What Makes a Good Eyeliner?

Eyeliners define your eyes and make it the epicenter of any good look.Even a subtle streak on a lash line makes a huge difference in what tyou’re going for. The curves, lines, and colors can be the finishing touches that take your look to the next level.

A good eyeliner should be easy to apply, glide effortlessly, have a variety of gorgeous colors, and last the whole day. Some things to look out for when choosing your liner:


  • Is it precise? Flexibility in the thickness of line which is more important for liquid liners since the shape of the tip can’t be altered. i tend to like liquid liner pens that have a soft brush tip opposed to a felt tip. My all time favorite is Physicians Formula 2-in-1 lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum. it can be found at any drug store for $9.99 or less!


  • Is it highly pigmented? The higher the pigmentation, the easier it is to produce the intended color, especially if it’s applied over primer and eyeshadow. It’s super disappointing to try an eyeliner that isnt pitch black or vibrant in color. It just makes everything look super dull.


  • How fast does it dry? You want it to dry fairly quickly after application, but is still easy to take off immediately if you make a mistake. I always keep a makeup wipe handy to try and correct my mistakes and i try to apply my eyeliner against something that has a sharp edge, like a business card or a tape guideline.


  • Does it smudge? No raccoon eyes please!!


  • Will it last all day? Obviously you don’t want your eyes melting off throughout the day and created a look that makes you appear to have been crying all day.


  • Does it come off easily with makeup remover? You don’t want to scrub your eyes too hard, it is the most sensitive part of you face! most waterproof eyelines will come off easier with a makeup remover like micellar water. My favorite is the Garnier Micellar water (the one with the blue cap removes waterproof makeup).


There are three main types of liners: pencil, gel, and liquid. Deciding on the right type is the most important part. After that, there are other factors to consider, like drugstore versus luxury brand, waterproof capabilities, and if the eyeliner is good for tightlining. I’m not one for tightlining since i wear contacts and have sensitive eyes but having a good kohl/gel pencil liner is great for this because it can help really create that smoldering look.


Pencils are the most standard type of eyeliner and come in different sizes and a range of colors. Pencil is available through the vast majority of cosmetic brands. They achieve a classic or natural look and are easy to smudge for a smoky or dramatic look. They are the easiest to apply when soft. Remember that old trick your mom used to do in the 80s? Where she’d heat the pencil liner with a liner? Running a dry, crumbly, pencil through the flames of a light for a few seconds will help heat up the wax and make the eyeliner softer and easier to apply. Pencil liners also don’t necessarily need you to have a steady hand. You can easily smoke out a mistak with your pencil liner or cover it up again with a bit more eyeshadow. The drying time is virtually zero so you’re ready to go as soon as it goes on!

Liquid eyeliners provide precise definition to the lash lines and are usually dispensed through a brush or felt-tip pen. They have ultra-precision and are great for winged and cat-eye looks. You can create defined lines and go over them with a matching colored eyeshadow to set it in place even faster. Graphic liners are super popular these days and these looks are acheived with a liquid liner and a whole lot of patience. At least there’s no sharpening required!

Finally, gel eyeliners lie somewhere between pencil and liquid eyeliners. They are smudgeable enough to look natural but can also be applied so the line is bold and defined. An eyeliner brush is needed to apply gel eyeliner, which is typically contained in a small pot. They are creamy for an easy glide, are excellent for waterlines and tightlining. Gel liners are also great for winged, cat-eye, and smoky-eye looks as well as natural looks. Kohl/Kajal eyeliners kind of fall into this catergory as all. They’re super creamy and smudgeable and come in a pencil form in case you dont want to fuss with a brush.

Ultimately, your eyeliner type is your choice and you can choose one favorite type or utilize all for differing looks! Reviews.com recently ranked the top liners that you use to help you make the decision! Comment below with what’s your favorite liner. Maybe I’ll give them a try! I’m always looking for new eyeliners.


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