Jul 31, 2013 02:10
by Chloe Morello
A winged liner is flattering on so many different eye shapes, but it's not the easiest thing to do. I've been practicing for years and would love to share the few simple steps and tips that can help an amateur get a perfect line and angle, every time!
1. Using a soft grey or brown pencil liner, lightly etch in the outline of where you want to place the gel eyeliner, so draw from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner with a light hand. Check both eyes are even and use a cotton tip to remove any mistakes. Because gel or liquid liner is so an intensely pigmented, if you mess up it is difficult to correct. Completing this step with pencil helps by forming a kind of stencil so that you know exactly where you need to be drawing the liner.
2. As a guide, the flick should end below the natural crease of your eye, if you draw the wing through the crease of the eye, the wing will be distorted when your eyes are in the open position. To find the right place for your flick, look straight ahead into a mirror, and draw a small dot just under where the socket crease of your eye finishes and use that as the pinnacle of the wing. Lightly create your wing, as long or as short as your desire by connecting the dot to the end of the lash line and sweep in toward the outer third of your eye.
3. Then, take your gel or liquid liner, and carefully begin to draw over the penciled shape using very small strokes.
4. Go back and make sure all the edges are smooth, try taking longer sweeps with the brush to get a smoother effect if need be but only go over what you have already done so as not to distort or change the thickness of your liner. If you are having trouble making a crisp, tapering flick, take some makeup remover on a brush and use it as an 'eraser' to remove any blobs or clumps, and shape the tip into the perfect shape.
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