Eyeliner...which one for you?


Hi Guys,

With so many different options of liner out there, choosing the right one can be overwhelming .

Which is best for a smokey eye? What do you use for a sophisticated, lashy style?How to oriented yourself in that jungle?

Here is a look at the products available and how each one can help you create the looksyou desire. Let’s get you educated!


Pencil eyeliner Pencils are a must-have for every makeup bag , the most use also. Used to achieve any look , pencils are easy to use and great for beginners and pros alike. Pencil liners allow you to line inside the eye, around the lash line, and can even be used as a base to intensify any eye shadow. They come in a variety of formulations ranging from typical wax formulas to traditional Kohl’s and, now, even long-wear waterproof options. The trick with pencils is to be sure you are choosing the formula that works in your environment and its placement in your makeup design. For inside the eye, my preference is Kohl or waterproof because both tend to be longer-wearing and more densely packed with pigment. Always be sure your pencil is sharpened and sanitary.

Liquid liners Liquid eyeliners are developed for use in movies, they were integral in the iconic makeup looks of the fifties and sixties. Liquid eyeliners are great for applying sophisticated cat eye looks. Highly pigmented, these liners can look less dimensional then other types and come off a little flat, but they can be combined with other formulations to achieve more dimensional looks. Liquid eyeliners require a more steady hand and precise application. For more control, try the options in a more modern pen style applicator. Another tip to make applying a bit easier; create the shape with taupe eye shadow first and trace right over it with your liquid.

Gel eyeliner here we are gel eyeliner vs traditional liquid eyeliner? In my opinion they are not interchangeable. They have their own properties and finishes. Liquid eyeliner can’t get enough of the immediately sharp line that liquid will make. Gel eyeliner tends to be more generous and pliable, allowing you to build your line to the desired amount of drama. Gel eyeliner can also be easier for those that are not as skilled in liner application. It allows for more versatility, and can be used to create crisp hard lines or less dramatic, smokey effects. Gels tend to be longer lasting and waterproof, but unlike a liquid, they require the use of an additional brush.

Cream liner tend not to have the durability or wear of the gel formula, but many artists consider cream liner and gel liner to be interchangeable.

Powder eyeliner offer endless possibilities and come in a variety of packages. They can be applied by choosing your favorite eye shadow and applying with a stiff angled brush (7) the way you would use any other liner. This allows you to employ an endless array of colors and textures to achieve any makeup you might wish to design. Powders are ideal for a smokey eye and tend to be long-lasting.

People have been wearing pigment on their eyes since the time of ancient Egypt, and there may be no makeup more powerful in creating an impactful look. In one immediate swoop, eyeliner can reshape an eye, adding depth and dimension...

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