Anyone who's ever applied eyeliner or mascara while commuting has a superpower—whether they know it or not. Between bumps in the road, stop-and-go traffic and all the other joys of being a passenger in a bustling city, applying a full face of makeup on the road (or on the tracks) is a skill we all deserve to list on our LinkedIn profiles. For the most part, the prowess is reserved for laypeople, though. Celebrities and tastemakers have their own glam squad to perfect their looks before they step in their cars. But recently, Brides resurfaced a 2016 video of Meghan Markle—in partnership with Uber and Bobbi Brown—artfully "retouching" her makeup with Brown's Retouching stick products, perfect for when you're running between meetings and events.
In the video, Markle is joined by Brown herself for a makeup refresh before a meeting of her own. Brown (who actually says she always does her makeup in the back of a car) hands Markle her Retouching Wand, which Brown calls a "Cinderella wand," to spot-treat any areas where you'd normally reapply foundation. (Brown says you can even apply it all along your face as it's super blendable and meant to be an exact match for the skin.) She then hands Markle her Retouching Face Pencil in a lighter shade to conceal any "spots" and to brighten the under-eye area. The pencil is also offered in a pearlised Illuminate shade for a quick glow-up, which Markle applies along her cheekbones. Within minutes, she's ready to take on her meeting with an airbrushed finish and luminous glow—perfectly suited for a soon-to-be-princess.
This padded, sheer and super blendable wand picks up where your foundation left off to touch up any foundation wear and tear.
Blemishes and discolouration don't stand a chance against this full-coverage concealing stick. It's super creamy, so no caking or creasing. Users say it's among the best concealers they've ever used.
This one's a lip balm-gloss hybrid that doesn't have any stickiness. Swipe it on your lips for a quick dose of rich colour and gel shine, or pat it on your cheeks for a dewy flush.
Warm up your face quickly with this matte bronzing stick. It's sheer enough for just a slight bit of sun-kissed radiance but buildable for heavy sculpting and definition.
Rihanna's magnetic Match Stix are the perfect purse-dwellers for midday touch-ups. This trio is a killer one-two-three punch of concealer, bronzer and unexpected rust-coloured highlight.
Meet the answer to typical chalky sunscreen formulas. This clear stick from Supergoop also imparts a dewy highlight so you can glow while you protect—ideal for the beach when you need to quickly reapply but have sandy hands.
Almost too pretty to use, this marble pre-concealer correcting stick comes in three shades to address different skin concerns: dullness, redness, and hyperpigmentation. It's also got blurring pigments to filter light and hide pores—the ultimate morning-after companion, no?
Sarah Jessica Parker swears by this caviar stick and credits her signature smoky eye to the emerald shade, Jungle. These fan-favourite eye shadow sticks are the easiest way to dress up your lids in a flash without any extra tools.
This editor can't get enough of this highlighting stick. While initially creamy, it finishes like a finely milled powder for the dreamiest sheen to finish off your makeup look. I don't feel complete without it. ■
Up next, take a look at Markle's jaw-defining facial you can perform on yourself at home.
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