We know approaching makeup for the first time can be a bit overwhelming, especially due to the variety of makeup products on the shelves these days. Eyeliner is definitely one of the hardest to choose, with its many different application tools and textures.
That’s why we thought of helping you out and talking about all of the types of eyeliner out there in this week’s Beauty Basics. We’ve also included what each one is good for and our recommendations.
Good Ol’ Pencil
Let’s be honest, it’s hard to find many people nowadays who still use an eye pencil to draw their eyeliner. Pencils are unreliable, easy to smudge around and don’t really deliver that feline look most people want.
However, we can still appreciate an eye pencil for specific looks. Because of their natural predisposition to smudge, pencils are key to the perfect smoky eye. And the best part is that there’s no mistake to be made, as you’re not going for a straight looking line. Just smudge any error away!
Felt tip pen
One of the most common eyeliners is the felt tip pen. It’s the easiest option for beginners, as it feels like you’re literally drawing on your eyelid. It’s also very easy to find, as almost every makeup brand has one.
However, there are a few downsides of using a felt tip pen as your eyeliner of choice: it takes forever to dry, it’s very easy to mess up and it may need a few coatings to stay on properly. However, we would argue it’s the best place to start experimenting with your eyeliner.
Liquid liner is the black sheep of all eyeliners. Legend has it that only the real pros can score the perfect wing using this volatile product.
Liquid liners come with their own brush, usually very small and very hard to handle, and it requires precise strokes. It’s the easiest to mess up, as soon as you make a mistake the deal is done, and you’ll need to start from the beginning. You’ll need a strong, delicate hand to apply it, plus a lot, a lot of patience. Approach at your own risk.
Gel eyeliner usually comes in a duo: a pot of product and its faithful angled brush. For the experts out there, you can also purchase separate pots and use your favourite brush to apply the eyeliner.
If you’re just approaching makeup and you have difficulties drawing small lines, we wouldn’t recommend trying gel eyeliner just yet. However, it’s the product that gives you the most freedom: you can use any brush you’d like, creating different shapes, angles and widths. Gel eyeliner is also the most long lasting and the smoothest to apply.
If you have any suggestions for topics you want us to cover, email us and we’ll be happy to talk about it next time!