Siren Eyes vs Doe Eyes: How to Nail Tik-Tok’s Viral Makeup Trend

BY JENNY JUNG

Two ways to use gel eyeliners and why they are the superior formula.

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11 AUG - 2022

In light of Aleph’s new gel liner release, I’m going to share two of my favourite looks using the Onyx liner.

In the era of graphic liners and the growing popularity of the siren eye, everyone needs a good gel eyeliner. Although liquid liners are what we are used to seeing on social media these days, I wanted to bring your attention to why a gel eyeliner might be the better choice.

I’ve noticed that the majority of my favourite MUA’s opt for a gel eyeliner rather than a liquid pen. After all, you get way more control using a gel eyeliner with a great angled brush, opposed to its liquid counterpart, thus making it much easier to use. Not to mention the longer shelf-life, cost-efficiency and the ability to create bigger shapes without worrying about using up too much of your liquid eyeliner.

Recently, I have been trialling the new gel eyeliner from Aleph as I absolutely adore the rest of their line. It’s a clean and microplastic-free formula, born from an influx of consumer demand. I had super high expectations for it and to no surprise, Aleph has absolutely nailed the formula. Just like their other launches, I’m sure this one will fly off shelves incredibly quickly. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised as it reminded me why I used to love using gel eyeliners in the past and it inspired me to share all my updated tips to master the latest eye trends!

Although most of us will be familiar with the original gel eyeliners from M.A.C or Inglot, newer releases have the advantage of providing up-to-date and nuanced formulations to fit the current standards. The Onyx gel liner from Aleph has a unique water-based formula that isn’t your typical pomade type gel liner. I almost think of it as a liquid-gel hybrid that allows you to make sleek fluid lines with the ease of using a gel liner. Furthermore, gel liners give you the 100% assurance that you won’t experience any flaking or bleeding. In any case, let’s dive into the ever so diverse world of gel eyeliners!

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Aleph Onyx Gel Liner, NZD$59.

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Look One: Siren Eyes

The siren eye is a trending makeup look that has infiltrated the beauty space with extreme vigour, and I don’t think it's going anywhere for a while. With Alexa Demie as the siren eyes it-girl, she has harboured a lot of attention for this sexy smouldering look.

Typically featuring a winged liner with an extended inner corner and half lashes, this is the ideal look to whip out your gel liner. Due to the smokey nature of the eyeshadows, a gel liner is a must for the siren eye routine. This is because liquid liners can tend to look overly sharp or shiny while a gel liner offers slightly softer edges with a beautifully matte finish.

Especially because of the extended inner corner, using a liner like the Aleph Onyx gel would be ideal due to the smudge-resistant formula that sets in place. We wouldn’t want a messy inner corner now, would we? Additionally, we should be as conscious as possible when considering the products we use so close to the eyes. And since the Onyx liner has a natural formula that is 100% free of microplastics, you can feel sexy AND be safe!

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Alexa Demie.

Look Two: Doe Eyes

Eyeliner is often associated with drama and seduction. However, eyeliner can do a whole lot more than the cat eye. Take Lana Del Rey for example. She is the perfect celeb to study for the doe eyed look. Featuring thicker lines at a straighter angle without any drama on the waterline, she is able to retain the essence of the Hollywood glamour aesthetic.

As opposed to the siren eye, drawing thicker and shorter lines can create a 60’s inspired vintage look that is simply timeless. To achieve this, being able to use an angled liner brush will be the best way to go. You can cover a larger surface area without having to go back and forth. The result? Rounded, playful and dreamy eyes.

Since trying out the Onyx liner, I have been in love with the setting power of this product. It allows me to create thicker lines without having to worry about it creasing or smudging when I blink. I could never do this with a standard liquid liner or the M.A.C Black Track as they always tend to crease. This leads me to believe that it would be a great liner option for those with hooded eyelids. I thank the water-based formula! So, if you have gorgeous hooded eyes, don’t lose faith! The Onyx liner may just be the solution to all your eyeliner woes.

P.S: If any of you are looking for a new angled brush, the Liner/ Brow Brush has been a godsend for my liner and brow duties. The bristles are dense enough to sustain clean even lines, yet they are soft enough to pick up powders effectively for the brows. The best part about this brush is that the bristles don’t pierce or poke the skin when trying to get a precise wing- there is truly nothing worse when you are trying to create the perfect shape!

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Lana Del Ray.

Conclusion

Gel eyeliners are incredibly underrated. Liquid felt pens have dominated the market for years but since trends are cyclic, I have an inkling that gel liners will have its resurgence in the very near future due to the graphic look becoming more and more common as an everyday look.

Upon using the Onyx liner religiously for the past few weeks, I can confidently say that the gel liner has improved my eyeliner game by folds and I am so proud of brands like Aleph that create high-performing yet sustainable and vegan formulas that we can support, guilt-free.

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