Eye makeup doesn’t have to be complicated, especially if the best eye shadow sticks have something to do with it. Just ask anyone Seduce editor or swipe in your favorite makeup artist’s DMs, and they’ll agree. “Eye shadow sticks are so versatile,” New York-based makeup artist Amrita Mehta recount Seduce. “I love using them for all-over color or to add a little sparkle to any look. I also use them as an eyeshadow base and they work great as a smudge liner too.”
The best part? Even beginners won’t struggle with creamy, easy-glide eyeshadow sticks. “You can apply them directly to the eyelid and then blend [with your fingers] — super effortless,” LA-based makeup artist Emily Cheng confirmed. You can create sharp graphic lines and cat eyes with the tip (many brands have a pencil sharpener built into their designs) or smooth them out with abandon and smudge the edges with your fingers for a smoky look in no time. minute.
These user-friendly pencils are usually very creamy and glide on your lids without pulling on your skin. And unlike powder eyeshadow, there’s virtually no fallout to anticipate or manage. In fact, makeup artists like Mehta love using eye shadow sticks as a priming base for other eye shadows. The possibilities don’t stop there either.
“A matte taupe shade works wonderfully as a contour color or any shade can be applied to the lips for a nice pop,” says Mehta. “I love adding a bit of shimmer tint in the center of my lips and blending with my finger for more dimension.” You could, in theory, use one tint for your entire face — talk about creating a quick look on the fly.
Below, we’ve rounded up the 15 best eye shadow pencils and sticks – some classics, some new hits on the market – as we recommend, Seduce editors, and our highly esteemed makeup artists. Once you try these multitasking cream-to-powder formulas, you may never go back to “regular” eyeshadow palettes.
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