick is a cult favorite. Its formula moisturizes skin with shea butter, while controlling oil and blurring imperfections. Swipe on a light layer for sheer coverage, or build it up for full coverage; either way the finish will be completely natural and flawless.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $46
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation
Combination or oily skin? Grab this easy-to-blend, stick foundation from Anastasia Beverly Hills. The demi-matte formula is light on the shine, plus it has buildable coverage so you can go from natural to full coverage in a few swipes. They also have shades with cooler undertones formulated to give you that perfect, natural contour. While you're at it, grab a couple more shades for highlighting and concealing! The formula is that versatile.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $25
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick SPF 21
If you're a fan of Lancôme's cult-favorite Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation, you'll love this highly pigmented foundation stick. With 30 shades, it offers buildable coverage and SPF (just in case you forget!). The powder-cream formula absorbs excess oils for flawless, matte complexion.
SHOP NOW: Macy’s, $43
NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick
Easily apply this soft matte foundation with your hands, a brush, or the included detachable blender for touchups on-the-go. The oil-free formula offers medium-buildable coverage and it's sweat resistant, so no need to worry about your makeup slipping when you hit the dance floor at your bachelorette party or reception.
SHOP NOW: Macy’s, $45
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick
For those willing to splurge, this luxe foundation stick from boasts traceless, natural, full coverage—without looking dry or cakey. The cream formula is ideal for normal to dry skin, glides right on, and blends just as easily. Plus, there are 29 shades to choose from.
SHOP NOW: Neiman Marcus, $87
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick
Happy tears are to be expected on your wedding day, so be prepared with waterproof makeup formulas like the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick. It promises 12 hours of waterproof wear and a natural, full coverage, so it's ideal for all skin types. There are 32 shades, so you can grab one for contouring too.
SHOP NOW: Sephora, $46
Flesh Firm Flesh Thickstick Foundation
Best for that "no makeup" makeup look, this creamy medium-coverage foundation is formulated to look like your skin so the finish is dewy and natural. It's affordable enough to grab a few shades for contouring, concealing, and highlighting, too. Did we also mention that there are 40 shades?
SHOP NOW: Ulta, $18
Colourpop No Filter Foundation Stix
Colourpop, the fan-favorite affordable makeup brand, has branched out with a collection of complexion products that are just as good as their covetable palettes and lipsticks. Colourpop's No Filter Foundation Stix offers medium, buildable coverage and a natural finish. At $10, it's a steal and perfect for stocking up on multiple shades.
SHOP NOW: Colourpop, $10