Sure, makeup brushes are wonderful tools for applying makeup just so, but if you’re in a rush, or at the gym or in the car (only when stopped!), brushes are out of the question. For such occasions we need quick-fix products that that make us look like we took all the time in the world. These products do just that, so smear, rub and pat your way to gorgeousness!
LIPS, CHEEKS & FACE
The Lilah B Divine Duo lip & cheek stain comes in a cool metal compact that’s as chic as it is sturdy. There are eight vibrant colors to choose from, so pick your fave, tap with your finger and dab onto the cheeks or lips. Just a dot or two will give you the lift you’re looking for. ($46 at Lilah B)
The Kryolan Lip n’ Cheek delivers a powerful punch! Just a teensy squirt of this high-powered cream on the tip of a finger will make the lips & cheeks pop. Available in 11 shades. ($14.95 at Kryolan)
Available in a hot coral and a deep berry, the Mary Kay At Play Lip & Cheek Stick
will perk you right up. Apply it directly from the stick or with a finger. Go soft for a subtle glow or layer for high drama. ($10 at Mary Kay)
Run a fingertip across the surface of the IT Cosmetics Hello Light Anti-Aging Crème Illuminizer to add a dash of champagne shimmer just about anywhere you’d like, from the brow bone, to the bridge of the nose. The creamy texture is due to a vitamin-packed formula and guarantees a flawless application every time. ($24 at IT Cosmetics)
Whether you need to cover a few spots on the face or the whole shebang, the legendary Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick has got you covered (pardon the pun). Swipe it where you need it and blend in with the fingers for a flawless finish. Available in an impressive 23 shades. ($46 at Sephora)
Conquer under eye circles with Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-Hour Concealer. Dot the stick underneath the bottom lashes and lightly blend down unto cheek with the ring finger. Available in 10 shades. ($23 at Tarte)
Nudestix products are designed to be applied with the fingers for girls on the go. If you’re craving a soft, smoky look on the eyes, draw a line along the lashes with a Magnetic Eye Color Pencil and smudge it out with the fingers. The eight long-wearing nude shades come in a reusable, mirrored tin, which also houses a special sharpener. ($24 at Nudestix)
For a little more color, try the Rimmel ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Sticks. From shimmering green to inky navy (and the affordable price point), you won’t be able to buy just one of these powdery pencils. ($4.49 at Ulta)
#TTBTip: To extend the wear of your eye makeup, start by priming the lids with a lid primer such as Urban Decay Primer Potion. And if you are going to do your makeup on the go using your fingers, keep a pack of makeup wipes handy to clean your hands after application.