Eyeliner 101

Hi friends! So, I am all about eyeliner. I can remember wearing the kohl liner my mom brought back from India as early as eight years old, which is not an exaggeration at all. I love how eyeliner can make your eyes look bigger. Adding various colors can enhance your natural eye color. To me, eyeliner really brings together a makeup look and it can be as basic as tightlining or as complicated as creating a power wing.

But I won't lie, eyeliner can be confusing at first. That's why I made a little guide with the 3 different kinds of eyeliner and how I use them. Hopefully you'll have learned a thing or two by the end of this! Let's get started.

DISCLAIMER!!! I am not sponsored by any brand or company to talk about any of the products mentioned below. I would not recommend a product I don't trust or have not personally used!

There are 3 types of eyeliner: pencil, gel, and liquid liner. Each has a different consistency and as you can see above, they each achieve a different kind of line. 

Pencil Liner - Beginner Mode

I absolutely love using pencil liner in my waterline and I think it's an absolute necessity in a makeup bag. Black eyeliner can be used on anyone and it is so versatile. The waterline is the lower part of the eyelid, right above your lower lashes. You can also use pencil liner to tightline as well as line your top lid. Personally, if I'm using pencil liner on my top lid, I like to keep the pencil pretty sharp so that the line can be as precise as possible. If I'm using it on the bottom rim, I prefer a duller pencil because the sharpness can be irritating to the eyes. The hardest part about pencil liner is finding one that won't give you raccoon eyes throughout the day, but I've found a few brands that haven't done me dirty.

Pencil liner comes in a ton of different shades which is why it is so easy to create really fun looks. Drugstore brands I recommend are NYX Cosmetics. They have a huge line of jumbo pencil liners that often are on sale at ULTA. Pretty much every mid-end to high-end brand has a diverse line of pencil liners as well, but I personally love Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. Every color I have used is extremely pigmented and the colors last way longer than any brand I've used so far. 

Gel Liner - Moderate Difficulty Mode 

Gel and cream liners generally come in a pot, though there are some exceptions (Benefit's They're Real! Push Up Liner). The pros of gel liner is that it's long lasting, super pigmented, hard to smudge AND you can create a variety of different thicknesses during application. Usually you need an angled eyeliner brush to apply it, which takes some time to get used to. I use gel eyeliner on my lid to create a smooth wing and on my waterline because gel eyeliner does not smudge at all. You can also use gel eyeliner to tightline if you aren't comfortable using a pencil.

I only started using gel liner a few months ago but I find that I can achieve a really easy wing because it is so much easier to outline a wing with it. Some brands that I recommend are Inglot Cosmetics Matte Collection AMC Eyeliner Gel, Wet 'n' Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner and Mac Fluidline. You can also get an angled eyeliner brush at Sephora. 

Liquid Liner - ****CHALLENGE MODE****

If you are ready to level up and take on a challenge, welcome to liquid liner. I think most people are afraid or intimidated by liquid liner because it's hard to correct if you make a mistake. Liquid liner is easier if you have a steady hand because many liquid liners are long lasting or waterproof formulas. Liquid liner also gives the sharpest line due to many of the tips being pointed. It stands out a lot better against eyeshadow because it is so pigmented. I use liquid liner for my top lid only, as using it anywhere else can cause a lot of teary eyes (never trying to use liquid liner in my waterline again). 

I really like long lasting eyeliners because I have a tendency to touch my eyes throughout the day and I would hate it if my liquid liner smudged in any way. I like Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and Kat Von D Tattoo Liner because they all have a stiff felt tip that allows me to achieve a thin line as well as a precise wing. 

Hopefully you learned a few things about eyeliner basics with this blog! If you don't know what tightlining or any of the fancy terms I've used so far, don't worry! I'll be making a video on application techniques and usage very soon. Peace out girl scouts!


  1. I love liquid and pencil! Gel is poopity scoop.

    1. I'm not a huge fan of gel personally but I will admit that it looks really good with eyeshadow! I just have to always clean my brush for it or else my lines are going to be tragic.

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