To be honest, I’m just winging it. My life, my eyeliner, everything.
I don’t know about you, but I think that winged eyeliner is one of the most difficult tasks in the world. It’s something I used to struggle with SO much. I could only ever get my left eye to turn out half decent and even if I managed to make each side look somewhat presentable, they never matched and were completely uneven. When I attempted to wing my eyeliner, I always ended up adding more and more eyeliner to each eye as I tried to even them out until I had panda eyes. The struggle is real.
However, I have gotten a lot better at doing my eyeliner over the years (thank goodness). I no longer have to rub the edge of my eyes raw as I try to rub away my mistakes with makeup remover and concealer 10000000 times. Let’s not even mention how long winged eyeliner used to take me. Too long.
I’ve figured out a fool proof way to do my eyeliner perfectly -or at least very close to perfect- every time. If you’ve battled with winged eyeliner in the past, then hopefully these steps will help you out, too!
First of all, I highly recommend using liquid eyeliner to wing your eyes. In my experience, it is the easiest to use. It is less easy to smudge than gel liner and easier to flick into a super sharp wing than pencils. Some of my favorites are the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner (which I happen to be using in this tutorial), Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, and the Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner.
Now, let’s create a wing so sharp you can cut all the haters with just a glance.
- First, we have to imagine where this majestically perfect eyeliner will be. We must become one with the eyeliner. See the eyeliner, feel the eyeliner, BE THE EYELINER. That was too far, so let’s carry on. Rest your eyeliner on the side of your nose, past the outer edge of your eye, angled toward the tail of your eyebrow. The angle from the edge of your eye toward the end of your eyebrow is what you want to aim for. Every eye is different, so this angle will be a bit different on everyone depending on the shape and angle of your eyes.
- Carefully flick out the beginning of your wing, starting at the outer edge of your eye and following the imaginary line we just drew in our minds. You can even lightly trace out this line with pencil eyeliner before hand if you need the extra guidance.
- Draw a line from the flick of your wing to the edge of the iris of your eye. Don’t feel pressured to make this line in one huge and perfect flick -you can slowly draw the line inward in sections and then fix it up as you go.
- Connect that triangle you just made to the inner corner of your eye, making sure not to leave a gap between your lash line and the liner. You don’t want any skin below the wing to be showing through. If you have more hooded eyes, make this line thinner. The thicker you make the line, the more lid space you’ll be covering. This will make your hooded eyes appear smaller and cover up any gorgeous eyeshadow if you applied any before you winged your eyeliner. I’m raising my eyebrow slightly in this photo, but I actually have pretty hooded eyes, so I don’t like to make my wings too thick.
- Fill in the triangle that we made a few steps ago. (Unless you want to keep that there for a cool geometric look XD )
- Did you mess up? I normally do, too. It’s fine, we can fix that right up! If your mistake is larger, take a little bit of makeup remover on a q-tip and wipe your problems away. Then, to sharpen up your eyeliner, take a dab of concealer on a concealer brush and drag that baby along the bottom of your eyeliner, making the wings so sharp that you could fly away to the land of even and perfect eyeliner on them.
- Marvel at the glorious beauty that is your eyeliner. And then take a selfie. Or 500.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope that these steps have helped you along your eyeliner journey. May the wings of your eyeliner ever be even.