Makeup Crayons really seem to be having a moment right now and their quick and easy nature definitely appeals to me, especially now Summer is coming and I'll be travelling quite a bit. I've done a little round-up of my favourites and I hope it's useful if you were looking for some suggestions to check out!
Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick | £23
I've actually never tried a foundation stick before, despite the Bobbi Brown and Makeup Forever ones being so talked about. For whatever reason, Clinique's new Chubby Stick offering appealed to me (perhaps due to the lighter coverage) and I picked this up in Grandest Golden Neutral, which is pretty much spot on for me. It's fairly light coverage but looks very natural on the skin and isn't too dewy or greasy at all. I do a few swipes down my nose and across my cheeks and forehead then buff it into the skin. I then add in a little extra coverage where I tend to need it: on the t-zone and under the eyes. I find this has decent (but not amazing) longevity and it's really easy to just throw in your bag for on-the-go touch ups.
No7 Instant Radiance Bronzing Highlighter | £9.95
This has to be one of my favourite cream highlighter products; it's seriously underrated! There's also a lighter pink-toned version for pale-skinned ladies but I have this gorgeous golden-bronze shade. It has the most natural, subtle metallic sheen and applies to the skin beautifully. It isn't overly glittery or greasy at all. I just dot it onto my cheek bones and dab it in with my fingers for a natural, sun-kissed glow.
Rosie for Autograph Starstruck Killer Contour* | £15
Ok, contouring isn't exactly necessary for a quick and easy makeup look but when it's this effortless, it's much easier to justify spending that extra minute or two to do it. This has a gorgeous formula; it isn't greasy but blends out so easily and doesn't go patchy or wear away throughout the day. Unfortunately there is only the one shade but I really like this colour, as it's warm but not overly orange and is cool enough to give really natural definition. I tend to dot this under my cheekbones before blending out with a synthetic contour brush.
KIKO Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush in 02 Golden Peach | £7.90
I've mentioned before that this is one of the only cream blusher formulas that works on my combination skin. True to its name, it has a velvet finish so doesn't dissolve into a greasy mess. It's beautifully pigmented and again, as the name suggests, it's a gorgeous peach tone with a very subtle gold shimmer running through it. I tend to dot this straight onto my skin then dab it out with my fingers. It's so quick and easy to apply in a matter of seconds, yet stays on my skin all day long.
By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon | £29
You definitely don't need to splurge so much on an eyeshadow stick as KIKO have a virtually identical dupe for under a tenner (read my comparison of the two here), however mine was getting disgusting (they are well-loved...) and this is that tiny bit better! It has such a creamy, beautiful formula that practically melts onto the eyelids. The pigmentation is insane so it literally takes one swipe on each eyelid and a couple of seconds to blend out the edges. Bronze Moon is a gorgeous neutral-toned deep bronze-brown and it has this amazing, dewy finish that looks so multidimensional on the lids. These set in place after a few seconds and have amazing staying power once they do.
Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Balm in Curviest Caramel | £17
I absolutely love the creamy, pigmented formula of the Intense Chubby Sticks. This is a gorgeous, flattering everyday pinky-brown nude that's just so comfortable and hydrating on the lips. You can apply something like this in a couple of seconds, even without a mirror. Although it isn't the longest lasting formula, it fades evenly and naturally.
All you need is a little concealer, mascara and brow action and you're ready to go!
What are your must-have crayon makeup products?