When I was in high school (back in the ’80s) we burned the tips of cheap wooden eyeliners and rolled the hot kohl on the inside rim of our eyes to get the deepest, darkest black eyeliner you could. (Not suggesting that!) When you’re a teenager, everything looks good, or so you think. We’re so much smarter now and when it comes eyeliners, we’ve got plenty to choose from. As a professional makeup artist, I confess that I rely heavily upon eyeliner to get various looks and highlight my client’s natural features. I’ve got so many eyeliners to choose from it’s hard to know sometimes which one to reach for.
When sorting out the eyeliners it is important to understand which is best for you. They are not all alike! Get to know these eyeliner types so you can choose which ones work best for you. Despite their brand name, shape and size, there are four types of eyeliner, the faithful pencil (my fav), liquid liner, cake liner and of course the ever popular gel eyeliner. Let’s look at these a little closer.
Sorting Out the Eyeliners: The Classic Pencil
Just to clarify here, pencils can come in a variety of tips but they all offer you one important thing-control. With a pencil you can distribute the product right where you want it. If you love a half or full smokey eye, you definitely need a pencil. Pencil tips like powder eyeliners give you a solid line whereas the kohl eyeliner is easy to smudge. Personally, I adore a wax eyeliner pencil because it is easy on the skin and rolls on perfectly every time. Just about everyone can successfully use this eyeliner pencil.
Sorting the Liners: So Gel-ly
Need an eyeliner that won’t melt away if you shed a few tears. Go for the gel! Gel eyeliners feel slightly damp going on but they dry quickly. If you like bold, bright eye makeup, you should try a gel liner. Keep in mind that gel products won’t simply wash away; you must use eye makeup remover to get it all off. (Perfect for matte eye makeup styles.)
Is Liquid Eyeliner Best for You?
Perky liquid eyeliners give the eyelids a clean, sharp line but you might need to practice a bit. In the beginning, you’ll have to take your time and draw slowly but after a few tries, you should be able to paint and go. Most liquid eyeliners come with a brush but if you don’t like the brush you can always try a smaller one. Eye makeup lovers must try the pen liquid eyeliner before calling it quits. This kind of eye makeup product dries faster and doesn’t smear like the brush variety. If you want a noticeable cat eye and only need the top lashes lined, try the liquid variety.
Let Me Wear Cake-Eyeliner!
When I work with my clients I don’t expose them to possible eye infections with eyeliners. I almost always reach for the cake eyeliner. With a small, dampened brush tip I can get a multiplicity of eye makeup styles. You can use cake eyeliner wet or dry or a combination of both. (Wet on the top lashes and dry on the lower ones.) Surprisingly, it also stays put until you remove it with eye makeup remover. If you want to control the intensity of your eye makeup color, try the cake eyeliner.
Sorting out the eyeliners isn’t rocket science but it can be confusing if you are new to makeup. Get started with these suggestions.