Types of Eyeliners and How to Use Them

Eyeliners are probably the most important makeup item. They help in highlighting and defining the eyes.

  • Liquid eye-liners:

They come in two different types of application tips:
1. Brush: These eyeliners come in a bottle which has a brush applicator.
2. Felt or Pen: True to their name they are shaped like pen. They dry much faster than brush liquid liner and are much easy to use.

You need a steady hand, and should apply by brushing short strokes close to the lash line. Start at the middle of the eye, directly above the upper lashes, and SLOWLY brush across the lash line. Then, start at the inner part of the eye and continue to brush until you reach the middle of your eye that you began with.




  • Pencil Eye-Liner:

This is the most commonly used liner as it is very easy to manage and control. Pencil eyeliners are just like any other pencil that you sharpen when needed. To apply, you simply “draw” on the line close to your lashline. You DO need to look for ones that are ophthalmologist tested in order to prevent irritation in the eye.



  • Gel Eye-liner:

This liner is used more by professional makeup artists than the mainstream public, but it is becoming more common. Cream eyeliners generally come in a pot that you can dip an angled brush, fine tip brush, or even pencil eyeliner in to get the product out. It can even be used as a creamy base underneath eye shadows.


  • Eye-shadow as Eye-liner:

This is the fastest and easiest way to line your lashes. All you need is a stiff, angled brush or a pencil. To apply, simply dip your brush into the eye shadow of your choice and “draw” along the lash line. You CANNOT use this on your waterline- it will not stick, and it will really irritate your eyes. Eye shadow lining is great for a more subtle daytime look.


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