The Lighter Side of Eyeliner: Liquid vs. Pencil

Écriture de Chanel Automatic Liquid Eyeliner

Growing up, I was always fascinated watching my mother apply her makeup, especially her eyeliner. She is a beautiful woman, if I do say so myself, and has always used liquid eyeliner. I always thought she looked so very glamorous that I started out using it very early on, just by copying her.

Most women you talk to and even beauty experts will tell you that liquid eyeliner is too messy, too hard to work with, you need a very steady hand and makeup remover must be close-by. This may all be true, but for me, achieving the same dramatic effect with a pencil? Impossible. You’re thinking I have it all backwards, I know.

No matter how many times or which products I’ve tried, I could never use pencil eyeliner! I’ve tried drawing from the outside corner inwards, from the inside corner outwards, dotting and dashing along my upper lash line, but I have never been able to master the technique. Give me liquid liner, on the other hand, and I can draw the cleanest, thinnest or thickest line in one shot. This has been going on for years and like a nemesis, I just can’t defeat it. However, every few years, I try – again.

This time, I thought I would consult a professional, so I visited our friend Magali and she tried to help me slay this dragon.

Magali at Chanel/ Holt Renfrew

She confirmed what I had heard many times before – I am the opposite of most women, who do have trouble with the application of liquid eyeliner. Magali lined one of my eyes beautifully with pencil and then took me through it step by step, so I could learn for myself. She confirmed that most women can’t use liquid without making a total mess and having to start over several times. Well, that’s me with a good old pencil.

She instructed me to open my eye so that I could see my progress. I filled in the inner corner of my upper lash line and then drew connecting dots from the outer corner, inwards.  While I was there, at Holt Renfrew, I did a great job, but when I got home and tried to repeat it, I just couldn’t achieve the same look.

I will say, however, that the eyeliner I purchased from Chanel, which won the Grand Prix de la beauté, in Elle magazine, is the best pencil I have tried thus far.  It’s waterproof, doesn’t smudge and lasts a very long time  ( all through my wedding!). This automatic eyeliner comes with a built-in sharpener and in a wide variety of colors – great for experimenting, which I wouldn’t suggest with liquid.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Automatic Eyeliner/ lots of color choices

I may still pick up a pencil from time to time, but for now I’ll stick to what I know – liquid eyeliner.

Merci Magali! Thanks Mom!

  • (Both liquid and pencil eyeliners available at Chanel/ Holt Renfrew)
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Beatrice Benguallid

I too am a liquid kind of girl, can achieve more dramatic look and never make a mess! Must be years of practice! Thanks Shopgirl.


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