Sep 11, 2012

Makeup Essentials: Eyeliners, Types, How to Use

My love for eyeliners started ever since someone told me lining my eyes made them look smaller!  Now, that might seem quite the opposite of what everyone hopes to achieve with eyeliners - making the eyes more prominent - but somehow, I still believe my a little liner goes a long way with making my eyes look tolerable...if not tolerably smaller!

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.

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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.

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Eyeliners Makeup Gel Liquid Pencil Powder What Different Types How To Pick Use Indian Beauty Blog Looks FOTD EOTD
Wearing MAC Fluidline Dark Diversion along the upper lash line.
Liquid or gel liners are best if you are looking for a long-lasting line (do look for a waterproof formula for humid climates).  It's always easier to get a perfect line if you draw it in short strokes along the lash line.  If you are not too confident about handling a brush, use a pencil liner dipped in the gel or liquid liner to draw the 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!

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Eyeliners Makeup Gel Liquid Pencil Powder What Different Types How To Pick Use Indian Beauty Blog Looks FOTD EOTD
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.
Pencil eyeliners also have the added advantage of being extremely travel friendly and don't need any extra brushes for application.  As an Indian who loves a koh-lined look, my favorite has to be the uber-black stay-put pencil eyeliner from Urban Decay - Perversion - and for a wallet-friendly smudge-proof eyeliner I would reach for the Avon Glmmersticks.

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.

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Eyeliners Makeup Gel Liquid Pencil Powder What Different Types How To Pick Use Indian Beauty Blog Looks FOTD EOTD
Black powder shadow applied with a thin angled brush along upper lash line and smudged along the lower.
If you are using a powder eyeshadow on it's own and not over another eyeshadow, then remember to always use a primer over your lids first so the shadow has something to hold on to.  This will keep the line from smudging or fading as the day wears on.

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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13 comments:

  1. Rads..am loving crosswires on u..such a detailed post on liners..perfect..my lov for gel liners wil never end..though I have been hoarding alot of pencils recently..:)

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  2. Thank you! I flip flop between every kind of eyeliner :D

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  3. I prefer d easiest way always.. Pencils :D

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    1. :D :D yayyyyy everyone seems to be just as lazy as I am :happydance: :D

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  4. You look lovely in all, Radhika :) What I want to know is your solution to dried gel liners, if any.

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    1. Shelf life of gel liners seem to be dependent on the brand - I have tried MAC and Maybelline, and the MAC one are still good to go while the newer Maybelline ones are all dried up and useless :(( So my methods don't really work all that well but keeping the lid tightly capped and storing the pot upside down apparently helps keep the liner from drying. If your gel liner has already dried up and you want to save it, you could try these two ideas (both of which I haven't tried) - blast the pot with a hair dryer on high heat to soften up the liner or buy something like Inglot's Duraline and add it to the liner to soften it up. Hope that helps :)

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  5. crosswires looks great on you!my favourites are gel liners..I can play around with them!pencil liners are for days when.I.don't.want.to.make.any.effort:p so just a little swipe on lower lash line and I am good to go!!

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    1. Thank you..I find it a little too bright for my coloring :D :P I hardly ever step out without a swipe on the lower lash line!

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  6. I use a cream liner for my waterline and to tightline and always use a black or dark brown powder eyeshadow to create a smudgy line for my upper lashline. I really like a soft look and hate how obvious and harsh liquid and gel liners look on me

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    1. Which cream liner do you use? I never use anything other than a pencil on my waterline..

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  7. omg..crosswires looks so pretty on you....I'm getting it next..
    btw, I like to use pencils most cuz I can smudge and soften them, but them..
    but I also like liquid liners and gel liners and powder shadows used as liners...it all depends what kind of look I'm aiming for :)

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    1. I find it a little too bright for my taste, but if you are lighter than I am it should look awesome on you :) Me too..reach for pencils first but if I have the time then I like to play around with more options :D

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