Sunday, November 18, 2012

How to Apply the Perfect Winged Eyeliner Every Time!

Natalie Sunday, November 18, 2012
Applying winged eyeliner is difficult, even for those who apply it every day. I've been winging my eyeliner since I was around 14 or 15 years old, and I still don't get it right on many days.

There are so many methods for applying winged eyeliner, but today, I'm going to over the way I typically like to apply pen style eyeliners. I find that when I use this method, my liner turns out perfect every time! And, it's super quick!

The eyeliner I'm using in this mini tutorial is my one of my favorite eyeliners - the Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum. It's incredibly easy to use, the tip is perfectly shaped for a thin, precise line and it never dries out or frays.


Step 1: In the first photo I started out with a clean eye. Typically, the ideal time to apply eye liner is after your eye shadow and before your mascara. (For the records, I'm wearing mascara for this tutorial, but it's much easier to apply eyeliner without mascara, as your lashes won't get in the way as much.) *If your eyelids are prone to getting oily, powder your lids and apply an eye shadow base.
Step 2: Examine where you want to start your wing. Use your bottom lashline as a reference. In photo #2 you can see the arrow going from my bottom lashline extending diagonally outward. You almost want it to look like a continuance of your lower lashline.
Step 3: With the tip of the liner touching the very end of your upper lashline, draw a thin diagonal line (45 degree angle) upward as shown in photo #3. It should be going in the direction of where your eyebrow ends.

Step 4: Now, with your one eye closed (the eye you're applying liner to), put your pointer finger (of your left hand if you're right-handed) on your brow bone and slightly pull your lid upward so your skin is slightly taut. With your other hand, starting from the top of the wing, draw a straight line ending at the middle of your lid. Think of it as there being an invisible ruler from the end of the wing that connects to the middle of your lashline. You want to trace that invisible ruler. (See in photo below.)
Step 5: Now, fill inside the lines as shown in photo #6.
Step 6: All that is left is continuing lining your full lashline. It's up to you if you'd like it to be thick or thin. I like drawing a thin line towards the beginning of my lashline, so it looks like the line is getting thicker towards the end of my eye.


That's it!

If you need to clean up the edge to make your lines crisp, use a small angled or liner brush and dip it in your favorite concealer (or makeup remover) and trace along the edges.

You can experiment as you'd wish in making the wing longer, curved or angled higher.

I sometimes like snipping some false lashes in half and applying them to the outer edges of my eyes to further elongate my eyes, giving the ultimate cat-eye look!

Ardell Accent Lashes

Hopefully you found this post somewhat helpful! 

Talk to you all soon!

44 comments :

  1. This is a great post and I'll definitely be emailing it to any friend who needs help perfecting their liner - love the step-by-step pictures and detailed instructions!

    I learned about drawing the wing based on your lower lashline from Youtube - and it was SUCH a game-changer...now the line looks natural rather than a weird string LOL!

    I use gel eyeliner and I have an angled bent-liner brush - this makes it so easy to make a wing - I just place the base of the brush at the end of my bottom lashes and I get a perfect line everytime.

    Also - Bioderma on a cotton swab is a lifesaver in cleaning up any mistakes - most other eye make-up removers leave a greasy residue, which makes it harder to touch up.

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  2. Nice! I'm going to try this one when I put on my eyeliner and do my usual make up routine :)

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  3. This is so perfect!! I am def trying this out <3
    I am always looking for tips on applying winged eyeliner.
    THANK YOU ♥

    -Juicydaily.net

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  4. I love winged eyeliner, but I've never tried starting my liner with the wing! I'll have to give it a shot & see how that works for me.

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  5. Great post! I can't tell too well from the pictures, but does that eyeliner dry matte, semi matte or really shiny?

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  6. Fantastic blog post. Love the photos and arrangement and the technique seems to easy and looks ace.

    Jules x

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  7. I appreciate your effort to take the step by step pictures to create the winged eyeliner :)
    It really helps.

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  8. This is such a helpful post! Must have taken you a long time to take all those pics.

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  9. I use a similar pen (one from Revlon) and it's so easy to apply. I suggest using this instead of pencil or those hard-to-use liquid versions!

    Life Unsweetened

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  10. Thank you for posting this! I usually start from the inner corner of my eye and swoop it out but it always ends up being a disaster! Thanks for the tips!

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  11. Thank you for posting this tutorial! I always have the hardest time applying eyeliner and this definitely helps!

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  12. Thank you for this tutorial :*>

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  13. wow, this is a great tutorial! thank you so much, Natty :* Love you!

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  14. This helped so much.
    Thank you!

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  15. Amazing tutorial! Mine is never the same and I want to be able to do it perfect every time... Going to try it right away!:)
    Bookmarked!
    xo

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  16. I have exactly the same eyeliner and I also love it! :) That was also an awesome tutorial :)

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  17. Wow. This looks so beautiful. Your steps are very clear. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Great post! I'll be favouriting this page so i can refer back if i ever need to create a winged eyeliner (i have yet to try this! :P)

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  19. This is great. The tutoral makes it so so easy and so friendly. I am going to send this site to all my friends. Thank you.

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  20. This is really awesome. Thanks for sharing. Your steps are very clear. I went through your other posts as well. You must be a genius about make ups and make up products.

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  21. awesome. thanks for sharing, you enlight me xD

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  23. Just wondering if this works for full lids that touch?

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  24. So helpful - definitely going to be using this - I struggle with the second line so hopefully this will sort that out.

    One quibble ('cause I'm like that) - in Step 4, we need to pull our eyelid taut (stretched tight) not taught (past tense of teach).

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    1. Thank you so much for the correction!

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  25. excellent! very clear instructions. I've been lining my eyes for years but this makes it so easy to follow for the perfect look everytime. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Great post, thanks for sharing, look so easy :)

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  27. very nice tips.I think it will help to save a lot of time.Putting a perfect eyeliner can spice up your fashion very nicely.
    Thanks
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  28. Hey all you beautiful youngins, any advice for applying eyeliner to old, crepe paper eyelids of a 52 year old? Any recommended brand? This is my biggest makeup challenge. Thank you!

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  29. Such a good way of doing it.. Yay :)

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  31. Thanks for sharing this. The little arrow diagram on the picture really helped as well. There are so many little things that help people to feel that they look their best. Choosing the right shoes, or having the perfect shave or applying eyeliner the way that you want to. I would not do this every day but it helps to know how when the occasion calls for it.

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  32. What a great tutorial. Your eyes look beautiful! I just loose my patience with too many steps and too many Q-tips:-). I found this cat eyeliner stencil template from Beth Bender Beauty and have been using that for almost six months. It's great and really easy to use. You can pretty much achieve the exact same look. http://bethbenderbeauty.com/best-smoky-eyeliner-eyeshadow-kits/smokey-eye-cat-eye-liner-stencils.html

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  35. Hi! I love your blog... It has so many great posts, and I especially love this one! I actually listened to your recommendation and bought the Physicians Formula Eyeliner... And I love it! :) Thank you so much for the recommendation! I constantly check up on your blog. I'm pretty sure I've read every single post at one point or another. I also love it when you insert swatches and the before and after shots!

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