How to Add a Little Drama to Your Look With Makeup Pencils

Whether you're a makeup minimalist, everyday enthusiast or some unique combination of the two, knowing how to use makeup pencils is definitely helpful. Although they look easy to use, a lot of us still struggle to do it correctly. Thankfully, some brands are streamlining the application process by creating pencil products exclusively, including Nudestix. The travel-friendly line is a go-to when we're low on time and a reminder that using pencils should never be complicated. If you need a quick refresher on how to add a little drama in just a few steps, check out MUA Danielle Lewis' pro-tips below!  

Nikki Brown Nov, 24, 2016

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Start by applying your foundation with the hands, a sponge or brush. If you fill in your brows, this is a good time to do that, too. 

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Next, swipe the Nudestix eye pencil ($24, across the lid. 

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Use the smudger on the opposite end or a fluffy brush to blend the product into the lash line then up towards your crease. According to Lewis, this creates more depth at the lash and a sheer wash of color going toward to the brow. 

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Want to up the smolder factor? Start by tightlining the upper lash line and rimming the bottom lash line with a dark black eyeliner. Instant come hither stare; especially if you add more shadow under the lash line, too! 

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Want to add dimension?...

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 Apply clear lipgloss to the center of the lid for patent leather shine.

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Don't forget to finish off your entire eye look with a layer of black mascara. 

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Next, warm a bit of the Nudestix Lip and Cheek Pencil ($24, on your fingertips and apply it to the apple of the cheeks for a pop of color with a satin finish. 

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Use that same Lip and Cheek Pencil ($24, and swipe along the lip for more opaque coverage or tap it in the center of the mouth for a sheer, blossoming affect.

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Voila! You have an easy to apply makeup look with just enough drama. 

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