Beauty | How To Get Perfect Winged Eyeliner In Under 2 Minutes!


I love winged eyeliner, it’s one of my absolute 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 (the golden era) with glamour icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot setting the original trend.

This is a classic look, which is not always easy to master, with a number of different techniques in circulation. However, I have received a few compliments on my winged eyeliner recently, so I thought I would share my own mini-tutorial.

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To keep it simple, you will only need two things: your eye and your preferred eyeliner. For the purpose of today, I have used the Maybelline New York Ultra Liner (Waterproof), which is one of the best eyeliners on the market for creating a strong and dramatic look.


Step 1.

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!


Step 2.

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.


Step 3.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!


Step 4.Now for the fun part! Fill in any gaps with some more eyeliner but keep within the lines…

Tip: Use small strokes, as they are easier to control than big, thick strokes.


Step 5.Apply mascara and kohl eyeliner to the waterline (if you wish) to complete the look!

Do you like the winged eyeliner look? Do you have any additional hints and tips to share?


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22 thoughts on “Beauty | How To Get Perfect Winged Eyeliner In Under 2 Minutes!

    • adeleinglasses says:

      Thanks for dropping by, I’m so happy to read that you will give this technique a go, I was hoping that it might help someone.

      You can also try this technique in reverse, with the first line being from the inner corner of the eye, I think the first line made can be the most ‘shaky’ because it’s a blank canvas at that stage, so tracing around your lash line could be another good starting point.

      Let me know if it works for you 🙂

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  1. Jonathan 3.141592 says:

    Should tell my project lead about that. He is good at almost everything he’s doing. Except making his eyes. That usually looks like he got into a fight with some irish guys.

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  2. littlesnowflake says:

    Thank you for the tutorial! Looks easy to do! I always struggle with this “technique” and give up in the end ahaha. I am going to try this soon 😀

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    • adeleinglasses says:

      Aw thanks so much Megan, that means a lot to me. It is so difficult to get both eyes the same (or close), hoping that the step-by-step guide and tips help you to get a little closer to the perfect wing. Practice makes perfect! Let me know how you get on? 🙂 x


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