Tips & Tricks

Tips On Using Gel Eyeliner

June 1, 2012

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!

• From a classic, thin winged eyeliner to a Amy Winehouse 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?

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  • Reply Taylor June 1, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    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.

  • Reply Tina June 2, 2012 at 12:55 am

    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.

  • Reply Constanze June 2, 2012 at 4:13 am

    I love gel liners! ♥ My favourites are Maybelline Eye Studio, essence, Catrice and MAC. 🙂

  • Reply ChinoiseB June 3, 2012 at 2:20 am

    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!

    • Reply Phyllis June 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Great tip – thanks 🙂

  • Reply soiia June 5, 2012 at 9:16 am

    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 😛

  • Reply sena lee June 8, 2012 at 12:33 am

    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.

  • Reply fayouha September 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

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

  • Reply Ana October 23, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I’d love to try a gel eyeliner – they haven’t come to our market yet.

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