I’ve never been a fan of any pencil eyeliner at all. I gave up on pencil eyeliner a few years ago after wasting money on countless brands that never fail to smudge on me. Ever since I started watching YouTube, I notice that quite a number of beauty guru prefer pencil eyeliner than liquid eyeliner. It is understandable due to skin type and weather differences. So why are you reading this if I’ve given up on pencil eyeliner, eh? The story goes like this. I went back to work not too long ago and since it’s a different office environment, I no longer have the privilege to do my makeup in the office. So I have to rush everything in the morning and doing a precise eyeliner using a liquid pen is too time consuming for me especially when I’m doing my makeup in a dark room.
Today I’m going to share with you my favourite pencil eyeliners, tips, tricks and three different application method that you can master too.
I have oily lid so kohl or normal pencil eyeliner will not work on my lid. The only two brands and type that I find doesn’t smudge on me are Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner and MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes. I bought these from their 2014 holiday collection but fret not, these are permanent so you can get it from Sephora anytime.
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner is probably the highest raved and talk about. However I don’t like the twist mechanic. I had one from Stila In The Know palette and I thought it was faulty. In the end I ruined the pencil eyeliner and I still didn’t know what went wrong. When I Google for an answer then only I found out that the twisting mechanic is different from others. It requires a few rounds of twisting to get the lead up and once it’s up, it won’t go down again. It’s a one-way twist mechanic. The only downside of this is that the lead will always be blunt.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes is my latest favourite. Their AQUA series is my absolute favourite as it is made to withhold water, sweat and sebum. At first I wasn’t keen with the need to sharpen the pencil and after using it for a few times, I’m glad I can sharpen it, unlike Stila Smudge Stick.
Stila and MAKE UP FOR EVER comes in a different packaging but the formula is quite similar. Both are extremely creamy, smooth, easy to apply, intense pigmentation and of course waterproof. Once they set, they stays on until I remove them with eye makeup remover. Somehow for pencil eyeliner, I’m not keen with black. Instead I opt for brown or any color that is dark enough to give my eyes definition. Just not black black.
I think I have around 10 pieces of Stila Smudge Stick and MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes that I’m constantly thinking of different method to use them. At the moment I’m on three different method. It’s very simple. Once you know the trick, you will find yourself having fun using pencil eyeliner that you didn’t want to go back to liquid eyeliner like I do.
Inner Lash Line & Waterline Lining
Let’s begin with a simple and versatile method that even somebody that doesn’t put on makeup will be able to do in a jiffy. There is a gap between the upper lash line with inner lash line and waterline. Just take a brow comb or a cotton bud, place it on the lid and gently press down to reveal the inner lash line. Line the inner lash line entirely. I like to go all the way to waterline as well. You will notice that the eyes are more awaken, fresh, bigger and more define when you line the inner lash line. I like to do this when I don’t feel well because I can just swipe on a light eye shadow on the entire lid and off to work. All these are done in less than 5 minutes.
This is probably the one method that I do on daily basis and it’s my favourite too. Most beauty guru prefer to do winged eyeliner using pencil because of the softer look and opaque matte finishing the pencil gives. I have friends telling me that they like to use pencil eyeliner but they can’t do a flick at the end. Yes you can. Just use the cellotape method. You can start any way you like but I always start with the flick first. Line the inner lash line and waterline as well. And who say it’s hard with pencil eyeliner, eh? In fact this method is way easier and faster than liquid eyeliner.
I learnt this trick a few years ago from Burberry makeup artist, Adrian Sin. In fact, I’ve done a tutorial post before 🙂 . This is probably a method that I can be hooked for weeks because it’s really very simple and fast. When working with pencil eyeliner, always remember to work fast. Do one eye at a time. Simply just draw a line on the upper lash line. The line doesn’t need to be precise. Then use a small smudge brush and start smudging the eyeliner up. I like to add more eyeliner near the lash line for more definition. Then apply any shade of eyeshadow on top of the eyeliner. The best part of this look is that nothing need to be precise. Don’t forget the inner lash line and waterline as well.
Sounds and look easy isn’t it? It is. All you need is a little creativity and you can make something work at the simplest and easiest way. Try these method and let me know how it goes! 😀