Pencils and Eyeliner
Choosing the Right Eyeliner: A Guide
Like almost every makeup product, the choice of eyeliner is primarily based on the desired result. Whether it's a felt-tip eyeliner, liquid eyeliner, gel eyeliner, or pencil eyeliner, each has its composition. To help you navigate eye makeup more clearly, here's what you need to know to choose the right eyeliner!
Presented in a small tube with its applicator brush, liquid eyeliner is the most commonly used by women. The +: Drawing with the brush attached to the cap allows for extreme precision. The liquid formula also ensures very good retention and a shiny result. The -: It's challenging to control the intensity of the usually very dark color. Liquid eyeliner also doesn't allow for playing with the thickness of the line. Therefore, you're limited to achieving a doe-eyed look or a classic line aligned with the upper lashes. Due to its liquid texture, forming the lower lashes is not possible. It also requires a steady hand because if the liquid coating is not applied properly, it's difficult to blend.
As the name suggests, it's an eyeliner with a felt applicator and, therefore, with a more or less thick, more or less long applicator soaked in pigments. The pros: the tip, which we prefer, if starting thick, if you're an expert, allows for impeccable layout and better control. Since the first pass of the felt-tip eyeliner, leveled with the upper lashes, the pigments dry and therefore do not cling to the eyelid. Other positives: the flawless line and the color intensity that is always top-notch, even at the end of the day. The -: Since the pigments dry quickly, it requires expertise, so it's not recommended for beginners. It's also noted that for composing the lower lashes, the felt-tip is not at all suitable.
This version of eyeliner is by far the favorite of professional makeup artists. Presented in a duo: a small jar + brush, there are different gel textures that you choose according to your preference: foam, cream, or gel. The pros: it's the delineated version that offers the most glamorous and sophisticated look. Since it's applied with a brush, you can easily play with the intensity of the color, as well as with the shape of the coating line you want to achieve. The brushes can also be different. You can choose a thin brush for a clean application or a wider brush for a uniform line from one corner of the eye to the other. The -: Applying a gel coating requires a certain skill that most beginners do not master. Another disadvantage is directly related to the format, as you need to take the product from the jar with a brush, it's difficult to calibrate the amount of product. Therefore, be careful with excess.
It is the best ally for beginners in eye makeup. The +: it is applied very easily, especially if you're the type with two left hands. If you're struggling, you can blur the coating line with a simple brush to give your line a smoky eye effect. The -: Unfortunately, pencil eyeliner does not hold up throughout the day. It tends to smudge or disappear. Also, remember to keep the pencil so that the tip is always well-sharpened to facilitate application. Durability is not really perfect with a pencil eyeliner.