It’s all in the liner

Help­ing you un­der­stand the dif­fer­ent types of eye­lin­ers

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Alexis Tshangana

MOST women use an eye­liner to ac­cen­tu­ate their make-up and make their eyes pop. But not many women know that there are dif­fer­ent types of eye­lin­ers to choose from, with each de­signed for a spe­cific pur­pose.


This is the most com­mon eye­liner. It comes in shades such as black, grey and brown. It is also re­tractable, which helps pre­vent it from get­ting dry.

Ad­van­tage: It is af­ford­able and can be used as an eye­liner and lip liner.

Dis­ad­van­tage: It tends to ir­ri­tate those with sen­si­tive eyes and smudges.

Move! tip Should the eye­liner be­come dry, warm it with a hairdryer.


This is wa­ter-based and takes a bit longer to dry. The bris­tles on the brush come in all shapes and sizes from thin and thick to even round ones. Ad­van­tage: It stays on for longer with­out smudg­ing.

Dis­ad­van­tage: It can be hard to ap­ply the first cou­ple of times and can be messy on your eyes. You can­not use it once it is dry, it has to be thrown away.

Move! tip Avoid ap­ply­ing it on your bot­tom lash as this area is oily and the liner will be runny.


This comes in pen­cil form or as a gel in a small tub used with an an­gled brush. Ad­van­tage: It lasts longer. The colour is darker too. It is per­fect for those who love the winged look (a wide eyed look) as it is easy to con­trol and glides eas­ier on your skin. Dis­ad­van­tage: It takes longer to wash off and costs more than the kohl liner. Move! tip Keep the lid on to pre­vent it from dry­ing.


This has two colours in one pen­cil. It is two sim­i­lar shades, one is darker while the other is lighter.

Ad­van­tage: It al­lows you to be colour­ful with­out ap­ply­ing eye­shadow.

Dis­ad­van­tage: Some in­gre­di­ents in the eye­liner can cause an eye in­fec­tion.

Move! tip: Al­ways pur­chase a rep­utable brand.


This is mainly used in fash­ion shoots or shows. Ad­van­tage: It looks good on cam­era or stage. Dis­ad­van­tage: It is ex­pen­sive.

Move! tip Avoid us­ing it for ev­ery­day use. It will be too bright on the eye.

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