How Do I Choose the Best Gel Eyeliner?

Emily Espinoza

The main things to consider when choosing the best gel eyeliner are how much the eyeliner smudges, what colors you like, and how much you are willing to spend on it. One of the biggest complaints about any kind of eyeliner is smudging or running, so how well the color stays in place should be a consideration. The actual color itself and how intense it is should also play a part in which gel eyeliner you choose. Finally, gel eyeliners are available in a variety of price ranges, so you need to decide how much you are willing to spend on yours before you choose one.

A brown eyeliner will complement blue eyes.
A brown eyeliner will complement blue eyes.

Some gel eyeliners will smudge more than others, and some may even fade or wear off after several hours of wear. Consumer reviews can be helpful in determining which brands fare the best in different realistic situations. You might also consider a waterproof option, as these eyeliners sometimes stand up better to sweating, crying, or even walking in the rain. It can be helpful to think about when and where you plan on using your gel eyeliner to determine how important it is for it to be durable or waterproof.

The color of your gel eyeliner is an important consideration because different colors of eyeliner compliment different colors of eyes as well as different overall styles. A brown eyeliner goes well with a more causal look or to accent green or blue eyes. Black eyeliner is definitely more dramatic and can give an exotic look to darker eye colors. In addition to the actual color, some eyeliners have more pigment and will have a darker, more intense appearance. These deeper hues can also last longer as it will take more time for the intense pigment to fade away.

As with many products, gel eyeliner is available at a variety of prices, and the best brand is sometimes dictated by budget constraints. This another determination that consumer reviews or word of mouth recommendations can be help you to make. Keep in mind that what works best for one person may not be what works best for you and that you should try to listen to all opinions as objectively as possible. Even if you have heard rave reviews about the most expensive gel eyeliner on the market, before you splurge, you should make sure that it really is the best one for you personally and that you don't mind the extra expense .

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