How-To: Winged Eyeliner

Hi beauties!

Okay, I am going to attempt to lay out some simple steps to get wingy with it. This may eventually become a video, but for now I will share with you my non-professional tips on cat eyes. I am passionate about art and makeup, but not a trained professional. Kandee Johnson and Pixi Woo have taught me most of what I know, along with many other beauty gurus and friends.

So: I like a thick, chunky wing with just a small flick at the end. I have hooded lids, which means that the skin of my eyelid hangs over the hollow of my eye sockets. It is easier to achieve this look without, however if you too have hooded lids you can still play with a cat eye if you follow these tips. Beautiful makeup is about being able to see a face for its unique features and imperfections and either enhance them or diminish them. A cat-eye is a bold look and can seem scary at first, but if you have the right tools and some patience you can achieve it.

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Step 1: Draw an invisible line in your mind’s eye from the outer corner of your upper lid to the bottom of your eyebrow. This is the pattern you want to use for your “flick”. It can be as long or as short as you like. Keep in mind, the longer it is, the thicker your cat-eye will be.

winged-liner-step-1-picture-2 Here’ mine!

Step 2: Now, you want to mark the middle of your upper eyelid with a dot. If you have small eyes and want to make your eyes look bigger, you can make this mark a bit closer to the outer corner of your eyelid. Basically, the more heavy colour there is on your upper eyelid the smaller your eyes can appear.

As you can see in the second image, I have drawn a line from the wing STRAIGHT ACROSS to the dot in the middle of my lid. Essentially, you have created a triangle on your face. Make sense?! Then the fun part, fill it in! Please, let it dry or all your hard work will be for nuttin’. This pen takes next to no time to dry as do most gel liners, but some liquid liner takes time so have patience. No sneezing.

Step 3: Okay, now that we have our liner in place it is absolutely imperative to this look to take some black powder and smudge it along your inner eyelid. This is not about precision. It is about filling in the awkward colour gap between the eyeliner and the base of your lashes. Just get that powder right in there by wiggling the brush. Please don’t hurt yourself, it gets easier with practice. ( I am using up my MAC carbon powder before replacing it with a cruelty-free option, but any black eyeshadow will work.)

Steps 4 and 5: So, curl the lashes and whack on all the mascara in the world. I like this Essence waterproof stuff, not too shabby. What are your fave mascaras? Do you have a cruelty-free option?

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And the finished look! I really didn’t do anything on my face except the liner. This look really works with false lashes and nude lipstick.

Let me know if this was helpful!

Love T

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