Winged eyeliner is one of my favorite makeup techniques because it makes such a big impact. It’s not always easy to do, though. In fact, sometimes it’s a freaking pain in the butt. Plus, once you screw it up, it’s hard to save the rest of your makeup look.
For those days when I can’t shake the cute, little toddler hanging off my arm, or for the days when, out of pure laziness, I really just can’t get myself to even attempt liquid liner, I use this easy technique to get the same winged liner effect, but with a lot less frustration!
Rather than using a liquid or gel liner, I use an angled brush and a black or super dark brown eyeshadow like Black or Espresso from the Lorac Pro Palette because they’re easy to work with and super goof-proof.
By the way, I think the best brush of all time to use for this lazy girl’s winged liner is the MAC 266, if you happen to have one. It pretty much does the work for you.
Dip your angled brush in your shadow, then tap the brush against the side of your table to remove any excess. If you don’t do this, you’ll get all of that lovely fallout on your cheeks instead.
Next, using a pressing motion, press the shadow into your lash line. I like pressing the color instead of sweeping it because I think I get a much better, more intense color payoff.
Now, angling your brush upward, make a line as if you were continuing your lower lash line. If you follow that imaginary line, you’ll get the most flattering shape for your eye.
And I use a little flicking motion at the end of the line to make sure I get a diffused tip.
The next step is a little harder to explain, so here’s a quick video to show what I’m doing. Basically, I’m flipping my brush the other way round, and flicking it to fill in the shape of the line I want. Again, by using that flicking motion, you get a pretty diffused look, rather than a harsh line. It’s has a pretty, soft look to it.
Literally, that’s it! You’re done! 🙂 How easy was that?
I will say, though, that having the right brush makes this a thousand times easier if you’re having a hard time with it. I promise.
This is usually the liner style that I like to use on brides who request winged eyeliner. I think it looks a lot softer and prettier and isn’t as harsh as liquid liner can look.
Sometimes I’ll use a dark brown or even a plummy color, and and if I want to soften the line even more, I’ll take a blending brush and run over it a little bit.
I hope this makes your life just a little bit easier, and if you want, I also did a post on my blog called 4 steps to perfect winged eyeliner using liquid liner.