How to Apply Basic Eyeliner?

1. Choose the right color eyebrow pencil that matches your natural brow shade.

2. Choose your preferred type of eyeliner (pencil, gel, or liquid).

3. Start from the inner corner and apply short, light strokes along the lash line.

4. Optionally, create a wing by extending the line outward.

5. Connect the line from the outer corner to the center of the eyelid.

6. Clean up any mistakes with a cotton swab or liner brush dipped in makeup remover.

7. Repeat on the other eye.

apply the liquid eyeliner

Different Types of Eyeliner

Gel eyeliner, pencil eyeliner, liquid eyeliner, and felt-tip eyeliner are four common types of eyeliner.

Gel Eyeliner

Gel eyeliner comes in a pot and is usually applied with an eyeliner brush. It has a creamy consistency that allows for precise application and is known for its long-lasting and smudge-proof formula.

Pencil Eyeliner

Pencil eyeliner is in a retractable or sharpenable pencil form. It offers a smooth application and is convenient for creating both precise lines and smudged, smoky looks. Pencil eyeliners can be great for beginners.

Liquid Eyeliner

Liquid eyeliner comes with a thin brush and usually has a water or oil-based formula. It provides intense and defined lines, making it ideal for sharp winged or cat-eye looks but requiring a steady hand for application.

Felt-tip Eyeliner

Felt-tip eyeliner is similar to liquid eyeliner but has a tip made of felt material. It offers the precision of liquid liner but can be easier to control, especially for those who are new to applying liquid eyeliner. 

Gel Liner vs. Liquid Liner

What is the difference between gel liner vs. liquid iner?
CriteriaGel LinerLiquid Liner
ConsistencyCreamy textureFluid or watery texture
Application Applied with a brush Applied directly with the included brush
Finish Matte or semi-matte finish Can range from matte to glossy
Smudging Smudge-proof and long-lasting formula Some brands offer smudge-proof formulas, others may smudge
Drying Time Drying Time Takes longer to dry, allowing for smudging or blending Dries quickly, less opportunity for smudging
Removal May require makeup remover or oil-based cleanser for thorough removal Usually easily removable with makeup remover
Versatility Can be used for various eyeliner styles and thicknesses Suitable for precise lines, winged or cat-eye looks
Beginner-Friendly Can be more forgiving for beginners due to control May require more practice for precise application