6 Ways To Use Eyeshadow Sticks

I don’t have and I don’t want to have an enormous makeup collection, therefore I like to buy products, that can be used in multiple ways. In my opinion eyeshadow sticks are one of the most versatile products. I’ll mostly be talking about the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils, just because they’re affordable and come in a big variety of shades. But of course use whatever products are accessible to you.

All over the lid & on the waterline – Probably the usual way people use eyeshadow sticks. Just apply it on you lids and blend it with your fingers. Or use it for a pop of color on the waterline.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in Lavender and Rocky Mountain Green all over the lid and on the waterline (also used: Neve Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Quadrifoglio, Grass & Future)

Eyeshadow Base – Any kind of cream product will provide a great base for powder products to stick to, it can drastically increase the intensity of any powder eyeshadow you put on top. I guess the shade Milk is best known to work great as a base to brighten up colorful eyeshadows. But you can essential use any shade, that you think looks nice with the makeup look you want to create. I have also used Black Bean as a base for black shadow, or Pure Gold as a base for a simple golden smokey eye. It’s also interesting to use sheer shimmery eyeshadows on top of eyeshadow sticks, to transform the color completely, it gives a duochrome effect.

left: Yellow Eyeshadow with and without white base (NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk)
right: sheer blue and green shadow over NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust

Mascara – Coat a spooley with the product and comb through your lashes. I like to use a regular black mascara first to thicken my lashes first and then go in with the eyeshadow stick afterwards to spice up the look. Of course you could use it on your brows too, if you want.


NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pure Gold as mascara (really hard to capture on camera but looks pretty cool irl)

Liner – Coat a small angled brush in the product and draw it on, just like you would with a gel liner.


NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pots and Pans as winged liner

On your cheeks – Just because it’s marketed as an eye product, doesn’t mean you can’t use it on your face. I like to use the shade Lavender as a highlighter base and apply a very light champagne eyeshadow on top to create a purple highlight, which is really on trend right now. The shade Strawberry Milk could be used in the same way. On my skin it’s too dark to act as a highlight, though. I could use it as a very luminous blush, if I feel like it.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Lavender and Neve Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Etoile as highlighter

Lipstick – Because in most cases eyeshadow sticks are opaque and apply evenly, they can easily be used as a lipstick. Just a disclaimer, as far as I know, non of the eyeshadow sticks I own are marked as “lipsafe”. Of course I wouldn’t recommend using a product, that’s not approved for lip application for daily wear, but for a picture, a night out or a costume party it shouldn’t harm you.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean; p2 Eyeshadow Stick in #cool (LE) and MUR eyeshadow in Green Envy; NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust in combination with a nude lipstick

Hope you enjoyed this post, have a wonderful day.


4 thoughts on “6 Ways To Use Eyeshadow Sticks

  1. battyforbeauty says:

    These are some great ideas! I have a few NYX shadow sticks and they have so much product in them, but I usually just use them as a base or as an easy one-color shadow look. Some of my sticks still look practically brand new, it’s insane. The layering tip with other eyeshadows to make your own duochromes is great, I’ll definitely give that a go. The lip you did with Green Envy looks spectacular.

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