Style File: Playing With Crayons

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

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

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
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 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

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