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Types of Eyeliner

Just when you think you have learnt all there is to learn about eyeliners, there is a new type of eyeliner launched in the market. If your internet search history is filled with questions like what is a gel eyeliner or how to apply liquid eyeliner, we are here with the answers you have been looking for! Continue reading to understand the different types of eyeliners and the pros and cons of each.

1. Pencil eyeliner

Probably one of the most commonly used eyeliner is the pencil eyeliner. If you have grown up outlining your eyes with kajal, you are ready to upgrade to the pencil eyeliner. Pencil eyeliners are quick and easy to use and master and are extremely beginner friendly. This type of eyeliner is usually creamy and effortlessly glides on your lash line and waterline. Some pencil eyeliners are like old school pencils that you need to sharpen to keep the tip sharp and precise while others are mechanical that you twist to pop the product out. The only downside of the sharpen-able pencil is that you need to sharpen it every time before use if you want to get precise lines. But when compared to its ease of use and longevity, the constant sharpening is a small price to pay!

The Maybelline Tattoo Studio Gel Eyeliner Pencil is a waterproof, smudge proof, sweat resistant, and fade resistant pencil eyeliner that delivers smooth strokes and intense colour and glides on seamlessly. The formula of this pencil eyeliner is Maybelline’s longest wearing eyeliner formula that lasts up to 36 hours! This pencil eyeliner is available in exciting colours like Deep Teal, Sparkling Silver, Rich Amethyst, and more. If you have never tried coloured eyeliner before, see how these colours will look on you with the Maybelline Virtual Try On tool. Upload a picture from your gallery or use the Live Camera option, and test out the different pencil eyeliner colours or other types of eyeliners and even other face makeup, eye makeup, and lip makeup products in real time.

2. Liquid eyeliner

Perfect for creating bold and dramatic looks, the liquid eyeliner gives you the most precision and helps you create well-defined thin lines. Liquid eyeliners are often the first choice for a variety of different eyeliner looks like winged eyeliner, graphic eyeliner, cat eyes, Egyptian eyes, etc. Liquid eyeliners are tricky to master and you need a very steady hand when creating delicate strokes. This type of eyeliner tends to dry quickly, so avoid using it for soft, smokey looks that need a smudged eyeliner effect. The brush tip liquid eyeliner is great for drawing ultra-precise lines that will last long. Most liquid eyeliners are available in either a matte or a glossy effect, so choose one that complements your overall makeup look. For example, the Maybelline Hyper Glossy Liquid Liner has a smudge-proof formula that delivers intense black colour with a high shine finish and stays glossy for up to 24 hours.

3. Pen eyeliner

If you want the look of a liquid eyeliner with the ease of a pencil eyeliner, the sketch pen eyeliner is just what you need! The fine tip of the pen eyeliner makes it easy to draw precise lines while the shape of a sketch pen makes it easy to use, even for absolute beginners. Felt tip pen eyeliners usually have a smear proof and smudge proof formula that makes for an error-free application. If you want flawless precision with dramatic and eye-catching intensity, try the Colossal Liner by Maybelline. The 0.44 mm flexi tip of this pen eyeliner ensures a quick and precise application. The long-lasting formula of the Colossal Liner dries quickly, making it one of the best matte black eyeliners for creating ultra-precise, sharp lines.

4. Gel eyeliner

Available in cute little pots with angled brushes, gel eyeliners might look intimidating at first but are fun to use once you learn to apply them correctly. Gel eyeliners are a makeup-lovers best friend as they are not only used to define the lash line but are also great for applying all over the lid as an eyeshadow base or smudging in the outer corner for a smokey eye makeup look. Gel eyeliners have a high wax content and are waterproof and budge-proof. By varying the thickness and angle of your eyeliner brush, you can create different eyeliner looks with the gel eyeliner. If you like the look of soft and smudged lines that are not as precise as the ones you would get with a liquid eyeliner, the gel eyeliner is the right choice for you. But just like liquid eyeliner, gel eyeliners too need a very steady hand and some practice before you can start creating intricate looks. Another thing to keep in mind with gel eyeliners is that they can dry out quickly, so remember to shut the lids tightly after every use. For long-lasting smudge proof lines that will stay up to 24 hours, try the Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner by Maybelline. The waterproof oil-free gel eyeliner glides on smoothly and delivers intense black colour that lasts all day.

5. Eyeshadow as eyeliner

Well, this is not really a type of eyeliner but actually an eyeliner hack! Using eyeshadow as an eyeliner is a quick and easy way to create smudged and soft lines that you can layer to build intensity. Using colourful eyeshadow as eyeliner on your lash line is also a fun (and pocket-friendly!) way of trying out coloured eyeliner without buying a new one every time. Simply pick your favourite eyeshadow shade from any palette, dip an angled brush in the pan, and draw a line across your lash line – and there you have it, a coloured eyeliner look without any coloured liner! For example, dip into a pink eyeshadow shade from the Maybelline Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette to create a soft, daytime pink eyeliner look. The downside of shadow liners is that they are not as long-lasting as liquid or gel liners and can easily smudge or fade away.

Now that you know what type of eyeliner is perfect for your desired eye look and your skills, here is how to apply eyeliner to suit your eye shape.

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