Lining your eyes requires an eyeliner pencil with a sharp point. If you don't regularly clean your eyeliner pencil sharpener, the residue buildup that occurs can make sharpening your pencils challenging. If you sharpen different colored pencils, dark-colored pencil residue can end up on the light-colored pencils and vice versa. To remove dirt, debris, bacteria and old eyeliner, take a few minutes to clean your pencil sharpener before each use.
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Open up your pencil sharpener if it has a compartment that catches the pencil residue. Empty the pencil shavings in the trash.
Remove any pencil residue from the sharpener. Lightly tap the sharpener on a hard surface with the opening face down. Use a toothpick along the outside of the sharpener blade to remove any pencil residue that won't come out.
Insert a cotton swab in the opening of the pencil sharpener, and slide it along the edges. This removes any color smudged on the inside of the sharpener. Use a fresh swab, and continue wiping the inside until the cotton swab comes clean.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a makeup remover pad; wipe it over the surface of the sharpener and the pencil shavings compartment. Dip a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol, and clean the inside of the pencil sharpener. As an alternative, dip a toothbrush into rubbing alcohol, and brush the pencil sharpener with it.
Use paper towels to dry the pencil sharpener, or set it aside so it can air-dry.