eye crayon

eye crayon

Last year, I discovered a beauty product that completely simplified my makeup routine and I haven’t looked back since…

I dig a good bright lip, but I’m an eye makeup girl first (I’d take mascara to my desert island). Done-up lids instantly make me look more fresh and awake — especially in shades of brown, which look lovely on pretty much everyone. I used to brush on a combination of three dark to light eyeshadows and eyeliner to make my eyes pop — but my new routine takes me less than a minute.

All I do is swipe a bronze eye crayon across my lids back and forth a few times, add some mascara, and I’m good to go. Just like they do for children, the thickness of the crayon makes application super easy and controllable — there’s no worry about messing up. I usually fill everything in from my lash line to the crease. And sometimes, for a night out or if I want a more dramatic look, I’ll smudge it to create a smokier eye.

Eye crayons are like a creamy combo of eyeshadow and eyeliner: You get the vibrant pigment (it’s buildable, so the intensity is up to you), but never the raccoon eye smudginess of a liner or the creases or unwanted flecks of powder shadow. And, even though it takes seconds to apply, it lasts all day.

Here are three eye crayons we’re loving at different price points:

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick, $8.99
This stick easily creates a sexy look with just a few smudges. The color is rich but also a little glossy, so it’s easy to blend to achieve the boldness you’re after. There’s no smearing or running — a key for a dark eyeshadow.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick, $30
With thousands of five-star reviews all over the Interwebs, we must be on to something. This stick has just the right amount of subtle shimmer and comes in a bunch of great browns. We also like the size of the tip, which is exactly the width of the line you’ll want to draw on your lids. Definitely foolproof.

Sisley Paris Phyto-Eye Twist, $50
This one is a major splurge, but if you’re like me and you’ll use it every day, it may be worth it. Not only does it come in a wide range of gorgeous shades (I use Topaz), it’s made with plant-based ingredients like green tea and camellia, so it protects the delicate eyelid skin. Plus, it twists, so you never have to deal with sharpening.

Since I’ve streamlined my makeup routine, not only am I out of the house way faster every morning, I’ve also been racking up the compliments. Win win.

What is your eye makeup routine? Will you try one of these? Have you already? Do you have a time-saving beauty product?

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(Photo via Zara.)