Breaking Modern — Audrey Hepburn … Cleopatra … Amy Winehouse. Many women have a signature look and that look often includes some form of winged eyeliner. Winged eyeliner is one of the most classic and essential looks that makeup can create. It comes in a plethora of variations too — Old Hollywood, cat eye thick, theatric, dramatic and so many more. For this particular look, I will be showing my own everyday winged eyeliner: a simple, clean and easy look to achieve. You can use this technique to achieve it in just 30 seconds.
Step 1: Draw a line that follows the shape of your eye. Make sure to get as close to the lashes as possible. I like to start at the inner corner and gently sweep outward until I reach the outer corner of my eye. Step 2: My favorite tip when it comes to applying eyeliner is to imagine a line extending upward from the bottom corner of your eye. By following this line, you can almost guarantee your eyeliner won’t turn out looking awkward due to an odd angle. Step 3: Follow the imaginary line outward, creating the wing. You can choose to be bold and extend it out further for a dramatic look, but for my daily makeup, I like to keep it more subtle. Step 4: After Step 3, the line may appear too thin and not have the nice tapered effect that the winged line is known for. This will be fixed by connecting the line to the rest of the eyelid, completing the wing. Step 5: Apply a quick coat of mascara. Make sure to start at the lash-line and wiggle your way up so that the eyeliner and lashes blend cohesively. Gently glide the mascara brush over the bottom lashes so as to not apply too thick a coat — doing so may create the “raccoon eyes” effect. Curl the top lashes to brighten and widen the eyes. Ta-da! In just five simple steps your classic winged eyeliner look is complete. Don’t be discouraged if your eyeliner is uneven in the first few attempts. It takes a steady hand and solid practice to get it right! If you’re having trouble keeping your hand steady, try resting your elbow on a table while applying your makeup. This 30-second tutorial is perfect for daily makeup, but it doesn’t have to stop there. This skill can be applied to so many looks, and you can play with varying degrees of drama. From understated and sleek to bold and dramatic, winged eyeliner is always a blast to experiment with!
For Bmod, I’m Justine Crawford.
Image credits: Justine Crawford
Cover Art: By Daderot (Daderot) [CC0 or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
August 19, 2021
Nice piece, Justine