I love winged eyeliner, it’s one of my favourite looks but it has been around long before I have! The cat-eye, winged eyeliner became extremely prominent during the 1950’s and 1960’s (one of my favourite eras) with glamour icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot setting the trend.
This is a classic look, which is not always easy to master, with a number of different techniques in circulation. I have received a few compliments on my winged eyeliner, which is good for someone that is close to blind without glasses!
So, I wanted to share my “how to” guide… and to keep it simple, you will only need two things: your eye and your preferred eyeliner. For the purpose of today, I used the Maybelline New York Ultra Liner (Waterproof). It’s not the easiest brush to work with but it creates a strong and dramatic look.
Make a line with your brush from the outer corner of your eye, following upwards from the lower lash line. The line you make here will determine the size of your cat-eye ‘flick’.
Tip: Pull your eye taut to achieve a smooth line.
Tip: If you are unsure about committing to liquid eyeliner, then start with an eyeliner pencil and build from there. You can even create the outline with a pencil and fill in with a liquid!
Next, draw a line from the tip of your last line, down to your top lash line. You should aim to draw this down to the middle of your top lash line.
Remember, it’s fine if they don’t look completely even at this stage, we can correct that later – and remember they’re much more likely to be sisters, than twins (admittedly sometimes mine aren’t even related)!
Tip: If you do make any mistakes, which you feel that you can’t work into the look, don’t fret! Grab a flat-ended brush and dab in a bit of concealer to ‘erase’ the mistake or neaten up the lines.
Now the look is starting to come together, take the next line from the inner corner of your eyelid, applying the liner close to your lash line. Join up the eyeliner along the top of your eye to the line that you created from the outer corner of your eye.
Tip: Again, pull your eye taut to get a smooth, straight line!
Tip: Use small strokes, as they are easier to control than big, thick strokes.
Do you like the winged eyeliner look? Do you have any additional hints and tips to share?