When choosing eyeliner, there’s actually a lot to consider—more than you might think.

There are just so many different types of eye liners, and the kind that you choose will greatly affect

the application process and the end result. How do you know which eyeliner is right for you?

Here’s everything you need to know about all the various types of eyeliner—and how to choose the right one for you.

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Gel Eyeliner
Gel eyeliner might seem intimidating at first but it’s worth trying if you tend to do a lot of cat eyes.

It comes packaged in a small pot, usually with a brush included.

(although you can use any brush you want; an angled one is usually best)
You can quickly get a clean, precise line thanks to the thicker formula and precise brush.

You can also switch up that brush to get different results. The creamy consistency is incredibly easy

to work with, and it’s pretty easy to control what you’re doing.

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Liquid Eyeliner
Liquid eyeliner is great for creating clean lines that swoop or flick.

It’s for looks that require delicacy and preciseness.

It comes in a variety of forms. We find that pens with marker-type tips are easier to use

rather than the small vials with attached nail polish-like brushes.

Draw the shape you want with the brush or applicator, then fill it in.

The very thin brushes and applicators make it possible to get really thin, subtle lines

perfect for adding a little darkness to our upper lash lines.

Having a brush built in to the product also makes them easier to use than many gels;

plus they tend to come in a wider range of colors and finishes.

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Pencil Eyeliner
There’s a lot to be said for the smoky eye look—and you can achieve that look with a pencil eyeliner.

Like a pencil! Trace it along your upper and lower lash lines, and smudge it gently.

Run it along your upper and lower waterlines for added darkness.

You can also run small dashes underneath your lashes for a totally natural look.

Pencil eyeliner is great for a subtle everyday look that’s not too harsh, especially if you blend it slightly.

Plus it’s ideal for really getting the liner onto your waterline (nobody wants liquid eyeliner running into their eye).