Makeup Bag Essentials- Gel Eyeliner vs. Liquid Eyeliner

Eyeliner is an imporatnt finishing touch to your eye makeup. Eyeliner creates illusions. Eyeliner can give the illusion of thicker, fuller lashes and eyeliner can change the shape of your eyes. For example, those with smaller set eyes can apply liner to open the eyes and make them look bigger; for bigger eyes one can apply liner to make the eyes look smaller. If your eyes droop a bit at the outter corners, one can create a cat eye to give the illusion that the eyes are lifted. I like to think of eyeliner as a magic wand for the eyes. The possibilities are endless.

There are many types of eyeliner at your disposal. They all create different effects. The eyeliner you want depends on what you’re using it for.

Liquid eyeliner is a liquid texture. They come matte or shimmery. Even some matte liquid liners can show up a bit shiny and wet looking even after it dries. Liquid liners give a more sharp, precise line. Liquid liner gives the perfect flick for a cat eye  and the line is usually thinner, though the width of the line can be Made thicker. I like using black liquid liner to hide the strip of false lashes. Liquid liners are to be used on the upper lash lines only. I made the mistake of trying it on my lowder lash line and not only did it look crazy but it irritated the crap out of my eyes. Liquid liners are more opaque(not sheer) so they give a really dramatic look. I like liqiud liner because the brushes are usually easier to control and are smaller to create the desired line. I actually prefer liquid liner because they are easier to use, especially for beginners, and they are perfect for quick eyeliner application.

My liquid liner Picks: Makeup Forever Aqua Liners(reviewed here), Mac Penultimate liner( the felt tip applicator gives a nice precise line on the lid, doesn’t pull or tug at the lids and a good matte black that doesn’t dry shiny). None of these liners fade or crack off throughout the day and they aren’t runny. Mac Superslick Liquid Eyeliner.


Gel/Cream Liners are great for creating smokey eye looks and give a more intense look. Depending on the brand and color, these can be opaque but quite a few apply a bit on the sheer side and needs to be built up. The line isnt as precise as liquid liner can be but it comes pretty close. If not a perfect line it can be smudged out to your desire. You need a liner brush to apply these. They give good coverage and can be used on the upper and lower lash lines. These also works good alone as a cream eyeshadow and/or eyeshadow base to enhance the color of your powder shadows. The finish is a lot less shiny and isn’t runny. Even the gel liners with shimmer to them doesn’t always come out super shimmery like in liquid liners.

My gel/cream liner picks: Makeup Forever Aqua Black, Mac Fluidlines, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liners.


One thought on “Makeup Bag Essentials- Gel Eyeliner vs. Liquid Eyeliner

  1. Pingback: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner. | Tasagi Designs

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