Gel, liquid and pencil eyeliners: How and when to use each

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  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Gel, liquid and pencil eyeliners: How and when to use each
Gel, liquid and pencil eyeliners: How and when to use each
Have you ever tried the dotted eyeliner trend only for your dot to turn into a smudged blob? Okay, maybe your skills could use some refining, but your makeup mishaps also come down to not knowing what eyeliner to use for which looks. Many girls think it’s perfectly fine to swap a gel liner for a pencil depending on what they grab out of their makeup bag first. Each has a specific purpose, and knowing what they are is the first step to achieving the look you’re after.

Gel Liner


What it is:
Gel is the smudgy cousin of liquid but is created to provide better control and a smooth glide when drawing lines. 

When to use it:
Use gel when you want better control of the thickness of your lines, and when you’re going for a heavy smoky eye. The smudge-like tendency actually works wonders when trying to achieve a darker look. 

How to apply:
For a thin line, begin in the middle of the top eyelid and work your way out, holding the liner horizontally. Fill in the inner corner with a thin pencil to finish off the look. For thicker lines, hold the liner vertically with the tip pointing towards the top of the lash line, working your way from the outside, in.

Liquid Liner


What it is:
Liquid liner comes in long tubes with a felt-tipped applicator or thick crayon-like applicators. They are the masters of precision and straight lines and are mainly used on the upper lash line. They’re long-lasting, dry quickly and have a good grip.

When to use it: 
Use liquid liners for accuracy of angles and straight lines when creating the cat eye. 

How to apply:
Start below the brow bone (at the outer corner) and draw the line down as you snake across, following the natural shape of your eye.     

Pencil Liner


What it is:
Pencils can be applied anywhere around the eye, but their specialty is the lower lash line. Pencil liners have created some iconic looks – such as the white waterline for brightening and eye-opening effects. 
  
When to use it: Use a pencil liner when you want a soft hint of colour along your bottom lashes, or a thin darker line along the upper lash line. 

How to apply:
For tightlining, gently pull your upper eyelid up and start lining from the outer corner of your eye. Colour along the line by swiping across in a swift forward motion. 

Stick to the right tools necessary for the job and you’ll become your very own makeup pro in no time! 
 

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