Liquid Eyeliner Vs Pencil Eyeliner: Which Is Better

Liquid Eyeliner Vs Pencil Eyeliner: Which is Better?

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There are many kinds of eyeliners like some are gel-based, while others are brush-tip liquid eyeliners. Some are the felt tip eyeliners (also called marker eyeliners), while others are kohl pencil eyeliners.

Liquid eyeliner is a good option because it has more pros. But picking the correct eyeliner depends on what’s important to you. If the ease of application is essential to you, then go for the liquid liner. The liquid liner stays on for 5 – 6 hours in terms of long-lasting, whereas the pencil stays on for 2 -3 hours. However, liquid eyeliner finishes much faster than a pencil eyeliner. Liquid eyeliner and pencil are easy to travel with, but the pencil is more comfortable to apply while traveling. Finally, pencil eyeliner is readily available in different colors.   

Below are the differences between the two: 


The use of eyeliners depends on what type of application you need, i.e., either you need a sharp winged eyeliner or a dramatically smudged application. It also depends on either you need eyeliner for quick touch-ups or detailed makeup. Here we have done a short comparison of the application and results of both types of eyeliners.

Liquid Eyeliner 



Liquid eyeliners are great for achieving a fine and precise line.

Liquid eyeliners are way too easy to apply. You don’t need to hold or stretch your eyelids to apply liquid eyeliner with the other hand’s fingers. 


The ink liquid eyeliners (the one which comes in tube/pot packaging with a brush) usually have a more intense and dark black application than marker liquid eyeliners.




Pencil Eyeliner

For applying pencil eyeliner, you might have to put a little extra effort. To get the perfect and intense results, you must stretch your eyelid with the other hand’s fingers and then rub the tip on your eyelid. 


Both kohl pencil and mechanical twist-up pencil eyeliners have the almost same intensity of application, not too intense, not too light.


But the power of application varies with brand names. One is better than the other, so you should always test multiple of them before buying one. The ones with a smooth application are still better because, in that case, you would not have to apply any extra effort to use it to your eyelids.

Liquid Eyeliner
Pencil Eyeliner

Different Looks

You use both liquid eyeliners and pencil eyeliners to create different kinds of looks.

Liquid Eyeliner


Powder eyeshadows act as a magnet for liquid eyeliners that allows it to stick. They do not smudge or slip off the eyelids easily, giving you a bold look throughout the day.




Pencil Eyeliner


Pencil eyeliners are a great and effortless option for creating smokey eye looks. To create a smokey eyeshadow look using a pencil eyeliner, you must dot the upper and lower lashes using the dash technique. After dotting, take a cotton swab to blend the dots correctly.


Liquid Eyeliner Use
Pencil Eyeliner Use


Liquid Eyeliner

Regarding application, ink or marker eyeliners can be long-lasting. They stay on your eyelids for 5-6 hours easily but if we consider the factor of long-lasting regarding the product’s quantity, then you might be hurt to hear but liquid eyeliners last only 3 months before they empty out or have to be replaced (if applied daily).


If you plan to save your marker liquid eyeliner for a long term, future use, then there are chances that your eyeliner will dry up or lose its intensity. 

Pencil Eyeliner

When applied, pencil eyeliners stay intense black only for 2-3 hours, then as your makeup oxidizes, your eyeliner also starts to fade out.


If we consider the factor of “long-lasting” regarding the “product’s quantity”, then you’ll be happy to hear that pencil eyeliners last much longer than liquid eyeliners. They can last up to 2 years. You do not have any fear of getting your eyeliner dried out even if you plan to store it for a longer time.



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Liquid Eyeliner

Liquid eyeliners with brush tips give a temporary tattoo type application.


As soon as liquid eyeliner with brush tip dries out, it sticks to your eye and doesn’t smudge away easily. If your goal is to achieve a sharp and intense eyeliner look, we suggest looking for waterproof liquid eyeliners with a brush tip.


