Thursday, 12 November 2015

How To Apply Gel Eyeliner

A Guide To Applying Gel Eyeliner



There are so many eyeliners out in the beauty market at the moment that it can be really difficult knowing which one to pick. Gel Eyeliner to me, is just like a gorgeous thick paint that you can apply easily.
 A lot of people get put off by the creaminess and strong pigment that it has over it's kohl and liquid eyeliner family, but this is only what makes it better as it is easier to apply and lasts longer on the eyes. I also love Gel Eyeliner because it doesn't pull or drag on your eyes like pencils and works well on oily, combination and dry skin because it glides over the surface of the skin.
Gel Eyeliner was a make up trick that people in the professional make-up industry and theatre world used for a long time before the consumer market got hold of it. You use it with an angled brush for the best effect and you can draw thin or thick lines for dramatic or a more natural effect.
Personally I like the cat eye flick which looks pretty on most eye shapes.
Not only do these Gel Eyeliners now come in wonderful flattering colours to complement your eye shape such as Black, Brown, Plum, Grey and Green/Blue hues, they also come in waterproof formats which is great for holidays or big nights out.

My top two favourite Gel Eyeliners are:
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner which comes in a gob smacking 16 colour hues! A 3g pot is £18.50 which I don't think is bad, considering that this pot will last you so much longer than a liquid eyeliner. Mine usually lasts me a good year if I am wearing it often. This eyeliner in particular gives you 12 hours of waterproof, sweat proof and humidity resistant wear. Link here
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Liner by Kate Emerald Only in this one emerald shade at the moment but you can get a wide range of other colours in the normal Rimmel Gel Eyeliner line. I just love this unusual green hue. For £6.99 for a 2.6g pot and brush you can't really fault Rimmel for such a great product. The colour and consistency of this eyeliner matches some of the high end eyeliners and this shade really brings out the green in eyes even if you have brown or blue eyes. Link here.

My favourite Gel Eyeliner brush is the Nanshy Eye and Lip Angled Detailer Brush. It is a bargain at only £5.95.It also has these benefits which is great for conscious make-up lovers. 
  • 100% Vegan – Cruelty Free – Approved by PETA.org
  • Bristles Soft on You & Yet Strong in the Handle
  • Antibacterial Synthetic Bristles
  • Pearl Coated Handles for elegant appearance
  • No Bristle Shedding
  • Designed in the UK
  • Hand Assembled, & Extensively Tested

1. Apply all of your make-up first. The Gel Eyeliner will be the last thing you will apply on your eyes. Some people like to apply their mascara afterwards, but I like to do it before in case I get any smudges from my mascara. I do my Gel Eyeliner last because it glides on better on foundation set skin and also then you get no fall down on your perfectly apply liner from eyeshadow if you do it last. Here I am using as mentioned the Nanshy Angled brush and Rimmel Kate Emerald Gel Eyeliner.


2. Dip the tip of the Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush (sold separately) into Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, being sure to coat both sides of the brush. Wipe off any excess on a tissue. Working quickly, apply liner in short, even strokes close to the lash line, from the inner to the outer eye corner. Rest your hand on your cheek to give you a strong hold on your brush.
3. Your eyeliner can be natural or built thickly to accentuate your eyes. I personally like a thin line with a little tick, as a mum I don't wear dramatic make-up in the day so this works perfectly. 

4. I find that even if I don't have time to do my eyebrows properly and have minimum base on that the eyeliner tick instantly wakes up my eye and open it up. Subtle but genius. I also find the Gel Eyeliner you don't have to wait ages for it to dry, you can smudge it with an eyeshadow brush and you get none under your eyes. Any blue, green or purple eyeliner will make your eyes pop because the colour will look brighter. 

Let me know if you have any favourite Gel Eyeliners or any tips for different looks! 

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