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Eyeliner is a must when you are creating any type of look. Whether it be a dramatic smoky-eye or a subtle daytime application, eyeliner will help you achieve the perfect finish you are going for and can even be used to create artwork on the face and body. Whatever your makeup plans are, it’s crucial for you to understand the different types of eyeliner available before you begin applying.
Different Types of Eyeliner
Before you apply your eyeliner, you should know the different types of eyeliner you may end up working with. Each type has its own consistency and they are not all applied the same.
The gel pot eyeliner is a thick, creamy eyeliner that comes in a small pot usually packaged with a brush. This type of eyeliner allows you to control the amount you are working with when applying. Gel pot eyeliner can give you smooth clean lines and allows you to have precision.
When applied correctly, you can be sure to have a long-lasting look that won’t smudge.
It’s a great option for the perfect smoky-eye and will go on smoothly every time.
You must make sure to close the lid tight after application to avoid bacteria entering your eyeliner. Gel pot eyeliner tends to dry out easily so make sure to close it completely after each use.
Due to the consistency of this eyeliner, you must clean your brush regularly or you risk eye infections.
The gel pencil like the pot version is a creamy, thick eyeliner, but doesn’t require a brush for use. This makes it a more portable option when on-the-go but will still give you that same smooth application as the gel pot eyeliner.
Depending on which one you buy, most gel pencils will also be waterproof making it a great summertime option when you are more prone to sweating.
The gel pencil is also easily smudged making it a great option for a smoky-eye.
Gel pencils tend to be a bit duller than the pot version, but it can be easily fixed by setting with black eyeshadow (or whatever eyeshadow will match the eyeliner color you use!).
Applying a second layer of eyeliner can also help give you a bolder look, but be careful because each layer will thicken your lines.
The kohl pencil eyeliner is another great option for smoky-eyes and for your waterline. It’s my go-to for any daytime look due to its subtleness. Because of the thin application, it’s easy to have more control over than other types of eyeliner and you can build upon it for thickness.
You can also take a smudge brush and smudge pencil eyeliner easily to either enhance your smoky-eye or slightly dramatize your daytime look without going overboard.
For precise lines, you must sharpen your pencil frequently.
Some eyeliner pencils are easy to apply right out of the package while others can be a pain to work with (some seem dry and hard while others have an almost buttery texture).
If you end up with a pencil that doesn’t seem to adhere to your lid, you can fix this by slightly heating up the tip of your pencil with a lighter or over your stove top (learned this from watching my mother growing up!). This trick works wonders and will allow your liner to glide over your lid. But be careful, don’t hold the pencil over the flame too long or you risk melting your eyeliner! 2-3 seconds usually softens it perfectly.
Felt-Tip Liquid Eyeliner (Liquid Eyeliner Pen)
This is one of my favorite types of eyeliner. Especially when I am going for the perfect cat-eye. It’s great for when you want razor-sharp lines. This is a must for any type of eyeliner artwork such as the Egyptian-eye or winged-look.
You have a lot of control over the thickness of your lines due to the thin, pointed tip.
Using a liquid eyeliner pen becomes second-nature over time and gives you a lot of control and opportunity to create some awesome designs. But if you are new to using eyeliner, the felt-tip liquid eyeliner may be frustrating to work with at first because it’s easy to mess up if you’re not used to using it.
But don’t worry. If you are a newbie you can get the hang of it fast with the right knowledge. There are just a few things you need to know when using a liquid eyeliner pen.
- Felt-tip eyeliner needs time to dry. You need to give it a minute or two to set after applying so don’t mess with it! It will smudge easily. Once it’s dry, it will dry to a bold, matte finish and last all day.
- Make sure to use the tip of the pen when applying the original line and not the side. This will help you avoid too thick and harsh of lines. It will also save you the trouble of trying to remove mistakes because this type of eyeliner is hard to remove. Use the tip to create your original line then fill in your cat-eye and top of your lid with the side to make it thick in all the right places as fast as possible.
- Just remember: you can always add more, but taking away is hard!
Brush-Tip Liquid Eyeliner
The brush-tip liquid eyeliner comes in a bottle with a brush and resembles a bottle of nail polish.
It’s great for precision and cute artwork like its pen version. This is another type of eyeliner that gets easier with experience. Once you get the hang of it, the possibilities are endless.
I actually hated this type when I first started experimenting with eyeliner. I’d accidentally make my lines super thick and would smear it when I tried wiping it off. It ended in a mess, and I usually ended up leaving the house with no makeup because I was annoyed and not willing to try reapplying.
If you do make a mistake, let it set before taking it off to avoid all the smearing. Because trust me-it will smear when it smears. Letting it dry beforehand will save you from using all of your makeup remover wipes or cotton swabs.
Don’t fret though, because brush-tip liquid eyeliner is easy to remove.
Liquid eyeliner can also make your eyelashes look thicker, but keep in mind that this type of eyeliner will flake over time.
You will need a thin, flat brush to apply eyeshadow as an eyeliner. This type can be used as a setting powder over other eyeliners and to give you a bolder look. It’s also very easy to apply so it’s a great option for beginners. It will fade faster than other eyeliners and you will need to wet your brush before application for the eyeshadow to stick.
It’s a great option for a subtle daytime look or to make a bold statement at night. You usually have more color choices for less money as well if you have an eyeshadow palette!
This type will require precision and focus but is easily removed if mistakes do occur.
Which is your favorite eyeliner to use? What brands do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!