First let me start by saying I’m no makeup artist, and I’m for darn certain no winged eyeliner pro. But a few things I know for sure is when I wear eyeliner, there are a few go to types and brands I prefer. And because I love them so much, why not share with you, my loyal (and favorite) readers.
We Be Gelling
First up is this Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, which I love for a precise look because it provides a bold liner look. You can create a strong line, cat eye, or winged liner with it. It’s applied with a brush, I use this Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush and I find it the easiest to apply. To apply, dip your brush into your gel pot and then trace your line on your lash line, using little strokes. Gel liner is long lasting, and often water proof, so if you make a mistake it’s a little harder to fix. But by dipping a cotton swab in a little makeup remover to clean up your line, your liner will be perfect.
Gel liners come in a range of great colors, to create as polished or as bold of a look as you’re desiring. Also, you must clean your brush directly after use, if not the gel will damage the brush and you will be forced to purchase another one.
Sharpen Your Pencil
Pencil eyeliner is fairly easy, I think because we’re use to holding pencils. They’re also easy to remove or correct if you make a mistake. There are two main pencil types, kohl and waterproof. I personally like waterproof liners, like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. It’s created with 50 percent moisturizing ingredients suspended in a sophisticated waterproof formula, this brilliant collection of eye essentials offers long-lasting color and a dreamy, creamy feel when applied.
Pencils are great for a softer looking eyeliner, like with a smokey eye. They are also great for smudging; there are so many possibilities with them. If you like a more natural look for your eyeliner, then a pencil is the right choice.
Looking to have the purrrfect cat eye, then liquid liner is your best bet. Liquid liner, like my favorite Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner requires a little more control of your hand and the wand. Liquid liners typically come out with a glossy or wet looking finish, although some are matte. I personally prefer a matte look to my eyeliner.
Most liquid liners are waterproof and don’t budge no matter how long you wear them, or how sweaty (or wet) you get. So if you’re headed out for a night of dancing this Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Liquid Eyeliner is the answer. They’re also great for wearing a winged liner or retro look.
I have a few tricks for liquid liner to make applying it a breeze. When you pull out the wand, blow on it lightly, to dry it just a bit. This will give you less product and more control. Use small strokes to apply your line, and go back to add more or make adjustments. Use a layering effect. If you make a mistake, fix it right away with a little makeup remover and cotton swab so the liner doesn’t set and become waterproof.
What are your favorite eyeliners? Do you have any applications tricks? Leave in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.