Eyeliner: Which Type Is Best for You?

Posted March 6, 2015 by in Beauty

I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly trying to find the perfect winged eyeliner for everyday wear. I own more types/brands than I’d even like to admit!

So instead of feeling guilty of my makeup hoarding, I’ll go through the pros and cons of each. Here we go!

Pencil Liner

I think this would be my least favorite liner. It’s clumsy, not very saturated, and smudges way too easily. I also hate having to sharpen it constantly to get a good thin line — it seems kind of wasteful.

That being said, it’s the best when you make a mistake. It’s a wonderful thing when you can take a clean q-tip and erase the horrible makeup line without having to completely start over. When I do use a pencil, I prefer NARS Larger Than Life because of its long wear.

Eyeliner: Which Type Is Best for You?

Liquid Liner

I’d consider this to be more of a love/hate type of liner. I think it best suits the makeup expert (aka not me). Waterproof liquid liner pen creates a beautiful saturated line with one application which is a dream. It takes a bit to dry.  Even if I’m lucky enough to get it right the first time, chances are I’ll blink or look up and smear it all over the place. It’s also really hard to correct any bad lines without looking like a raccoon. Maybe that’s just me though?

My favorite liquid is definitely Benefit’s Magic Ink. It has a really thin applicator and never clumps!

Eyeliner: Which Type Is Best for You?

Gel Liner

I think gel liner is a good mix of the first two. It has the precision of the liquid liner, with the forgiving nature of the pencil liner. I’d say I use gel liner the most but it’s definitely not perfect. It takes a few layers to get on a nice saturated line which is a bit frustrating.

I have to admit, I’m kind of a makeup snob but Maybelline’s Lasting Drama Gel Liner is amazing. It definitely beats out any of the “designer” brands out there and it’s super affordable. I’ve had mine for about three years now and I haven’t even finished half of it!

Budget friendly gel liner!

So what’s my favorite for my routine? I actually use a mix of gel and liquid. I use the gel to get the initial line, and use the liquid for the finishing touch. Especially if I’m going for a cat eye look.

What’s your eyeliner routine? Which type best suits you? Let me know in the comments below!



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  • Crissy March 6, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Gel liner is definitely #1 for me! Maybelline is the best budget friendly brand.

  • Heloísa Paiva March 8, 2015 at 1:02 AM

    I use both gel liner and the pencil, its hard to pick one, as it depends on the occasion. If I had to choose, I would go with the pencil!

    Helô, from Vestido do dia

  • Connie Wilson March 10, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    I have some products for each type–each has its uses, depending on the look you want. Pencil for daytime soft looks, set with a dark shadow. Nighttime liner, sometimes gel, sometimes liquid (sometimes a combination of both!). I find that the gel lasts best for me, but doesn’t quite have the sharp clean lines from the liquid.