Back 2 Basics | Eyeliner

Hey everyone! For today’s post we’re going back to basics. Sometimes I feel like the makeup world is moving too fast and there are new and innovative products coming out all the time. And that’s awesome! But since there’s so much going on, we can forget about a very important part of makeup, the basics.

As the name suggests, the basics are the roots of makeup. If we don’t have them, we can’t build up on them. Which is why I decided to do a small series on the blog dedicated to the basics of makeup.

To start the series off, today we’re gonna be talking about the wonders of eyeliner. You do not want to miss this.

Eyeliner has been here since forever and it’s one of the most used makeup products as well. You can create really natural or dramatic looks using eyeliner. Eyeliner is not just a basic makeup product but it’s also a tool that can take your look in completely different directions. You can use basic black or you can spice things up a bit with colored liners. There are literally so many ways to use liners that if I was to tell you all of them we’d be here forever.


If you’re a liner lover, you know what I’m talking about. And if you don’t wear eyeliner that often, don’t worry, that’s why we’re here.


We don’t only have different ways to wear eyeliner but there are also different types of eyeliner that work for different looks. And even if we all have our preferred formula, it’s good to have the other’s handy.

Pencil/Retractable Liner


Pencil and retractable liners are possibly the most common form of liner and they’re probably the easiest to use. They’re very easy to control whether you’re lining your lash line or tight-lining the eye. It can be hard to create a precise line on your lid with one of these so I usually prefer them for lining inside my eye or for a messy liner look.


Liquid Liner

NYC Liquid liner in Black 

There are a million variations of liquid liner with different applicators and different formulas so it’s all about finding what works for you with these. I love liquid liner for when I want to do detailed work around the eye, like winged liner for example. Liquid liner makes it easy to create straight and clean lines and it glides seamlessly on the eyes which means, no tugging.


Gel Liner

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in 77

Gel liner is definitely the hardest one to control in my opinion. There are also a million different formulas of these so finding one that works for you is key. What I love about gel liners is that they’re the most versatile cause you can use them for so many different things. I’ve also found they’re the most pigmented formula and they last on the eyes the longest.

For gel liner brushes are also key. There are a ton of brushes for gel liner but these are the three that work best for me:

  • MAC 266 Angled brush | This works perfect for creating thick wings and for applying product inside my eye.
  • Sigma E06 Winged Liner brush | This is the best brush for winged liner in the world.
  • MAC 210 Detail brush | This is the best brush for detailed work or if you want to create a thinner line.   dsc_0295


Eyeliner is not only a great tool to have but also a great tool to know how to use. And remember, it’s all about finding what works for you and practice, practice, practice!

Which eyeliner formula do you prefer? What’s you’re ride-or-die liner? Let me know in the comment section!

Thank you all so much for tuning in!

See you soon,

Isa ❤


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