Which Eye Liner Brush Is Right for You?


Lining your eyes can be a daunting task if you're not armed with the proper tools. Luckily, the right eye liner brush can help you achieve soft definition or bold drama, depending on the medium and look you like. Use this handy brush guide in your quest to become a lining pro! 

1. Tight Line

Tight lining gives eyes extra definition without an obvious, drawn-on line. A thin, flat-shaped brush will give you the ability to distribute pigment evenly in between your lashes. You can use a synthetic or natural flat brush, as long as the bristles retain their shape firmly. This brush works best with powder, cream/cake, and gel eye liners. Avoid runny liquid formulas which could potentially irritate your eye.

Laura Mercier Flat Eye Liner Brush

2. Fine Flick

Many who wear eye liner every day will flick out the outer corners a bit. A bent liner brush is a great tool if you're new to eye liner and lets you control the fluidity and movement of the makeup so you can draw the thinnest of lines. Build up your line with thin strokes until you have a shape you love. This brush works best with cream/cake, gel, and liquid formulas.

Sonia Kashuk Bent Eye Liner Brush

3. Cat's Eye

The winged cat eye is one of the most dramatic beauty statements you can make with makeup. A small synthetic angle brush allows you to control the shape of the line. The brush's sharp, slanted design lets you create both precise angles and thick wings that take up more surface area on the lid. As the most versatile brush of the bunch, it works with all types of eye liner.

MAC 263 Small Angle Brush

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