Locker room essential: beauty sticks

A simple skincare and makeup routine for athletes

There’s an art to streamlining a locker room routine in the interest of getting to the office, drinks, or a meeting on time and looking polished. And while showering, blow drying, and dressing are relatively locked-in in terms of time commitment, skin care and makeup application are areas where minutes can be significantly trimmed—thanks to the popularization of beauty products in stick form.

“Stick-based skincare and makeup is neat, clean, and easy to apply anywhere for quick touch-ups,” explains Kate Roach, New York City-based regional spa manager at Equinox.

These five spill-proof, skin-nourishing sticks will whittle down your beauty process to five minutes flat.

moisturize: rodin luxury face oil stick

Moisturize a just-washed face with this rich, newly-launched face stick, which allows you to apply an oil product without getting greasy hands. “This is ideal for winter months when our skin is attacked by dry indoor heating and harsh outdoor conditions,” Roach says. “You can use it to soothe chapped cheeks and add hydration at any time. The bitter orange and geranium oils are a nice mood booster during the dark days of winter, too.”
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protect: amore pacific sun protection stick broad spectrum spf50+

Next up, protect your skin with this SPF50+ stick, which can be worn all over the face, but is gentle enough for delicate areas, like around the eyes. Key ingredients include purslane extract, which contains antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids to help soothe and guard against environmental damage, and plum extract, a botanical naturally high in vitamin C, which helps prevent damage caused by free radicals. “I love this stick for ski holidays,” Roach adds. “It’s easy to pop in a pocket and touch up on the lift.”
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conceal: westman atelier vital skin foundation stick

This foundation stick incorporates anti-redness ingredients like hydrating phytosphingosine (a ceramide derivative) and soothing camellia seed oil. “A hydrating foundation stick is a great post-workout tool to cover dark circles and spots without looking overly made-up when you meet your friends after class,” Roach says.
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brighten: milk makeup lip + cheek

Add a touch of color to lips and cheeks with this satin-finish stain stick that comes in shades from bright pink to a deep berry. “Multitaskers like this one are so good to have in your work bag,” Roach notes. “Sitting at a desk prohibits circulation and robs vitality from your skin’s appearance. A few swipes of this on cheek, lip, and even the eyelid can make you look refreshed.”
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illuminate: marc jacobs beauty glow stick glistening illuminator

Finish things off with this compact pearlescent illuminator. “I love that this pearly wand can be used to highlight cheekbones and the bow of your lip,” Roach says. “It’s also a great stand-in eye shadow and can be applied to the inner corners of the eye to give the appearance of a great night’s sleep." A buildable, quick-absorbing formula means this stick can be used to create a natural look, or something more dramatic without worry about smearing.
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