We've rounded up the best makeup pencils for covering blemishes, enhancing eyes, plumping pouts and more. Find the right one for you!
Best Makeup Pencils For Easy Application
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Makeup pencils are completely hygienic, totally compact, and practically goof-proof. Plus, they come in shades to suit every skin tone. Here are five reasons you should be packing makeup pencils in your cosmetics bag everyday. Get more makeup must-haves from the 2010 SHAPE of Beauty Awards.
Makeup Pencils for Flawless Skin: Concealer Pencil
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The pointy tip of a concealer pencil is ideal for covering up small imperfections like broken capillaries, veins, and sun spots. Simply draw over the flaw, then use the pad of your ring finger to press the color into skin. (use these tips to fake a flawless face) Best concealer pencils: Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil ($17; at drugstores); Laura Geller Makeup Caulk Concealer ($25; laurageller.com).
Makeup Pencils for Lusher Lashes: Eye Pencil
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Drawing a thin stripe with an eye pencil on the inner rim of your upper lid fills between the lashes, making them look longer and thicker (so does using the right mascara brush). Pull your lid up, and apply the color directly under your lashline. Best eye pencils: Avon Glimmersticks Waterproof Eye Liner in Blackest Night ($6; avon.com); Dior Crayon Eyeliner in Black ($28; sephora.com).
Makeup Pencils for a Smokey Eye: Soft Pencil
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The quickest way to amp up your eyes is to use a crayon-like, soft pencil to color over your upper lid, then smudge with a cotton swab. Black or charcoal hues impart a dramatic effect (learn how), while brown is slightly more subtle. Best soft pencils: Guerlain Intense Indian Kohl in Black ($35; sephora.com); Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencil in Surat ($22; suedevittbeauty.com).
Makeup Pencils for a Plumper Pout: Lip Liner Pencil
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To maximize your mouth, trace just outside its natural border with a lip liner pencil. For precise application, use short feathery strokes. Then, use the same liner pencil to fill in lips. Finish the look with these 6 lipstick tips for luscious lips. Best lip pencils: Poppy King Lipstick Queen Pencil in Thriller ($20; sephora.com); Covergirl Outlast All-Day Lipliner in Ruby ($6; at drugstores).
Makeup Pencils for Fuller Eyebrows: Brow Pencil
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For a realistic look, select two different brow pencil shades close to your natural tone. Apply the lighter shade closest to the bridge of your nose and the darker one from the middle of your brows to the end. Shape your eyebrows to change your look. Best brow pencils: Maybelline New York Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown ($7; at drugstores); Mally Beauty Brow Kit in Blonde ($35; qvc.com).