We’ve all seen and many of us own eyeshadow pencils, but what are the best ways to use them? Eyeshadow pencils are really versatile and can be used in many ways to enhance your eye makeup game. Here are 3 ways to wear a black eyeshadow pencil – or really any color, for that matter!
For this eye makeup tutorial, I’m using Mirabella Beauty Blackmail Eye Crayon from the Jewel Thief Holiday collection. This is an excellent pencil that’s creamy and easy to blend plus it stays put! For a budget friendly option, I’m a huge fan of NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean – you really can’t go wrong with NYX!
Technique 1: Use It As An Eyeliner
I don’t recommend applying the eyeshadow pencil directly to your lids as an eyeliner, but instead I’ll take an angled eyeliner brush or another eyeliner brush to pick up the color from the crayon and apply to my lids. Simple and easy!
This is similar to using a gel liner, but a little easier to control because of the cream texture that’s a tad bit more dry than a gel liner.
Technique 2: Take Your Makeup From Day To Night With An Effortless Smoky Eye
If you’re going somewhere and don’t really want to fuss with your makeup much, I recommend applying the eyeshadow crayon up to the crease of your eye by itself over an eyeshadow primer, or on top of your already existing makeup.
Stop at the crease, blend the edges with a clean blending brush, and you’re done!
If you’re wearing the eyeshadow crayon on top of a primer, I recommend using a medium brown matte shadow at the crease to make sure things are properly blended.
Technique 3: Create A Base For Other Eyeshadows
A black creamy base makes for intensely smoky eyes! You can use it all over the lid, or as in this case, only the outer corner of your eyelids.
I created a stencil with some trusty old tape and blended out the creamy black base.
Then I blended a coordinating powder eyeshadow on top, resulting in a super sultry eyeshadow look.
Also, use the black crayon as a base for duochromes and glitter eyeshadows to really make them pop out! The possibilities are endless! Now, go forth and blend!