Today, i would be talking about eyeliner. Not just any eyeliner but gel-liner. Six years ago, i bought my first eyeliner, it wasn’t a pencil or liquid but it was Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Espresso Ink 7.
Gel-liners have been around for a while with many brands out there and there are plenty of hits and miss with this. I often get asked which gel-liner would i recommend and I’ll leave that for a different day to talk about.
The other thing I get asked alot is the concern and the problem of gel-liners drying up fast. So here are some tips of how to pro-long your pot of gel-liner.
1. DO NOT USE WATER!!!! (you know who you are. honey, you know you aren’t suppose to do that and I’ve told you before )
2. DO NOT USE OIL!!!. (you also know who you are. Another few girls who told me about this) i don’t care if it is olive oil, argon oil, grape seed oil, camomile oil or vegetable oil. NO.
There are two ways to do it.
Step 1: you’d need a hair dryer.
– Turn on your hair dryer to max heat and heat up your gel linear. It can stand the heat. If you do it for a few minutes. Your gel linear would last longer. If you do it for a minute or less, your gel linear would last about a week or two depending how the heat was distributed and penetrated. Then all you need to do is se your hair dryer and heat it up again.
(You can also pop it into the microwave if you want to. But i wouldn’t sugggest so)
Step 2: You would need Vaseline.
– Use a clean brush to scoop a slight pea size of vaseline, then mix it into your gel linear, you don’t have to mix it all, but you can scrap it at the side and only use what you need. Then with the same brush apply eyeliner, then you won’t waste any.
Next, they are different kind of brushes you can use for your gel linear. Some that bought from Maybelline, Kate, Loreal and some of the brands, you would get a free brush along in the packaging. But some doesn’t come with one. So here are some brushes to show you. What kind of brush would give you what kind of outlook. They are many kinds of brushes from blunt tip to sharp tip to fine tip to slat tip and from nylon to fibre to natural hair to synthetic and the list may go on.
An extra information if you want to know more.
– Synthetic brushes are normally made up from nylon or takelon.
– Natural brushes (non-synthetic) are normally made from hair of goat, pony, squirrel, sable, capra, kolinsky, badger.
– Synthetic hair are easier to clean as the makeup don’t hold on to your brushes and you won’t waste so much makeup.
– Natural brushes are softer but would go out of shape. But it doesn’t mean synthetic hair aren’t soft, they are but they won’t go out of shape for sure.
So the best brush for eyeliner would be a synthetic brush. It is important for you to pick an eyeliner which you feel you can control best. It’s just like painting, some people prefer a bigger paintbrush, some people would prefer a smaller paintbrush with more control.
Here i am showing you. All synthetic brushes except for the third of from the right. (Next to the two flat angle brush)
As you can see i have list out from left to right. number 7 is a natural brush. So you can see why a synthetic brush would give you a better control and in drawing a eyeliner. If you are looking for a much thick look, you could go for what i call a “blunt brush” which is number 1- 4 where most free eyeliner brush you get are these. If you want a much more define look that you would get from a liqiud pen-linear you would have to go for brushes 5 and 6. or 9 using it in the slate vertical way. All the demonstrations are done in one stroke.
Gel linear is pretty tricky, but once you get use to it. a little goes a long way. And the more control you get, the more you can play around. Never be afraid to test around on your palm or hand.
Hope you like it. And please comment below on your thoughts, opinions and any questions and would you be looking forward to see a brush cleaning post or a post on how-to- demonstration on eyeliner and gel-linear.