There’s really nothing more classic than a winged eye liner look, usually referred to as the ‘cat eye’. It seems so effortless to just finish off your eyeliner with a neat little wing for instantly bigger, brighter eyes. Seems easy right?
It’s such a sleek, clean look, but it can be tricky to attain without the right technique. And really, what is the right technique? The truth is…there isn’t one. There are many! There are all sorts of techniques people use to create a winged eye. Here is my technique for those of us whose failed attempts at a flawless feline flick end with makeup remover and a lot of frustration.
Start by using an angled eyeliner brush! This helps to line your upper lashes. Dip the brush into your Eyeliner Gel and draw a thin line that hugs the base of your lash line.
Draw a slightly thicker line from the inner corner to the outer corner of your eye. This line should start out very thin and get slightly thicker as you continue towards your outermost eyelash.
Draw a thin wing that points up and out from the outer corner of your eye. The wing’s tip should angle up towards the need of your eyebrow. Use a pointed cotton swab dipped in water to clean up any mistakes and carve out a crisp, sharp flick.
If you are a beginner then you can also map out your cat eye with small dots before tracing over them with eyeliner.
While some people like to start right at the inner corner of the eye, I personally like to start at the outer end, creating somewhat of a blueprint before I commit to drawing the entire line. I begin by drawing a diagonal line from the corner of my eye about halfway up toward the end of my eyebrow. This helps me map out the specific angle and shape of that flirty flick!
Next, I like to create the entire ‘flick’ shape by drawing another line that meets with the first line to create a point. It’s best to draw this shape first and make sure you’re happy with it; if you’re not, you haven’t gone too far yet and you can erase and start over.
Now that I’m happy with the shape, I’m going to go into the inner corner of my eye and begin drawing a line that extends all the way over to meet that second line I drew, finalizing the overall shape of my winged liner. Here’s a tip: When you’re drawing along your lash line, let the pen or brush fluidly move along the curve of your eyeball. This way you’ll create the perfect liner that suits the shape of your eye.
Now that you’ve gotten the hang of basic winged liner, take it to the next level with some creative cat eye looks.
Sometimes you’ll find there are jagged parts of the liner that aren’t entirely smooth. No biggie! Here’s what I like to do to smooth out the line and erase any mistakes: I take a very small liner brush and rub it into a makeup remover wipe, then I go in and clean up anything I need to with the brush. Repeat as many times as you need to for a super clean liner.
Keep practicing! Experiment with the thickness of your line and the angle of your wing to discover what looks best with your eye shape. Winged eyeliner can seem difficult at first, but it gets easier with time—especially if you start with a gel eyeliner, which tends to be more forgiving than liquid or pencil.
Do you have any of your very own techniques? Share it with in the comments section.