Eyeliner pencils have been around for decades. I recall girls using cheap eyeliner pencils in middle school and high school, and many used lighters to heat up the tips to slightly melt the makeup before application. These wooden varieties were definitely much cheaper than the liquid eyeliner of the 80`s, but I never cared for wooden eyeliner pencils since the tips were hard and much more difficult to use. I did not like the idea of having to melt the eyeliner, and more often than not I ended up breaking the tip while trying to sharpen it to a point.
After whittling many eyeliner pencils down to almost nothing in an attempt to sharpen the tips, I eventually learned how to sharpen them without breaking the ends over and over again. These days I usually use twist-up Physician’s Formula or Avon brand eyeliner instead of wooden eyeliner pencils or the liquid variety, but I sometimes still use the pencils that must be sharpened when out of my favorite twist-up brands. Although eyeliner pencils have not seemed to change much over the years, I am able to sharpen the wooden varieties without continually breaking off the tips and eventually whittling them down to nothing.
Store them in the Freezer before Sharpening
How many times have you tried to sharpen an eyeliner pencil and had the tip break off repeatedly? In many cases, eyeliner pencils continually end up breaking because the makeup is too soft. The slightest nudge upon removal from the sharpener breaks off the tip, especially when stored in a warm location. They end up breaking on the first attempt when trying to sharpen it to a point, and this continues to happen until nothing is left to sharpen. This defeats the purpose of spending less when it ends up in the trash.
Instead of storing wooden liner pencils in a purse or makeup container, store them in the refrigerator or even the freezer before sharpening. This will help strengthen the tips, and when attempting to sharpen the pencils they will be less likely to begin breaking. Once you successfully sharpen the eyeliner pencils, they can be stored in another location where the material will soften enough to use.
Sharpening Makeup Pencils with the Right Sharpener
After I attempted to sharpen wooden eyeliner pencils and they continually ended up breaking, I finally purchased a special sharpener especially for makeup. I had been using an ordinary sharpener used to sharpen writing instruments, and they rarely worked to sharpen the makeup without breaking off the tips, even after storage in a refrigerator or freezer. Makeup sharpeners are just the right size, especially when purchased to sharpen a specific brand. Buy the brand of sharpener that is meant to sharpen a specific variety to achieve the best results.