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How to Wear Winged Eyeliner

5 Ways to Make Wearing Winged Eyeliner Easier

Winged eyeliner is one of the fastest ways to make any look alluring and sexy, but getting it to look right on your eye shape can be confusing. Don't worry, though, because there are a few easy ways to ensure that your liner goes on beautifully and looks good on you, too. To find out what you can do, just keep reading.

Cut your brush or pencil down.

The fastest way to make liner application easier is to give yourself a finer line. There's more room for error, you can go over things again, and you can start off subtle if you're not sure of the shape.

Draw two lines, not one.

Getting a single perfect line across your lid is difficult, and it also doesn't flatter some eye shapes. Instead, draw your "wing" from the outer corner of your iris to just under the end of your eyebrow, and draw a separate, super thin line across the inner part of your lash line.


Use gel instead of liquid or pencil liner.

It's the perfect middle ground: easy to control like a pencil, but soft and flowing like a liquid.

Use a lighter "underliner."

Before you make your real line, draw on some gold or fawn-colored liner in the shape you want. That way, you can move it around until you get things exactly the way you'd like them, and then just line right along it.

Wipe your brush or pencil down.

Having too much liner on a brush or smudges around the tip of your pencil can ruin even the most perfect line. So wipe any excess off and keep your pencil smudge-free before you make your wing.

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LexiLoca LexiLoca 5 years
great tips
steen steen 5 years
For Tip #2, you are basically drawing the wing and the "regular" eyeliner separately. The outer half of your lid --- from your iris to your outer eye, almost halfway across your entire eyelid --- is done with the wing, then you go back and line from your inner eye until it meets where you started your first line. I use a lip brush and gel liner to do something kind of like this and it works out wonderfully for me. I actually line from my inner eye to about halfway across, then use separate strokes to draw the wing out.
EricaJane EricaJane 5 years
these are great tips.. I am with KeLynns, a demo for tip #2 would be great!
Ellenora Ellenora 5 years
Don't forget the most important tips--practice and patience!
amaebi519 amaebi519 5 years
Similar to tip 4, I've also heard that you can trace the wingline using concealer and a fine brush - i.e. just under where you would want the dark liner to go. Then you just blend it out when you're done.
Susan-Yara Susan-Yara 5 years
I definitely agree about gel liner. It's so easy to apply and looks so good on! Thanks for the tips!
KeLynns KeLynns 5 years
I'm not sure I understand tip #2. Any chance we could get a diagram or a picture?
reeskies reeskies 5 years
love this tip!! Gel is definitely the best for wing liner
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