Here's Why Using Crayola For Eyeliner Is a Really Bad Idea

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Let's face it - maintaining a well-stocked collection of cosmetics gets expensive, so when an opportunity to cut corners on our beauty regimen costs presents itself, why not take it, right? Well, it depends.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with using a coupon to bring the price of your favorite mascara down a few bucks, or even switching to a cheaper brand when your budget takes a nosedive, but we can assure you without a doubt that using Crayola's colored pencils as eyeliner is a major substitution no-no.

Sure, they include a broad selection of colors, the pencils are super cheap compared to loading up on all the eyeliners in the color spectrum and the method is co-signed by a few YouTube beauty gurus, but trust us - this creative bargain totally isn't worth the health risks.

According to Cosmpolitan, this statement from Crayola pretty much sums it up:

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.

A couple of medical experts even weighed in on the matter, agreeing that even non-toxic ingredients can irritate the area around the eyes. They also noted that methods such as dipping the pencils in warm water before application could promote bacterial growth, which could in turn lead to allergic reactions, bacterial infections and even worse, loss of vision.

As creative and cost-effective as using Crayola pencils for eyeliners may sound, this is one beauty trend you should certainly pass on.

Guess we'll just have to focus all of our creativity on coming up with a damn good answer for this:

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