Understanding Eyeliner

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  • Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Understanding Eyeliner
Understanding Eyeliner

Ahhh, the makeup wonder that is eyeliner – it’s something few women can live without! Bringing the drama and definition, it works to enhance and draw attention to your eyes. But even for those who are well versed in the art, shopping for the right eyeliner can be a challenge – but we’re here to help you understand each type. 


Wood Pencil

Using a wax formula, wood pencils work well to create a variety of looks, including smoky eyes and graphic lines. Maybelline’s Master Smoky Shadow-Pencil is an excellent liner and includes a smudger, so you can have the perfect blendable smoky eye in just two steps to really define your beautiful peepers.



Kohl has a long and distinguished history. This ancient cosmetic was once made of lead, but nowadays, manufacturers use unstructured carbon or organic charcoal combined with plant oils, nut soot, gum resins and seeds to produce the wonder product. Like the sound of it? Yves Saint Laurent’s Couture Kajal Eye Pencil is the perfect kohl product for you. Purchase it in one of four shades for an ultra-creamy, long-wearing liner that’s sure to set your look apart from the rest.



Typically packaged in a little pot, gel liner has a thick, creamy texture and requires a small brush in order to apply it. There are a number of excellent gel liners on the market, but given the choice, we’d opt for the silky Gel Liner and Smudger range available fromNYX Professional Makeup, which comes in seven colours, including a gorgeous, rich teal. 


Brush-Tip Liquid

Liquid liner first rose to popularity in the 1960s, and comes in a small bottle, accompanied by a small brush for application. Ideal for clean, precise lines, this type of liner is typically only applied to the top lash line due to its heavy appearance. We recommend the Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid from Urban Decay, available in no less than 20 different shades, for intense,bold lines.



Manufactured in small compacts, cake eyeliner is easily mistaken for a compressed eyeshadow at first glance. Cakes are applied using brushes and offer flexibility, meaning you can easily play with the thickness of the lines.  

Now you know more about eyeliner and all the options available to you. Remember, different eyeliners perform different functions. So, before you purchase any products, it’s important to identify your makeup goals. After taking this step, you’ll be able to make informed decisions and get the most out of the cosmetics you buy.


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