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Style File: Playing With Crayons

Coloring is not just for the kids! Put down the pencil, ladies, and pick up a crayon!

Studio 5 Beauty & Style Contributor Holly Stone says crayon cosmetics are a hot, new trend and an easy tool.


Can you really "color on" your concealer, eye shadow, lip stain and blush? Absolutely! Cosmetic "crayons" are the EASIEST tools to use when applying make up. The gel-based product with paper-like packaging houses some of the most eye catching colors. But don't confuse cosmetic kohl crayons with cosmetic pencils.

Make up pencils are created the same way as lead pencils - the casing is typically made of wood and is molded and blended WITH the pigmented make up stick making the color and its house one in the same. Make up crayons are actually poured into their paper casing actually making two parts: 1) the casing and 2) the color stick. The end result? A softer gel based product which is easier to apply. It also doesn't disappear as fast when it is sharpened. This is because the sharpener peels away the casing rather than both the product and the casing as with a pencil.

Choose a round, metal sharpener because it has the ideal slant of blade for sharpening these kinds of crayons. Pencil sharpeners have a narrower slope so they can sharpen to the very tip of the pencil. A crayon sharpener must have less slant so it shaves the outside and leaves the inside intact.

Holly's Product Pick: Metal Sharpener, Got Beauty, $4.99

Coloring is no longer just for kids. Whether you want a smoky eye, or a quick fix for a blemish, these crayons make it simple to say inside the lines. The only rule is that you have fun!

1. Concealer

For moderate to full coverage, a crayon concealer works much like a stick concealer only you don't have to remove a cap and then twist up a tube. Simply pop off the lid, dab where needed and blend.

Holly's Product Pick: Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer, Sephora $16

2. Eye Crayon

Francois Nars knows make up and created one of the BEST eye crayons on the market today. This jumbo sized crayon provides rich color that stays right where you put it. Just swipe where you want some color. Or line all the way around the eye for a smoky eye in a snap. No cosmetic degree necessary.

Holly's Product Pick: Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil, Sephora, $24

3. Brow

Brows frame the eyes and should be groomed accordingly. To color in a great brow, look for a softer brow crayon which will blend easily and lay down smoothly.

Holly's Product Pick: Benefit Instant Brow Pencil, $20

Highlighting the brow bone is a quick way to wake up the eye area. And who better than the world famous brow expert Anastasia to bring us a crayon to do the trick? While people pay $200 to have her adorn your brows, you can opt for a highlighter crayon and select the side that suits your mood. Use inside corner of eye and above the brow bone for a special effect. For unruly brows, with one stroke of Brow Fix wax with Aloe and vitamins- even the toughest is tamed.

Holly's Product Picks: Anastasia Brow Duality, Ulta, $23; Anastasia Brow Fix, Ulta, $21

4. Lips

For great lip service look to Tarte lip crayons. Although they are crayons, the unique design allows you to twist the stick to advance the color. With lip plumping enhancement and a fresh peppermint taste, you can take these pleasers anywhere for the perfect pout in seconds.

Holly's Product Pick: Tarte LipSurgence Lip Crayon Mini Limited Edition, 4 for $29 or 1 for $24, Sephora Exclusive

5. Want Waterproof?

MAKE UP FOR EVER cosmetic designer Danny Sanz was tasked to create a liner for water ballet performers. His product? Aqua Eyes In a range of 25 colors, this crayon is a waterproof, smudge-proof, and fade-proof eyeliner that doubles as a vibrant eye shadow. They are so smooth, you will think you are dancing on water.

Holly's Product Pick: MAKE UP FOR EVER, Aqua Eyes, $18

6. Blushing naturally

If blushing doesn't come naturally, color it on with a light lip stain that is perfect for the cheek area because of its gel base and light color. Just draw along your cheek bone towards top of your ear and blend. Your complexion will have a healthy looking flush. Add some dew drops with a highlighter and you are the epitome of natural beauty.

Holly's Product Picsk: Extreme Wear Lip Stain Pen, Ulta, $8; L'Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter, $12.00


Holly Stone is no stranger to business and the beauty industry. Starting as a model at the age of 14 she decided that she preferred to be behind the scenes rather than in front of the camera. She choreographed fashion shows, selected models for events and assisted her agency with make-up.

Her skill for make-up artistry quickly became recognized and the demand for her talent launched a career that would take her all over the country. She received a bachelor's degree, and took a position as VP of Merchandising for Overstock.com. There she learned the business skills of resourcing, buying, marketing, and negotiating. She moved on to train in Los Angeles at AWARD, a leading make-up artist school in the west.

Today, with her business skills and her passion for the art of make-up, she manages a successful career as an educator and a veteran make-up artist of 16 years. She works in various media with actors/actresses, models, brides, and photographers. She is a consultant to several cosmetic distributors, spas, and salons where she teaches application and technique. She is a nationally recognized educator of cosmetic application and is a personal image consultant to people ranging from high position corporate figures to the every day woman.

Holly is the owner of Re-Creation Studio, School of Media Make-up Artistry. For information about her classes, visit www.learntodomakeup.com.

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