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This Pencil Makes Stephanie Look More Awake When She's Definitely Not

I've found an off-label use for it.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil, $23, available at Sephora. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil, $23, available at Sephora

As someone who requires about nine hours of sleep to feel well-rested (I know, ugh), I'm used to having to fake it fairly often. I've found that the two quickest ways to make my eyes look less red and bleary are a) to always carry around my favorite Rohto eye drops, and b) to rim my inner water line with the non-shimmery side of this pale, peachy pencil

Though it's technically a dual-ended highlighter meant to be traced beneath the brows for definition, it also works as well — if not better than — eyeliners created for the same purpose. The thick crayon has a texture that's soft but not too creamy that it just creates a smudgy mess or migrates into your tear duct as some other eye products can. It neutralizes redness in a way that looks natural and does so without irritating my rather sensitive eyes (which would, in turn, only lead to more redness).

If I'm looking really sleep-deprived or just going for a more made-up look than I normally wear, I'll blend a bit of the shimmery shade from the opposite end on the inner corners of my eyes and along my brow bones. It's no substitute for a full night's rest, but it goes a long way toward helping you fake it. 

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil, $23, available at Sephora.

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