One of my biggest pet peeves are pencil eyeliners that don't have with those firm little sponges at one end. It's a real shame that so many brands don't bother adding them to their packaging. I find myself carrying around an old liner (I know, yuck) that is almost gone, but has a tip topped with a sponge. One of the best ways to create an easy smoky eye is by blending and smudging an eye pencil. Here are a few of my top picks for sponge accessorized pencil eye liners.
Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil ($16) is a long-wearing eyeliner pencil that creates a really soft, yet defined look. To use it, just line your eyes and then use the spongey smudge tip to "smokify" your look. It's available in six colors, but I find that basic black and Espresso (a deep, blackish brown) are the best for everyday use.
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