Pros and Cons of the 4 Different Types of Eyeliners

Makeup makes the world go 'round… or something like that.

We live in a day and age where makeup is at an all-time high. From contouring, to stunning shadow shades to brilliant hues of lip products, we have everything at our fingertips. With that said, it can get pretty overwhelming walking through the aisles of Sephora and Ulta, especially when it comes to eyeliner.


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How do you know which is the best one? There are so many types to choose from that it becomes quite the daunting task. But fret not, because we're here to help.

Keep reading for the pros and cons of liquid, gel, kohl and pencil eyeliners:

Liquid Eyeliner

Pros:

– Blunt, sharp and accurate lines

– Speedy application

Cons:

– Sensitive texture

– Easily smudges during application

Our Pick—Lyda Beauty Bold Cat Eye Stamp: $24

We're seriously obsessed with this liquid eyeliner. If you're into cat eyes (like us) but struggle to create the perfect angle (also like us), this stamp is your savior.

 

Gel Eyeliner

Pros:

– Lasts all day

– Great for smudging and smokey eye

Cons:

– Can cause pre-mature wrinkles (since you likely have to pull on your eye)

– Lengthy application

Our Pick—Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner: $27

With more than 100,000 likes on Sephora, you know this bad boy is what dreams are made of. The creamy formula is highly pigmented and will last all day and night.


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Kohl Eyeliner

Pros:

– Great for smudging and smokey eye

– Perfect for a super dramatic look

Cons:

– Need to reapply throughout the day

– Have to re-sharpen after every few uses

Our Pick—Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl: $27

If you want a precision as easy as a liquid eyeliner with an additional intensity, you'll obsess over this product from Charlotte Tilbury. It glides on so smoothly you'll want to put it on again and again.


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Pencil Eyeliner

Pros:

– Great for makeup beginners

– Perfect for the upper and lower waterlines

Cons:

– Fades throughout the day

– Have to re-sharpen after every few uses

Our Pick—Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: $22

This will no doubt be our go-to pencil eyeliner for the rest of our lives. It has the smoothest formula, applies super easily and becomes matte after just 30 seconds, aka, ample time to blend it out if you so choose.


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