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The different types of eyeliners and how to use them

There are many products to choose from when it comes to eye makeup: eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliners.

When shopping for the right eyeliner you may wonder which formula is the best to use, but you will soon find out that it all boils down to the final result you are seeking.

Different types of eyeliner


When it comes to eyeliners you will see that they come in different forms and designs, so the first thing to do is to decide what kind of formula you want to use. You can choose between different types of liquid or pencil eyeliners.

Liquid eyeliners are great if you want to draw precise and well-defined lines and for experimenting with different looks like feline or Egyptian eyes.
These types of eyeliners can come in the form of a pen, with a fine brush, or with a felt applicator.

A pen liquid liner is a great option if you are just beginning to use these types of products or when you are in a rush. The soft and flexible tip will follow the shape of your eye, creating a precise line.

A similar application can be found in a liquid eyeliner that comes with a felt applicator: depending on your taste, you can either draw a thin or thick line without smudging thanks to its fast-drying formula.

Liquid eyeliners that come with a fine brush are great when trying out different types of lines and wings for your eye makeup. 
Since the brush is very thin, you will be able to achieve whichever look you want. You can either draw a thin line where your upper lashes start, or slightly above and then just fill it in if you want a thicker line.

Pencil eyeliners are the best option if you want to achieve a smokey finish. After having drawn the line, you can use the sponge on the other end of the pencil to create a nice and smooth shade that will give you a smokey eye. Try playing with the many fashion colors that are available.

Beautifully precise lines can be achieved with KIKO MILANO’s automatic eyeliner that can also be used inside the waterline. 
Depending on the look you want, you can choose between a matte or pearly finish that will last throughout the day and evening for a night out.

What type of eyeliner is best for me?

Just as a simple guide, always consider your daily routine before buying an eyeliner. If you leave your house in the morning and come back in the evening you will want to go for an eyeliner that can last throughout the day. 
Choosing a liquid eyeliner is probably the best choice for this lifestyle. Liquid eyeliners can also come in a water resistant formula making them resist humidity.

Pencil eyeliners are great for creating a smokey effect and if you like trying different styles for your eyes. Although they can also last throughout the day, if you rub your eyes it is easier to smudge. If you spend a few hours outside, like at a dinner party, or a friend’s gathering it will surely make your eyes stand out.

Which is the easiest type of eyeliner to apply?

With just a little practice you will see that all eyeliners are quite easy to apply. 

Start out with a liquid pen eyeliner. It’s easy to use and you will draw a precise line even if you don’t have a steady hand. You can start the line from the center of your upper lash line or from the inner corner and just follow the shape of your eye.

Pencil eyeliners are also easy to use: sharpen it and draw a thin line right above your lash line and re-apply if you prefer a thicker line.

Remember to move your hair away from your face so you don’t get any product on it.

The best type of eyeliner for beginners

If you are just getting started with eyeliners you will probably want to use a product that will ease the application on your eye. This is why a liquid eyeliner in the form of a pen will help you draw either thin or thick lines depending on the look you want to achieve.

If you want to try out different wings for your eyes, you can start off by using a liquid eyeliner with a felt applicator.
This type of eyeliner will help you create the perfect wing for your eye makeup thanks to the flexible applicator that will follow the direction that you want.

Once you find the type of wing that you think suits you best, you can then try and replicate it with different eyeliners if you want to try different formulas.

What type of eyeliner lasts the longest?


All eyeliners can last throughout the day but thanks to the quick-drying formula in liquid eyeliners, this might be the perfect option if you are going to spend the day outside.
Once you have applied it, you will definitely notice how the line and the wing quickly dry up. 

Liquid eyeliners can also come in a water resistant formula, which are very useful during the hot summer days or the rainy autumn evenings.

For a smokey effect, try KIKO MILANO’s intense color long-lasting eyeliner.  It’s water-resistant and can be applied just above your upper lashes and below your lower lashes. Thanks to its creamy texture and the sponge on the end of the pencil, it’s easy to blend out the product.

One important tip: remember to take care of the skin around your eyes by using a moisturizing cream, this way you will not only hydrate the area but will also provide a smooth base for your eye makeup products.

Eyeliners are a great product to use to enhance the natural beauty of your eyes, whether you decide on a thick or thin line, a short or long wing, or a smokey look, just remember to take your time to create the perfect line.