Winged eyeliner is the perfect way to add that extra GLAM to any look. As well as shaping your eyes, it defines them and brings them to life! But how can you get the perfect flick to your liner? We asked make-up artist Lucia Gandolfi to give us 5 simples steps to create that perfect flick!
Lucia goes on to add….To complete this look you can use a eyeliner pencil to create a softer line, however I prefer to use gel eyeliner as it is easier to control it’s placement.
I suggest trying a waterproof liner as it will last all day and if you suffer from sensitive eyes, it will not run. When shopping for the perfect eyeliner, make sure you chose one with an easy-to-use applicator.
Step 1 – Start by applying a thin layer of foundation onto your eyelid, this will act as a base for your liner and also even out your skin tone around the eyes.
Step 2 – Place a section of tape, tucking it under your lower lash line and keeping it in line with your brow bone. This will act as a guide line for the wing! This is my all time favourite trick to making sure the wing is perfect.
Step 3 – Using an eyeliner brush, start by applying a thin line of the gel eyeliner along the lash line. Slowly start dragging the brush from your inner corner to your outer corner. Try making little lines first rather than trying to draw one straight line.
Step 4 – To wing the liner out, using the tape as your guide, angle your line towards the end of your eyebrow. I tend to stop mine where my natural eye crease ends, however all eye shapes are different. In order to get your wing even neater, you may want to gently pull your skin at the outer corner. Depending on the occasion you may want a more dramatic wing so you can draw your liner out as much as you prefer. Remember the more times your draw over your liner, the darker the line will be come.
Step 5 – Fill out your wing! Thicken the curve as you go making sure to marry it up with line you’ve draw along the lash line. This may take a few practises but don’t worry. Grab a cotton bud and remove the wing to start over. Finally, remove the tape!
Remember practise makes perfect so if you don’t get it right first time, don’t be discouraged! Sometimes you may have to make one side thicker to get them looking symmetrical.
Products used: Gel eyeliner – Illamasqua Gel liner in ‘Infinity’, Eyeliner brush – MAC eyeliner brush 210, Scotch tape
Mastered the perfect flick? Why not read our step by step guide to the perfect brow
Lucia Gandolfi is a qualified make up artist with experience of work in TV, Theatre and Photoshoots.