Different Types of Eyeliner Explained

gel, pencil, and liquid eyeliners

You have probably examined all the different types of eyeliner at your favorite beauty retailer, but have you stopped to really think about the benefits of each style? Just like you can get in a rut wearing your hair the same old way year after year, it’s easy to stay in the same lane with beauty products and beauty routines. Spend some time on Instagram or YouTube, though, and you’ll be blown away by the creativity and artistry of people like Nikkie de Jager of NikkieTutorials, and what they can achieve with eyeliner and eye makeup. Got some eye makeup #goals, or just want to branch out a little bit? Check out what each style of eyeliner does best, and try something new!

Pencil Eyeliner

Not that long ago, eyeliner pencils resembled the colored pencils you drew with as a kid. They were made of wood, and there wasn’t a lot of choice in the texture of the pencil and how it created a line along your lash. You had to sharpen them like the colored pencils at school to keep the tip sharp. All of that has changed. You can still find old-school pencils if you like them, but eye pencils in general have come a long way. They’re creamier. They now come in a mechanical style – a plastic cylinder with a retractable pencil, so you have more control and don’t waste any precious product. There are thick pencils, thin pencils, smudgeable pencils and no-smudge pencils. Waterproof pencils. A bigger range of color choices. Variety.

Wear false lashes? Eye pencils aren’t the best option for you. They can create too much tension along your lash line as you apply them, and some pencils contain oils which are incompatible with false lashes.

What is Tightlining? What’s the Best Eyeliner for Tightlining?

Tightlining is the process of applying eyeliner to the waterline – or the rim of your top eyelid, just below your lashes. Waterproof eye pencils are the best tool for this job, as they allow you to draw between each of your lash roots, and make a not-too-wet line under your lashes along the waterline. A waterproof pencil will dry quickly and stay dry in the moist area below your lashes. Liquid eyeliner is too wet for this job, and is more likely to seep into your eyes.

Like the softness of a smudged line? Some eye pencils come with small sponges on the other end for creating this look. They give you the flexibility to blend your liner into your shadow for a less-defined line.

Gel Eyeliner

Gel eyeliner has a texture somewhere between an eye pencil and a liquid eyeliner. The consistency is thicker than liquid liner, and it’s creamy like an eye pencil. Gel eyeliner comes in a little pot, and must be applied with a brush. For a look that stays in place and is less likely to smudge once its set than the average eye pencil, gel eyeliner is a great option. Because you use a brush to apply gel liner, you can make thick or thin lines, and you can even use the brush to smudge the line a bit before the liner dries into place. It can be used to make a little flick at the end, though for the perfect wing, a liquid eyeliner is more exacting. Gel eyeliner can also be used to tightline, but take care to keep brushes clean to avoid transferring harmful bacteria to this delicate area.

Liquid Eyeliner

For achieving more dramatic looks like a cat-eye or wing, a liquid eyeliner is the ideal tool. A good liquid liner goes on much more smoothly than a gel, and provides you with the precision you need to make the perfect cat eye. Check out this article in Cosmo for some genius eyeliner hacks!

BeautyGARDE Oil-Free Liquid Eyeliner

Fans of false lashes know that cleansing products and makeup with oil are a no-no when wearing falsies. The glue that binds your lash extensions and strip lashes to your natural lashes will dissolve when it comes into contact with oil. BeautyGARDE Oil-Free Liquid Eyeliner is false-lash friendly, and designed to do no harm to lash glues.

Don’t want to give up your favorite cat eye look after a new set of extensions? You don’t need to! Our unique, enlongated and flocked nib is narrow enough to give you professional precision for the perfect winged cat eye. BeautyGARDE Oil-Free Liquid Liner won’t smudge, and has built-in staying power, so it will last as long as you need it to.

For those with sensitivities, BeautyGARDE Oil-Free Liquid Liner is cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and gluten-free.

Eye Shadow as Eyeliner

When you want a smoky look and don’t want to be limited to the colors available in eye pencils, a wet brush and eye shadow can line your eyes in a pinch. Shadow doesn’t have the staying power of pencils, gels or liquid liners, though, so don’t expect it to last for long unless you put it under a waterproof pencil or other long-lasting liner. Shadow isn’t the best choice for tightlining or winged looks, either.

By all means, try a diversity of eyeliners to create different looks for day and night, or just to have fun and be creative.

BeautyGARDE Oil-Free Lash & Brow Shampoo

Tired of rubbing and scrubbing to remove your eye makeup? Look no further. BeautyGARDE Oil-Free Lash & Brow Shampoo comes with an innovative locking brush head, which gently works between your lashes to remove eyeliner and mascara without scrubbing or harming lash extensions. No more cotton balls or cotton pads. It safely removes eyebrow mascara, too, all without the scrubbing that can irritate the gentle tissue around your eyes. The charcoal-infused anti-microbial brush head draws bacteria from

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