You might have 99 problems, but your Eye Liner won’t be one!

Wearing eyeliner is a great way to emphasise your eyes or to make a dramatic statement, it adds depth to your lashes and makes them appear fuller.   But what type of eyeliner is best for you, powder, pencil, gel or liquid?

Eye Shadow

Powder eye shadow works well as eyeliner as long as you use a small, fine-tip pointed brush so you can be precise. Using powder eye shadow as your eyeliner can achieve a softer look than you can with other types of liners. Use dry or wet for a more dramatic look.

Pros: Can be used as a setting agent for other liners, gives a more subtle, smouldering look.

Cons: Cannot be used along the water line area of the eye.


Pencil eyeliners tend to smear and smudge, unless you find a really good one that isn’t too creamy and a more powder like finish. Pencils tend to have the shortest wear time, so after using, apply a small amount of eye shadow over it to help keep it from smearing, this also helps the eyeliner last a lot longer.

Pros: Easy to apply, longer shelf life, recommended for beginners and they create a softer look.

Cons: Smudge easily, need to sharpen frequently and don’t create as defined of a look.


Gel or cream-to-powder eyeliners offer a rich, often dramatic colour payoff, however some people find this look too intense and you need a steady hand to apply. If you don’t find this to be a problem, then gel and cream eyeliners are an excellent way to go because they don’t smear, and are especially great for anyone with oily eyelids or for use in humid climates, plus they really last.

Pros: You can control the thickness of the line, it glides on smoothly and does not tug on lid, its long lasting and doesn’t smudge.

Cons: It dries quickly so any mistakes have to be fixed quick, takes a few times getting use to using a brush to apply eyeliner, and brush needs to washed after use.


Liquid eyeliner is the most dramatic and, typically, the most difficult to apply. It takes a steady hand, but it also offers the most precise and defined line. Look for liquid liner that comes with a thin, fine-point or felt-tip brush for impressive results. If you make a mistake with liquid liner it’s easy to remove it with a cotton bud.

Pros: Longer lasting once applied and creates a more defined and dramatic look.

Cons: Tricky to apply, needs a steady hand so requires practice

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