Just when you thought selecting a color was difficult enough, we also have the formulations to consider. The combination can be staggering! Let’s visit some of the basic eyeliner formulas and types.
- Pencil – The pencil type is usually the easiest to work with and the most straightforward to learn. The technique can vary widely, but it is basically a line of color against your lash line.
- Powder (loose or pressed) – Powders are also very easy to work with, in my opinion. Loose powders always have a higher risk of mess, regardless of whether it is an eyeshadow or a blush. They work similarly to the pencil, except that you can use them wet or dry.
- Creams and gels – Now we’re getting a little fancier. These usually come in tiny pots and are applied with a variety of brushes. This has recently become my go-to since I have been practicing my tight lining. I believe the best brush for applying these is a small square flat top brush so you can wiggle the color in between the lashes. That said, I still prefer to travel with a pencil since the cream/gel would have to go in my 3-1-1 and I also have to pack the brush.
- Liquid – If pencils are the freshman class (making powders the sophomores and gels / creams the juniors), this leaves liquid liners as the seniors of the school. I have yet to perfect using these without looking absolutely ridiculous. I can never get my two eyes even and end up with way too much as I try to even them out.
So if you are a novice, start with pencils. If you are ready to move up in the world, try one of the other formulas. Save the liquid liners for near-graduation!