Crayons, Pencils, Liquid, and Gel: The Many Faces of Eyeliner


August 11, 2014 by brianakling


Recently, I have been thinking a lot about eyeliner. Why? It came to mind when I remembered when I first started using it. When I was about fourteen, I was given a brown eyeliner pencil. Not soon after that, I switched from a brown to a black and went crazy with it. As my makeup application and routine started to change, so did the type of eyeliner I used.

Eyeliner: one beauty product that will always stand the test of time. With that being said, what type of eyeliner do you use for your daily routine? Do you stay old school and use the pencil or crayon? Do you look for straight, crisp lines with gel and liquid eyeliner? I began to think about the types that I have used over the last few years. Not only has my style drastically changed, I now feel myself exploring other options than just liquid. Each type of eyeliner is important and can be used for many different styles.


When I started wearing eyeliner, pencil was the way to go. I believe that if you are not use to wearing eye makeup or just starting out, you should invest in a pencil eyeliner. With great control over the tip of the product, you can produce any style you like. You have the control to make a thin or thick line. Urban Decay makes a great pencil liner called “Perversion”.

For me, I moved away from pencil because I got tired of sharpening the tip as well as it wearing off after about an hour or two. I always believed that my lines looked to chunky and not clean enough. I say, buy eyeliner if your just starting out, don’t wear makeup often and need to line your lower lid.

I love to use pencil liner for stage makeup purposes. If you need to line your lips, make lines and detail for a makeup effect, pencil liner works wonders. It defines small detail and is great for special effects purposes.


I don’t have much to say about crayon eyeliner because I have never used it before. With that in mind, I have seen how others wear it and I am not too sure I would like the product all that much. It, I would imagine, be good for smudging if your looking for a smokey eye or to cover your lid with or without eye shadow. If you have a good blending brush, be sure to use it with crayon.



In my opinion, liquid eyeliner is the best type that anyone can use. With so many different brands on the market today, liquid eyeliner produces the most crisp lines I have had when doing my makeup. If you want more control with liquid, I suggest a felt tip pen liquid eyeliner. (SMASHBOX: Available at Sephora or Ulta) The only issue with the felt tip liquid eyeliner is that it tends to dry out rather fast.
      **Quick tip** If your felt tip dries out, dip the tip in water for three seconds or so and pat it on a paper towel. It revitalizes the felt tip. You can also cut the tip off.
Anyway, I enjoy using the brush eyeliner by ELF. It’s really cheap and it goes on nice. It does not chip or dry out. The only issue I have with it is that it fades after a few hours. Oh, and depending on the brand, it takes time to set and dry. Do not try and curl your lashes if its still wet! A MESS!
All in all, liquid is a challenge to start using but it is worth it in the end.


gel eyeliner


I just bought my first pot of gel eyeliner a few days ago. I wanted to try something new and fresh. After practicing for nearly two hours, gel eyeliner is difficult to apply. With the texture of a harder gel, the application is smooth but it is rather difficult to use. I would suggest buying a slanted brush in order to apply it. When applying it, don’t try to do one continuous line across. It will look messy. Apply it by doing smaller strokes. I usually start from the corner of my eye with a thin line and make it thicker as I reach my outer lid (I do that for my winged tip or cat eye in order to connect and make my lines.) I have mixed feelings on gel liner. It really is an experience and it will take time perfecting it.

I would rank the difficulty level as followed:
2. crayon
4. liquid/gel

I mad three and four the same because depending on your abilities and preference, either can be more or less difficult for you.

As always, if you need help applying you eyeliner, please check out videos on YouTube.

Check out these channels:
Creative Boss
Kandee Johnson
Maya Mia

To me, they have very clear instructions on how to do different styles of eyeliner plus application.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed my eyeliner blog! Stay tune for another blog!

Remember, Stay vintage, be classy, and remember that you have moxy kid!


4 thoughts on “Crayons, Pencils, Liquid, and Gel: The Many Faces of Eyeliner

  1. Gel liner is the best. With a narrow brush it´s easier to access and make a nice wing. Gel liner is better and keeps the color for hours, even in the rain. Exercise is required,for me it took a couple of months before I could make a perfect line 🙂


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