How To Wing Your Eyeliner

posted on: Tuesday, 3 May 2011


Winged eyeliner is probably my favourite thing to wear when it comes to make-up. I wear it everyday and I think I would feel a bit naked without it! Since it's something I'm wearing all the time the number one question that I get asked by other people is could I tell them how to achieve it - what is the technique and what products are the best. So I thought I would do a post about it with a little bit of a picture demonstration which I hope you will be able to follow easily enough! I'll start off first with the products and brush that I use.......




I generally use one of two products - either a cake or a gel liner. The one I'll talk about first and maybe my preferred of the two is a cake eyeliner. I use one by Face2 (as shown in the first photo above) which is an Irish brand that is stocked in our Make Up For Ever store here. For those of you elsewhere in the world I've been told that the Make Up For Ever one is very similar. So a cake eyeliner, for those of you who may be unfamiliar with them, basically looks like a poster paint. It's completely solid in the pot and you add water to it to turn it into a liquid. The reason I prefer this over a regular liquid liner is that you can mix it to the consistency that you want and also it lasts forever! I've had the one above for two years and while I've hit the metal pan in the centre there's still about half left! I also prefer it a bit more than a gel/cream liner because I find I can achieve a smoother line. The consistency that you want to mix this to should be really quite fluid but not overly watery - you want almost a creamy liquid. The one downside of a cake liner is that on darker skin tones it sometimes doesn't come out a very intense black colour like a gel liner does. While it may look black on fair skins if you're darker it may only look like a charcoal colour. So therefore you may need to go back over it a couple of times to get the intensity.

The second product which is also a great option is a gel or cream liner. The one I like to use is the Clinique Cream Liner (as shown in 2nd photo above). The Bobbi Brown one is also nice but it dries out halfway through the pot so I end up throwing half the product (and half my money!) away. The Clinique one stays creamy til the end. If you are a complete beginner with liner this type might be better for you as it's a bit more foolproof since it doesn't dry immediately giving you time to fix a mistake. The only thing I would say is to make sure you have enough on your brush. Gel and cream liners tend to be water resistant, unlike cake liner, and so are fantastic to wear on the waterline since they don't budge! They also tend to be a bit more long-wearing than the cake.


Now onto the brush.......



My favourite brush for liner is the LY24 from Louise Young. As you can see from the photo it has an extremely fine tip. I know this brand is not readily available to everyone so something similar would be the MAC 210 or any brush which is extremely fine. I've also heard of people even finding ones like this in art and hobby shops. Some other make-up artists use angled brushes and that might work for some people - whatever you find easier for you. I definitely find the original kind much easier to work with though.


So now a bit of a demonstration. I'm sure there's other ways to achieve this but this is just my technique. Don't try to do the whole thing all in one sweep without lifting your brush as you'll lose all precision. I break it down into three steps which I've shown below..........


Step 1. Draw a thin line close to your eyelashes. Don't worry about any wing just yet. This line also doesn't need to be overly neat as we'll be going over it again later anyway. It's *really* important to tilt your head backwards when doing liner because you need your eyelid to be as flat and smooth as possible so that you get a nice fluid line.
Step 2. Draw in the outer line of your wing. This should generally angle upwards in the same direction as your lower lash line. Just imagine that your lower lash line is continuing on upwards. If you have a hooded eye, however, you may need to angle your liner slightly more outwards in order to avoid the hooded area. The length of your wing is down to personal preference. If you want a dramatic liner make the wing longer and make it shorter for a more subtle one.
Step 3. Now you need to connect the wing back to the line along your eyelashes. I've mapped it out here in red. Don't start at the very tip of  your wing. Leave the very top of it alone as that part should be left extremely fine. Now connect the wing back down along your eye, gradually making it thinner as you reach the inner corner of your eye. So it should be thicker on the outer part of your eye and thinner towards the inner corner.


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That's it! If you need to go over it again to fix any lumps or bumps or to thicken it then you can. Now you just need to line your waterline if you want to and apply your mascara and you're done!




Here's the finished look with a lined waterline and some mascara.........



I really hope that all made sense and that is was useful to somebody! If you have any questions just write me a comment below!

Let me know if you gave it a try and how you got on!

50 comments:

  1. This was definitely a great tutorial. I always fail to wing my liner perfectly as you do. Either the length of the wing is different or thickness or the angle, I always mess it up. This detailed tutorial will definitely help me. I will keep a print of this post hanging in front of me whenever I do the winged liner. Thanks for the post. xoxo

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  2. Wow, so pretty! I will definitely have to give this shot! Thank you :)

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  3. The liner is imaculate! Do you prefer Clinique over MAC blacktrack fluidline? NOTHING ever lasts on my waterline, even if i set it with an eyeshadow :(

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  4. Great post, thank you so much for sharing this with us <3 Im having problems creating the perfect ving at the end. Now i have to try this out :) <3

    Xoxo Christine
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  5. Wow, you make it look so easy! Great tutorial, thanks x

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  6. @mumbaimakeupdiary - great, thanks! Glad it's helpful!

    @Ann - Thanks, do indeed give it a try! (:

    @Elly - I actually haven't ever tried blacktrack so I can't say I'm afraid. Aw no...maybe try one of the Estee Lauder Double Wear pencils for your waterline.

