My lids are hooded like they’re about to rob banks and my eyes don’t want anyone to notice who they are. Like, it’s BAD. I’ve always had the worst time trying to get that winged liner look that everyone craves. My wings were always too skinny, too small or completely wrong. Then I came across this old YouTube video from Jaclyn Hill on how to apply winged liner (it’s around the 9 minute mark). She gives this tip to start the wing at the bottom of the lower lash line and go up. I was inspired.
My eyes are a bit more hooded, so I had to play around and adjust, but it was that video that got me doing a decent wing. Here is what I do:
- I do my eye makeup first – before any face makeup even. (easier clean up later if you need to sharpen that wing)
- Begin drawing the wing by starting below the bottom of the lower lash line. Just a hair under where Jaclyn showed in her video. Extend it out as far as you like but remember you’ll probably add some more length in later. (pic 1)
- Draw a line from the tip of the wing down to your upper lash line. I start the line just below the point and I don’t make it too thick at first, but also not too thin.
- Color in the triangle and draw a thin line at the upper lash line (again, you can thicken this up later as desired – I usually do).
- How thick do you want it? I generally go a bit thicker on the upper lash line and the wing. To do this I start about mid-way down the triangle and draw a thin line to the center of the lid.
There you have it! My wing! My eye lids are not twins by any means so I always have to play around with the thickness of the liner to get them to look even while I have my eyes open. You may also have to play around a bit to get your perfect sizing but hopefully this small tutorial will help you out a bit!
I use a few products to get that perfect wing and I’ve come across a few makeup products and brushes that have made things a lot easier for me:
- Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. This is my favorite in terms of a liquid eyeliner. It’s pigmented and fluid. I tend toward the brown shade because I always feel like black looks harsh on me. The brown is also deep enough that it doesn’t look noticeably brown but it’s definitely not black.
- MAC Fluidline. I find these are the easiest to use for me and they don’t dry out quickly. Because I’m not a fan of straight black colors for liner my fave in the permanent line is Lowlights.
- Bobbi Brown Ultra Precise Eyeliner Brush. I love this for the details, like a sharper point or evening out my lines.
- Urban Decay Perversion Angled Brush. This just gives me the perfect shape and makes it easy to get a smooth line. Unfortunately I found out while doing my Most Repurchased Makeup Brushes post that this doesn’t exist anymore, but I hope that this brush is just as good – yes, I’ve ordered it lol.
Products Used in This Look
The eyeshadow used in this post is actually the OFRA Cosmetics x NikkieTutorials Everglow Highlighter shades, the mascara is L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara, the top liner is Kat Von D Mad Max Brown Tattoo Liner and the bottom waterline is Clinique Slim Sable Skinny Stick.
Winged Liner Shopping List
I posted a few looks last week on Instagram from this tutorial – make sure you check them out:
The @nikkietutorials collab with @ofracosmetics is currently available at @ultabeauty 😍 I have the Everglow Highlighter on my eyes (all three shades) and the lightest shade to highlight my cheeks. I’m also wearing Nude Potion Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick 😘 #nikkietutorials #ofracosmetics #bster21 #ofraxnikkietutorials #beautyguru #eotd #metallic #copper #highlight #ultabeauty #makeupobsessed #fotd ….. http://liketk.it/2raOQ #liketkit @liketoknow.it Shop this pic via screenshot with the new LIKEtoKNOW.it app #LTKBeauty 🌺
How do you wing? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to also tell us your eye shape!