Types of Eyeliners | Powder, Pencil, Gel, Liquid
In the past week, I have received a number of enquires from people regarding eyeliners – everything from how to choose the right one, to how to apply it without looking like a panda. With this in mind, I have put together a guide which will hopefully be of assistance to you. I have split it into two parts; this post (part 1) deals with the different types of eyeliners and part 2 outlines some of my favourite eyeliner application techniques.
1. EYESHADOW OR CAKE EYELINER
- Difficulty level: Easy
- Pros: Soft finish / suitable for mature skin / variety of colours.
- Cons: Fades the fastest / can smudge and become displaced easily / not water resistant.
- Caroline’s top tip: Apply your chosen eyeshadow colour using a small angled brush (like a MAC #266). Dip the brush in water beforehand for a more intense colour.
Soft browns, greys and khakis look great as eyeliners
2. PENCIL EYELINER
- Difficulty level: Easy.
- Pros: Easy/ versatile (you can do a sharp line or a soft smoky blended line) / variety of colours.
- Cons: Can fade, smudge and become displaced / not entirely water-resistant (even the waterproof ones).
- Caroline’s top tip: Sharpen the eyeliner pencil after every use.
3. GEL OR CREAM EYELINER
- Difficulty level: Medium.
- Pros: Clean, crisp finish / waterproof / doesn’t move or fade.
- Cons: Practice required / product can dry out quite quickly / expensive (good cream liners can cost €20, with a good brush costing nearly as much).
- Caroline’s top tip: Coat the bristles of the brush from root to tip with the product and then wipe the excess off on the rim of the gel pot/jar. This will enable maximum precision on application.
MAC Fluidline Gel Liner
MAC #266 Angled Liner Brush
4. LIQUID EYELINER
- Difficulty level: Hard.
Pros: Clean, crisp finish / great for creating dramatic looks.
- Cons: Hard to master / unsuitable for mature skin.
- Caroline’s Top Tip: Instead of using the wand that comes with the liner, use an angled liner brush (example pictured above), which I find is much easier to control. Make sure that you coat the brush hairs from root to tip for better results.
Caroline’s favourite liquid eyeliner: Benefit Magic Ink
In my next post, I will discuss my favourite eyeliner application techniques.