What is the number one secret to getting bigger, brighter eyes? Eyeliner of course! What to do when there are SO many eyeliner types on the market? How do you know which type is best for you? It can be confusing and difficult for sure, so today I am doing an eyeliner guide! All black eyeliners of course so you can have smoldering eyes
For eyeliner there is a definite personal preference going on! Some like a natural look, while others like me, like a strong cat eye! There is no right or wrong look. Just know your preference so you can make eyeliner manageable for your life! There are 4 main types, the stick eyeliner, pencil, liquid, and gel/cream. I have examples of all types from the most expensive makeup I own (55.00), to 3.99 at Walgreens. Know that there are eyeliners at all pricepoints, from drugstore to luxury and the ones I have done for this post are just my favorites in the different categories.
Stick Eyeliner Strengths
-great for beginners
-most come with a twist up product so you never have to sharpen the product
-come in every color of the rainbow
-you can achieve a natural look or smudge it for a smokey look.
-the product only let’s you have SO much control of how thick/thin the line is. It depends on the diameter of the stick. Most of the time you can get a thin line, and will have to work harder for a thick line.
No matter the method to apply your eyeliner, it is always good to start off with pulling your eye taut gently. This creates an even surface for you to draw the line.
Pencil Eyeliner Strengths
-great for beginners!
-can come as cheap as 99 cents!
-you have the ultimate control of thickness with a pencil eyeliner.
-some come in creamier formulas now so they glide across the eye as smooth as the stick formula mentioned above.
-some that aren’t creamy can tug at the eye
-you have to sharpen them, the sharper the pencil is, the less tug on your eyelid! Remember eyelids are some of the thinnest of skin! Keep yours protected!
Liquid Eyeliner Strengths
-great at producing big, dramatic looks
-the easiest way to emphasize your eyes
-can last longer than the other formulas
-will not tug at your skin
-for those comfortable with eyeliner, it is the fastest way to apply
-takes lots and lots of practice!
-can be hard to remove when you are finished for the day
Authors note, this Tom Ford Eyeliner is the most expensive makeup I own. For me this purchase was 100 percent worth it because it has made liquid eyeliner so much easier for me. It is two sided with two high quality brushes of different sizes so I can create a perfect cat eye with it. Although I don’t need to justify spending $55.00 on a product, just know that I saved for this purchase, and I have a full time job with no kids. I don’t expect anyone else to HAVE to buy this eyeliner. I, in fact, am investigating cheaper dupes for us all, because this stuff is amazing.
Gel/Cream Eyeliner Strengths
-Stay on your lid the longest of the eyeliner types
-most gentle on your skin
-can achieve very dramatic looks
-never have to worry about sharpening/product breaking
-good for intermediate/advance makeup looks
-easier to remove (most of the time) than liquid
-need separate tools to apply, either a brush or another pencil eyeliner
-can dry out because they are in a pot
-not the most travel friendly
Too Faced Set Link
Cheaper Great Liquid Eyeliner Link http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod2830021
Wet N Wild Gel Eyeliner link
I hope this guide has been helpful! Please let me know if you want more detailed eyeliner tutorials! Also stay tuned for my 3D mascara tutorial! Have an Original Weekend!