How to Heat a Gel Liner


Good makeup can be spendy, so smart cosmetistas know how to get the most bang for their buck. Gel eyeliner brushes on soft and smooth and lasts all day, but if you’re not careful it can dry up in the pot. Fortunately, fixing gel liner isn’t a big deal. Just turn up the heat and you’ll be brushing on smoky liner again in no time.

What It Is

Gel liner is usually silicone based. It has a creamy texture and comes in a small pot with a screw-on lid, rather than in a tube or a pencil. You apply it with a flat brush and can do precise, fine lines or smudge it for a softer look. Gel liners tend to last longer than pencils or powders, but if you don’t get that lid on tightly it will dry out.

Wet It Down

Fill a bowl with very hot water. Screw the lid onto the pot of gel liner and submerge it in the water. Let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Scoop the pot out with a slotted spoon. Open it carefully and stir the gel liner with a toothpick or the handle end of a small makeup brush. Stir in two to three eye drops if it still looks too dry.

Heat It Up

Set your little pot on a folded towel and aim your blow dryer at it. Move the blow dryer constantly, heating the pot evenly on all sides. Do this for a minute or two, then open the pot carefully. Stir the gel, close the pot and repeat. Keep doing this until the gel has softened all the way through.

Nuke It Through

Close the lid on your pot of gel and place it in a microwave-safe bowl or plastic container. Fill the container with water. Microwave the gel for 10 to 20 seconds at a time on 75 percent power. Open the gel pot carefully and stir the gel. Repeat until it's soft and creamy all the way through. Never nuke your gel without placing it in water first, to avoid burning it or melting the pot.

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