Liquid eyeliner vs pencil eyeliner. Is one better than the other? Our thoughts on what to consider when choosing which to use. Plus, the best liquid eyeliner in Australia revealed.
Spoiler alert - it’s ours!
More experienced beauty lovers
If you’re an experienced beauty lover, the smooth application of traditional liquid eyeliner (with a pot and brush) won’t be the challenge beginners find it to be.
Liquid eyeliner is less forgiving when you make a mistake, so a steady, practiced hand called for.
With practice comes perfection and you can’t beat the slick intensity liquid eyeliner helps you achieve. Especially for a winged look! It’s worth the practice.
WE LOVE LIQUID EYELINER FOR:
Adele approved cat eyes
Liquid formulas are the go-to for the real deal cat eyes thanks to the intense color payoff they deliver. The pro tip we love is to place a piece of tape at the outer corner of your eyes before applying your liquid liner. Using the tape as a stencil, you can create two even flicks.
Under the guidance of an experienced, steady hand, liquid eyeliner can create super crisp lines. Even the sharpest pencil can’t quite create the precision of liquid.
Waterproof liquid eyeliner also has a budge-proof staying power pencil can’t beat.
For precision perfection when applying liquid eyeliner, rest your elbows on a flat and steady surface. This gives you a good amount of control over your hand movements for wobble free lines.
Upping the drama
In pretty much all cases, liquid eyeliner is darker and more richly pigmented than pencil.
Because of this, a stroke of eyeliner delivers bold, look-at-me lines. Perfect for dramatic looks.
Team liquid with a pencil eyeliner to build intensity for a smokey eye. To start, line with your pencil eyeliner and layer over it with your eye shadow.
Keep it darkest at the lash line and blend out. Next, to really boost the intensity of the smoky eye, apply liquid liner very close to the lash line.
Easiest for beginners!
WE LOVE A PENCIL EYELINER FOR:
If you’re a newbie to the world of eyeliner or just want a fuss free application, pencil eyeliner is a winner. Way less intimidating to handle than swiping a thick, inky line along your eyelids. Perfectly.
Easy, natural eyes
We love pencil eyeliner for a natural look you can apply in zero minutes on a busy morning.
Pencils aren’t messy, they don't smear easily, and they deliver a softer look if a more natural look for every day is your thing.
Take your eyeliner pencil and using little dots, create a dotted line as close to your upper lashes as you can. Start at the inner corner and work your way out. Then, gently connect the dots into a full line.
Swipe on a few coats of mascara and you’re looking everyday prettier in no time.
Lining the inside of your eyes
Known as tightlining, lining your waterline can take your eyes from natural to bombshell in no time. It’s best to do with a waterproof pencil.
Gently pull your upper lid up. Line your inside rim from the inside corner of your eye to the outer corner. Repeat along the bottom rim.
Teaming with liquid eyeliner for the ultimate wing
Pencil and liquid eyeliner are an unbeatable duo for creating the ultimate cat eye.
If you love the pigment of liquid liner but find it super daunting to nail a straight line - use a combo of tools.
Start with a pencil to outline your eye and wing shape. When you’re happy with the look, trace the shape with a thin liquid liner for more impact.
Want MORE tips on nailing winged eyeliner? Get them here.
Worried about wrinkles? Pencil eyeliner is your BFF.
The softer, thicker line of a pencil is more flattering for the eye area if you have a few more folds and wrinkles than you’d like! The sharper application of a liquid eyeliner can be a little harsh. You’ll want a long-wearing pencil too.
Liquid intensity and pencil control
Love the intensity of a liquid liner but your skill level is more shaky handed beginner than seasoned pro? Problem solved.
Meet the best liquid eyeliner in Australia - PONi Pegasus Smudge Proof Liquid Eyeliner
We’re humble bragging about this liquid gem for good reason. It gives you the dramatic colour of a traditional pot liquid liner but with the steady control of a pencil.
Effortless, smudge-proof lines without the stress! Water-resistant and easy to use, the quick-drying formula doesn’t run and is ideal for both the beginner and expert to create to-die-for wings or a subtle everyday look.