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The Great Eyeliner Debate: Pencil, Liquid, Cream?

The Great Eyeliner Debate: Pencil, Liquid, Cream?

You have put on your eyeshadow, the mascara is in sight and ready to go, but you need one crucial step to amp up those eyes. What eyeliner do you reach for? The twist-up pencil? Liquid pen? Creamy liner from a pot? Here are some pros and cons to help you decide, as well as a few that have earned high honors.


The classic and most common of eyeliners is the pencil. You can get ones that you need to sharpen old-school, or the kind you twist up.

PROS: The pencil is solid. It’s easy to travel with. Easy to replace. You can go over the area more than once if needed.
CONS: They break sometimes. They hurt the most if you stab your eye. Color can be dull.
GOLD STAR: Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil.


Liquid liners create some of the boldest lines out there. They are available in pens and in a paint-like form.

PROS: Colors are bolder than pencils. Smooth. The best for creative makeup looks like cat-eyes. Color stays well once dried.
CONS: You have to wait for it to dry. Most difficult to achieve a perfect line. Become less saturated over time.
GOLD STAR: Benefit Cosmetics Magic Ink.


Cream eyeliner is typically found in a small pot and should be applied with an eyeliner brush.

PROS: The texture is easier to work with than liquid. Lines are clean and smooth. You determine its intensity. Fantastic for smoky looks.
CONS: You need a separate brush. Not always the most saturated color. Can dry up if not stored properly.
GOLD STAR: Napoleon Perdis China Doll Eyeliner.

There are options abound in the world of beauty, but hopefully you can find what works best for you and your look!

What’s your go-to eyeliner? Let us know in the comments!

Written by Jamie Frasier