Are you looking for a new eyeliner but aren’t sure which one to choose? There seem to be so many types, and the differences between them aren’t always clear. Read on to discover which one should be your next eyeliner purchase!
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Colour Pencil
Pencil:Pencil eyeliners are a staple for any makeup bag. Pencils are easy to use, easy to remove and in general, the most inexpensive of the liners. If you’re just starting out with eyeliner, definitely go for the pencil. You won’t get the crisp lines some of the other liners give you, but it’s much easier to control, create even eyes, blend in with eye-shadows and just generally learn the basics. Pencil liners come in a wide range of colours from almost every brand and are extremely portable.
(TIP: For a beginner makeup kit buy a black, white and a gold eyeliner (or another colour of your choice), you’ll be surprised how many makeup looks you can create with just these!)
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Crayon:Crayon eyeliners have only been on the market a few years, but are already extremely popular. Very similar to pencil liners, they’re great for beginners and quick makeup looks. They’re a tad more expensive than pencil liners, but the twist up feature allows more product to be used, and unlike pencil liners they often come with a sharpener inside. Super easy to control and remove like pencil liners but with more colour payoff and build-ability.
A more intense smokey eye
Makeup on the go
(TIP: Crayon liners do not last very long, use an eye shadow primer before you apply for longer lasting liner. Remember to keep it in your purse in case of emergency touch ups)
Felt Tip: Felt tip liners are liquid eyeliners in the form of a texta or felt tip pen. They’re a lot cheaper than liquid liners with the pot and brush, so great for people wanting to practice with or use on an everyday occasion, rather than a big event. They’re a bit easier to remove than other liquid liners, but you still need to be a confident cookie to apply these neatly. The lines are crisp and not appropriate for smokey eyes, but great for a small wing/cat eyes as long as you practice!
Small winged cat-eye
Pin up style eyes
Smooth liner looks
(TIP: Cheaper felt tip liners smudge very easily, it’s worth investing in a more expensive one if you don’t want to have to touch up a lot during the day)
Gel/Cream Liners: Mostly used by makeup artists, gel and cream liners come in a pot and are usually applied with a small, flat edged brush. These liners are extremely versatile, give great colour payoff and last for ages. They’re more expensive than many other eyeliner types, but they contain a lot more product. A lot of practice is required to properly apply this kind of liner, but if you make a mistake you can just turn it into a smokey eye!
Bold makeup looks
Almost any look you can think of!
(TIP: Gel/cream liners often include a brush, but if you’re wanting to explore all the possibilities of gel/cream liners try experimenting with different kinds of brushes. Watch makeup tutorials to see what brushes other people use)
Eye Of Horus Liquid Define
Liquid Liners: Liquid eyeliners are probably the hardest to control and hardest to remove but look fantastic when applied properly. It is the best type of liner for cat and wing eyes, and can have a shiny or matte finish depending on the type. Liquid liners are often applied with a tiny brush for maximum accuracy and clear, crisp lines. When applying liquid liner remember that it’s really just painting, you mustn’t rush it, and make sure you give it time to dry in-between coats.