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3 ways to use a foundation stick

Written by Victoria Chong


Foundation sticks are making a comeback in a big way, and we’re here for it. Not only is the application and finish velvety smooth, you’ll find that a foundation stick is one of the most versatile beauty products out there. Obviously primarily for coverage, but also to contour and conceal. Not bad, huh?

Our holy grail product is the Napoleon Perdis Foundation Stick: This triple threat gives you the most mileage out of anything else in your makeup bag. If you’re new to the foundation stick world, don’t sweat it. Below, we have a handy guide that’ll teach you everything you need to know about how to use a foundation stick as a foundation, a creamy contour stick, and a high-coverage concealer.

Using a foundation stick for coverage

Look no further, because the Napoleon Perdis Foundation Stick is everything you need to create a flawless canvas. Designed to be buildable, it has a matte finish, and also contains natural beeswax for water-resistant, all-day staying power. With Aloe Extract and Vitamin C antioxidants, this foundation stick not only hydrates and helps to improve the appearance of overall skin tone, but it's also quick and easy to use.

For application, simply dot or swipe the product around your face, focusing on the centre where you coverage is most needed. Then, take your foundation brush or beauty blender and work the product out from the middle of your face, blending it well for a smooth finish. 

Another thing to love about foundation sticks is that you don’t have to get your hands dirty like you would when using your fingers to dot liquid foundation onto your face. It couldn’t be simpler. The slim design of the Napoleon Perdis Foundation Stick also means that you can slip it easily into your handbag for touch-ups throughout the day.


Using a foundation stick for contouring

Believe it or not, a foundation stick is great for contouring thanks to the stick design that gives you maximum control. All you need is to choose a foundation stick in a shade slightly darker than your natural skin tone.

Simply take your foundation and lightly draw a line below each cheekbone to hollow them out, then apply the foundation stick down the bridge of your nose and jawline for a sculpted look. Next, take a fluffy brush and blend the lines to soften the edges for the most gorgeous and subtle contouring. The nourishing consistency is the perfect solution for cream contouring, allowing you to effortlessly blend for a natural finish.

You can also use it to brighten the high points of your face: Trace a slightly lighter shade of foundation stick along the bridge of your nose, under your eyes, and along your cheekbones, then use a beauty blender to buff the formula into the skin. What you’re left with is a natural, sculpted face.


Using a foundation stick for concealing

Slim and convenient for spot concealing, the foundation stick that you already used as a foundation and for contouring now unveils its third incredible usage! Targeting specific imperfections or flaws easily, the high-coverage finish of a foundation stick works beautifully as a concealer, too. Simply dab the foundation stick over the imperfection, and use a small brush if needed to blend the product out. 

And there you have it. Complexion perfection from just one incredible product: it really is as easy as it sounds. Now that you’re up to speed, we’re sure that you’re itching to get your hands on a foundation stick for your own. As we’ve mentioned, our favourite is from Napoleon Perdis: not only for its sleek, luxe design, but also for the versatility of its formula.

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