Pencil, Gel, and Liquid Eyeliner: Which Is Right for You?

Whether you have a Western or Asian-looking face, you can emphasize your eyes with the help of a good ol’ eyeliner. It’s one of the most remarkable cosmetics you can apply to create a dramatic effect on your face. What’s more is that you can wear it on a daily basis—when going to work or hanging out with friends—or style it for special occasions.

Photo by Robert Couse-Baker via Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Robert Couse-Baker via Flickr Creative Commons

The big question is which type of eyeliner is more suitable for you. Don’t be overwhelmed by your choices and let this guide help you find the right one.

 

Pencil Eyeliner

As the name says, it’s a pencil that can give your eyes a smudgy and blurry effect. This type is advisable for beginners because it’s the easiest to manage. All you need is to draw on the lash line and waterline (the inner rim) of your eyes. Pencil eyeliners you can try are Majolica Majorca’s Cream Pencil Eyeliner, Urban Decay 24/7’s Glide-On Eye Pencil, or K-Pallette’s 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner.

Image by Melanie Tata via Flickr

Image by Melanie Tata via Flickr

The Pros:

  • It’s the most affordable type of eyeliner
  • It’s easier to find in different colors, such as white, blue, and green
  • It’s easy to apply and control
  • It can be an emergency eyebrow pencil

The Cons:

  • You need to bring a sharpener all the time (and clean it regularly)
  • If the sharpener doesn’t come with a container, you have to worry where to throw away the shavings
  • It can be pointy, especially when it’s newly sharpened, and could hurt your eyes
  • It may not last as long as other types of liners

 

Gel or Cream Eyeliner

This comes in either a pen-type or a pot with an angled or fine tip brush. Professional makeup artists often use these, but many women today are also applying it for everyday use. Try buying from brands like L’Oréal, Maybelline, Kate, or Tony Moly to get started.

Britney Spears (“Circus” Music Video Making Of) Image via Giphy

Britney Spears (“Circus” Music Video Making Of) Image via Giphy

The Pros:

  • No need to bring a sharpener—simply twist or dip the brush and apply
  • The pen-type is consistent and easy to apply, while the brush-type is creamy and easy to smudge for styling

The Cons:

  • The pen-type could break easily if you twist it too much, about 1/8 inch is enough for application
  • The brush-type can be difficult to apply, especially on yourself
  • It’s not as portable as the pen-type because when you lose either the pot or the brush, you can’t apply eyeliner anymore

 

Liquid Eyeliner

This works like mascara—it comes in a tube with a small brush that when you pull out has liquid on it. This may be the most difficult to apply, but can give you satisfying results. Some recommended liquid eyeliners are Revlon’s Skinny Liquid Liner, Dolly Wink’s Deep Black Liquid Eyeliner, and K-Palette’s 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Liquid Eyeliner.

Barbara Palvin (L'Oréal Paris ambassador) Image via Giphy

Barbara Palvin (L’Oréal Paris ambassador) Image via Giphy

The Pros:

  • It’s best for the eyelids, especially when trying to do a winged eyeliner
  • It helps make the eyelashes look thicker for a dramatic effect
  • Most types last all day and don’t need too much retouching or reapplication (if any)

The Cons:

  • Not good if your hands aren’t steady
  • You need lots of practice to apply it perfectly
  • It takes a few seconds to dry

 

Complete your getup with the eyeliner that best suits you. Whether you like a sleek or smoky style, knowing which works for your eye will create a dramatic effect and channel the look you’re going for.

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