From the first shaky lines with a Lakme liner, I have tried and tested and grown to love liners in so many forms - and there's a whole lot of options available too - so here's a short guide on the various types of eyeliners and what's good about each.
Liquid/Gel Eyeliners: Liquid liners, as the name implies, are smooth liquids and usually come packed with a thin brush for application. While I started out with a classic black eyeliner, it was only while I was gathering products for this post I realized that I don't own even a single proper liquid eyeliner any more! I switched over to gel liners some time back and have just forgotten all about the liquid liner. Gel liners (MAC Fluidlines are perhaps the most famous) are creamy formulas that come in pots and are applied with a brush. There is something very classy about dipping the brush in the dark liquid and drawing a perfect, sharp, defined line, but over time I switched to gel liners which offer the option of going a tad softer with the line. They offer a slightly softer line than what you get with traditional liquid liners.
|Wearing MAC Fluidline Dark Diversion along the upper lash line.|
Pencil Eyeliners: These are my absolute favorites, especially the twist-up pencils which don't even need sharpening (though some come with sharpeners attached to one end). I would pick pencil liners for ease of application - it's as easy as writing with a pen or a pencil. A soft pencil liner is also the best choice for smudged, smoky looks. My favorite makeup look: Use a dark black pencil liner to tightline and along the lower waterline, curl lashes, and apply tons of mascara!
|Used Urban Decay Perversion along the waterline and to tightline. It's my go-to makeup for most days and is definitely the safest bet to pair with a brighter lipstick like MAC Crosswires.|
Powder shadows as liners: While a lot of brands have cake liners available which are specifically formulated powder eyeliners, a richly pigmented shadow on a moistened brush also works just as well as a liner. I opt for these when I want a very soft line close to my lashes just to define them a bit once I am done applying eyeshadow all over my lid. I find liquid liners a little too obvious and pencils tend to drag on the shadows. With a powder eyeshadow, I get the option of going from a hint of darkness (when used dry) near the lashes to a more defined line (use a sealant like Duraline by Inglot) if I want one.
|Black powder shadow applied with a thin angled brush along upper lash line and smudged along the lower.|
So, that was my way of using eyeliners. What about you - which type of eyeliner do you reach for the most?
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