The Pros and Cons of Using Pencil Eyeliners

The Pros and Cons of Using Pencil Eyeliners

Everybody loves a strong, bold eyeliner look. In today’s makeup market, there have never been more options for making your favorite eyeliner looks come to life--between all the different brands, colors, and varieties of eyeliners, choosing the best one for you can feel a little intimidating. One of the biggest choices to make when selecting a new eyeliner is whether you’ll choose a pencil style eyeliner over a different type. Like any other type of product, there are pros and cons to consider when determining whether or not a pencil eyeliner will work best for you.

What Are the Pros of Using Eyeliner Pencils?

Pencil eyeliners offer excellent application control due to their sharp, pointed tips. Because these eyeliners can be resharpened, they can be applied as finely as you desire. The finely sharpened tips can also be used to fill in tricky, hard-to-reach spots like close to the roots of your eyelashes. Another plus of having a sharp tip is being able to fill in water lines, or the space directly below where your eyelashes grow, with ease. If you struggle with getting your eyeliner evenly lined with your lashes, an eyeliner pencil might be the best product for you—since the tip can be easily manipulated, eyeliner pencil can be applied in short dashes and then filled in afterward to create an easier, more even look.

Eyeliner pencils also offer blendability. Often, if you make a mistake while applying pencil eyeliner, you can “blend out” the mistake using your finger or a Q-tip without having to remove and recreate the entire look. You can also blend the pencil eyeliner easier to create a softer, less sharp look if the lines end up looking too bold or harsh. Some makeup users also like to mix the control and blendability of an eyeliner pencil with other types of eyeliners to build a more defined look.

Another pro of choosing pencil eyeliners is their sturdiness. Because they contain no liquid or meltable element, they can be tossed in a makeup or travel bag without fear of spilling or oozing out of a container. Often, eyeliner pencils are sold with a plastic protective cap to keep the tips sharp in the depths of makeup bags.

There are a wide variety of eyeliner pencil shades and colors from which to choose. If you prefer an everyday look, eyeliner pencils are sold in the usual black or brown shades, but for bolder looks, you can experiment with brighter, unusual colors such as jewel tones, neons, and bold shades at a softer price point than other liquid or gel liners in different color varieties.

One of the best and most attractive features of eyeliner pencils is their price point. Typically, eyeliner pencils are cheaper than other varieties such as gels or liquids. If saving money is a factor in your choice, choosing an eyeliner pencil is a good way to spend less without sacrificing a good eyeliner look.

What Are the Cons of Using Pencil Eyeliners?

Pencil eyeliners are cased in wood that can be sharpened, much like a regular writing pencil. The wood encasement, however, can lead to premature drying if the eyeliner isn’t used up quickly enough. If you aren’t a regular eyeliner user, you may want to avoid purchasing pencil eyeliners at the risk of not getting your money’s worth out of them over time. A dry, crumbling eyeliner pencil won’t work well enough to salvage an eye look, even if it is sharpened to a point again.

Looks created using pencil eyeliners also tend to look softer. If you are interested in a bold or dramatic eye look, you may prefer a liquid or gel liner to achieve deeper, darker colors. Also, due to an eyeliner pencil’s tendency to become too cool or waxy, trying to apply it immediately can lead to uneven, catchy lines that don’t blend as well. Before using an eyeliner pencil, it is best to roll it between your palms to “warm” them up, which can cost you a little extra time when you’re getting ready.

With great blendability comes great reapplication. Unfortunately, because pencil eyeliners are easily blendable, they’re also easier to accidentally smudge or wear off naturally by eye movement, sweating, or unintentional smearing. If you choose to use a pencil eyeliner, you may want to toss it in your bag for a reapplication or two during the day. Fortunately, pencil eyeliners can last a little bit longer than usual if you apply an eye makeup primer to your skin before applying any eye makeup.

Resources — Glamour, Marie Claire, Byrdie

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