Gel Eyeliner, Liquid Eyeliner, Pencil Eyeliner Or Just A Smudge Of Eye Shadow:

Brands may bring out ‘new and exciting’ ways to highlight your eyes, but one of these four is the base in almost every case and each one has its own unique strengths and weaknesses.

Choosing a liner isn’t just about ease of use – you can learn how to apply any one of them in away that is right for you after just a few days. But the four different‘styles’ of gel eyeliner or others  lend different effects to your eyes, from dramatic and striking to gentle framing and shadowing.

And there is your skin type to consider too – oiliness can determine whether your make up stays in place, or whether your smouldering look will melt away in the heat.

Eye Make Up And Sensitive Eyes

For tips on how to wear eye makeup without ending up with tears, soreness, or bloodshot eyes, see this article on Sensitive Eyes and Eye Make Up.

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Types Of Eyeliner –The Pros And Cons

Liquid Eyeliner

This is the primadonna of the world of eye make up, and demands a steady hand and nerves of steel to draw perfectly those Cleopatra lines around your eyes. Once it’s on it’s not coming off without a struggle and some make up remover, and it is for the bold look with a stunning outfit, not for casual Saturday afternoon jeans and shopping.

Liquid eyeliner should be flawless. It doesn’t ‘do’ that smudged and smoky look, and if you have any sharpness to your features it will accent them and can make someone look just that little bit ‘pointy’.

This kind of eyeliner best suits those with pristine complexions (or those that can create a pristine complexion with foundation and concealer!) and balanced, regular features – the rest of us, as well as envying you a little, might look better with an eyeliner that is a bit more forgiving and easier to apply.

Gel Eyeliner

The make up artist’s dream, gel eyeliner comes in a pot and is applied with a small brush. Gel can also be used to create bold lines and catlike eyes, but if you want something more subtle you will also be able to smudge those lines and work on it some more after you’ve applied it – at least for a few seconds until it sets in place.

Once you’ve mastered the techniques, gel is easy to apply, and like liquid eyeliner it can create very strong, dark lines.

Eyeliner Pencil(Kohl)

Kohl has been the stalwart of the make up bag ever since make up bags were invented. It is portable, easy to apply, and when applied properly it creates the very best‘smoky eyes’ look. Every woman who ever wears make up needs a kohl eyeliner pencil, and a good quality one will allow you to smudge it easily for the effect you want without rubbing off completely.

The kohl should be solid enough to draw fairly precise lines, but soft enough to glide on smoothly without dragging the skin.Most Kohl pencil eyeliners need to be reapplied a couple of times through the day, and unless you’re a make-up genius, it will never create perfect ‘cat’s eyes’ in the same way as liquid liners. But kohl is (relatively) cheap,cheerful, and beloved of make up wearers everywhere.

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Solid Gel Automatic Pencils – Best Waterproof Eyeliner Automatic Pencils

These are growing in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. The best Waterproof Eyeliner Automatic Pencils ones glide on and stay smudgable for about half a minute so that you can smear the harsh line if you want a softened look, and they dry to a long-lasting finish.

These are portable and more convenient than the gels that come in a pot and need an applicator brush

But they aren’t quite as quick and easy as kohl to apply.

If you do prefer a softer look, the ‘nib’ of the solid gel pen will never blunt to your own personal perfection like your favourite kohl pencil, but the pigments are usually darker, more vibrant and long-lasting.

Eyeliner Eye Shadow

For this, get a small, angled make up brush and dampen the bristles, then dip it in the eyeliner eye shadow powder colour you want to use and apply it along the lid-lines as you would other eyeliners.

This method can’t be used along the waterline area of your eyes, but it can create a wonderful effect around the edges. It can also be applied on top of liquid, gel or kohl lines to act as a ‘setting’ agent, or to give a more graduated and smouldering look.

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