4 Types of Eyeliner - And How To Pick The Right One?

10 Eyeliner Styles And 4 Types Of Eyeliner - How To Pick The Right One?

Sucharitha V

Updated At  01 May 24

Are you wondering which eyeliner is ideal for you? Do you want to know the various types of eyeliner? Do you want to know how to choose eyeliner?

We explain the 4 main types of eyeliners and answer the frequently asked question - how to pick the right eyeliner? From beginners to experts, the eyeliner types do vary to get the perfect look.



Eyeliner Styles


You can select from over 10 different types of eyeliner styles to make sure you get the type of eye makeup as per your personal preferences. If you are looking to ensure that the eyes get highlighted prominently then you can select bold, feline, graphic liner, drama and pin up eyeliner styles.


4 Types Of Eyeliners - How To Choose Eyeliner

As we all know, an eyeliner is a product that helps you to enhance and define your eyes. But with different types of eyeliner products, it can be a daunting task to choose the perfect one. So, knowing about various types of eyeliners can help you out while shopping.



1. Pencil Eyeliner

Pencil eyeliners come in a variety of shades and is the perfect eyeliner for beginners. It is ideal for a natural look.

Powder based pencil eyeliners are also known as Kohls give you a less intense look. These are easy to blend and use but are usually not smudgeproof.

Though there are various eyeliner types, Kohls are best recommended for beginners.

Perfect for: Beginners going for a natural everyday look.


 - Easy to use

 - Easy to blend

 - Perfect to use on your waterline

 - One of the best eyeliners for beginners


 - It’s not smudge proof

 - It has to be sharpened often



2. Liquid Eyeliner

Liquid eyeliners are perfect for a cat-eye or a dramatic look. It takes a bit of practice to use this eyeliner, so it isn’t ideal for beginners.

This is perfect if you know how to use it as it allows you to create glam looks. Once used properly, it can make your eyes stand out.

Also it lasts longer and is smudge proof.

Perfect for: Experts who want a cat eye or a dramatic look.


 - It is perfect for different looks

 - It makes your eyelashes look longer

 - Once it has dried, it doesn’t smudge

-  Long lasting

- Great for getting cat eyes and dramatic look


 - It isn’t ideal for beginners as it takes a lot of time to master it

 - It needs some time to dry



3. Gel Eyeliner

Gel liners are applied with an eyeliner brush. It’s perfect for long lasting, smudge proof eye makeup. It is easy to control the brush and apply the eyeliner.The finer the brush, the more control you would have on the final look.

Once you get used to gel eyeliners, you can create dramatic looks in no time.

Perfect for: Anyone who wants a long lasting, smudge proof and a waterproof eyeliner.


 - Easy to control the brush 

 - Easy to blend

 - Perfect for beginners and experts

 - Perfect for any kind of look


 - You need a brush to use it and need to clean the brush to avoid eye infections

 - Gel eyeliners dry out quickly, so you need to apply and blend in your makeup quickly



4. Felt Tip Eyeliner

The felt tip eyeliner is easy to control and perfect for a natural look, cat eye look or a dramatic eye makeup.

Perfect for: Anyone who wants an eyeliner that is easy to use for any type of look.


 - It is easy to use and control

 - It is long lasting

 - It is ideal for any kind of look


 - The colour pay off isn’t high

 - It takes time to remove it properly



Frequently Asked Questions


Q- Which is better liquid or gel eyeliner?

There is no perfect answer as it depends on the user preferences. Liquid eyeliner gives a thicker and quicker line which looks better than a gel eyeliner however, it is difficult to control hence, it is not suited for beginners. Gel eyeliners allow you to choose the size of the brush and the intensity of the colour.


Q- Which is the easiet eyeliner to use?

Pencil eyeliners are usually considered as the easiest eyeliner to use. One of the best eyeliners for beginners, pencil eyeliners are easy to use and blend. Sometimes though, they do not spread as smoothly as like a gel or liquid eyeliner. Also, a pencil eyeliner is not smudge proof and the tip needs to be sharpened often.


Q- How to remove eyeliner from your eyelashes?

The easiet way to remove eyeliner is to use an eyemakeup remover. One can use a cotton bud, dip it in the makeup remover and gently wipe it acorss the lashes to remove the eyeliner. If you are using a waterproof mascara, know how to remove waterproof mascara.


Q- How many eyeliner types are there?

There are 4 main types of eyeliners - Pencil eyeliner, Liquid eyeliner, Gel and fel tip eyeliner. Pencil eyeliner is the easiet one to use. Liquid eyeliner and Gel eyeliners need a steady hand and hence are not recommended for beginners.


Now that you know eveything about the eyeliner types alongwith how to choose the right eyeliner for you, its time to get the perfect look and make your eyes stand out!



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