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After spending several years in social services, Nicole has finally followed her lifelong dream of being a full-time writer. In addition to her work for The Hudsucker, Nicole is also a staff writer for Womanista. An avid comic book fan, BBQ aficionado, professional makeup artist and first-time mom, Nicole can be found exploring Kansas City rich history when she's not blogging about suburban life at Suburban Flamingo.

The Pretty Files: Winging It Eyeliner Tutorial

Winged eyeliner. Cat eyes. Swoosh lid. Whatever you want to call it, the makeup look where the eyeliner goes just beyond the edge of the eye and upward is hot right now.  It can look both classy and sexy, casual and done up, polished and effortless.  It can also strike fear in the hearts of those who consider themselves makeup “novices” or those who have battled with eyeliner in the past and come up short.  Never fear, eyeliner fans.  Like Mighty Mouse I am here to save the day with my Winged Eyeliner Tutorial.

In order to create your own winged eyeliner you will need the following tools:

  • Eyeliner of your choice (I will be using a self-sharpening crayon type of eyeliner, but this works with liquid, gel, and regular pencil as well.)
  • Cotton swabs
  • Eye makeup remover
  • Tape (any kind, but your best bet is to use invisible or washi.  Washi tape is bright and easy to see, plus it is nicer to the skin.)

Ready?  Here we go!

Step 1:

Place your tape diagonally from the outer corner of your eye upward in the angle you desire.  For this tutorial I elected to do a pretty sharp angle.

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Step 2:

Take your eyeliner and start at the center of your eye right along the lash line.  You want to be as close to the lash line as possible because this will allow you to build the line to the desired thickness once you get a feel for how you want your overall line to go.

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 Step 3:

Repeat this by working from the inner corner and joining the line you just made.  Splitting the line in half helps ensure that you don’t have any gaps or skips in coverage.

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Step 4:

Wing time!  Draw your eyeliner out over the piece of tape using the edge as a guide.  I draw a fairly heavy line here just to make sure I have a good wing.

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Step 5:

Peel off your tape carefully.  I like washi tape for this because it sticks less than regular transparent tape, but still gives a good line.

Step 6:

Admire your wing and inspect for any areas you may want to tweak.  I filled in my wing just a little for drama and then used a little bit of makeup remover on a cotton swab to shorten it slightly.

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And voila!  A quick, easy winged eyeliner look that can be done with any kind of liner in any color and it takes almost no time at all!  Have fun and be sure to try your own variations, like adding a different color for the actual wing!

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