Crayons, Markers, & Pencils: Not Your Back-to-School Supplies

I always hated that Back-to-School shopping already got started while I was still in school. Come on guys, sweaters in July? That sounds like the worst idea ever. Forget about your composition notebooks and have fun with these crayons, markers, and pencils: the kind you’ll probably actually look forward to shopping for.There’s something effortlessly cool about smudging on your makeup with these cool formulas. You can throw these portable “art supplies” in your bag and forget about them until your next on-the-go makeup disaster, and you’ll have all the tools you’ll need for reapplication. No brushes, no sponges, no cleanup. Sure, it’s the lazy beauty girl’s dream, but it’s also a lot of fun.


  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pacific: These eye pencils in every color you can imagine, (and even some that you can’t) so you would actually have a 64-pack of Crayolas if you collected them all. Easy to use as either a funky eyeliner or bright eyeshadow, every beauty junkie should have at least one.
  • NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Calabria: This particular shade works miracles, because it’s soft enough to use as an everyday neutral, but you can clearly layer it on for an edgier look. There are lip formulas, if you’re looking for some glide-on color.
  • Mary Kay Weekender Eye Pencil in Classic Navy: It’s an eyeliner and a shadow that you’d actually want to wear both ways. Enough said.


  • Mally EverColor Long Wearing Shadow Stick in Bronze: This crayon is pretty much the inspiration for this whole piece, because using this stick is as close as you can get to applying your makeup with a crayon. You just smudge it around and forget about it- and it looks flawless all day.
  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon in Teal: It’s like those fat, nubby crayons you used in kindergarten. Looks like Teal is already gone, but you can follow the link to the classic black one.
  • Stila Smudge Crayon in Kitten: I was first introduced to this product as an eyeshadow base. It does that job excellently. But when I found out it came in other colors, I quickly realized its potential as liner, shadow, and highlighter.


  • mark. Kissink Lip Tintmarker in Berry: Okay, so. I first tried this out at a party. I put in on around 6pm, went out for a full night of eating, drinking, and laughing. Came home, took a shower, brushed my teeth, went to bed. It was still there in the morning. They aren’t kidding with the semi-permanent marker bit. I was almost wondering if I hadn’t gotten the good old Sharpie to the face (or, just my lips) at the party.
  • Pixi Lip Blush in Energy: Remember those scented markers that were all the rage in second grade? You know how you kind of (secretly)  wanted to eat them? This is as close as you can get. This color is really fun but not clownish. And it smells amazing.
  • NYX Super Skinny Eye Marker: Putting on liquid eyeliner is the demise of most well-meaning beauty beginners. This one is about as easy as writing your name with a pen. (If you still know how to do that, Internet.) There’s a wider “fat” marker also available from NYX, but I prefer this skinny one: you can get more detailed for winged tips and you can always go over the lines rather than worry about it being too heavy to begin with.

So, there you have it. Fun, colorful pencils, markers, and crayons that will make your inner second grader super jealous.

About Kristine Hope Kowalski

Kristine is a writer from New Jersey. When not quoting Tolstoy or catching up on her Twitter feed, she can be found watching iCarly or perusing the clearance racks at Bloomingdales.

2 comments on “Crayons, Markers, & Pencils: Not Your Back-to-School Supplies

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