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Learning How To Wing It
i do it for love

Growing up, women who take hours prepping themselves up before going out had been a great mystery to me. I usually take 15 minutes –30 at most– to get ready. But that was before. I never thought that I’d be one of those women who are so into makeup, right when I’m just a year shy of becoming thirty. I mean, I didn’t think I’d be THIS girly; I surprise even myself at times.

I don’t think I have any authority in saying this, but, anyhow, for me, one of the best cosmetic creations is the eyeliner. You can wear it without putting on eye shadow and instantly your eyes would look different. It’ll be more defined or highlighted. On days that I’m too lazy to color my eyes (because, you know, that blending of eye shades takes considerable time), I just put eyeliner and immediately I look more put together. Although, some might argue that having good eyebrows is much more important. So anyway, I love eyeliners. I haven’t really tried a relative amount of eyeliner brands to be able to call myself a makeup guru, or the like. In fact, I’ve only discovered its value for about year or so. But I just want to share my experience of the ones I’ve tried so far.

[pencil, liquid, and gel eyeliners]
My least favorite is probably the pencil eyeliner. This is the first one I was able to try. I can’t remember the brand of the very first one I had ever bought, but I think it was a Korean brand. I don’t like pencil liners because I had to constantly sharpen them. And I think a terrible amount of product is wasted when they are sharpened. Although, I now see that there are pencil liners that you don’t have to sharpen – kinda like how mechanical pencils work. But I’ve become afraid to put pencil liners on. For one, they are the most prone to melt easily and turn you into a panda. I don’t know, I just haven’t tested one that doesn't easily melt and, inevitably, darkens my under eyes. I currently own just one pencil eyeliner, which I got for free when I bought an urban decay palette. I use it from time to time, but only in lining my upper lash lines. What’s good about pencil liners is that they are seldom shiny. And I don’t like overly shiny eyeliners.

Next is the liquid eyeliner. I think this is the type of liner that I use the most. It’s so convenient to use – and fast to apply too. And it’s so much better to not have to sharpen these. Very less product is wasted. I think the very first one I bought was an elf brand. It was in a small container, like the ones for nail polishes, only thinner. I remember it had a dipping brush and it was a bit hard to apply (or that maybe because I was just a beginner then). It was cheap but it ran out so fast. So, after that, I tried the ones that don’t have to be dipped and like pens. So far, I have tried three brands.

Majolica Majorca’s Perfect Automatic Liner. The twistable end is a great idea. The liquid is locked in the pen and it only flows out to the brush when you twist the end of the pen. This way, the product will not dry out even if you forget to securely put on the cap. But that great feature is also a terrible flaw. When the liquid gets pushed to the tip, most of the time it forms a blot instead of evenly wetting the brush. I usually had to dab the brush on a tissue first before lining my eyes. I’d be asking for disaster if I don’t do it. But, as I said, because of the twist on the pen, it does not allow the product to dry and this lasts for quite a long time.

K-Palette’s 1DAY TATOO. This might be my favorite yet from the three brands I’ve tried. The brush is slimmer than the one from Majomajo so it’s easier to create thinner lines with this one. And the ink is more consistent and darker. However, this one is a tad more expensive than Majomajo’s; but then, it lasted me for about three month so it’s not really that bad.

Koji’s Line Beat. This is the one I’m using now. It’s not much different from the 1DAY TATOO. But I’m not sure if it’ll last as long. There are times when it’s harder to line my eyes; I don’t know if it’s just because the product dries easily on the brush –so I have to shake the pen more to push the product out; or, it really has less product than the other two. I forgot to lookup how much product each liquid liner has so I can’t really compare; only how long I’ve used them. Also, I don’t know if it’s because the liquid in this one is thinner or the brush is just a bit flimsier, but it’s easier to create thicker lines with this. On days when I don’t use eye shadow and I’m wearing glasses, I want my liner to be a bit thick and I find that this one easily gives me that. However, because the liquid in this does feel a bit thinner, a bit more diluted, it gets washed off more easily than 1DAY TATOO. So if the day is too hot and my eyelids are oily, this does come off faster –especially the lines in the corner of my eyes.

All in all, I still find 1DAY TATOO the best. But if I want a cheaper one, I’d go for Line Beat. I like liquid liners because when they melt they just disappear or they just rub off your skin. They don’t settle down under your eyes. But one disadvantage of using liquid liners is that they are a little shiny, or light reflects on them more than pencil or gel liners. It kind of defeats the purpose of lining your eyes if the liner is shiny. They’re supposed to give the illusion of bigger eyes or thicker lashes. I think the shine lessens the effect.

[order of swatch: Majolica Majorca’s Perfect Automatic Liner, K-Palette’s 1DAY TATOO, Koji’s Line Beat]

[please excuse the bushy brows, haha]

Lastly, the gel liner. I have only tried one brand so far, Maybelline’s Lasting Drama gel liner. If I find the right brush, this could probably be my favorite. This one really does last the whole day. It has no shine –that’s definitely a plus. And, unlike the liquid ones, this can also be used on the upper lash line. Only, I don’t like the brush that comes with my Maybelline liner. It’s not thin and angled as I would have liked. I don’t think I’d be able to draw a beautiful thin line with it. Thankfully, my friend had a small, thin angled brush she no longer needed so she gave it to me. And that’s what I always use when putting this on. Because, this one requires dipping the brush first and then lining the eyes, using this type takes me longer to put on than if I use a pen or a liquid liner. I think that’s the only downside with this. And then of course, you’d have to wash off the brush before tucking it away. But, another great thing with gel liner is that this can also be used when you want a more natural eye makeup. You don’t need to make a full line, just dabbing or brushing a bit of this product near the roots of your upper eyelashes could make a big difference already. That’s what I’ve learned from Wayne Goss (go check out his youtube channel, he’s fantastic).

[This is Maybelline's gel liner plus the brush my friend gave me]

I don’t know if you’ve deduced it already, but the type of liner I love the most is the gel one. It’s the best one so far –although, I am quite afraid to try other brands other than Maybelline's for now. Gel liners have no shine and they can last the whole day. Plus, they are more versatile than the liquid liners; and definitely longer lasting than the pencil liners I’ve tried. Also, the Maybelline one is great and quite affordable too. Only, you definitely have to find a better brush than what comes in the package. I don’t know, I haven’t tried that brush. And probably never. Haha. I think most of the Japanese makeup tutorials I’ve watched use liquid liners. So if you’re going for that kawaii big eyes look, the liquid liner might be best for you. I can’t say much about pencil liners. But if you have any suggestions, I’d be willing to give pencil liners another chance.

[order of swatch: Urban Decay's 24/7, Maybelline's Lasting Drama, Majolica Majorca’s Perfect Automatic Liner, K-Palette’s 1DAY TATOO, Koji’s Line Beat]


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