October 05, 2011

Tutorial: Winged Eyeliner

I would class myself as relatively alright with make-up. I know where everything should go, how it should look in the end and how to avoid some serious make-up mishaps but, one thing I have always struggled with is creating winged liner on my upper lashline.

I am the Queen of Shaky Hands and I have very little spatial awareness or perception of angles so, my attempts at a cat eye have always been well, lacking, shall we say!

However, over the last few weeks, frustration at my ineptitude got the better of me and I have finally figured out how to create a clean, winged liner for a cat eye effect. It's only three steps, plus tidying and, because of step one, it should work for everyone.

Plot: Find where the outer corner of your upper lashline meets the outer corner of your lower lashline. From here, you want to lightly plot a line with your liner, angling it upwards and outwards towards the end of your eyebrow. This line will form the outer edge of your wing and will vary in length depending on how thick you want your liner and how dramatic you want your wing i.e. short line equals thin liner equals small wing. 

Even though every eye shape is different, mapping the wing using the angle of your eye and eyebrow will ensure that this technique can be applied to everyone.

Define: Staring from the inner corner of your eye, trace a thin black line across your lid and as close to the lashline as possible. Start to build the thickness of this line until it slopes gradually and naturally upwards to meet the tip of the first "plot" line you drew. 

Perfect: Now you just want to increase the intensity of the colour of the liner, making sure that all skin is covered at the lashline and that the edges are as straight as possible and are ready for tidying.

The final step is to tidy. Taking a cotton bud soaked in eye make-up remover, dab away any transfer dots like you can see on my lid above and clean up the edges of your liner. Your aim is to make them as neat as is possible but, remember, you're your own worst critic and no one will notice a slight dot or wobble!

Hopefully this will be helpful to some of you who want to sport a cat eye look! I'm still perfecting it myself but, mapping the wing to the tip of the brow will ensure that you have a guideline for your liner and that both wings will be relatively equal! 

The liner I used in this tutorial, and also in my previous Purple Haze one, is my new favourite and I'll have a full review coming up on it soon!


  1. very helpful..thanks for sharing <3

  2. I always have to take it easy with the winged liner, my small eyes don't want to play ball at all, one time I kept making mistakes and ended up in work with Amy winehouse liner ... Not a good look for work

  3. I'm still a novice at applying eyeliner and reckon I could beat you at the shaky hands things but I'm definitely gonna try it this way next time.

  4. That first step is so clever! I usually manage one eye ok and then the other is totally wonky in comparison, but this seems foolproof! Definitely trying this method out next time.

  5. You make it look so easy - yay x


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