Black Liner – Gel and Cake

This is the final post of my three part series on black liner.

In my previous post, I mentioned how I couldn’t work with liquid liners because they just didn’t like me. Once I accepted that reality, I turned my attention to gel liner – firstly because they gave the deepest of black lines that I’d ever seen but then were also long lasting and could be smudged in for a softer look.

Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner in Blackest Black

I used to be a hobby painter – oil paintings were my medium of choice. I used to do a lot of landscapes, which involved a lot of intricate detailing for trees and water.So I wasn’t a stranger to using a fine brush to achieve a simple line.mny-gel-liner

I first started out with the M.A.C. paint pot in Blacktrack (#youtubemademebuyit). Coupled with the #209 brush, I quickly taught myself how to draw a winged liner. First I tried it it out on paper and then did it on my own eye (doing it in 3D is always different than doing it on a flat medium like paper).

Once I got the hang of it, I could do a beautiful winged liner in no time flat and with a lot of ease. I also use what’s remaining on my brush to line the waterline. It lasts all day and doesn’t budge.gel-liner

It was a couple of years ago that I discovered the Maybelline gel liner. A fraction of the price, includes a brush and performs just as well as the high end brand? Sign me up!!

I have now switched to this product and have been through a number of jars of this stuff. It’s awesome! They used to have a brown version of this as well, but i haven’t seen it in the stores of late.

Tip: As this liner comes in a jar, it does tend to dry out (the part that’s exposed to air can get crusty and hard). I normally scrape off the top layer and continue use. Drying out is normal across the brands and is not exclusive to this one. I’ve had the same issue on the other brands too.

Laura Mercier Tightlining Cake Liner

I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of tightlining. Tightlining is not new to the beauty world; it’s been in use for ages! At the base of it, tightlining is the practice of lining your waterline on the top lid to create thicker looking lashes and to create an illusion of a liner without actually drawing one on your top lid.laura-mercier

This process is mainly favored by people with hooded lids or monolids where your lid disappears into your socket when you open your eyes. It is also used when trying to achieve a natural no-makeup look. I can line my waterline without an issue, but I get all jittery the moment I start to draw it on my top waterline.

I bought this product off Strawberrynet this year just to try it out. A cake liner is a pressed pigment that looks like a regular eyeshadow. The way it works is you dip your damp brush into the pan and swirl it about until it picks up enough pigment to draw a line. Then line as you normally would. For tightlining, I place my mirror low so I’m looking down into the mirror and it gives me the least amount of tingles when lining the top waterline.lm-cake

On my tanned skin, the liner doesn’t come off as very pigmented. It is light and smooth. It is not long lasting as compared to the gel liners and it definitely will run if you’re teary. Would I use it for tightlining… Probably. I just need to practise to get used to the process.

So that completes my discussion on black liner. Thank you for keeping up with my ramblings!

Interested in my other posts? Read about my black pencil liners here and my liquid liners here.

Have you tried gel or cake liner? Does the thought of tightlining give you the Heebie-jeebies?


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