If you’ve ever had a bottle of bronzer explode in your bag, you know that the shimmery liquid looks better on your face than on your wallet, phone, and whatever else you might have stashed in your purse. The simplest way to avoid this disaster? Pencils. Just as effective as their powdery palette and liquid counterparts, an all-stick makeup routine is lighter and compact, TSA-friendly if you’re traveling, and most importantly, spill-resistant. Read on for 10 pencils to swap into your makeup bag, stat. No sharpeners required!
Eliminate messy brushes that eventually dry out with this creamy concealer pencil. It’s highly pigmented and easily blends so you can hone in on dark spots or dot away blemishes for a natural, even finish.
Tarte | $23
If you’ve ever experienced a leaking foundation bottle in the bottom of your bag, you know that switching to a pencil form is a no-brainer. Not only does it make applying foundation on-the-go almost effortless, but also allows you to target problem areas and touch them up throughout the day.
Lancome | $42
Smoky, highlight, shade, or define, with this velvety waterproof pencil, the eye makeup options are endless.
Bobbi Brown | $29
A gel formula glides on smoothly so you get a perfect, straight line with little effort required. An added bonus: This one never has to be sharpened!
Marc Jacobs Beauty | $24
After lining and filling your lips with one of these pencils, you’ll forget what your beauty routine was like BP (Before Pencil). Each long-lasting shade packs just as much pigment as your favorite bullets, without ever drying out your lips.
Nars | $26
We’re all for any way we can further streamline our routines. This blush adds a soft flush to cheeks and doubles as a subtle lip tint that’s great for everyday wear.
Milk Makeup | $24
Whether you're a first-timer or a pro, this set of pencils simplifies contouring your way to defined and sculpted facial features. The highlighter, contour, and bronzer all glide on creamy for buildable coverage that allows for a sheer or more sculpted look. If you’re in the mood for just a highlight or bronzer, use the individual pencils to get the job done without having to add another product to your bag.
Smashbox | $45
Cheat your way to perfect brows with this double-sided pencil. One end is for filling in areas where hair is sparse, and the other is a defining wax to shape and control unruly hairs.
Maybelline | $7
9. Lip Liner
Hourglass’s liner goes on smoothly to easily line lips, but it can also be used as an all-over color thanks to its built-in brush for even application.
Hourglass | $28
This pencil is guaranteed to become the new MVP of your makeup bag. The multi-purpose primer can be used as a liner to prevent bleeding lipstick, a color corrector that zaps red blemishes, an eyeshadow primer, and corrector of eyeliner mistakes.
Urban Decay | $16