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Crayola Tells People to Please Stop Using Colored Pencils as Eyeliner

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People have been using colored pencils as eyeliner, and Crayola is not happy about it.

Beauty bloggers have been recommending using colored pencils soaked in hot water as an eyeliner substitute, telling viewers that because the pencils are “nontoxic,” they are safe to use on your face to create a colorful eye look. But apparently that is not the case.

In a strongly worded statement posted on the company’s website, Crayola warned that colored pencils were not designed to use as eyeliner, and that there is no guarantee they are safe to use in that way. “Although our products are nontoxic, we do not recommend using them to make lipstick, eyeliner or other make-up and strongly discourage their use in this manner,” the company said. “They are not designed, tested or approved for this purpose.”

That means you’ll have to go to the drugstore to buy regular eyeliner, just like everyone else.

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