When it comes to winged eyeliner, practice makes perfect! Although not rocket science, understanding how to do winged eyeliner requires patience and practice. Creating perfect wings can be daunting, but no other look can beat the drama and the definition of the cat-eye.
Winged eyeliner is a classic makeup trend and - although a little tricky at first - we’ll show you exactly how to do winged eyeliner for beginners.
First prep the area
Begin by prepping your eyelids with a little concealer. The concealer will act as a base whilst helping to hide veins and discolouration. We recommend using The Lakmé 9to5 Primer+Matte Liquid Concealer, as it helps to cancel-out dark circles and pigmentation inconsistencies. After you’ve applied your concealer, ensure you set it in place with some loose powder.
What type of eyeliner should you use?
When creating your wings, it’s best to use whichever eyeliner you feel most at home with.
The best type of eyeliner for beginners is felt tip eyeliner. It is easy to apply and - in case of any mishaps - it can be wiped off without too much hassle. Get your hands on the Lakmé Eyeconic Liner Pen Fine Tip – Black for the very best results.
If you’re a beginner who’s wondering how to apply liquid eyeliner, liquid formats can be a little tricky to master but practise makes perfect! Follow the below handy tips to help you hone your skills.
Use a bobby pin
This is one of the simplest ways to recreate the winged eye look. Simply coat the bobby pin’s V-shape in liquid eyeliner, before pressing it against your eye at the desired angle.
Using your eyeliner, trace the root of your upper lash-line, connecting it to the stamped wing shape. Simply fill in and you’ve got yourself an easy wing.
Use a card to help draw straight lines
For creating that perfect cat-eye look, you can use a tool from out of your bag — a credit card!
Simply place the card against the outer corner of your eye, angling it towards the end of your eyebrow. This will create the perfect guide for drawing your wing - simply trace with eyeliner and fill in.
Use tape for a sharp wing
Use this scotch tape hack to create a neat and well-defined wing. Apply a piece of tape, extending from your lower lash line, at your desired angle. Next, trace the edge of the tape with eyeliner, creating a wing-shape. Once the eyeliner has dried, carefully peel off the tape and fill in your wing.
Use a fork!
When using a fork to draw winged eyeliner, you must be extremely careful. At the desired angle for your wing, press the edge of a fork against your eyelid. Trace the edge of the fork with your eyeliner. Next, connect it up by drawing a line along your eyelids to create a wing-shape. You’ll now have fully-fledged cat-eyed!
Start by outlining the wing
Another super-easy eyeliner tip is to start by drawing the wing first. Use your finger to stretch your eyelid, before drawing the outline of your wing. Then, slowly extend the eyeliner towards the inner corner of your eye. Once the outline is ready, go ahead and fill that wing in!
Use your bottom lash line as a guide
One major struggle with creating winged eyeliner is getting it even on both sides. If you often struggle with getting the angle right, just use your lower lash line as a guide. After you’ve finished lining the upper lash, draw a flick as if it were an extension of the lower lash line. Once drawn, connect its tip to the rest of the top lash line and fill in.
Connect the dots
If you were a fan of connect-the-dots as a kid, this next one should be easy. Draw tiny eyeliner dots along your lash line, outlining the desired shape for your wing. To finish, simply connect the dots and fill in.
For hooded eyes, draw an angular shape
For those with hooded eyes, creating the perfect winged eyeliner look can be a little tricky. If not properly executed, winged liner on hooded eyes will sadly not be visible.
To avoid, replace thin eyeliner strokes with a bold, rectangular ones. Rather than drawing a flick, create an angled rectangle shape in the outer corner of your eye. Extend it in both directions, lining the lash and creating a wing. This rectangle shape adds a small bump to the wing, giving it the illusion of being ultra-defined.
Use tweezers as a DIY eyeliner stamp
This is - hands down - the easiest and most creative way of nailing the perfect winged eyeliner look!
Simply cut a sponge into a triangle shape and paint it with eyeliner. Use your tweezers to pick up the sponge, before stamping it against your eye in a wing shape. Now you’ve made your very own DIY eyeliner stamp!
Tweezer hacks for winged eyeliner
Tweezer hack #1
Paint the open ended sides of your tweezers with eyeliner. Carefully press the tweezers against the outer-edge of your eye where’d usually draw your wing. This will create a clean and clear wing outline. To finish, use eyeliner to fill in your wing and connect it to your lash line as usual.
Tweezer hack #2
Use eyeliner to paint the flat open tip of angled tweezers. You’ll only have to paint one side. Place the tweezer’s painted side against the outer corner of your eye. This will imprint a filled-in wing. Simply connect the wing to the lined upper lid and you’re good to go!
Step-by-step guide for how to do perfect winged eyeliner
Say goodbye to wonky lines with this easy-to-follow tutorial for nailing winged eyeliner.
Take a pen liner - such as the Lakmé Eyeconic Liner Pen Block Tip – and draw 3-4 dots in a straight line along the upper lash.
Play connect-the-dots - no, literally! Join up the dots, using the same liner, to create a straight line along your lashes.
Draw an elaborate flick by extending the liner along the outer edge of your eye. Don’t be afraid to go as bold and dramatic as you like.
Fill in the wing with a pen liner. If you’re a little more experienced, you can add further detail and precision with liquid liner like the Lakmé Absolute Shine Liquid Eye Liner.
Using a cotton swab dipped in makeup remover, wipe away any smears, smudges or blips for a fine and even wing.
Finish the look with 3-4 coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eyes Mascara and voilà - you’ve done it!
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