Cigarette lighter + eyeliner pencil = most amazing eyeliner ever?

By Lynnie | February 9 2011 | 19 Comments


I didn’t even bother to read the full story about warming your eyeliner pencil with a lighter when I saw it on Bellasugar recently, because my eyes started to water when I saw the gist of it.

Thinking of “fire” and “eyes” in such close proximity will do that to a person, I guess. I could nearly smell the singed lashes.

A few days later, though, I randomly stumbled upon the same tip in a Yahoo Answer… and then came across it again last night on Make Up And Beauty Blog.

The whole thing was starting to feel a bit Truman Show; it seemed like time to investigate exactly what this mental-sounding procedure involved.

The idea, of course, is that warming any eyeliner pencil makes it more malleable and easier to use, and that a slightly softened nib won’t drag on skin but will give a smooth, intense line. Advocates of the lighter method (including Lucy Liu and make-up artist Scott Barnes, apparently) recommend rolling the nib of the pencil through the lighter flame for just two-to-three seconds and testing it on your arm to make sure it’s not too hot before using. Applying almost immediately – provided it’s cool enough – will gives the most intense, smudgeable line.

Now, I’ve heard of rubbing it between your fingertips, drawing it across the back of your hand, blasting it with a hairdryer, or leaving it on top of a radiator to do that job, but bringing a flame into the equation just seems like overkill.

I’ve got to be honest: this is one beauty tip that I just couldn’t bring myself to try it out.

Is lighting your liner something you’ve tried, or would you be tempted to give it a whirl?

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19 Replies to "Cigarette lighter + eyeliner pencil = most amazing eyeliner ever?"

  • Amelie says:

    I always do this! It is a bit dodgy though, wouldn’t recommend for early morning or drunken make-up application. The hairdryer method works just as good, its more hassle, but there’s less chance of looking like Marty Feldman when your done

  • jenny says:

    I actually do this for a really smokey look, it does work really well. The pencil is so soft and it gives a really gorgeous intense black look. The best pencil i found to do it on was the Lancome intense black kajal pencil (which is sadly discontinued) but it works really well on my MAC pencil too…you should so try it Lynnie, you will be so happy with the results

  • Catriona says:

    I’ve done this…..and nearly burned the house down! I held the pencil tip which was insanely hard in the flame and left it there for a few secs, tried it on my hand still too hard, back into the flame with the pencil started to burn and I dropped it into the bin full of nice flammable tissues and paper. Grr never again

  • Becky says:

    No don’t fancy this, it conjures up memories from when I once followed advice to warm up my eyelash curlers before using, after a blast of the hairdryer I applied directly to lash, and burned my eye lid…

  • Itouchedabee says:

    I do it as well, but not with a lighter, it is a candle lighter thingy mabob so it is a bit easier than a lighter. Because I can never get the eyeliner to stay on my waterline but it works with this trick.

  • Niamh says:

    I do something similar, but I ‘melt’ it by holding the nib of the pencil as close as possible to the bulb on my bedside lamp. It works!

  • Orlaith says:

    We used to do this all the time when we were younger..also with the lightbulb – there were always marks all over my bedside lamp lightbulb – the 80s were all about the eyeliner!! Had forgotten tho so thanks for the reminder x

  • Michele says:

    I always did this when I was younger (about 25 years ago … when dinosaurs roamed the earth)! The eyeliner pencils then were incredibly hard and would pull the eye out of your socket they dragged so much ;) It was a great way to soften everything up and get a great precise (water)line … oh the 80′s *sigh* … :-)

  • hel says:

    Becky……OUCH!!!!! I remember loads of girls doing this in school…plus ot was the go to excuse for havin a lighter…don’t smoke miss,it’s for me eyeliner! I was never brave enough,I just rolled it in my hands. I could be hard core…

  • the mirror says:

    Surely needing to do this this is a sign that the eyeliner is crappy or dried out and too old to use?! Though I like the idea of trying to melt a pencil in a club bathroom, and getting kicked out for doing something that looks a lot more suspicious (and downright weird!) than it is..:)

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