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Makeup Artist

KDM

Posts: 373

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

http://www.musingsofamuse.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Sephora-+-Pantone-Universe-Color-of-the-Year-Eyeliner-Tangerine-Tango-Twist-Sephora-Day-to-Night-Wear-Eyeliner-Sunburst-Swatches-4.jpg

It's "self sharpening," but I'd really prefer a sharper point on it. Unfortunately, the outside is a hard plastic.

Dec 31 12 01:25 pm Link

Artist/Painter

MainePaintah

Posts: 1782

Saco, Maine, US

I am an artist with hundreds of pencils, some normal, some bizarre!

If the point on you pencil does not come out any further from the plastic shell, but you want a super fine point on it, I would take some really fine sand paper and gently rub  the pencil on the sandpaper, while turning it around.

If you can get more of the pencil to come out of the hard plastic, then I think a good "art" crayon sharpener would do the trick.

Let me know how you made out.

Dec 31 12 01:32 pm Link

Digital Artist

Platinum Dust

Posts: 106

San Francisco, California, US

Another option might be to take a small knife or blade and sharpen it by hand.

Dec 31 12 01:59 pm Link

Body Painter

Lisa Berczel

Posts: 3998

Corona, California, US

IMO - I wouldn't use sand paper.
1) Paper will fill in with product and be useless.
2) Sand can come off paper and lodge into the pencil - potentially scratching the delicate eye or lip skin.

I agree with using an exacto blade to shave the pencil tip. It takes practice - you don't necessarily use the knife to carve, whittle or cut the pencil. Rather draw the pencil across the blade edge to shave in a more controlled manner.

Dec 31 12 02:06 pm Link

Makeup Artist

KDM

Posts: 373

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Thanks for the tips everyone! I think I'll try the blade idea.

Dec 31 12 02:09 pm Link

Photographer

Daeda1us

Posts: 1067

Little Rock, Arkansas, US

MainePaintah wrote:
If the point on you pencil does not come out any further from the plastic shell, but you want a super fine point on it, I would take some really fine sand paper and gently rub  the pencil on the sandpaper, while turning it around.

This.

Dec 31 12 02:13 pm Link

Makeup Artist

KDM

Posts: 373

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

What about an emery board in lieu of sandpaper?

Dec 31 12 02:33 pm Link

Body Painter

Lisa Berczel

Posts: 3998

Corona, California, US

KDM wrote:
What about an emery board in lieu of sandpaper?

I'd go with a metal emery board - not *real* sand/grit - if everyone continues to be all about this technique with cosmetics.

No grit to fall off, and can be washed. Can't say that about traditional emery boards.

I've worked with a lot of sandpaper as an artist - for sharpening all kinds of art pencils/charcoal as well as automotive/motorcycle custom painting - and seen the damage that one stray piece of grit can do.

Depending on how soft the cosmetic pencil is, I've also used just a paper towl to sharpen a point. Just drag 'n twirls at a low angle. Sure, you waste product, but no more than any other form of sharpening.

Dec 31 12 02:40 pm Link

Photographer

Philipe

Posts: 5214

Pomona, California, US

Put your lip pencil in the freezer for a while to keep it from being too soft (not too long so they freeze, just so they are cool I do that when going on location when I know it will be hot, to help keep a sharp point), then use an edge of a scissor to sharpen it.. You don't need a blade, you can even use a pencil sharpener, just do one light twist on the tip. If its soft you can just use to finger tips to form a point..
I even use the side of a silver makeup pallet to sharpen and lipstick pencil just roll the pencil and pull back lightly to sharpen.

Dec 31 12 03:05 pm Link

Photographer

Michael Broughton

Posts: 2244

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

regular pencil sharpener with tape covering half the blade to protect the plastic tip.

Dec 31 12 03:17 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Carmen Make up and Hair

Posts: 321

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sephora brand and the new NARS eyeliners have sharpeners for their retractable pencils that pop off the bottom.  they're like little mini plastic sharpeners, they work really well.  You could buy one of those and keep it seperate. :]

Jan 01 13 10:02 pm Link

Photographer

Ken Marcus Studios

Posts: 8493

Los Angeles, California, US

Use a different pencil . . . One that is more appropriate to your needs.

KM

Jan 01 13 10:11 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Studio 7

Posts: 80

New York, New York, US

wittle

Jan 02 13 02:53 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Heather J M

Posts: 718

London, England, United Kingdom

Carmen Rachel MUA wrote:
Sephora brand and the new NARS eyeliners have sharpeners for their retractable pencils that pop off the bottom.  they're like little mini plastic sharpeners, they work really well.  You could buy one of those and keep it seperate. :]

^ what she said!

http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/nars-larger-than-life-eyeliner-pencil-sharpener.jpg

Jan 02 13 03:21 pm Link

Makeup Artist

KDM

Posts: 373

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Oh cool!^^^

Thanks for the many ideas! I used a metal nail file. It worked OK. I'd like to try the sharpener above. Maybe I'll buy another Sephora pencil for that purpose. Nars isn't in the budget right now.

Jan 03 13 06:33 am Link

Makeup Artist

Aaliyah I

Posts: 226

Stevenage, England, United Kingdom

Get a tissue and lay it on a flat hard surface and simply roll it to make a sharpened tip. I didn't like those type of pencils because of the sharpening issue until I learnt this trick. It works every time and works even better if the product isn't too soft.

Jan 03 13 01:58 pm Link

Makeup Artist

KDM

Posts: 373

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

I knew I came to the right place for advice! smile

Jan 04 13 06:38 am Link