Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Eye Liner: Pencil vs. Powder

There are many different forms of eye liner out there and today I’m going to be comparing two of them. These two forms are best for those who want to define their eye shape but also want a more natural look. I would highly recommend these formulas for beginners because they are really quick and easy. They are even perfect for people who like to have a more subtle look, rather than a sharper dramatic look.


Using a pencil is probably the most obvious and when I first started using makeup, was the only eye lining product that I knew of. A pencil is great because it really helps to add definition and create a more structured eye look. It can look a bit harsh sometimes, compared to other products, but you can blend or smudge it out to create a softer look, so it can be quite versatile. Eye pencils also come in a wide range of colors so it can be really fun to try out different color combinations and create different looks. Sometimes it can be hard to find the right type of pencil because some are harder than others. Softer pencils tend to have better pigmentation and are a lot better to use. You don’t want a pencil that’s too hard because it can cause you to apply more pressure and the eye area is very delicate so you need to be gentle.

Powders can still offer some definition but they give a softer and more natural look. Using a powder to outline the eyes is a great way to make your lashes look fuller, but in a very subtle way. If you’re afraid that a pencil might look too harsh, or that you’ll mess up, then a powder is a great alternative. It’s best to apply a powder with a flatter brush because it makes it much easier to get as close to the lash line as possible. Just like pencils, you can use practically any powder, in any color you want as an eye liner. They are also great because you can apply them wet or dry which, depending on the formula of the powder, can enhance the look in different ways. Use dry for a more subtle effect or wet for a more vibrant look.

Also, you can apply both formulas to the water line as well. Some pencils don’t show up as well but I find it very rare when a pencil doesn't. If you have very sensitive eyes then a powder might be a better choice.


I won’t say that one is better than the other because it really depends on personal preference. However, I personally use pencils more often than a powder. Since the pencil is more versatile I just gravitate towards it more often. In a few weeks I’ll be doing a post comparing the liquid and gel formulas so stay tuned for that.

Here are some pencils that I have tried and would recommend trying out:
•   NYX Slide On Eye Pencil
•   Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil
•   Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof
•   Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
•   Covergirl Perfect Point Plus Eye Pencil

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