    @Christine - No problem, I'm glad it was useful!

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  7. AMAZING post, thank you!! I always struggle with this and can never get it just right, i've tried all kinds of different brushes too and can never find one I like.
    I bought the Clinique cream liner and that exact same louise young brush a while ago but my liner always seems really dry on the brush and kind of goes on dry and patchy. I haven't had it that long and heard before that the Clinique one doesn't normally dry up so do you know why that is or how I can prevent it?!
    Thank you x x

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  8. Beautiful! What eyeshadow are you wearing in the photos if you don't mind me asking?

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  9. useful tutorial :)
    and your line is really perfect

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  10. @Gaby & Mavi - Thank you!

    @Jen - thanks! hmmm...I don't know why that's happened to your Clinique liner. Do you leave the lid off while you're doing your make-up? I guess just make sure to close it again immediately after taking some product out. If you do that already though then I'm really not sure! You may get on better with a cake/liquid since you won't have a problem with it going on dry x

    @Sara - I'm wearing MAC Naked Lunch on the lid & Wedge in crease and a tiny bit of the 1st brown in the NARS Surabaya duo to darken the crease & outer corner

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  11. You are such an artist! I am really terrible with the eyeliner....

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  12. this is amazing!! your liner is p e r f e c t!!! you inspired me to buy some liner haha!

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  13. I have attempted this look twice lately. The problem is that I don't use eyeliner so I have been substituting eyeliner with wet powdered eyeshadow, which seems to work out fine, but I wasn't aware on how to draw the wing and it looked stumpy. I am really grateful you put out this post, now I understand how to apply this style the right way. Thank you Heather!

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  14. Gorgeous! You make it look all easy. Mine never comes out that good!

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  15. Love how this looks :)
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  16. Thanks for this tutorial. I really struggle doing winged eyeliner on myself so I will give this a go!

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  17. Thanks ladies - very happy that it was useful to you!

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  18. Wow, that looks amazing.. and you made it look so simple :)

    I have just purchased a gel liner, I still need a little more practice but I love the look you created... gorgeous! ;)

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  19. awesome demonstration. You have the perfect shapped eye for winged liner. My eyes are hooded so it doesn't work as well for me =/

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  20. thak you for sharing step by step

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  21. I love it very imformative! You are soo pretty! I would love to see a tutorial on the eyeshadow looks amazing!

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  22. Verry pretty! :) Hm I'm curious about the Face2 Cake liner, I tried doing a search on google & came up with nothing. I want to try it hah. Does all of the Makeup Forever Stores have Face2 Products? I'm thinking of calling in & doing a order.

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  24. Great & easy tutorial. I've got it down with liquid eyeliner but struggle with gel...!

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  25. Wow, what a gorgeous eye make up! I simply love it!!!Great blog, I am now following! Maybe you'll have time to visit mine:)

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  26. Thanks so much for this tutorial - I've never really managed to do it properly before!

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  27. This is such a great tutorial. I typically use liquid liner and the cakes and gels have always scared me...but now I want to experiment :) Thanks!
    ~Shannon
    http://lipstickmakesthegirl.blogspot.com/

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  28. thanks for your help! i have actually been trying for years to get the flick right but never could! great blog! xx

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  29. Love this post! Could you possibly do a tutorial on how you do your eye make up?! I love the way you've done your eyeshadow! xx

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  30. This post was unbelievably helpful to me, thankyou so much for posting this, i've wanted to improve my eyelining for absolutely ages!

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  31. Yes, yes, yes, yes! Thanks, Heather! I'm so happy you decided to do the tutorial! I am definitely going to try this tomorrow!

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  32. FABULOUS tutorial doll!!!! xoxoxo

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  33. Yay! I'm so trying this tomorrow =P

    Love ur blog hun.. i'm following for sure ;)

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  34. I just got around to trying this, and it was so helpful, I finally have decent winged eyeliner! Thanks xxx

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  35. Your winged liner is amazing....so beautiful! :) x

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  36. Wow this is a great step by step way to do it, and I just did! Thanks:)

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  37. Hi Heather, I've been going through some of your older posts and the way you do your eyeliner is JUST TO DIE FOR! I loved this tutorial, you make it look so easy. I'm a bit hopeless when it comes to eyeliner, I can never draw a straight line or wing it properly so this tute is very handy!

    Thanks,

    Lilit
    xo

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  38. It's my first time on your blog and I browsed through all the way to this post. I couldnt resist it anymore so i decided to comment haha I noticed how you seem to be a master of your wing already! so nice. :D about time you did a tutorial. just wondering, maybe u should do a like this too using liquid eyeliner

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  39. I'll try this tonight, if it works, you'll be my idol!

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  40. Thank you so much for this...so very helpful. You are very talented!!!!

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  41. Beautiful job on a beautiful model!

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  42. Great tutorial, i love trying new methods and i'll definitely be trying yours!

    New follower xxx

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  43. This is a perfect tutorial!! Exactly what I was looking for as some other tutorials were just confusing :/ Your winged eyeliner is beautiful!

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  44. finally! a great tutorial!

    I only need to perfect getting both eyes even..

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  45. I have never ever been able to do a wing however, read this ran upstairs and I have perfect wings! Thank you :)

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