The pros and cons of Gel v Liquid eye liner

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When it comes to eye liner there's a lot of advice from make-up artists - so we've broken it down to the simple pros and cons

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There are near endless possibilities when it comes to what you can do with eye liner.

From sixties flicks, to cat eyes, worn in smudges to razor sharp lines.

So, as a workman is only as their tools, we thought it was time to explain some some of the pros and cons of gel and liquid eye liners.

Gel eye liner: Pros


  • Great for a dramatic thick line
  • Long lasting - you won't get that nasty cracking, flaking effect
  • Easy to apply and manipulate...once you get the hang of it
  • The perfect partner to a smoky eye, that's slightly more defined than pencil

Gel eye liner: Cons


  • Application can be difficult to get used to
  • Tricky to get a really precise line
  • The brush is as important as the liner
  • There's more faff involved with keeping the brush clean


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Liquid eye liner: Pros


  • Great for a think precise line
  • The ultimate way to get seriously BLACK liner
  • Good for creating various different looks - thick to thin lines
  • Easier to fix mistakes

Liquid eye liner: Cons


  • Pen versions of these can end up grey rather than black very quickly
  • Some can crack and flake after long wearing
  • Brushes can fray after long periods of use


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