Beauty on a Budget

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk

By Lauren Kelly, Assistant Editor

When it comes to eye makeup, few products are as versatile as the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in the colour Milk. An opaque, creamy white, the colour can be used simply as a white eye shadow pencil, but it is more commonly used as an eyeshadow primer and face highlighter. This makes this inexpensive product a very useful tool for your makeup arsenal.

As an eyeshadow primer, it can be drawn on and lightly blended for a bold base that greatly improves bright- and light-coloured eye-shadows. For a softer look, blend out the product more before applying your eyeshadow. I performed a test, comparing the eye pencil to popular eyeshadow primer Urban Decay Primer Potion. The shadows applied over Milk were both more vivid due to the white-toned base, and they had better staying power after a hot shower and by the end of the day. To brighten your eyes after you’ve applied your makeup, you can also use it on your waterline. This will help your eyes look wider, and more awake.

Another way to use Milk is as a highlighter. You can blend the product out to highlight your inner eyes, brows, cheekbones, nose ridge, cupid’s bow, and whatever else you would like to emphasize. It can even be applied over dark circles as a base for powder foundation. This will help counter act those bruised tones, and better hide them beneath concealer and/or foundation. As I said, this product is incredibly versatile!

You can find NYX products at London Drugs and Funk N Frost, and the Jumbo Eye Pencils sell for $6–7 each. If you like the formula, it also comes in over 20 other colours with a wide range of options. The deep, metallic red tones of Rust and Bronze are perfect colours for bold fall and winter looks, and the brown tones of French Fries and Sparkle Nude are great for neutral, everyday makeup.