|Eye pencils are especially important to sharpen.|
Cosmetic pencils or crayons are wonderful, especially for what they can do for beauty when you keep them sharp for the best application. Sharpening helps with drawing a better line, but it also serves another purpose–-getting rid of bacteria.
If you don’t regularly get rid of that growing colony of germs brewing on your cosmetic pencils or crayons, then you have a good chance of transferring them to your skin. The only sure way to protect your eyes, face and lips from developing an infection is to make a habit out of sanitizing your makeup pencil sharpener in order to give those pencils a fresh tip every three weeks.
So give your cosmetic pencils a quick twist or two in your sharpener before reusing them again. You won’t be wasting all that much in what is shaved off, but will be staying safe in the process.
In the case of retractable pencils or crayons, you still need to clean them just as often. However, you can wipe them with alcohol since they can’t be sharpened in the same way as other forms of cosmetic pencils or crayons.