Attempting winged liner in a 10-minute makeup look seems like a flawed idea.
And yet here we are.
It seems like it would be a near-impossible feat, like — I dunno — convincing your husband to let you visit the animal shelter and bring home all of the kittens.
But you really can do it.
You can! Ten-minute winged liner looks are entirely possible.
In fact, I winged it out today.
Today I aimed for elegant and chic with diffused winged liner, matte lids, a neutral pink cheek and nude lips.
This is one of those “I want to look like I tried, but not like I tried too hard” looks I like to wear, and I think it’s also a really cute first date look, maybe with a dress and heels for dinner, or with jeans and a tee for a casual Sunday brunch date.
Of course you could also totally wear it to work.
But isn’t winged liner a big-ol’ pain in the you-know-what?
It has that reputation…but it doesn’t have to be Olympic-caliber difficult. I think that techniques like this one, which is what I used today, can make it easier.
For liner, I chose a dark gunmetal gray with tiny silver sparkles — MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Black Swan, which you can find in the permanent collection. Of course you could also use a basic black, or whatever other color you feel like wearing, but I went with this one because it’s not quite as stark as full-on black liner and consequently more forgiving, so if/when I make a mistake, no problem! It’s a lot easier to correct.
I also like that it has tiny flecks of silver glitter in it for a little extra kick.
Can you REALLY do this in 10 minutes?
Yes, you absolutely can, especially if you do a couple of these things to save time…
Pick a focal point. If you’re going to incorporate a single focal element (like winged liner in this case), scale back on the rest of your makeup. For me, when I do liner, it always tends to take up most of my time, usually because I have to clean up some mistakes, so it helps to keep that in mind before you start.
Line it up! Before I started this look, I prepped my workspace first. I sharpened my liners, and then lined up all of my tools and the products I knew I’d need on my table in front of me (in order of their use).
If you’re going to be doing a look like this for work, I also suggest laying out all of your products the night before. That way you can just fly through your makeup the next morning.
Streamline your tools, too. Think ahead of time about which and how many brushes you’ll need. I LOVE dual-ended brushes because you’re basically holding two brushes in your hand at the same time. Also, keep your “just in case” products at the ready, and by “just in case,” I mean all of the things you might need if something goes wrong, like paper towels (for spills), makeup removing wipes, Q-tips, eye makeup remover and a pencil sharpener, in case your liner breaks.
Makeup I’m wearing in this look…