Beauty Tips

Quick Guide To Eyeliner

So let’s talk eyeliner.  Starting out applying eyeliner was the bane of my existence and can still be a pain from time to time. Over the years I have received many questions about what liners to use how to apply them correctly.  The short answer, find a formula that works best for you take your time as you do it, and practice, often.  Today, I am sharing my favorite liners that I work with on a regular basis.
Liquid Liner 
Possibly the most challenging formula there is.  Liquid liner can look super sleek or can be a complete disaster.  With liquid liner, It is best to take single strokes as you move across the lid to get a more precise line. 
Once you have created your base, you can always add more to touch up where needed. Some good liquid liners to work with are NYX Vinyl Liquid Liner or Kat Von D Tattoo Liner because of their fine-tipped applicator.  I find that the pencil design of the Kat Von D Liner is easier to control.
Gel Liner
My absolute favorite formula.  Gel Liner is a lot more forgiving and you have more control over the product because of its thicker consistency.  Most gel liners come in a jar and require the use of a brush.  Some brands are packaging their gel liners in tubes making things a bit  easier for one step usage or if you’re on the go.  My trusty go to liner for years has been the MAC Fluidline (requires brush). Colourpop Cosmetics also has a great set of gel liners.
Pencil liner
I rarely use pencil liner around the eyes because it can react to your body temperature and in a few hours… dreaded raccoon eyes.  Also if you have super watery eyes, smudging under the eye is inevitable.  My remedy is to use long wearing eyeliner.  Pencil liner still has the potential to run, but not as much as a standard eye kohl.   I LOVE the Marc Jacobs Highlander Eye Gel Crayon. To be honest, it’s the only thing that works for me.  The formula is very creamy, applies smoothly, and stays put for hours. A bit of warning though, it will take some extra effort to get this liner off, but it’s totally worth it.
What’s your favorite eyeliner?
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  1. nickki

    Heading over from tonights #USblogger chat on Twitter! This is perfect for me I’m dying to get into eyeliner more!

    • Melanie

      Hi Nickki!

      Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed this post. A good eyeliner is hard to find and these are my faves. Let me know if you try one of the recommendations! I’ll be heading over to your blog soon!

  2. Constance

    I dunno if this is a silly question but do you ever use liquid or gel liner on the waterline?

    • Melanie

      I use to all the time. For a while it was the only product that would stay without running. Not sure how safe that was though. I found the Marc Jacobs liners, which works perfectly bur is a pain to get off. Worth the pain though.

  3. Marsha

    I rarely wear eyeliner onyou top lid anymore because it never seems to come out right for both eyes…usually just one lol. I have some gel liners you’ve inspired me to revisit. Thanks!

    • Melanie

      Hi Marsha! I totally get the struggle with liner on the top lid not coming out evenly. Which liners are you going to revisit?

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