Even if you’re a seasoned makeup pro, it takes practice to achieve a flawlessly executed eye look. While liquid eyeliner offers a super-fine tip, and eyeliner pencils are best for a quick line, some makeup artists believe so Gel pot eyeliner, while requiring a brush, tend to be the most versatile and user-friendly of the three. “They’re a lot easier to control and great for people who haven’t perfected a liquid,” says makeup artist Jenna Kristina, who works with celebrities like Megan Fox and Zoey Deutch. “I love the control the brush gives me combined with a thicker product texture to work with,” adds makeup artist Lisa Aharon, who counts Anna Kendrick among her clients.
Another selling point is that gel liners tend to last longer than other formulations. “They should typically last more than eight hours and usually don’t smear,” says makeup artist Renée Loiz. “And if you set them with a powder that’s the same color as the eyeliner, they last even longer.” Unlike liquids or sticks, you can actually use the formula to create a variety of looks — from a soft one smeared liner to a sharp wing or even a smoky eye. “I like to use it for precise lines on the eyes and also to fill in between the lashes for a thicker lash look,” suggests Loiz.
Just make sure you’re using the right type of brush. “When I’m filling in the lash line to create a thicker lash line effect, I like to use a flat, straight brush,” suggests Aharon. (Her choice is this Sisley brush.) For a cat eye, I tend to use an angled brush for a finer tip both inside and outside the eye,” adds Aharon. If you’re looking for a sharp, precise line or a cat’s eye, makeup artist Amber Dreadon (who works with Angelina Jolie) recommends using thin liner brushes like MAC’s #210 or #209. For a smoky eye, Dreadon prefers a pencil-shaped brush like the Sigma E30 to apply the liner is a way to beat the look of a smoky eye, but in just a minute or two,” says Dreadon.
Of course, the most important factor is the quality of the eyeliner. Keep scrolling to shop the best long-wearing, high color payoff eyeliner pots that the pros have always stashed in their kits and makeup bags.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to experiment with colorful graphic eyeliners, grab it Ingot’s AMC Eyeliner Gel 77 as sign. Inglot’s intense colors are a Kristina favorite, as the brand offers a whopping 26 shades – more than any others we’ve found. “I love using brightly colored pot liners to add a pop of color,” says makeup artist and Inglot fan Molly R. Stern, who works with Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler. Many colored formulas require layers, but this waterproof formula offers full coverage in just one application.