Designed to impart a soft-focus finish either over or under makeup, these translucent sticks have the amazing ability to bring Photoshop's blur tool into the real world, leaving behind poreless, line-free skin. Where foundations and concealers fail you (and ultimately crease), one quick swipe immediately fills in wrinkles on contact, and can be used either over or under your makeup. Even if you're going totally bare-faced, these products won't leave any obvious traces, and have such an airy texture, you'll probably forget you even have anything on. Shop our five favorites below.
1. Milk Makeup Blur Stick
Though we'd never completely break up with our foundation, Milk's Blurring Stick is a perfect alternative if you need to let your skin breathe for a hot minute. The netural tint is completely sheer, so it works against any skintone, and sensitive complexions need not worry—the formula imparts a pore-free finish without the use of silicone, so you don't have to worry about any unexpected breakouts.
Milk Makeup | $36
2. The Estee Edit Pore Vanishing Stick
Though it works beautifully as a primer, we love how we can rub this shine-reducing stick over any problem areas throughout the day without disrupting our makeup.
Estee Edit | $28
3. Soap & Glory Kick Ass Blur and Brighten Concealer Crayon
Its large Crayola shape allows you to zero in on any hard-to-reach problem areas—like under your eyes, or beside your nose—and thanks to the roll-up mechanism, you don't have to hunt down a sharpener.
Soap & Glory | $9
4. Bobbi Brown Instant Confidence Stick
Even the deepest lines are softened on contact, and although the product is lightweight, it has serious staying power, so additional touch-ups won't be required.
Bobbi Brown | $45
5. Nudestix Blur Pencil
This tiny pencil fits perfectly into even the smallest clutches, and works wonders at filling in lines, but we especially love to use it as a primer for our matte liquid lipsticks for its ability to hide flaws and deliver ample hydration.