Friday, November 20, 2015

How-To: Winged Liner in Six Easy Steps

While winged eyeliner is a classic technique that's often associated with pin-up makeup, it can actually be applied to any type of makeup, from a natural look (just use eyeshadow instead of liquid or gel liner) to a more dramatic application (smoky cat eye, anyone?). It's also not as hard to achieve winged eyeliner as most people think. To become a master of the wing, start by choosing a tool that you're most comfortable with, whether it's a felt tip eyeliner pen or an angled brush and some gel liner, and then follow these six simple steps:

1. Prime your eyelid with either a concealer or eyeshadow primer and set with powder. This will prevent your eyeliner from smudging up onto your lid as it wears throughout the day. Tip: If you're using a gel liner, go over it with a black eyeshadow to further prevent smudging.

2. Staying as close to the lash line as possible, draw a line from the inner corner to the outer corner. Tip: Start with a thin line, and then build up to your desired thickness. (It's always easier to add than to take away.)

3. Create the base of your wing. Think of it as an extension of your lower lash line, following the same angle. You can keep the wing short, or for a more dramatic effect (aka you fancy), extend it up closer to the tail end of your eyebrow.

4. Connect the top of the wing to the line you created in step 2, making a triangle shape. Note: The line connecting the two points should be a continuous, straight line when the eye is closed. When the eye is open, the line will only appear to dip as it falls on the curvature and fold of the lid.

5. Fill in the triangle.

6. Add mascara (or falsies) to top and bottom lashes.

And, done! Wasn't that easy?

Have any winged liner tips of your own? Please share them in the comments!

xo – Sc

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