For a Clear Complexion
Abandon your beauty blender and skip the heavy liquid foundations that require super-precise application. Instead, opt for a tinted moisturizer that you can slather on with your fingers, and turn to concealers in stick form to touch up any trouble spots.
Rather than applying moisturizer, waiting for it to sink in, and then dabbing on your foundation, combine both steps by opting for a tinted moisturizer. This one from Tarte is pretty sheer, which means it'll go on evenly—even if you're applying it with your hands.
After your tinted moisturizer has set, swipe this concealer under your eyes for a wake-up call, then blend with your fingers.
Bonus: a concealer stick is easy to toss in your purse for midday touch-ups.
Need extra coverage? Foundations come in stick form, too! This one by Maybelline will leave your skin matte.
For a Subtle Sculpt
Forget what you thought you knew about the contouring craze. It's possible to give your cheekbones some extra dimension without spending an hour baking your face. Stay away from powders and liquids—pencils make it easy to swipe and blend.
With highlighter on one end and bronzer on the other, this Dior sculpting stick makes it easy to get a low-key contour.
For a highlight that really stands out, opt for a stick in a light lilac shade that will blend to a soft, cool-toned shimmer.
Forget your powder bronzer. Give your brush a break by swiping this stick just below your cheekbones and blending well.
If you're a contour devotee, a thinner, more precise pencil will help you get the contrast you want. Nudestix were invented to be blended using fingers alone, so contouring has never been more intuitive.
There's a reason why Glossier has developed a cult following—try this simple, swipe-and-blend highlighter and you'll get it.
For Some Extra Color
Eye shadow can be messy, and some lipsticks really look better with liner—but when you use a multipurpose product, you can get a pretty, subtle glow by brushing it onto your eyelids, cheeks, and lips.
You can't go wrong with a soft coral shade.
Everyone's favorite blush comes in an easy-to-apply stick—and it looks super-pretty on your eyelids, too.
If your makeup bag could use an autumn update, try a multipurpose stick in a dusty rose shade.
This gelée by Josie Maran is intended to give cheeks a healthy flush, but can also lend eyelids and lips a soft, on-trend sheen.
Chosungah's tint is meant for lips and cheeks—go for a vivid color to really light up your face.