Felt-tip marker liquid eyeliners can be smudgy at times, but this depends on the formula. If you choose a waterproof felt-tip liquid eyeliner, you’ll notice that it merely erases out without smudging.


However, applying both types of liquid eyeliners might crack if used too much after some application hours.

Pencil Eyeliner


Kohl pencil eyeliners have a softer formula. Like they glide on your eyelids while applying, they smudge that quickly too. 

To prevent smudging, makeup artists use loose face powder on your eyelids after applying concealer or foundation, but still, there is no 100% guarantee that your Kohl pencil eyeliner won’t smudge. 

However, there are occasions when you need to create a dramatic smokey eyeliner liner look; in that case, kohl pencil liners are the best option because they blend out softly. 






Convenient and Travel friendly

While traveling, our focus is on the stuff that occupies minimum space and could help you do quick touch-ups. Although both liquid and ink eyeliners come in slim and compact packaging, there are still a few things you should keep in mind while buying an eyeliner for traveling purposes.

Liquid Eyeliner

As discussed above, you should use either brush tip liquid eyeliner or felt-tip liquid eyeliner for a sharp eyeliner look. 


Comparing felt-tip eyeliner to brush tip eyeliner concerning travel friendliness, we will suggest that felt-tip eyeliner is much more travel friendly than brush tip liquid eyeliner


For brush tip eyeliner, you must twist open it, place the bottle on some table, and then apply the eyeliner. Since its formula is more liquid, you are at a greater risk of messing up the liner when applying.


For felt-tip marker liquid eyeliner, you only pull the cap and draw a line over your eyelids. Thus creating no mess and is great for quick touch-ups.

Pencil Eyeliner



Kohl pencil eyeliners are slim and short in size, but they are still not a good option to apply during traveling. Kohl pencils need an extra effort to use; secondly, you would always have to carry a sharpener with you. Sharpening kohl pencils always create a mess, wood shavings can hurt your eyes, and sometimes while applying, the sharpened tip of the kohl pencil breaks.


To overcome this mess, you can use mechanical twist-up eyeliners. They will give the same application as kohl pencils without creating any mess.




Color Choices

Sometimes we aim to use colored eyeliners rather than traditional black to create something different like ombre eyeliner looks. They are mostly used to give a pop of color or brighten up and enhance your eye colors. Like green and blues looks good with brown eyes. Similarly, navy blue and purple enhance blue eyes. Here we’ll let you know what type of colored eyeliner is easy to buy.

Liquid Eyeliner

Liquid eyeliners come in different color variants that are super easy to apply and give precise lines, but very few drugstore brands offer liquid colored eyeliners. It would be a bit difficult to find the desired color in liquid eyeliners.

Pencil Eyeliner

Colored pencil eyeliners are readily available in any drugstore brand. Even drugstore ones are as good as high-end ones, and the best thing is the color range of colored pencil eyeliners is vast. You can get your desired color from any local cosmetic store quickly.


Though liquid ink eyeliners or felt-tip marker eyeliners are a little better than pencil eyeliners, both eyeliners have their uses. The mistakes that you make with liquid eyeliners are sometimes hard to fix. If you try to wipe it off, they may remove the whole of your eye makeup. But if you mess up a pencil eyeliner, you can precisely erase it using a cotton bud (dipped in makeup remover) or even using a concealer.


A key benefit of pencil eyeliner is that you can use it easily on your waterline to add more depth to your eyes, but you can’t use liquid eyeliner on the waterline.


To achieve different makeup looks, we will suggest you keep both eyeliners types in your cosmetics collection. Like a beginner and aim to achieve the perfect wing every morning, then a felt tip liquid eyeliner can be your best companion. You only need to learn how to stamp it to make that perfect wing. But if you need to create a daily makeup look for work, then a neutral brown eyeliner pencil can prove to be a staple.


All you need to do is apply a little bit of brown pencil on the outer corner of the eyes and blend it out with your finger. You can also add a fine wing using any felt-tip eyeliner, and you are good to go.  



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