Tips On Using Gel Eyeliner

Recently, I reignited my love for gel eyeliners. I had been so spoiled by my favorite K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner (ahh the ease of getting a perfect line with just a stroke!) I had forgotten how much I loved the gel formula =p Below you will find out why gels are great along with a few tips on using them!

MAC Fluidlines, Bobbi Brown Long Wear and Estee Lauder Gel Eyeliners
MAC, Bobbi Brown and Estee Lauder Gel Eyeliners

* From a classic, thin winged eyeliner to Amy Winehouse’s dramatic cat eye or a rock ‘n roll smudgy look, gel liners can create a huge variety of look, provided that you use the right brush. For a thin line, I swear by MAC 266 Small Angle Brush and Sephora Pro Angled Eyeliner Brush #23. To cover a larger area or to smudge, I like MAC 219 Pencil Brush.

* Gels offer the most versatility. Experiment by mixing different colors to create your own shade and even using it as an eyeshadow base or eyeshadow (like my turquoise smoky eye makeup tutorial and this smoky eye by MAC Senior Artist Melissa Gibson). Just top with a powder eyeshadow to help the color stay on even better.    

* Gel eyeliners can dry out over time so make sure you turn your opened pot of gel eyeliner upside down while you apply and always keep the lid shut tight after each use. From my past experiences, MAC Fluidlines stay fresh for the longest time while Stila Smudge Pots tend to dry out the fastest.

* To revive a dried-up gel liner, just scrape off the top part (the bottom part is usually still good).  

* And finally, the main reason why gel liners are simply amazing – their waterproof, smudge-resistant formula and buttery texture, which makes them great for the waterline as well.

Are you a fan of gel eyeliners too? What are some of your favorites?

Need a little help applying your gel eyeliner? Stay tuned for a step-by-step tutorial this week!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

9 COMMENTS

  1. I love the Bobbi Brown gel liners. They are so creamy and easy to use and it stays! It so fun too apply also and play with your look, very versatile.
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  2. I use the MAC gel liner and you’re so right about the Stila Smudge Pot. I used to have one omg it dried out SUPER fast. I trued to scrape the top part and the bottom part was already dry like a cracked floor.

  3. I love the BB gel liners too! To avoid them drying up, I scrape out enough to use on the end of my brush then onto a tissue and apply from that. I guess it means I use a little more than if I didn’t do it that way, but I don’t have problems with dried up gel anymore!

  4. Like you, I have been way too spoiled by the K-palette eyeliner *_* it goes on so perfectly for a thin and crisp line! I definitely shoudl revive my bobbi brown liners :P

  5. I LOVE Make Up For Ever’s aqua gel liner. It’s great for water line, it’s super black and doesn’t smudge! Great for smoky eyes.

  6. i just started using gel eyeliner and i like it so far:) i’m using K.star product! i think it;s rly good!! and it stays on 4 everrr!!

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