Makeup tips for drawing the classic winged liner

For those of us not gifted with a perfectly steady hand or a team of expert makeup artists, a lot of q-tips, makeup remover and frustration can be wasted trying to get that cat-eye just right.

Learning to master this classic beauty look can be a difficult process. Fortunately for us amateur liner-lovers, there are a few easy tricks to solving the winged-liner crisis. Once you have it figured out, you’ve got a quick fix that can upgrade your look from day to night, pair perfectly with a red lip and open the door to a whole new world of makeup.

Try some tape

This hack may sound slightly strange, but it works well for creating a sharp line. Take two pieces of Scotch tape and line them up so that the top edge of the tape is following along your lower lash line. To decrease possible irritation, place most of the tape on the area next to your eye instead of directly underneath.

The next step is simple: Apply liquid liner to your top lash lines like usual and continue the line past the outer corner of your eye in a winged shape. Peel off the tape, and you should be left with Cleopatra-worthy wings.

Map it out

This step-by-step is slightly harder, but will give you more control over the shape of the wing. Apply liner to your top lash line, making it slightly thicker towards the outer corner. Next, draw a thin line that follows the direction of your bottom lash line. It’s helpful to make this shorter than you want your wing to be because you can always add to the feline flick afterward.

Use your liner to connect the tip of your extended line back into the original line and fill in any gaps in between. Pro tip: Use more forgiving pencil liner to begin and go over it in liquid liner once you’re happy with the look.

Use a spoon

Another odd option is to incorporate the kitchen into your makeup routine. Hold up the handle of a spoon to the outer corner of your eye, and use the straight edge to trace the bottom of your wing. Then flip the spoon around and use the curved edge to create the top line of the wing, finishing up by filling in the open space.

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