Watch: Cool ways to use your eye crayons à la Kristen Stewart
Stick 'em up
If you always thought eye crayons were boring wind-up sticks that can't compare to a palette full of colours, you might just change your opinion after this piece. Just look at Kristen Stewart in the latest beauty campaign for the 2018 Chanel Eyes Collection. Her aubergine-lined eyes are at once creative, fun and work for everyday without looking OTT. Those precise lines are thanks to a pointed tip and glide-on texture of the new Stylo Ombre Et Contour pen, which packs creamy pigmentation and long-wearing, waterproof colour in one swipe.
In fact, the often-overlooked advantage of eye crayons is the precision and control you have within the stick that lets you frame and border your eyes in all manner of negative space eyeliner. Application is a cinch without having to fuss with brushes (great news for eyeshadow beginners) and if it's a bit of smudging out for that smokey effect, all you need are your fingers. But before Chanel's new eye crayons cranked up the makeup inspo machine, Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick Eye Colour has been around since its launch last year and they've since added new matte shades in a spectrum of au naturel colours to play around with (the original metallic hues are pretty rockin' too). These slim sticks are packaged similarly to their latest Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick, and has a formulation that's just as easy to fall in love with: It's crease-resistant, transfer-resistant, and stays on for a good 12 hours.
And if you're looking for a multi-tasker to add to your eye crayon arsenal that doubles up as a primer plus stay-all-day waterline pencil, Nudestix's eye colours are your go-to. Famously 'magnetic', this stuff has been put to the swatch test with vigorous rubbing, yet has stayed intact with barely any transfer. Are you ready to switch to the eye crayon camp?