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How to do a Winged Eyeliner

Posted by Jennifer Kim | Friday August 5, 20119 comments
As an homage to Amy Winehouse, this week we decided to try out her signature winged eyeliner look. This cat eye widens your eyes and is a dramatic alternative to a basic eyeliner/ mascara duo. Don't get scared off if you have a shaky hand, with practice you can achieve the winged eyeliner look easily. 

You only need a liquid or a gel-liner with an angled brush to get that perfect winged look! I prefer using Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner, and my Sephora angled brush. I mentioned the Bobbi Brown gel liner before, as one of my favorite items this summer. It lasts forever! 

And away we go!
1. Start at the point where you want to end your wing. This should be a midpoint between your eyebrow and the lashline. Draw a line from that point to the end of your bottom lash line. Make sure that your eyes are open and you're looking ahead so you can make sure that the tip of the line looks 'winged' and symmetrical on both eyes.
2. From the tip of that line to the inner corner of your eye, start making small strokes towards the inner corner of your eye, stopping at various stop points along the way.  A good guide is to stop your strokes at the middle of your eyelid, and then continue to the inner corner of your eye. A common challenge in applying heavy eyeliner is different thicknesses or uneven eyes. Combat this by applying the liner to both eyes simultaneously (as opposed to completing one eye and moving on to the second).

3. The challenge in creating the winged look is to make the tip of your wing appear thin and pointed. If you have a monolid, otherwise known as an eyelid without a crease, make your line a little thicker towards the middle to the corner of your eye.
Et Voila! Your winged eyeliner is finished. If you want to dramatize your eyes a bit more and add a little somethin' somethin' on the bottom, keep reading!

4. Create a wing on the waterline, draw a straight line from the middle of your eye to the edge. But make sure that the line is shorter than the winged liner on top.

5. From the top of that line, start making somewhat of a triangle towards the point of the upper line. 

And the final product...*drumroll please*
What do you think of this winged eyeliner look? Is it something you would try out?
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on November 21, 2013  Mah_kal  5,634 said:


on August 09, 2011  chicky82 said:

I love the winged eyeliner look, it helps to show off my eyes behind my eye minimizing glasses. I'm not sure about the double wing look though but if you can pull it off, why not?

on August 08, 2011  nanng  386 said:

This look rocks! I will for sure add it to my make-up arsenal!

on August 06, 2011  melissa10  308 said:

looks good, love it!

on August 05, 2011  GlamGal  2,378 said:

Cool article! You are great at applying makeup.

on August 05, 2011  TammyK  1,073 said:

@ Becky - YES! Even in the picture after step 3, you can see that my eyes are different. Jenni fixed it though so in the last picture the two eyeliners are more similar haha.

on August 05, 2011  Becky  13,128 said:

love this look! I do this all the time ... do you ladies find that one eye always looks better than the other? Happens to me all the time

on August 05, 2011  mamaluv  STAFF said:

So cute on you, Tammy!

on August 05, 2011  takoda  28,648 said:

I really like the winged eyeliner look on you Tammy, but I don't think it would look very good on me. Ay 45 I think I'm to old for this look, unless I had some where to go. Witch I don't, so I think I'll leave this look to the younger gal's.LOL

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