From a simple black pencil to a metallic pot of gel, eyeliners have become as varied as your favourite lip product. Despite the variety out there, many of us still struggle to make a choice between liquid, gel, pencil or pen.
Here, our quick guide to understanding the different types of liners.
The most popular form of eyeliner, the pencil eyeliner resembles just that – a pencil. It comes in a vast variety of colours and must be sharpened regularly. Because of its texture, it can be applied to both the top and bottom lash lines, and smudges easily. As it is soft and blends nicely, it is not recommended if you want a precise line. We recommend OFRA Eyeliner and Elizabeth Arden Smokey Eyes Powder Pencil.
Similar to the pencil but more precise, the pen eyeliner resembles a felt-tip pen and draws a neat line. The tip draws a slightly wet line but it is less messy than a liquid liner, as it cannot drip or spill. It’s convenient to carry around and the easiest way of getting a neatly lined eye. Think along the lines of your favourite felt-tip black Koki pen and voilà! Try Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen or Essence Eyeliner Pen.
Considered the most tricky to apply, liquid eyeliner comes in a tube with a thin brush. It is bold and slick once applied, and the product of choice for popular looks like the cat eye and Egyptian-style eyeliner. Designed to be applied to the upper lash line, it requires a steady hand, but leaves you with a well-defined line that’s both modern and retro simultaneously. For a precise line, use NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner or Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner.
Popular with professional make-up artists, gel eyeliner usually comes in a small pot or jar and requires a thin or angled brush for application. It has a creamy texture and glides onto the skin easily. Many women prefer it because of its versatility – it can be used to draw a defined line, but smudges equally beautifully when you use it for a smokey eye. Our team loves Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner and Stila Smudge Pots.
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