Colouring in: Cosmetic crayons
Forget brushes, sponges and wands. Summer’s crop of beauty crayons mean you can scribble your way to serious glamour in mere seconds. Lip, cheek and eye make-up is at its foolproof best in crayon and stick formations – allowing you to embrace your creative streak while simultaneous shaving time off your morning routine.
The perfect mix between a lipstick and a gloss, lip crayons go on smooth but also give a good amount of colour and shine. Burt’s Bees has just launched a range of lip crayons made from 100 per cent natural ingredients, such as shea butter and jojoba oil. Available in richly pigmented colours, such as Hawaiian Smoulder, a deep hibiscus pink, or Napa Vineyard, an on-trend wine red, these lip crayons are a perfect addition to any purse. If you’re looking to deliver an intense shot of colour to your pout, Lord & Berry’s 20100 Matte Crayon Lipstick in Cherry is a great option. This rich red shade has blue undertones, making it suitable for most complexions, and though it looks a bit like a lipliner, the crayon actually goes on super smoothly - like a gloss. Alternatively, Laura Geller’s Love Me Dew lip crayons are a juicy way to love your lips. Infused with Vitamin E, these chubby stick crayons come in a range of hues inspired by exotic locales, such as a deep pinky red called Cranberry Glaze and Dragon Fruit Sorbet, a hot pink.
From chunky sticks of creamy beige to twist-up crayons for easy smoky eyes, crayons formulas make doing eyeshadow on-the-go child’s play. Simply draw over the lid, slightly beyond the socket or along the lash line, gently smudging with a finger or a brush for an effortless look. Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Vanilla may look subtle, but actually gives a great hint of colour which doesn’t budge without the help of a heavy-duty cleanser. And Nars’ Velvet Shadow Sticks give high impact with a velvety matte finish too. Scribble your way to a seriously smouldering stare with deep grey shade Reykjavik, which glides seamlessly over lid and suits all skintones. Or opt for a subtler feel, gently sweeping the lids with Lord & Berry’s #REGLAM crayon eyeshadow in Backstage, a delicate bronze metallic.
Dewy and long-lasting, cream blushers are getting an upgrade to crayon format – making them by far the easiest and low maintenance way to get a pretty flush of colour this summer. For a fresh sheen of shimmer, Cover FX’s Enhance Click in Berry has a satin texture and impressive durability, while also delivering a rosy glow – definitely deserving of a place in every girl’s make-up bag. It can also be dabbed on brow bones and bow of the lips for chic strobing effect. Or cheat your way to a look of endless summer with Charlotte Tilbury’s Beach Stick in Formentera. This twist-up blush is a sun-kissed berry hue, inspired by exotic locales. Its light diffusing spheres distract from imperfections and make the complexion look radiant – what’s not to love?