The Eye Pencil for Smudgier, Sexier Eyes

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We can all aspire to a Helen Mirren–worthy side-eye, but these velvet eye pencils from Urban Decay make it a little bit easier. A softer, silkier texture than the original 24/7 pencil, this is the eyeliner for people who want second-day eye makeup all day. It works like this: Take the pencil and press into the base of your lashes. Marvel at how easily and softly it deposits pigment. Notice how the Lure (a matte gray-charcoal) and Lush (a brown with rich undertones) especially complement eyes with brown undertones. Eight hours later, find that the eyeliner has slightly smudged in a Clémence Poésy–like way, so as to look softer and more lived-in rather than raccoon- or pandalike.

Urban Decay Velvet 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, $20 at Sephora.com

The Eye Pencil for Smudgier, Sexier Eyes