Shadow crayons don’t get enough love--or use for that matter. Their opacity is incredible and they’re more precise and long lasting than cream shadows that attempt to give a similar effect.
One night, while procrastinating taking off my makeup, I used crayons to create a graphic, matte black-and-white eye. (Ha! Productivity while procrastinating.) Below is how I got the look, which could be done with any two heavily contrasting colors.
I started with my base-zero of Bobbi Brown Touch-Up Stick and Under Eye Brightener, Benefit Brow Zings, and Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Starting at my tear duct, I used Sephora's Nano Eye Pencil in 03 Pure White to draw a curved line over my eyelid, stopping at the imaginary line between the outer corner of my eye and the end of my eyebrow.
Next, I used a Milani Shadow Eyez chubby crayon in 07 Black Ink to draw a line from the outer corner of my eyelid to the edge of the white line.
Following the natural shape of my orbital bone, I used the Milani crayon to create a winged triangle, which was kind of like a sideways chevron. The exact shape of this look can be tweaked to your liking/bone structure. The most important thing to keep in mind as we go along is NOT to blend. You want stark color contrast for that graphic effect.
I used the Sephora pencil to fill in the rest of my mobile lid and along my lower lash line and waterline. Then I made a thin line along my upper lash line and cleaned up the edges of my chevron with Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion, which is a ridiculously dark black. I'm a firm believer that brush liquid liners work far better than pens when it comes to layering liner on top of waxy shadows or crayons.
The entire look was then outlined with the white Sephora pencil. To make the white even brighter, I used a tiny gel liner brush to go over the pencil with Stila Eye Shadow in Glaze, which is a mostly matte white with a hint of glitter. This step also aids the longevity of the white pencil against my somewhat hooded eyelids.
To finish, I used the Sephora pencil to do a slight brow bone highlight and applied a healthy amount of Benefit They're Real Mascara. And of course I swiped on some lipstick: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in F-Bomb.
How did the look hold up? The interior edge between colors on my mobile lid refused to stay as razor-sharp as I desired, largely due to my very creased lids, but still, even after several plus hours, the colors did not migrate any further than what you see in the above.
I majorly dig this look for summer parties and concerts, especially since it’s waterproof and, ahem, sweat-proof.
Do you use crayons on the reg? How do you use them? Any favorite brands?