Photo: Kevin Cremens

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When I was little, my piano teacher rewarded me for disciplined practicing with one of her ultrathin No. 2 pencils; I called them skinny pencils. I'm not sure why I loved them (because I was a skinny kid?), but they made writing more fun. So when the Clinique people stopped by to show me their new Skinny Sticks ($16.50;—superfine eyeliner pencils in nine easy-to-wear colors—I was more than a little eager to see whether the "skinny" magic lived on. It does. The fine tip (no sharpener needed) glides along smoothly, leaving a clean line of pigment that emphasizes and adds depth to your eyes. Another rewarding experience! — Val Monroe