A No-Makeup Makeup Look Done Entirely With Pencils

OK, and one mascara.
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OK, and one mascara.

Sometimes a gimmick is just a gimmick--a clever idea that gets noticed but doesn’t really have much value beyond its ability to get attention. On rare occasions, a gimmick turns out to be an awesome concept that’s more than just a superficial ploy.

NUDESTIX is one of those rare occasions.

I know, I know, the name raises an eyebrow. But once you get your mind out of the gutter, it’s really quite accurate: NUDESTIX is a collection of pencils in no-makeup makeup colors. It’s the brainchild of a beauty-chemist mom and her teenage model daughters, and I really think they’ve got something here.

I typically wear two different types of concealers, powder eye shadow, black liquid eyeliner, powder blush, and straight-from-the-bullet lipstick in a bright color, so I wanted to see if I’d like a more natural look that replaces all of those things with pencils. Let’s find out.

I started out with a bare, moisturized face (and not entirely dry hair, if we’re being honest).

a no makeup makeup look

Here I am on the internet with no makeup. Where’s my award?

My first step was to cover zits, a couple of scars, and my under-eye darkness with the Concealer Pencil in Light 2 (they have eight shades).

a no makeup makeup look

I normally use one kind of concealer for a zit or scar and another kind for dark circles, but this matte, blendable formula works surprisingly well on both.

a no makeup makeup look

At this point, I was tired of looking at a dimensionless blob of beige face, so I applied their Lip & Cheek Pencil in Blush as, well, blush. All of the colors this pencil comes in--eight total, currently--are super-subtle shades.

a no makeup makeup look

I love how creamy this is. I had no idea a pencil could be this smooth, but I guess a big helping of shea butter will do that.

a no makeup makeup look

For my next step I grabbed their Magnetic Eye Color, which is the most crayon-y pencil in the batch. I chose the shade Angel, because look at me. Just kidding. I wanted to brighten my natural lid color with a slightly shimmery sandy shade (say that five times fast).

a no makeup makeup look

The color stays on a really long time, and it didn’t crease like a lot of other creamy formulas I’ve tried.

a no makeup makeup look

Although Magnetic Eye Color can also be used as an eyeliner, I wanted to try their thinner-tipped Eye Pencil in Pewter, a warm fawn. (Fawn is a color word, right?)

a no makeup makeup look

I’m used to wearing a dark line on just my top lid, so even though I applied this on both my top and bottom lid, I still felt a little naked. Using the built-in smudger helped make more of an impact.

a no makeup makeup look

The last pencil I used was another Lip & Cheek Pencil. Sure, I could’ve used Blush on my lips, too, but I was curious about the color Soul, which was slightly peachier.

a no makeup makeup look

I love this color. It’s truly a Your Lips But Better Hall of Fame future inductee. And the formula makes lips look fuller, too.

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The very observant among you might have noticed that I darkened my beauty mark a bit at this point. I did it with a pencil, so it counts!

The final NUDESTIX product I used isn’t a pencil, because no one has invented a mascara pencil (because it would be infuriating to use).   

a no makeup makeup look

This has an awesome lengthening formula that doesn't feel chunky or dry at any point in the application or wear.

And here’s my final look.

a no makeup makeup look

It’s way more natural-looking than I'm used to, but it grew on me really quickly. I think NUDESTIX has convinced me to switch things up a bit, both with the kinds of colors I wear and the format with which I apply them. PENCILS FOREVER! Or something.

Do you like makeup pencils and crayons more or less than other formats? Think you’ll give NUDESTIX a try?