Gel eyeliners are one of the myriad of options available when it comes to applying your eyeliner. Not to say that there aren’t a myriad of options when it comes to pretty much any cosmetic product, but you get my point!
So, why gel as opposed to pencil, powder or liquid eyeliners? Gel liners are a lot more flexible than many other types. Gel eyeliners allow for dramatic looks as well as more subtle, and it’s a tad easier than applying liquid liner. However, there is a trick and here’s how to avoid getting gunky clobs of gel on your lids.
In this breakdown, I’m using a Stila Smudge Pot, which is my favorite because the texture is just right and it doesn’t smudge, ironically speaking! I’m also using MAC’s #210 brush, which is PERFECTION. It may take some practice, but this thin liner brush works wonders and allows you to adjust the size of your liner — you can make it as thin or thick as you like!
Step 1: Dip your brush into the gel eyeliner container. Twirl it around and make sure you load a good amount of the gel onto your brush.
Step 2: Using the back of your hand as a palette, work the brush so that the product is evenly distributed and apply. If you need tips, check out my tutorial on applying liquid liner.
Step 3: Clean yo’ brush! I use a bit of MAC’s brush cleanser on a tissue, but will deep clean the brush once a week or so.
The cleansing of the brush afterward is the number one reason I avoid using gel liners, to be totally honest. However, I do often use darker colors as a base for smoky eyes. Speaking of smoky eyes, I’ll have to make a future Breaking Down Beauty on a quick and easy way to achieve them.
Do you include a gel eyeliner into your beauty mix?