Let's dive into the world of the iconic winged eyeliner styles, a makeup trend that's both classic and stylish. Perfecting this look, however, comes with its own set of challenges and requires a few tried-and-true techniques. Especially during this festive season, whether you are getting late for the Ganpati puja or need to get to the rest of your outfit for Navratri, you really cannot afford to waste too much time on your makeup. But that doesn’t mean foregoing eyeliner completely. Don't worry for we've got you covered with some nifty little tips and tricks of different styles of applying eyeliner and achieving that flawless winged eyeliner every single time. 


Challenges of Perfecting The Winged Eyeliner

Winged Eyeliner

There is a reason why most of us just give up trying to get the perfect winged eyeliner and just stick to our usual eyeliner and kajal styles. But to ace those elusive wings and learn all the different styles of applying eyeliner, you need to first understand what it is that may be going wrong. 

Symmetry Struggles: It's frustrating when your winged eyeliner doesn't match on both eyes. Achieving symmetry requires practice and the right tools. 

Creasing and Smudging: Dealing with a liner that creases or smudges throughout the day can be disheartening. You need a liner that stays put for even simple eyeliner styles. 

Chipping and Flaking: There's nothing worse than noticing your carefully crafted wings chipping or flaking away as the day progresses, emphasizing the importance of a liner with staying power. 

Winged Eyeliner

Time Consumption: Crafting the perfect wing takes time, which can be a challenge when you're rushing to get ready in the morning or before a night out. So, practise, practise, practise the winged eyeliner styles before your big day. 

Difficult to Hold: Holding a regular eyeliner brush can be tricky, especially with shaky hands. The best way is to use a pen liner so you have more control like the Lakmé Eyeconic Pro Brush Liner which gives the feeling of using a brush customised for you. 

Outer Corner Application: Applying liner smoothly near the outer corner is a challenge, especially if you have crow’s feet or fine lines. A precise, flexible tip helps with winged eyeliner styles. 

Messy Brush: Struggling with a brush that's gone haywire can transform our morning makeup routine into a messy ordeal. We need a thin, pointed but also slightly flexible tip with controlled movement along the surface of your skin. In such a case, a pen liner like the Lakmé Eyeconic Pro Brush Liner is perfect as it doesn’t clog or fray, so you can easily get the thinnest line you like. 

Compatibility with Eye Makeup: Ever had your liner fading or just not working on top of your eye shadow? Well, your liner should work harmoniously with your eye makeup products whether they are powdery or creamy, not against them.  

Need a Handy Eyeliner: Honestly, half the battle is won if you have the right tool. Don’t believe us? Try the Lakmé Eyeconic Pro Brush Liner which boasts intense pigmentation in just one stroke and lasts for an impressive 36 hours without fading or chipping. 


Tips to Perfect Winged Eyeliner Like a Pro

Winged Eyeliner

Small Lines: We all may want Ariana Grande’s black magic but not all of us can draw wings in a single swoop like her. But what we can do is draw in small lines till both sides match. And the Lakmé Eyeconic Pro Brush Liner's smooth flow helps you draw small lines complete with a matte finish. 

Take Your Time: As we said before, practice makes perfect and the same goes for wings. So, work at your pace till you get them right. The Lakmé Eyeconic Pro Brush Liner dries instantly so you can open your eyes, blink and take a break before returning to matching the wings. It also minimises the pressure of achieving the perfect wing in a single attempt. 

Connect the Dots: One of the different styles of applying eyeliner is this simple but effective technique – connecting the dots to create a smooth, even wing. Just dot on both sides till you are sure they match. Then go ahead and connect them. 

Tape Trick: Use tape as a guide for creating clean wings. Just stick it at an angle from the outer corner of your eye to the end of your brows and get drawing. It allows you to experiment fearlessly, knowing that the Lakmé liner's non-bleeding formula ensures clean and precise lines. 

Utilize Tools: Tools like stencils, the handle of a spoon or even the foundation spatula can act as a ruler for you in getting that symmetrical winged look and hone your skills. 

Winged Eyeliner

Sensitive Eyes: If you have sensitive eyes or your eyes water every time something gets close, be careful. But the clinically-approved Lakmé Eyeconic Pro Brush Liner allows you to stay on trend as it is free of BHT and paraben which can otherwise cause allergic reactions or harm your skin in the long run. There are also several ways to sport liner without tightlining or waterlining your eyes. Drawing on the outer corner of your eye or experimenting with floating graphic liners is what the new eye makeup looks are all about anyway. 

Outline and Fill: Here is another one of the easy but different styles of applying eyeliner. By outlining and then filling your wings meticulously, you can achieve an enviable smoothness that looks straight out of a beauty guru’s tutorial. 

Winged Eyeliner

Extend the Wing: Experiment with extending the wing to different lengths and directions to achieve various looks. The Lakmé liner's precision helps in this creative process. You can also add a dot on the outer corner of the lash line and then drag it out with your finger or a thin brush. 

Clean Edges: Even if the length, thickness or directions don’t match, you can get it to match with the magic of a Q-tip and some makeup remover. Just draw on thick wings and go about wiping the edges till both sides look the same. The waterproof and smudge-proof nature of the Lakmé liner means that once you clean the edges, your wing stays sharp all day. 

Apply Before Makeup: If you are already a pro, then the Lakmé Eyeconic Pro Brush Liner is easy to apply on top of your makeup. But if you are still starting out with winged eyeliner styles, apply liner before your eye makeup so you can keep wiping any mistakes without worrying about ruining your eyeshadow or base. 


FAQs on Tips to Perfect Winged Eyeliner

Winged Eyeliner

Q1. What is the Korean eyeliner style? 

Since South Koreans usually have hooded or monolids, the eyeliner isn’t visible if applied the usual way. So, if you have a similar eye shape, you can try out this Korean eyeliner style. Keep your eyes open and draw a thin line from the middle of your eye to the outer corner of your eye. But instead of drawing an upward wing, go downward, in the same direction as the curve of your eye. You can end it with a short flick upwards if you like and that’s it! 

Q2. How do you do the Egirl eyeliner? 

Confused with the Y2K look, it is usually a very thick wing that is drawn horizontally instead of going up. First line your eyeliner on your eyelid the way you usually do. Then at the outer corner of your eye, draw a thick triangle, making sure it is horizontal aka perpendicular to your eyes. Fill in the triangle and that’s it. 

Q3. What are cat eye eyeliner styles? 

Cat eye eyeliner styles are basically winged eyeliner but the wing is dramatic and points upward, think ‘50s eye makeup. The liner is thick on the lash line and then ends with a short but pointed flick. A lot of people also like to extend the line on the inner corner of the eye for the illusion of longer eyes. 

Mastering the winged eyeliner takes time and practice, but armed with the right liner, tools and techniques like those shared above, you'll be rocking that flawless wing in no time. So, go ahead, embrace the challenge and let your eyes do the talking!