When you think about it, why wouldn’t you swap your costly eyeliners for a pack of colour pencils that could do the same job?

It’s crazy to think of all the money that could have been saved had we just switched to a packet of colour pencils, right?


Though bloggers who are embracing the trend like Rachel Levin from Rclbeauty101 believe the trend has major merit, Crayola disagrees. In her Youtube tutorial, Levin is seen calling Crayola and asking if their products are safe to use on skin, and if it would be okay if some got into a child’s eye.

Though Crayola said that it was okay, as their products are non-toxic, Levin failed to tell Crayola what her intentions actually were with the pencils.

“Pencils are safe to use on your skin, your face because it’s not toxic,” Levin says in a video in which she calls Crayola customer service on speakerphone to confirm. “Companies literally make it so that little kids can eat it and be fine,” she adds.


However, Crayola have releaed a statement on their website that conflicts with the theory.

‘Although our products are nontoxic, we do not recommend using them to make eyeliner, lip stick or other make-up, and strongly discourage their use in this manner. The products were never intended to be used on the skin or face in this manner.
Make-up goes through specific and rigorous testing because it is intended to be used on the skin. Because they were never meant to be used as make-up, our colored pencils or crayons have not been tested in the same way and should not be used as a cosmetic. They are not designed, tested or approved for this purpose.’

Even the medical experts agree: “Even non-toxic ingredients can cause irritation around the eye,” says Dr. Mark Jacquot, O.D., clinical director at LensCrafters. “It’s like how you can eat a jalapeño pepper, but you wouldn’t want to put it in your eye.”

According to a report on Cosmopolitan, it all comes down to the bacteria-fighting preservatives, of which there are plenty in make-up products. However, art supplies aren’t held to the same standards – and you don’t even need to list ingredients on the label. Plus, dipping pencils in warm water creates an environment that bacteria just LOVES.

If you have been using Crayola pencils around your eyes, Dr. Jacquot says to get your eyes checked to be extra safe.

Video via Rclbeauty101 Youtube

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