20 Makeup Must-Haves

For Crazy Busy People

Always in a hurry? Whether you're on a tight schedule or you can't be bothered to obsess over foundation, there are days when there's just no time to follow your favourite makeup routine. For all you busy peeps out there, these on-the-go makeup picks are a must. Not only are they easy to use, but they're guaranteed to make you look your best - just faster.


For people who don't have time to buff and blend (that stuff takes time!), stick foundation is the way to go. No need to fiddle with brushes or sponges - these babies can be drawn on like a marker and then blended out with your fingers. It's so easy, a four-year-old can do it.


1. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation

Flawless skin starts here. This silky, hydrating stick formula glides on a like a dream and is great for dry skin because it feels creamy and won't cling to dry patches.

2. Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation + Soft Contour Stick

For multitaskers who want to get even more done, this two-in-one product is a must. One end is foundation, and the other end is a slightly darker shade for contouring, for maximum efficiency.

3. Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation Stick

With its natural matte finish and easy blendability, this one is definitely a keeper. Oily skin will like it too, because it keeps the T-zone under control while adding a healthy glow to the rest of your face.

4. Clinique Chubby In The Nude Foundation Stick

An oldie but a goodie, this foundation stick remains a staple in many makeup bags. Fans say it lasts all day, and won't make skin look oily, even on the T-zone.

5. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

This super-pigmented stick foundation is the winner when it comes to coverage. A few dots around the cheeks, forehead, and chin, and you'll be able to blend it out to cover your entire face. Less is more.




A swipe of highlighter or a healthy flush can bring your whole face to life. But some products wear off so fast, it's like you never applied them at all. The best thing about the following stick highlighters and blushes is that they'll really stay put. Check them out!


1. By Terry Glow Expert Duo Stick Glow Expert Duo Stick

This dual-tone stick combines a glowing blush with a high-gloss brightener that will make cheeks LIT like a supernova. One swipe does the work of two products, it's as easy as that.

2. Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Duo Stick

Hello, amazing colour payoff! One swipe gives you two complementary colours to blend in with your fingers. In a pinch, it can even double as a lip stain. Perfect for lazy days when you still want to look on top of it.

3. Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow Touch CC Luminizer

This product is three shimmery, correcting shades in one, and glides on smoothly to deposit a pearlescent glow that shifts seamlessly between colours. What more could you ask for?

4. Too Faced Unicorn Horn Mystical Effects Highlighting Stick

Unleash your inner goddess with the magical effects of this highlighter. The sheer blue tint gives cheeks an ethereal beauty that will make you stand out, like a unicorn among horses.

5. Bareminerals Crystalline Glow Highlighter Stick

Free of oil, parabens, sulfates, and talc, this clean beauty queen delivers a sheer wash of radiance to the high points of your face. Perfect for the bridge of the nose and your cupid's bow too.




Blending four different shades to get the perfect cut crease is so time-consuming. Instead, try these super convenient eyeshadow sticks! These handy dandy products can be drawn all over the lid for a shimmery glow, and darker shades can double as eyeliner. Bonus: no need to fiddle with a brush!


1. Yves Saint Laurent Full Matte Shadow

Liquid eyeshadows can look difficult to master, but the key is to apply with a light hand. Spread a thin layer on and pat with a finger to blend for low key gloss and definition.

2. Cargo Swimmables Longwear Eye Shadow Stick

This crease-proof and water-resistant shadow stick makes all-day glam easy. Pick a lighter shade to go all over your lid, and a darker shade for your crease, and you're golden.

3. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color

So many colours, so little time! Mix and match from over 25 shades for everyday elegance. The formula resists transfers and creasing, so you can get 6-8 hours of wear out of them, no problem.

4. NARS Velvet Shadow Stick

Creamy, dreamy, and oh-so-velvety, this NARS stick has pitch-perfect texture and layers on beautifully on skin. The shades are striking and flattering for most eye colours, so grab your favourite and go!

5. Kevyn Aucoin The Loose Shimmer Shadow

Roll-on eyeshadow is the height of chic. Pro Tip: If you're not using primer, apply this directly after foundation so that the loose powder has a base to adhere to.




Lipstick can be hard to apply when you don't have a mirror. That's why you should have one of these in your pocket at all times, in case you need that middle-of-the-day touch-up, sans mirror.


1. Christian Dior Dior Addict Lacquer Stick

The next generation of lacquer sticks is here, and the packaging is to-die-for. Shiny lips are making a comeback this year, and we love them because they're totally foolproof. Even if you apply slightly outside your lip line, it won't look sloppy.

2. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Leather Matte Lipstick

It can be a pain to get the edges of matte lipsticks exactly perfect. Fortunately, this product has a rhombus-shaped tip with sharp corners to hug the curves of your lips.

3. Shiseido VisionAiry Gel Lipstick

The shades are super flattering for all skin types and the lighter-than-air gel texture manages to stay super pigmented. After it sets, it stays up to 6 hours without reapplication for marathon-ready wear.

4. Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl Extreme Shine Lipstick

For a sheer wash of juicy, sparkling colour, nothing beats this. Swipe on for a healthy sheen that makes lips look sweet and kissable.

5. Lancome Matte Shaker Liquid Lipstick

This one is cute and easy to carry around. Plus, the versatile sponge applicator is perfect for creating a just-bitten look on your lips, or adding a gradient contour.