Gel liners and liquid liners are of different textures. Although both are pen-shaped, voices diverse on them. Today let’s go in depth on both so you’ll know which one does what.
Gel liner looks like crayon, with round tip. Consequently the lines it draws are not thin, but can be smudged out for a natural effect.
Pros: 1, Beginner friendly. The filling are so soft and easier to control. 2, Natural lines without that rigid and stiff edges. It can draw fine lines which are perfect for neutral looks. 3, Mistake-proof. The retractable applicator makes blending so easy, especially when you want to accentuate the lower lashlines. 4, Go colorful! You got bored with just black liners? Choose a colored gel liner and lit up the looks.
Cons: 1, As natural as it is, the eyeliner may not be able to achieve the precision and definition. 2, Because the filling is so soft, it might break when you apply. 3, Sadly it is more likely to smudge than liquid liner.
Liquid liner is similar to water paint. There are felt tip and brush tip available and draw lines that are more precise. And yes, I know you must have one of these in your makeup pouch.
Pros: 1, Highly pigmented and fast drying. The longwear is enough to hold a look throughout the day. 2, If your hand is steady you can do a cat wing in a single pass. 3, Add more definition with the fine tip.
Cons: 1, The lines can’t be fixed easily and it gets cakey when you layer it up. 2, The crisp edge means you have to wear a full face makeup to pull it out, otherwise the liner looks rather stiff. 3, A shorter PAO period. 4, Sometimes overly pigmented, unless you just want a jet-black line.
We compare and contrast these two mainstream liner products in the hope to give you some reference. Of course, you can always pair them up by using a gel liner for the roots of lashes and a liquid liner to wing it out.