Cat eye or winged liner, call it what you want – it’s my absolute favourite makeup trend. I wear a winged liner pretty much every day. I just feel it really opens my eyes and adds some extra dimension. I think it looks so great when applied properly, but it can be quite tricky to achieve.
I want to share with you how I do my eyeliner. I realize it may work for some of you and others may have a different preference, but this is the technique I find works best for me and I hope some of my tips are helpful.
I always start with my right eye and work from the inside corner. Using small strokes, I line as close to my lashes as possible. Don’t think you need to swipe the product on in one full motion. You will get a smoother line if you take your time. Once I reach the outer corner, I flip the direction of my eyeliner and draw my wing in towards my eye. So rather than flick outwards, I flick in. I try to use my lower lash line as a guide for the angle of my wing. You always want the tip to reach upward toward the end of your eyebrow.
Don’t pull the eyeliner down because this will make your eyes droop. Don’t drag it straight out because it will elongate your eyes and make them look small. Our goal is to lift and open, making our eyes look bigger.
Once I’ve achieved the wing I’m looking for – whether short or exaggerated – I always go back over the entire line and thicken it up until I’m happy with the overall look.
I use the same technique for my left eye, only in reverse. I begin with the wing, trying to achieve symmetry with my right eye. Once that’s finished, I use small strokes beginning from the inner corner and working to the outer corner until my line connects with the wing.
This is how I’ve been doing my eyeliner for years now and I think it’s the easiest way to do so.
Are you just entering the world of liquid eyeliner? Experimenting with winged liner? My number one suggestion would be to practice, practice, practice! The more you play around and try your hand at it, the more you will get the hang of it. The best time to do so is at night, when you will be taking your makeup off anyways before snuggling into bed. There will be no pressure of getting ready in a hurry so you can head out the door. Don’t fear mistakes. They happen to all of us, even the pros. Just don’t get discouraged if it takes you a try, or two, or 100 before you get it right.
Here are some tricks for beginners:
1. Line and Trace: Take a dark brown or black eyeliner pencil and roughly line as close to your lashes. Don’t worry about jagged edges or any imperfections because you are going to be going over it anyways. You can even smudge the colour out for a smokey effect. Then use your liquid eyeliner to trace directly over top of the guide you’ve just created.
2. Sticky Tape: Use a small piece of scotch tape and wiggle it up under your bottom lashes. You want to create an angle that connects your bottom lash line to the bottom of your eyebrow. Make sure you press it down well so it sticks to your skin and prevents the product from seeping underneath. This technique will help you achieve a perfect, crisp line without fear of screwing up. The tape will catch any excess liner that may run out of place. Just make sure you wait for it to dry before peeling the tape off. I would also suggest you pull the tape from the bottom, up and be cautious not to tug too much on your eye area.
3. Business Card: Find any business card or piece of card stock and use it as a guide for your wing. Use one hand to hold it while you use the other to line your eye. Once again, keep the angle reaching from your bottom lash line to the tip of your eyebrow. Wait for it to dry before pulling away the card. You should have a straight line with the perfect angle.
I hope this post was helpful and wish you the best of luck with your eyeliner adventures!