Gel Liners – Are in the form of a regular pencil but is softer and gel-like with a degree of firmness for easy application. These pencils are applied easily without pulling or tugging of the delicate eye area. Once on, Gel liners have strong staying power which last throughout the day without a need to reapply or touch up yet are easily removed with a gentle eye makeup remover. These pencils are great for defining thin or thick lines around the eye. Gel Liners are excellent to use on the bottom of the eye beneath the lashes to further define without worrying about smudging.
Liquid Eye Liner - This particular liner is long lasting and gives a thicker and bolder line. Gone are the liquid eye liners which produced a thick dramatic line due to the bristled brush. The brushes are super thin and easy to use. Whatever your choice the line can be applied thick or thin. It is not advisable to use a Liquid Liner on the lower part of the eye unless you are very skillful and still there are so many other options to make this task easier like using a Powder Liner or Slim Line Pencil.
Powder Liners – These versatile liners are unique in that there is just the right amount of pigment color combined with pigmented powders for holding and lasting ability. Powder Liners has a sponge tip on one end allowing you to create a smoky effect when smudged with the sponge tip. Powder Liners creates a soft powdery line when swept across the lid close to the lashes. The sponge tip is also used to blend and diffuse color.
Automatic Pencils – Are color dense and long lasting. There is no need to sharpen the tip which is exposed as needed by turning the body of the liner to produce more pencil. Automatic Liners are deeper and richer in color with a firmer point which makes it an excellent eye liner opposed to others which can be used on the lids to color. Colors are usually in earthy tones of Brown, Black, Black Jade and beautiful Indigo.
Slim Liners – Comes in various colors and creates a thin soft line or a very deep intense dramatic line. Colors vary from soft to rich and intense. Slim Liners are softer and can be smudged with a sponge for a smoky look or to add subtle drama to a coordinating shadow.
White Liner Pencil – A white matte pencil used to brighten and whiten eyes. Used as a last step to a perfect eye makeup. This pencil should be used by all. Applied to the inner bottom corner of the eye very close to the lashes, it opens and brightens the eye without looking dramatic.
SHADOWS USED AS A LINER – Any matte shadow works well as a liner. (metallic or iridescent are too over powering and stark looking) Colors to use are matte browns, deep navy, moss green, dark purple and of course black. You will need a small soft round brush for easy application. Stroke the brush twice on the shadow and tap the excess on a tissue. Apply the color on the top lid and on the bottom. It’s best to do the top first which will get the most color and then the bottom which will get the least. Repeat the steps for the other eye.
FOR STAYING POWER – One can keep Liners from fading away by applying the Liner and then apply the shadow in the same color as the line directly over it. If the color becomes too deep gently smudge and blend with a sponge.
TOOLS TO USE – a sponge for blending a round small brush for Shadows applied as a Liner. For extra fine lines use a very thin Eye Liner Brush. This tool is great for beginners.
NATURAL LOOK - The best colors to use when creating a natural look are Soft Browns, Soft Black, Grays and Taupes. Use Powder Liners for a soft natural look.
DRAMATIC- Eyes can stand a stronger and deeper color like Indigo, Deep Grey and Black . Great pencils to use for this look are the Gel Liners, Liquid Liners and Slim Line or Automatic Pencils.
SMALL EYES - Are made to seem larger when a light shadow is applied on the lid and a liner in soft brown or taupe is applied very close to the lashes. On the outer corner of the eye use a deeper brown or black and extend the liner a little past the natural eye line. This gives a slightly wide eye illusion. Liner on the lower part of the eye is thinner but should meet with the top liner to complete the look in the softer shade of brown or taupe. Best Liners used for this job are the Powder Liners or Automatic Liners. If you are very handy a Liquid Liner applied very thinly on the top lid is great.
DROOPY LIDS – Use a liner that is soft colored like Powder Liners, Slim Line Liners.
These create softness without adding emphasis to the droopiness of the lid. Apply the Liner close to the lashes. If using a Liquid Liner, make sure the line is super thin and close to the lashes. This effect is great for an evening look.
LARGE ROUND EYES – Can take on a thicker and bolder line. Apply the line a little thicker than normal especially as you take the Liner to the end of the eye. The effect is like a soft wing at the end of the eye. Almost any Liner will work well to create this effect.
A word of caution when using a Liquid Liner you don’t want to over power an already prominent lid.
Any eye can take on a creative and unique look with proper application of a Liner.
All that is needed are the right tools, practice and patience.
Enjoy and make sure it’s FUN!
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