Beauty How-To: Winged Eyeliner

posted on: January 11, 2013

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I love wearing winged eyeliner.  I sometimes do a more subtle version for daytime, and a thick, dramatic wing for a night on the town!  The trouble, however, is that when friends ask how I get the look, I'm completely unable to explain it.  That's why I was so curious to find out how makeup artist Kahlia Adams suggested we all achieve the perfect winged liner.

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Start by drawing a guide with a white eye pencil, following the lower lash line.

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Draw a line across the upper lid on the lash line and above the white pencil line, using an angle brush and some black eyeliner. Shadow is easier to remove and control then a gel or liquid liner . You can make sure your proportions are correct before using the less forgiving medium.

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Then take a pen eyeliner (we used a Skinny Marker by NYX) and start just outside the tear duct till the end of the lash line on both sides. Flip the pen around so the skinniest part was at the tip of the wing and follow the guideline. You can build the line up do its as thick and dramatic as you want. 

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Use a wet Q-Tip to remove your white line, et voila!


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  1. Beautiful!!! Great tip, my winged liner always looks different everyday LOL! I might give this a try ;)

  2. What a great tip! Pinned it. :)

  3. oh that's such a great tip!
    I always get one eye right and then have the hardest time matching the other eye to it hehe.
    you look beautiful :)

  4. Great how-to, Alicia and Kahlia! I've never thought to use a white liner... I always just freehand it.

    xo, alison*elle

  5. wow that looks so easy!!
    thanks for sharing:)
    kisses from Milano

  6. I really want to try to do this!

    xo Jennifer

  7. such a great tutorial! I am still trying to perfect this, I am definitely trying this tonight!

    xoxo stylelista

  8. I'm always looking for an easier way to achieve winged eyeliner and this version using a white eye pencil is genius. Totally going to try this out!


  9. Love these tips Alicia... this is my fave liner look as well! :D

  10. OMGosh, best cat eye tutorial ever!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

  11. thanks for sharing,i have to try this :)

  12. nice blog. follow you.


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