Eyeliner is one of those things you probably don’t think about that much (except for trying to finally master the perfect winged eyeliner) but it’s actually pretty clutch. Winged eyeliner is everyone’s jam right now (and also the real reason your friends have been taking forever to get ready these days). But there’s way more to eyeliner than just that. Eyeliner, like concealer is one of the little things that can really set your face on fleek. Eyeliner helps your face look more vibrant and “awake”, not to mention nothing accentuates your eyes more.
There are millions of variations of eyeliners but they all can be categorized into one of three basic types: pencil, liquid, or gel.
Pencils are usually most girls first venture into the world of eyeliner. They can sharpen manually or automatic (I prefer automatic). While pencils probably seem like the most generic, all pencils are not the same. Overtime I’ve learned that while a drugstore and high end pencil may look identical, there’s a good chance that their quality is totally different. No matter where you decide to get your pencil from, look for ones with that have rich color pigment such as coal liners.
Liquid liner is near and dear to my heart. Of all my makeup this is one of my favorites. I started using liquid eyeliner almost as soon as I started wearing makeup. After years of practice I’m pretty good with “the flick of the wrist”, but I understand why it can seem intimidating when you’re just starting out. It’s one of those things that you think doesn’t really make a difference, but then you try it and realize how awesome it is. Out of all the types of liner, liquid gives the most precise and smooth application. Liquid liners come in either brush (think teeny-tiny paint brush) or felt tip form (think Sharpie). Personally I prefer the brush applicator but felt tip is easier for people new to liquid.
Gel liner also sometimes called cream liner usually comes in a little pot and needs a separate brush to apply it. Out of all the types of liner this one is probably the least popular but it’s actually really great. Gel eyeliner has a lot of the benefits of a liquid with the ease of a pencil. They tend to be really pigmented and easy to apply. The only drawback to this type of liner is that often the pot drys out before you’ve finished it and you have to carry a separate applicator.
– Line both your top and bottom eyelid
– Use liquid on the top but cream or pencil on the bottom to avoid having the liner run into your eyes.
– Line the bottom of your eyes or just the corner with white eyeliner to help you look more awake
– Try liners in different colors
Eyeliner is one of those things that you can and should experiment with different formulas and types.
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