Winged eyeliner can be an a sexy, sultry style when done right, but for makeup newbies, it can be a very difficult skill to master. If you have never tried winged eyeliner or have never managed to get the difficult technique down, read today’s blog to learn how to create the look the right way!

1. Apply pencil eyeliner to your upper lash line. Use a light pencil eyeliner to draw a thin line as close to your upper lash line as possible. The line should be as thin as possible, as well.[1]

  • Start from the inner corner of your eye and work toward the outer corner.
  • The line does not need to be especially neat at this point, even though it should be thin. You will end up going over the line again, so a little roughness will not make much difference at this point.
  • Keep your eyelid as flat as possible while doing this. If necessary, tilt your head back and just barely keep your eye cracked open as you apply the liner.

  2. Measure how far out the wing should go. Hold your eyeliner pencil at the end point of your bottom lash line. Point it upward diagonally so that it practically looks like a continuation of your lower lash line.

  • The line will extend diagonally up and out.
  • Note, however, that if you have a hooded eyelid, you may need to angle the wing more outward than upward to avoid the hooded part of the lid.

  3. Draw a thin diagonal line out to the end of the wing. This line should roughly match the guideline you visualized when holding the liner pencil against your eyelid. In other words, it should almost look like an extension of your lower lash line.

  • Begin at the very tip of the eyeliner line drawn above your upper lash line.
  • Draw a diagonal line roughly 45 degrees out and up.[2] The line should be heading in the general direction of the end of your eyebrow.
  • The length of the wing is up to you. A more subtle winged eyeliner look should have a short line at this point, but a more dramatic one can extend up to just below your brow bone. Never extend it all the way up to the eyebrow itself, though.

  4. Make a straight line from the tip to the middle of your eyelid. With your eyelid as flat and taut as possible, draw a straight diagonal line from the very tip o the wing down to the middle of your upper lash line

  • Keep the eye closed as you do this. Watch with the eye you are not currently working on.
  • Put the pointer finger of your non-dominant hand on your brow bone. Pull the upper lid slightly upward to keep it taut.
  • Draw the wing lines using your dominant hand.

  5. Fill in the outline. Use your pencil eyeliner to fill in the winged outline you just created until all the skin between the line is covered.

  • This does not have to be especially thorough if you plan on tracing over the pencil eyeliner with liquid liner later on.
  • Fill in the eyeliner as close to the eyelashes as possible to avoid gaps of skin peeking through. The idea is to blend your eyelashes into the eyeliner.

  6. Thicken the line at the inner eyelid. To make it appear as though the wing is getting thinner naturally as it goes into the eye, you should use short strokes of your eyeliner pencil to smooth out the corner between the end of your wing and the liner on the upper lash line.

  • The eyeliner should be its thinnest at the innermost corner, but it should appear as though it is gradually getting thinner in this direction.

 

Good luck!