Update: This tutorial uses products that are NOT cruelty-free and vegan because it was created before I made the switch. L’Oreal is NOT a cruelty-free brand.
For me, going out without my winged eyeliner is like going without a bra. I wear it almost every single day and feel super weird without it.
Winged eyeliner can truly be so simple and easy if you know how to apply it correctly. Even though it takes extra time, the look you end up with will be so sleek and polished that you will never want to leave the house with regular old wingless eyeliner ever again.
Before you begin to apply your eyeliner be sure to put on any eyeshadow or concealer around your eye area. If you put these products on after it will cover up your eyeliner or smudge it. Also, hold off on applying mascara or curling your lashes until you have finished with your eyeliner.
Use a liquid felt-tip or brush eyeliner to draw a thin line from your inner corner to the outer corner of your eyelid. The thinnest part of the line should be near your inner corner. Don’t worry about making the line too thick now because you will want to draw your wing first. Do this very lightly and gently. I find it easier to do short brush strokes instead of the whole line at once.
The eyeliner I use is L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in the color carbon black.
Now you can start to shape out your wing. Draw a small line going outwards from the bottom outer corner of your eye. This line should follow the angle and curve of your bottom lash line. It is only a guideline for the wing, so it doesn’t need to be perfect. Also, repeat this process on your opposite eye. It is much easier to draw symmetrical wings if you do them both step by step, instead of finishing one eye and then starting over on the other.
Fill in the space between your eyeliner on the lid and the wing guideline. Do this by drawing smaller lines from the middle of the guideline to your lid. Thicken the line little by little so that it does not get too thick, especially when you are making sure the left and right wings are symmetrical! Don’t forget to connect your wing to the bottom lash line as well.
DO NOT pull on your lid with your finger when you draw your liner! It WILL NOT look the same when you let go.
A trick I use to draw chiseled liner is to gently wipe outward from the outer corners of my lid with a dry tissue while my liner is still wet. This helps shape the wing and give it a clean, straight look with a thin wispy line at the end.
The hardest part is over and you should have some pretty great looking wings! In addition to the liquid I also applied a pencil liner to the lower lash line. I usually apply a small amount right on the lash line and smudge it out with a Q-tip or my finger. To get really solid looking liner and thick looking lashes also apply pencil liner to your water line as well as your tight line. (The space on your upper lash line between your lashes and your eye itself.)
I used L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in carbon black.
At this point all you need to do is curl your lashes if you like and put on mascara. Keep practicing to master the perfect wing!