Eye Shadow Pencils

There’s nothing easy or convenient about a smoky eye--it requires brushes, layering shadows and liners, and plenty of eye makeup remover at the end of the night. But a new crop of creamy eye shadow sticks manages to deliver statement color with just a smudge of your finger. These (often chubby) pencils can serve as liner, shadow, or illuminator, are travel-friendly and, since they’re pencils, can be applied directly to your face. Smooth all around your lash line for a smoky look like Teresa Palmer or Selena Gomez, or create a simple bright line a la Elle Fanning--all without a brush. Golden colors, like Clinique’s Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes ($16) in Ample Amber or Mally’s Age Rebel Eyeshadow Stick Duo ($30) in Sugar easily double as highlighters on your cheeks, lips, and brow bone.

Our favorite shades range from Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28) in Forest to a vibrant, gold-flecked aqua from NYX (their Glam Shadow Stick ($5) in Enchanting Jade).