Eyeliner is one of those basic beauty products that can be polarising. Women either “never leave the house without it,” or they rarely, if ever, wear it. There really isn’t an in between, and that’s because eyeliner is transformative. Similar to wearing lipstick, lining your eye can change your entire look. With the distinct ability to change your look with a flick of your wrist, eyeliners are both simple to use and complex to master. Furthermore, there are a lot of different kinds of eyeliners – pencil, liquid, gel, etc. If you’re like us, then sometimes, options can be confusing. So, here is a simple guide to help you choose the best eyeliner for any occasion.
The Best Casual Eyeliner
If you want to get a simple, natural look, stick with an Eye Pencil. They are by far the easiest type of eyeliner to use because we’ve been using pencils our entire lives. Pencil eyeliner is also very versatile. You can achieve different levels of line definition, depending on the sharpness of the tip. A great trick to remember when applying any eyeliner is to start from the outer corner of your eye, and work your way in. This may feel awkward at first, but it helps you control how much of your eye you want to line. It also ensures your line ends exactly where you want it to end. Pro Tip: If you have downturned eyes, you can rock a cat eye, but in the reverse. Use an eyeliner pencil to create the cat eye from the bottom lash line instead of the top.
The Best Day to Night Eyeliner
Our Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner is the perfect all-in-one liner! It resembles a kohl liner formula, so it starts as a cream but stays put like a mineral powder once dry. The great thing is, you can layer it, so when you want to take your simple daytime look to the next level, all you have to do is add a little more liner with the thin side of the built-in brush and smudge it out into a smoky eye look using the flat side.
The Best Sexy Eyeliner
Winged liner is arguably the sexiest eyeliner look, and for many it is the most difficult to achieve. We’ve all experienced uneven wings from time to time, but there are a few pro tricks that you can incorporate to make sure they are both winging in the same angle and at the same height. Simply use a folded tissue or something similar as your guide, and angle your wing in line with the natural curve direction of your lower lash line. Whether you want a subtle cat eye or a full-on wing, Liquid Eyeliner is the best product for this look. The fine brush and easy to apply formula goes on smooth and is long-lasting. Pro Tip: If you have a monolid a cat eye is a great look for you, and our Liquid Liner makes it so easy to achieve!
The Best Eyeliner for Work
For a simple tight-line that is perfect to sport at work, the Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner is key. Apply it using the Bent Liner Brush to get really close to your lash line. You can diffuse the line slightly using a Smudge Brush for a casual smoky eye that’s perfect for happy hour with your co-workers.
How-to create a classic winged eye liner using the Jelly Jar gel eyeliner
Prepare // Start by creating a marking point of where the highest point of the tail will end, this point will be on the outer corner of the eye and should be in line with a continuation of the lower lash line. Step 1 // Take Jelly Jar Gel Liner in Black and use the Bent Liner Brush to mark a tiny dot to use as your guideline, then line from the tip of that dot back to the centre of the top lash line, if there is a gap between the line and the lash line in the outer corner, fill it in with the gel liner. Step 2 // Next starting from the inner corner of the eye; apply the gel liner from the inner corner along the top lash line to join the liner in the centre of the lid. Be sure to keep the inner corner liner very thin by staying as close to the lash line as possible, that will also prevent there being any gaps in between the liner and your lashes. Correct // If you find that parts of the liner are a little uneven or jagged, use the same brush and wet it with your eye makeup remover, then use it to smooth over and clean up any areas so that your line is nice and smooth. TIP 1: Make sure your brush is in excellent condition, if your brush is splayed you will not achieve a clean and precise line. TIP 2: When lining the inner corner, always use the pointy tapered end of the brush to start on the inner corner and line outwards, when lining the outer corner use the pointy end and guide your brush along the lash line and line inwards. Positioning your brush on an angle so it hugs the curve of your eye lid, this will ensure a smooth effortless looking line.
Practice Makes Perfect
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Words and images by Gemma Watts @gemkwatts