Hey loves! Today I though I’d write another beauty related posts. I really love writing about this subject and the posts seem to do very well! I have wanted to do this specific post for a while now, and since I’ve been using this same method throughout December, it’s the perfect time. This post will be all about how I create my perfect winged liner. I’ve been doing winged liner for quite some time now, and the method I use works very well. I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, but I prefer a brown liquid liner for the spring/summer months and a jet black liquid liner for the fall/winter months. Black is much less forgiving than brown however it gives more definition. The choice is up to you! I will be splitting this post up into steps to make it as easy to follow as possible!
To keep this look solely focused on the liner, I went with a very simple skin look, with light bronzer, blush, and a bit of highlighter. I used a peach toned transition shade in my crease and lightly filled in my eyebrows.
Step 1: The First Stroke
When creating the perfect wing, I personally do not like taking the liner all the way into my inner corner. I let the liner end halfway across my upper lash line; it seems to work the best for my eye shape, but it’s different for every person. I begin the liner almost exactly at the middle of my lid and create small strokes moving outward. Starting is one of the hardest parts, so go slow and try to be as precise as possible.
Step 2: Precise Edges & Continuation
Next step is to extend that first line we created to the outer corner of the eye. The finishing stroke at the outer edge does not have to be perfect, since we will be creating the wing at that spot. I will also continue the first stroke we made more towards the middle of the eye to get a more precise edge and to make it look like it’s fading into my lash line. This second step in particular consists of a lot of repetition, going over this long line multiple times and trying to eliminate any wobbly strokes. You should be left with one continual precise line from the middle of your eye to the outer edge. Again, short strokes are the best way to go when constructing, and longer strokes help create that perfect straight line.
Step 3: Creating the Wing!
I’ll be honest, here’s where the scary part comes in. This can either turn out absolutely perfect, or be the downfall of all your precision. Personally, when I create a wing, I try to get the correct angle first of all. The best way to do this is to imagine a line going from the outer edge of your eye, all the way to the tail end of your eyebrow. If you create a wing along this imaginary line, you will end up with the perfect winged liner! In my method, I will create a very thin line moving downwards toward the outer edge of my eye. I believe most people like to do the opposite and move towards the eyebrow tail, but that never seems to work well for me. Again, I start off with a very light hand and try to create the straightest line possible and connect it to the outer edge of the eye.
Once you have that first line, you can take a breath. I tend to hold my breath as I do this to avoid any shakiness in my hand, but try to remember to breath in between! Sometimes it helps to tug at the skin a bit as you’re creating this line, but not too hard, just ever so slightly! The last step is to finish off the liner by making the wing a little thicker and completing the connection to the first steps (as seen in the second photo). I try to connect the wing looking downwards so I can create one seamless line from the end of the wing to the middle of my eye. Throughout this process as well, I will continue to draw over lines I’ve already made to ensure no wobbles are seen and to achieve maximum perfection.
Your Wing is Complete!
As you can see, I personally like to keep my wings fairly “natural,” meaning I don’t like them to be extremely thick, although there are definitely occasions where I like to try that out. As an everyday makeup look, I love a thin, defined wing. Some days I will create a wing without any eyeshadow. It’s such a classic look and I always feel very put together. You know when you create the perfect wing without any mistakes on both eyes, it’s going to be a good day! Of course I have my days where I will make a mistake on my wings, but I will simply fix any mishaps with a cotton swab.
Here are a couple photos showing what a difference winged liner can make. As you can see, the liner completely transforms the shape of my eye. In my opinion, the liner makes my eye look larger and honestly more awake. The last photo is after I applied a layer of mascara, which again makes the eyes pop, become more defined, and makes them wider. I’ll also thrown in that I really need a new tube of Better Than Sex mascara, because I’m getting those little mascara chunks on my lashes (not cute!)
That’s all for my three step perfect winged liner tutorial! I hope this was helpful to you guys. It’s a very simple look, but I honestly do love it! It took me so long and A LOT of practice to get to this point, so if you’re new to winged liner, try to be patient! It’s all about repetition and trying to find the perfect wing shape for your eye. Everyone is different, so if this method doesn’t work well for you, take the time to find what does!
If you have any questions about this method or the products I use, please leave them down in the comments below! One more week of Blogmas, thank you to everyone who has stuck with me so far!