When it comes to eyeliner you can find yourself faced with many choices. Two of the most prominent options are pencil eyeliner and gel eyeliner. Each has many positives and negatives.
Gel Eyeliner Pros and Cons
Gel Eyeliner, typically coming in a small glass pot and applied with an angled brush, is a favorite among makeup artists. Normally gel eyeliner offers richer pigmentation and is easier for winged eyeliner. On the downside, gel eyeliner can be difficult to apply. It takes practice and a steady hand and there is still a good chance that it will not turn out correct. Also, it does not lend itself to easy re-application. Reapplication required carrying the product and a brush and finding a steady, well lit place to use it. Gel eyeliner also tends to be more expensive than pencil eyeliners. However, you do typically get more product.
Pencil Eyeliner Pros and Cons
As expected, pencil eyeliner comes in the form of a pencil. This is the most common form of at home makeup use. It is highly portable and requires no brush. Pencil eyeliner works better than gel eyeliner for lining water lines and tight lines. There are many waterproof pencils available and they will stay in the water line all day without smudging whereas gel eyeliner smudges very easily. There are many low end pencil eyeliners that work very well as well, I have yet to come across an inexpensive gel liner that compares to any of the high end.
In the end, a lot of it comes down to personal preference. Both products are able to do any job that you would need from an eyeliner. When deciding take into though if you need to be able to quickly apply a line with pencil or if you have the time to draw with a brush.
Gel Eyeliner vs Pencil
Gel Eyeliner, typically coming in a small glass pot and applied with an angled brush, is a favorite among makeup artists. Normally gel eyeliner offers richer pigmentation and is easier for winged eyeliner.