There are so many different eyeliners out there to choose from. Choosing the right eyeliner is important. But before you choose your brand of eyeliner, you have to choose what the best eyeliner application method is for you. There are four basic types of eyeliner: Pencil, Liquid, Gel or Cream, and Cake. Each type of eyeliner has its own pros and cons.
Pencil liners are the easiest of the types of eyeliners to use. They are easier to control and are usually more subtle than the other types. Because of it’s ease of use, these types are the best eyeliners for beginners or those without a steady hand.
There are different types of Pencil eyeliners: Powder-based, Wax-Based, and Kohl.
Powder-based pencil liners are the best for beginners. They are the easiest to handle because the tips of powder-based pencil eyeliners are harder. They can create a beautifully defined, natural looking lines. However, they’re less pigmented and over sharpening the pencil can hurt your lid.
Wax-based pencil liners have a softer tip. The wax in the pencil makes application smoother so it’s more difficult to use than powder-based pencil eyeliners. These liners are more prone to smudging. However, being more prone to smudging is not always a bad thing. Wax-based pencil eyeliners can create beautiful smoky eyes.
Kohl is a soft powder that’s been used for centuries.
Kohl eyeliners glide on more softly and smoothly while imparting a high amount of pigment. It also smudges more easily than wax liners. However, it’s imprecise and more difficult to get a natural look when using this. Rather than use it for daytime events, school or office, It’s recommended for nights out.
Pros: Easiest to handle, More natural, good for beginners, good for creating smoky eyes.
Cons: Smudges more easily, difficult to create clean lines, Less pigment than the others, You need to sharpen it.
Liquid liners are one of the most difficult types or eyeliners to apply. You need a steady hand or else your lined eyes will look like a mess. Even though it’s more difficult, liquid eyeliners can give you fine, clean, sharp and defined lines as well as high pigment. Once you get used to applying it, liquid liners can be applied very quickly and they can easily create tapered lines, much like a brush stroke.
Liquid eyeliners usually come in a bottle with an applicator. The applicator can be either brush or felt tip. Felt-tips are generally easier to use than brush tips but it’s more difficult to apply over eyeshadow.
Pros: Sharp and intense lines, Water Resistant, Usually Smudge-proof, Convenient, Fast to apply once you get used to it, Dries Quickly
Cons: Difficult to apply for beginners (especially for brush tipped liquid liners), Does not last as long as Gel liners, Cannot create a smoky eye.