Gel eyeliner. The holy grail of eyeliner or the bitter enemy? I’ll let you decide, but for those who are yet to decide and just need a little help, this post is all about how to apply. So theres three ways, they all give different looks its just depends what you’re after and what suits you best. Lets start with the brush, probably the most important factor in the application. I’ve found with drug store brands you usually get a little brush with the eyeliner, but if you go to somewhere like MAC you’ll have to venture out and experiment for yourself. I like to use the Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush, it doesn’t hold as much gel as normal brushes do but its great because it allows you to go slow and get a precise line. You just have to go back and load up your brush a bit more.
So the first way to do gel liner is just going over the waterline, this is best done with gel as a pencil will start to show on your bottom waterline after a few hours and if like me you want to make your eyes bigger, thats a no-no, gel eyeliner will dry on your waterline meaning you’re safe to leave your bottom waterline plain or add a white like I do . The photo below shows the difference the liner on the waterline can make, to the left is with and to the right is without. As you can see this isn’t an in-your-face style of eyeliner. Its super easy and natural and its for those who want to give their eye a bit more definition while making the lashes look thicker at the same time- who wouldn’t want that?!
So all I’m really doing in the picture is lifting my lid with my finger and drawing along my waterline. Thats all you need to do here its super quick so the simplest of the eyeliner styles.
Please excuse my drawing of an eye, but I hope this little diagram shows you the very basic steps to do eyeliner. I’ll explain these steps further below along side of the pictures of me trying to demonstrate.
So to start I put my brush in the gel, when its well coated I wipe the excess off on the side of the pot. I like to put a little bit of the gel on the outside of the lash line, little by little I bring this in to just before I want my eyeliner to stop. Then I neatened up the line, think of it a bit like sketching the outline and then going back and filling it in. Then, just like the method before, I take more gel and I put it across my upper waterline to were I want to eyeliner to come in. This will change depending on how you like your eyeliner (as I don’t bring mine all the way into my tear duct this is the most seamless way). Bringing the liner on your waterline further than the liner on your lash line makes everything look a bit more joined and blended with your lash line.
You can leave the liner here if you like, this is usually how I like to leave mine. However if you want to add a flick you can. Imagine as if there is a line level to the end of your bottom lash line (this is best shown in the diagram I did up top) and draw a small line with the brush. As I’ve probably said 50 times already in this post, do this how you like it, you can change depending on your preferences. Once a rough line is there stretch your lid so you can neaten up the line you just drew. Then with your eye squinted (I find this easier) join up the end of the line you just drew and the line across your lash line and fill in. As with anything practice makes perfect so don’t be disheartened if you don’t get it spot on first time, just keep some cotton buds and eye makeup remover near by and you’ll be fine. Good luck girls!
Hope you found this post helpful, don’t give up on that gel eyeliner too quick!
Lots of Love