There’s a special place in my heart for fun, cheap eyeliner markers. Back in the day—pre-Stila and Kat Von D—I could only find bright eyeliner colors in beauty supply stores. Even now that I’ve got options (and access), I can’t really help myself when walking past Sally Beauty. It doesn’t help that I’m eyeshadow illiterate. A crease cut alludes me, but a cat eye is my jam. There’s an obvious downside to cheap eyeliner pens though: most of them are really smudgy. Budge-proof liner comes with a price that I’d rather not pay. Instead, I’ve mastered the art of the touch-up.
Makeup wipes were my go-to for years, but they can be irritating, especially if they get in your eyes, and you almost always lose a layer of foundation or hard-earned highlight when you go the wipe route. Makeup remover swabs are great if you have space in your purse for a box of them, but I’ve found that even the best ones require a bit too much rubbing. This fall, I found a third option that beats out both wipes and fancy Q-tips and works so well that I’ve been rolling in compliments on my “perfect” cat-eye abilities. While it’s nice that people think I’m extra-skilled with eyeliner, the truth is I’m not. I just keep a stash of Lashfood’s Chamomile Makeup Erasers in my makeup bags, totes, and purses.
Here’s how it works: the tip of the pen is made of charcoal. If you’ve ever worn a charcoal face mask you already know it has an uncanny ability to suck up dirt, and the same goes for this little makeup eraser. The formula inside the pen contains a lot of the same ingredients as the hardest working makeup wipes, but it’s infinitely easier to use. It’s more precise, there’s less waste, less mess, and doesn’t leave my eyes feeling irritated thanks to an infusion of chamomile.
It’s also great for when your lipstick feathers or migrates onto your chin after lunch and helps tone down brows if you go too hard when filling them in. It works just as well on bright colors as deep, dark pigments, and while it’s only available on the Lashfood website, for now, it’s well worth the $18 (think about it, that’s like three cheap eyeliners). The best part, honestly, is that these little pens fit right into my life, which is the whole point of beauty tools: they should make makeup easier and let you do you with minimal hassle. With this eraser, consider that mission accomplished.
Lashfood Chamomile Makeup Eraser Pen, $18, lashfood.com
-I Tried Eyeliner Stacking, and I’m Never Going Back
-This Dental Floss Eyeliner Trick Will Give You a Perfect Line Every Time
-11 Mistakes Holding You Back From a Perfect Cat Eye