Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Beauty Discovered

Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Sharpen Your Eyeliners

Share your best tips and tricks for sharpening your eyeliners!  Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.

Temptalia’s Tips

  1. For really soft/creamy pencils, put them in the refrigerator or freezer to help them harden to minimize waste.
  2. Clean out your sharpener between uses so that colors don’t get mixed.
  3. Sharpen with sure, moderately fast turns of the eyeliner–don’t go too slow but don’t go too fast.

Thanks to Gweng for today’s question!

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28 thoughts on “How to Sharpen Your Eyeliners – Tips & Tricks

  1. Cat G

    I love my Pixi Eye Pens, they are amazing, but I am soo scared to sharpen then because they are so soft! I might have to try this freezing trick.

  2. The freezer trick is really good! I picked that one up from fellow beauty blogger Sunny a while ago :-)

  3. xamyx

    Start with a good sharpener. It may take some effort, and you may have to go through a few that don’t work out, but in the long-run, it’s worth it. A good sharpener doesn’t have to be too expensive, either; my HG is a double sharpener by L’Oreal, and was around $5-6 USD, and I’ve had it over 5 years. It shaves of the most minimal amount of pencil, and no tips have *ever* broken off in it. While a shapener can be found for under $1, I would stay away from those, as I’ve found those to just grind pencils down alot quicker, and get jammed with eyeliner, wasting alot more product.

    • Julie S

      Yes!! My favorite sharpeners are Estee Lauder for my skinny pencils, and a solid metal sanitizable dual jumbo/skinny sharpener from Prestige.

  4. Kgll

    The worst part of sharpening eye pencils is cleaning the actual sharpener. It messes with my mind when I try to remove all of that smearing gunk from it. I would prefer to not use a screwdriver each time that I try to clean them. I wish that I could boil them clean.

    • Leila

      Maybe try a toothpick? The Urban Decay one has a plastic pick with it to scrape off the gunk but your could just use a regular toothpick.

      For my art pencils, I always use an all-metal sharpener, it’s what’s advised and I’ve always loved them the best. You can go to an art shop to find them. Decently priced. Oh and German pencils and sharpeners are the best.

      • KGLL

        Thank you for the suggestions! I will try these!

        • LBH

          I want to thank you also!

        • Leila

          You’re welcome :)

          Also, like KaseyCannuck below me added, after scraping off the gunk, use a makeup remover or rubbing alcohol to sanitize. Scraping everything off first though, means you have an easier time sanitizing.

          Of course if you buy an all-metal sharpener, you can dump it in boiling water for sanitizing (again after scraping everything off).

    • KaseyCannuck

      I use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to wipe down the blade and wash out the gunk.

  5. Roo

    Every good sharpener I’ve tried was made in Germany or Japan. Those countries also make the best pencils.

    I rarely need to clean mine because it’s so well-designed that it doesn’t hold gunk. When I do want to clean it, I dip a cotton swab in makeup remover.

  6. furandlace

    LOL I think the real question is…how to clean your sharpeners – tips and tricks!!

  7. Elizabeth

    My favorite sharpener is the Urban Decay Grind House Sharpener – works perfectly every time for all the pencils I own (not just for the UD liners). It’s also great because it accomodates two different size pencils.

    • Karen

      Me too! I used cheap drug store sharpeners for years until I discovered the UD Grindhouse – I’ll never go back!

  8. Hollie H

    Don’t buy cheap sharpeners. I ruined more pencils on them. My new favorite is the UD one. Two cranks and you have a perfectly sharpened pencil.

  9. Claudia Costa Manso de Souza

    I usuallu freeze them for 2 hours. After that I can easily sharpen my eyeliners and lip pencils.

  10. Moonchime

    Always use a great sharpener for your eyeliner and lipliner pencils. Many posters have mentioned the Grind House sharpener sold by Urban Decay. There is an even better one that is less expensive on the market though. They are sold at Sally Beauty Supply throughout the USA. You can even order them online. They are made in Germany and the brand name is “Beautique.” They are made of silver metal. I have two. One cost me $3 and the other cost me $4, at different times. I don’t know if the price went up, or if the first time I bought one it was at a sale price. You can find them near the checkout at any Sally Beauty Supply store–or just ask one of the Sales people when you go inside. They know what you are asking for and will point you in the right direction. The Beautique sharpener has two hole sizes to sharpen both regular sized liner pencils, and a larger size to sharpen chubby pencils.

  11. I recently got the Too Faced Return of the Sexy Eye palette (super long name!) and the eyeliner pencil it came with was so soft that it smushed into my sharpner and just wouldn’t sharpen at all. I took some advice from this post and stuck it in the freezer, so hopefully that works out:)

  12. sara B

    Will sharpening help with an eyeliner pencil that seems to have dried out? I had this gorgeous blue eyeliner from BareEscentuals that used to be so creamy and now the color payoff is basically nothing. I don’t know what happened!

  13. ESSENCE Sharpener! It’s the same as the UD Grindhouse (I think UD might be changing the Grindhouse sharpener because I saw it on clearance recently, so it may be different in the near future). But yes it’s a few dollars and… well, I never thought a sharpeners could differ, but they do… I get SO much more from my soft pencil products using their sharpener than I used to with others