You know in movies when the woman wakes up in a naturally-lit room, with white flowy curtains, and she stretches and smiles, and she just seems totally rested and on cloud nine?
Well, in reality, we all wake up with dark circles, puffy eyes, and simply not looking as bright-eyed and beautiful as we know we are. Why can’t we just wake up absolutely flawless?
It’s true that the key to wakefulness and true natural beauty is having a good night’s sleep and being generally healthy, but sometimes all we need is a quick pick-me-up to lift those lovely eyes.
The answer? Eye brightening pencils. They are so easy to use and can be quite inexpensive. That’s why we decided to bring you the best eye brightener pencils that will rejuvenate your eyes and leave you feeling radiant every morning.
Best Eye Brightener Pencils Reviewed
1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil
Let’s start this list off with a popular brand amongst beauty gurus, MUAs, and every makeup lover in between — Anastasia Beverly Hills. This duo pencil comes with two different highlights on each pencil, one matte, and one shimmer.
The matte gives you a soft, subtle highlight, while the shimmer adds a little more pop for the days you wanna feel a little extra. The highlight is nice and creamy, so it’s very easy to blend.
But the best feature of this pencil is that it’s formulated with Vitamin E, so it’s a nice healthy little boost to give your eyes in the morning.
There are two different types of pencils available on Amazon: matte camille/sand shimmer and matte shell/lace shimmer. Reviewers love this product and we know that you’ll love it too.
2. jane iredale Highlighter Pencil
This double-sided highlighter gives you an instant boost with just a few strokes of the jumbo pencil. The aptly named pencil is known as Double Dazzle, with the two shades being a shiny gold and luxurious copper, which are universally flattering on everyone.
Not only can you use it on the inner corner of your eyes and under the brow bone, but you can also highlight the eyes and even your cheekbones. We love a product that can be used for multiple things — more bang for your buck!
Another pencil featuring Vitamin E, this is also infused with beeswax to help prevent bacteria (which we want absolutely none of near our eyes) and castor oil to soothe tired eyes. You’ll fall in love with the smooth, buttery feel after you glide it on.
3. Maybelline New York Lasting Drama Light Eyeliner
Maybelline is an all-star when it comes to drugstore makeup brands. Why? Because they deliver top quality products that instantly make you feel beautiful while keeping them affordable and available for all.
This eye pencil is one of my personal favorites because it is waterproof and does not smudge. It’s incredibly long-lasting and keeps your peepers popping with a shimmer and a glow.
You’ll be batting them lashes and showing off that little sparkle in your eyes with full confidence.
There are five different shades available to complement different skin tones: White Luster, Twinkle Black, Starlight Gold, Shiny Bronze, and Moonlight Purple.
The best part? You don’t have to take much time deciding which shade you’ll want because each one is budget-friendly, so you’ll be trying them all in no time.
4. NYX Professional Jumbo Eyeliner Pencil
Another drugstore fave, this NYX Jumbo Pencil is perfect for those who want to keep their morning routine simple but extremely effective. I always carry this pencil for an easy touch-up when my eyes need a little more brightness.
This comes in 24 different colors (our top five favorites are Cashmere, Pure Gold, Iced Mocha, Sparkle Nude, and Strawberry Milk) and you can use this as an eyeliner, highlighter, or eyeshadow, and each has just the perfect amount of shimmer. It glides on effortlessly with its creamy base and blends smoothly.
And if you’re looking for an affordable, cruelty-free product, then you’re in luck — all products by NYX are cruelty-free! With each pencil costing under 5 dollars, you can easily buy each one for the same price as one pencil from a high end, expensive brand.
5. Jolie Eyebrow Perfecting Brightener and Highlighter
You know how they say that the eyes are the windows to the soul? Well, I think that the eyebrows are key to framing your face and keeping the attention to your beautiful eyes (and your soul).
Jolie’s brow pencil is perfect for that quick highlight under the brow bone to lift your eyes and define the brows. It comes in four shimmery shades, including Champagne Beige, Champagne Pink, Matte Beige, and Matte Pink. The shades are subtle for those who want to keep a natural glow.
This product is tested by dermatologists to ensure that it’s safe for skin and around your sensitive eye area. The pencil is hypoallergenic, paraben-free, and is formulated with Vitamin C and beeswax to lock in moisture and to keep your eyes protected from any harsh environmental factors.
6. Benefit Cosmetics Eye Bright Pencil
This little pencil maybe a little on the pricey side, however, it’s effortless and redefines skin texture to give your eyes the best lift ever. Although this eye brightening pencil is only available as one shade on Amazon, you’ll be relieved since you won’t be overwhelmed with so many choices.
And with a higher price tag than the previous pencils we’ve mentioned, you’ll feel great that you don’t have to waste time trying to figure out the best shade for your skin tone because this works for every skin color. This soft, subtle pink hue instantly adds a playful radiance to your eyes and gives you a youthful glow.
This Eye Brightener Pencil is one of the top-rated eye pencils on Amazon, currently sitting at an outstanding 4.8 out of 5 stars. Reviewers all over the world love this and so will you!
7. Julep Waterproof Eyeshadow Stick
This product is the perfect carry-on to have in your makeup bag because it includes a small, spongey smudger brush on one end so that you can easily blend it without needing a makeup brush or using your fingers. We absolutely adore a product that provides the tool with it.
25 shades of glimmer, gold, and everything in between, this eyeshadow stick by Julep provides you with rich, long-lasting color and shimmer to lift those eyes. This creme-to-powder formula gives you intense color and pigmentation that is crease-proof. It is also formulated with nourishing Vitamin E and C for that little layer of protection.
With 25 amazing shades, which one do you even start with first? Well, we would recommend our favorite, Pearl Shimmer — it’s perfect for everyone!
8. ETUDE HOUSE Bling Bling Eye Stick
Last, but never least on our list, is this soft and creamy eye stick by ETUDE HOUSE. It contains some really powerful ingredients, such as beeswax, to help keep your eyes moist.
There are three lovely shades available: Ivory Babystar, Gold Star, and Babystar, so you can choose the one that works best for you. Or you can choose all three since they are so affordable.
Some reviewers say that this eye stick is so amazing that they don’t even need to use a primer. So, you can easily skip the eye primer in the morning if you are in a rush or if you’re feeling a little lazy (and that’s perfectly okay because we all have those days) and you’ll have the shimmer stay on all day long.
An eye brightening pencil is an absolute must-have for your makeup routine if you want to give your look an easy and instant lift in the morning. Just a quick swipe or two of the pencil and you’ll have wakeful eyes that say you are ready for anything that may come your way. It’s effortless and the perfect addition to your makeup bag if you want a little boost of confidence wherever you go.
What are you waiting for? Step up your beauty game and brighten up those gorgeous eyes with one of our favorite eye brightening pencils. Which one are you going to try first? Do you have some other favorites that we missed? Let us know in the comments.