The winged eyeliner look is one of the most popular makeup trends. It dates back to Ancient Egypt, where the female ruler Cleopatra wore kohl liner to protect her from 'the evil eye'.
These days, we tend to apply winged eyeliner to add shape, definition, and symmetry to the face. Winged eyeliner gives the illusion of bigger, more dramatic-looking eyes. Who doesn't want a sultry makeup look!? It's a look that isn't going out of fashion anytime soon so if you're a beginner looking to brush up on your winged eyeliner skills, keep reading for our top tips!
What is winged eyeliner?
Winged eyeliner is a makeup technique whereby eyeliner (liquid, pencil, or gel) is applied to the top of the lash line extending from the inner corner to just past the outer corner of the eye ending with a flick.
Which type of eyeliner should I use?
There are three main types of eyeliners, which people tend to use to create a winged eyeliner.
- Pencil Eyeliner
- Gel Eyeliner
- Liquid Eyeliner
Pencil eyeliner is excellent if you're a makeup pro or want a subtle look. Although it may seem easier to use because it's a pencil unless you're confident applying the eyeliner, it can sometimes look a little rough due to the tip dragging across the eyelid.
Gel eyeliner is another fantastic product. It is smooth to apply and easily glides across your lid. However, if you are prone to oily eyelids, we recommend staying away as this tends to cause the eyeliner to smudge. Something which we do not want after spending half an hour perfecting our wing.
Liquid eyeliner or liquid gold, should we say? This is our favorite type of eyeliner to use when creating a winged eyeliner look. Liquid eyeliners come in a pen shape and usually have a tapered tip, which makes applying a breeze. The Fab Brows Precision Eyeliner has a flexible fine felt-tipped end, so you can apply it with ease, precision, and no drag!
How to do winged eyeliner.
- Apply the rest of your makeup, including eyeshadow, if you're using it.
- Using your chosen eyeliner, draw a line starting at the inner corner of the eye and ending at the outer corner. You want to try to get the liner as close to the lash line as possible. We recommend looking downwards into a mirror as you apply.
- Create a flick by extending your liner past the outer corner. To get the right angle, use your lower lashes as a guide by pretending you are trying to extend the lower lash line.
- Make a straight line from just below the tip to the middle of your eye.
- Fill in the outline of the eyeliner.
- Build up the liner on your eyelid until you reach your desired thickness.
- Allow a few seconds for the eyeliner to avoid smudging.
- If you need to clean up any areas, use a cotton swab or concealer on a small flat brush.
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