Welcome to 2016, where makeup crayons have officially scribbled their way into our beauty routines. Ideal for on-the-go application and makeup novices, these purse-friendly favourites are testament to the constant evolution and innovation of the modern beauty industry; this is beauty at its most practical, compact, and advantageous.
These crayons aren’t just easy to apply, they’re the easiest things to toss in your bag when you’re pressed for time and need a quick hit of colour. Think of your makeup bag as your pencil case and your face as a blank canvas to be etched, coloured, and contoured, paint-by-numbers style.
Play the artist and make light work of your daily routine with this helpful edit of our favourite makeup crayons – foolproof, fast, and fun.
With a dexterity that allows you to create any number of classic eye looks, from a blanket wash of colour to a sultry, smokey eye, eyeshadow crayons are a foolproof introduction to the wonderful world of eyeshadow. The perfect medium for learning the basics of blending, shaping, and layering, this is eyeshadow made easy.
Pretty and portable, Trestique’s Colour and Smudge Crayons deliver long-lasting, highly-pigmented colour. The range of neutral shades are ideal for everyday wear – each one feels weightless on the lids and goes on opaque in a single coat. Use to subtly sculpt definition, add a subtle veil of colour, or layer up for added intensity – with far more finesse than your old-school Crayolas.
For a foolproof day-to-night look we love RMK’s Matte Shiny Eye Pencils; the ultimate desk-to-dusk beauty essential. The dual-end features a highly-pigmented matte crayon for definition, and a sponge applicator to add shimmer and blend the look into a bold smokey eye. This Green Black shade is perfect for a pop of spring colour, with a shimmering mint shadow to brighten and highlight the high and a blackened emerald pencil to line.
Lip crayons and eyeshadow crayons may already be a well-established given in your beauty routine, but there’s a new form of makeup stylus that shouldn’t go unnoticed – particularly if you’re pressed for time and space (busy/lazy girls, take note). Easy to apply and blend in a hurry (you don’t even need a mirror!), foundation sticks allow you to perfect the art of precision application and layering with a beautifully natural finish.
For flawless skin in seconds, dab Laura Geller Luminous Veil Full Coverage Creme Foundation Stick over your face, then blend away. With a light but buildable coverage, the moisture-rich formula adapts to the skin, blurring imperfections and drying down to a long-wearing satin finish, so you don’t even need to worry about midday touchups.
The key to successful concealer application is accuracy and precision, so in crayon form, the process is practically rendered effortless. Plus, concealer can be as messy as hell, so with no mess, spillage, brushes, or dipping fingers in pots required, never has the need for portable beauty been more pressing.
Vapour Organic Beauty Illusionist Concealer is full of rich pigment that instantly masks blemishes, dark circles, and all manner of imperfections. The creamy texture melts onto the skin, drying down for long-lasting day-to-night coverage without emphasising blemishes or dryness (as so many concealers do). It’s also void of all the bad stuff, instead the 100% natural formula contains an antioxidant-rich blend of hydrators that condition skin to promote a healthier, even tone.
When it comes to brows, the dexterity of a crayon lends itself perfectly to the finesse required of a successful brow look. Brow primer crayons may not have flashed up on your beauty radar before, but rest assured, once a part of your routine, you’ll never be without one.
Before you get creative with colour, apply Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Brow Primer – a colourless wax in pencil form which tames unruly hairs and sculpts your arches into place, ensuring that consequently applied colour stays on lockdown. Enriched with aloe vera and natural waxes, the delicate silky texture is a favourable alternative to brow gels (which typically result in a stiff, crispy effect), leaving brows immaculately sculpted and groomed.
Thanks to bronzer and highlighter sticks, contouring has never been easier – nor more precise. The manageability of a stick affords maximum control and precision application, and the creamy textures are easier to blend than traditional powders, resulting in a fresh, natural looking finish.
Adopt a paint-by-numbers approach to makeup application with the help of PUR Cosmetics’ Cameo Dual Ended Contour. The dual-ended crayons encompasses both a dark and a light shade in one handy stick; designed to hug the contours of the face, the creamy formula allows you to sculpt chiselled features with minimal effort required. Use the darker shade to define the hollows of your cheeks and edge of your face then the lighter colour to illuminate the bridge of your nose, browbone, and tops of your cheekbones. What’s more, the product also contains a handy sponge for seamless blending – it’s as easy as one, two, three.
Everyone knows the merits of a cream blush (dewy, natural, long-lasting, ideal for dry skin), but upgrade it to crayon format and you’re met with by far the easiest (and most low-maintenance) way to get a bright flush of colour.
For a fresh, healthy sheen of moisturising shimmer, Cover FX’s Enhance Click deserves a place in every girls makeup kit. Available in a selection of dewy hues (we love Berry for a rosy glow) the satin texture imparts high colour payoff and demonstrates an impressive durability – once blended, the colour locks down for the day (and night). Perfect for adding simple and speedy warmth and brightness the face!