So I get asked on a daily basis if I have any tips or tricks to help someone achieve the perfect winged eyeliner. To be honest, I'm still learning myself, but I have learnt a few things while tying to perfect my own winged eyeliner.
There are a few things that you will need to remember when doing something like a winged eyeliner. Your eye shape is probably, actually I think the word that I am looking for id definitely, yes... definitely different to mine and so the tips that am giving you are generic and can be used on most eye shapes, but you need to find the way to draw on a winged eye liner that best suits your eye and I hope that maybe by changing up a few of my tips you can achieve this.
A winged eye liner needs a lot of patience and a lot of practice.
So that being said, here are a few of my tips:
Tip 1:Getting the perfect angle for your wing. You need it to suit your face. I describe this as well as demonstrate this in my my most recent video on YouTube. You can follow the link to this video by clicking YouTube - Winged Eyeliner. In short, what you need to do is draw an imaginary line from the outside of your nostril and along your lower lash line to the tip of your eyebrow, and this angle gives you the perfect winged shape to fit your face and eye. Now please bare in mind that I am basing this on the assumption that your eyebrow has been shaped to suit your face. If you are unsure on how to do this then click here for a breakdown on how to shape your eyebrow like a professional.
Tip 2:Don't draw a single solid line across your lash line. This is a mistake that most people make because they are trying to get the line over and done with. You need to be patient with a winged eyeliner. Rather use small brush strokes across the lash line because there will be less chance that you will make a mistake with the shape of the line and there will be a little more room for error.
Tip 3:Clean up your mistakes. Your make up is not permanent and so you can always correct it. Just use a q-tip with either some water or a little bit of make up remover and your can fix it. There is no need to discourage yourself when you make a mistake, nor is there any reason to remove the entire line. All you need to do is correct the mistake with a little bit of water or make up remover. Use your discretion when correcting - if the mistake is impossible to correct and it is too far gone then maybe it would be sensible to just remove the entire line and start over.
Tip 4:You will never get a mirror image. Your eyeliner will never be the same on both eyes no matter how hard you try. Even if you can see that they aren't the same, the likelihood of someone else noticing is very slim. Do not stress yourself about making sure that your lines are even.
Tip 5:The wing should be shaped like a triangle. Using the shape of a triangle as your guideline when drawing the tip of your wing will help you to achieve a great tip.
Tip 6:If you are a novice I suggest that you don't use a liquid eye liner or a liquid pen. These products dry a little bit too quickly for some one who needs to take their time. Honestly, I still struggle with drawing the winged eyeliner in time. It's like a race against time to get the line drawn perfectly, and this goes against all the patients that you actually need to draw a perfect winged eye liner. Rather use a gel eye liner on an angled eye liner brush or a sharpened pencil to begin with. The line does not need to be crisp in the beginning - such a line comes with practice and patience.
Tip 7:You can fill in any blank spaces with black eye shadow. Usually, I find that the liner does not get close enough to the lash line and there is a gap that is left. Using an eye shadow will allow you to fill in these gaps. You can also use this to fill in any areas where the liquid eye liner has been pulled off from it drying before you have finished applying it. I use a small pencil brush to achieve this.
I hope that these tips have helped you to achieve your perfect winged eye liner.