There are four most common types of eye liners – pencil, liquid, and fluid. I will go through the pros and cons of each of them below.
Pencil_linerThis is the stuff you used back when you were in your teens and first started to experiment with makeup. It’s easy to use and can be manipulated to produce lots of different effects. For example, you can create a daytime look by applying clean lines, or you can create an evening look by smudging it for the smoky eye effect. You can use it on both your upper and lower lash line, and they usually come in a wide variety of colours. I find they also last pretty long too, you can use it even if it’s just down to the last stub. The only problem is that they tend to smudge (especially during summer when we sweat more) but a trick to prevent that is to apply a neutral shade shadow below your lower lash line to absorb the oil and/or sweat. I also tend to avoid black pencil liners and go for espresso or dark plum shades, simply because I find the black to be fairly overwhelming and tends to create a Goth-ish look.
LiquideyelinerLiquid liners are used when you want a dramatic effect, because the colours pigments are fairly intense. But that doesn’t mean they cannot be used for a daytime effect.
Liquid liners are either brush-tipped or soft or hard felt-tipped. I personally prefer the felt-tip as it is easier to manipulate. Soft tips feel better on the skin around your eyes, but hard tips offer more precision, so it really depends on your preference. I usually do a little wing at the outer edge of my eyes, and when I use the hard tip I work from the outside in. Liquid lines are AMAZING for creating bigger looking eyes, especially in the black shade, but I have also seen fun shades like turquoise and gold floating around.
The downside to liquid liners is that they are harder to use than pencils, and they often tend to run/flake. I have waterproof liners but they still seem to flake by the end of the day. But if I just wear for a couple hours in an evening out they always stay very well.
MacFluidLiner2Fluid liner occupies a middle ground between liquid liner and a pencil liner. They come in a little container and are easily applicable using a flat angle brush or a small eyeliner brush. The product lasts a long time as a tiny bit goes a long way. This type of liner can create either subtle or dramatic effect depending on how you blend the line with your brush. It can be used interchangeably with liquid liners. Most of these liners tend to have a lot of staying power, and does not flake or smudge easily.
LancomeEyeShadowPowder is yet another eyeliner choice, and it offers lots of flexibility in determining the final effect of the liner. You can apply it as a dry powder for a subtle look, or wet your brush applicator (I recommend a flat angle one) and apply the shadow for a more dramatic looks (but not as dramatic as liquid or fluid). You can use a matte colour for a classic daytime look or a glittery shadow for some nighttime glam. You can also use eye shadow to set your liquid eyeliners, which could help prevent the liquid liners from running/smudging.