The Final Information to the Forms of Winged Eyeliner, Straight From Superstar MUAs


Portrait of a Woman Wearing Mint Green Graphic Winged Eyeliner

The proper winged liner does exist, and no matter your eye form, if you happen to consider it, you’ll be able to obtain it. The truth is, we have been perfecting this type for greater than 2,000 years, courting again to B.C. in historical Egypt the place Cleopatra dominated in a fierce cat-eye.

The winged liner pattern discovered its solution to America within the Twenties, and in what some would name a plot twist, skyrocketed to reputation in 1922 when King Tutankhamun aka King Tut’s tomb was found.1 A century later, winged eyeliner nonetheless stays in type, with celebrities like Ariana Grande and Adele adopting it as their signature look.

We spoke to movie star make-up artists Mario Dedivanovic, Sofia Tilbury, and Jacqueline Fraioli to study the ins and outs of winged liner and get the news on find out how to completely type it no matter eye form, product choice, or ability. Forward, the final word skilled information to winged eyeliner.


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Traditional Winged Liner

Classic wing liner on Hennessy Carolina

The “basic” winged liner, proven right here on influencer Hennessy Carolina, is strictly what its identify states—a basic. Fraioli notes that this type usually works finest on almond-shaped eyes which have a pure carry on the outer corners. “Traditional liner begins out skinny within the interior nook of the attention, and steadily will get thicker towards the wing,” Fraioli says. “Inglot’s AMC Eyeliner Gel 77 is my selection liner for this [style].”

Whereas gel often is the MUA selection for a basic utility, it isn’t the one selection.

“Liquid eyeliners like Charlotte’s Feline Flick Pen are good for making a basic wing,” says Tilbury. “The comb-like tip permits you to create a super-thin, sharp line, however some folks could be intimidated by the fluid, ink-like consistency. For almond eyes, I at all times like to consider defining the attention form, outlining the interior corners and lash line earlier than winging out from the outer third of the attention.”

For a extra detailed how-to on the basic wing, Dedivanovic notes that you’re going to wish to think about the wing as an extension of your decrease lash line. “Draw the road barely in that route, then return and line the highest lash line and join the road to the wing,” he says.

Bebe Rexha in winged liner

“It’s all about private choice,” says Dedivanovic, who created the above basic wing on Bebe Rexha. “I wish to tight-line the highest outer lash line for much more definition. You possibly can glide a cotton swab alongside the underside fringe of the wing to good or clear up the road if obligatory.”

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The Batwing

The Batwing liner style

Made fashionable by artists like Dedivanovic and Katie Jane Hughes, the “Batwing” resembles the basic wing however is specifically tailor-made for individuals who have hooded eyes. “The Batwing liner dips into the outer nook crease of the attention, so it doesn’t look unbalanced when trying down,” Fraioli says. “This additionally helps the wing present a bit extra, moderately than being lined by the ‘hood.’ It helps hooded eyes look extra uplifted. Inglot’s AMC Eyeliner Gel 77 can be excellent for one of these wing.”

Hooded eyes typically name for creativity to realize a lifted wing look. “When you have hooded lids, the form of the wing can change relying on whether or not your eye is open or closed,” Dedivanovic says. “I like to recommend making use of liner whereas trying straight into the mirror, eyes open. Focus the appliance on the outer corners of the eyes the place the liner is extra seen and can create a larger impact.”

“I at all times use long-wear eyeliner, particularly you probably have hooded or monolid eyes since they have a tendency to switch liner extra simply,” Dedivanovic continues. “The type of the wing adjustments relying on the attention form, however the consequence ought to at all times be the identical—eyes that look outlined, elongated, and lifted.”

The Batwing for hooded eyes

Within the look above, Dedivanovic used his Grasp Mattes Liquid Eyeliner, which incorporates an easy-to-use versatile tip and waterproof method.

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Smoky Winged Liner

The actress Shay Mitchell in smokey winged liner

A smoky eye screams glam, and a smoky liner matches that very same vitality.

Dedivanovic notes that the creation of this look is one in all his favourite eyeliner mixtures. “I like layering liquid over pencil. I begin by making use of my Grasp Pigment Professional Pencil ($22)—it has a customized brush that helps create a simple wing. The pencil stays emollient which supplies me time to good the road. As soon as I do, I lock it in with my Grasp Mattes Liquid Liner on high for a fair bolder look.”

The smoky eye is a good choice for an evening out, but in addition a forgiving choice for individuals who are nervous about liquid liners, as blurred traces are actually the aim right here. “The smudge shadow liner look was one other big hit this 12 months,” notes Fraioli. “That is good for somebody who desires a softer wing. It’s additionally simpler for individuals who aren’t so steady-handed with a gel or liquid liner. You possibly can do that with any colour shadow as properly, doesn’t must be simply black. I exploit the Make-up by Mario Grasp Mattes eyeshadow palette for the shadow wings.”

Tilbury can be a fan of the tender pencil technique and has all of the merchandise that can assist you good a smoky wing. “My favourite method for eyeliners is at all times a basic pencil,” Tilbury says. “Charlotte’s pencils are tremendous simple to make use of as a result of they’re enriched with emollients that enable for a gliding utility. I put on a feline flick utilizing the berry-brown Pillow Speak eyeliner virtually daily.”

“You may make the road sharp or smoke it out utilizing a brush, and you should utilize pencils in your outer corners to create carry, or alongside the waterline for definition,” Tilbury continues. “In case you like a softer, smokier eye look, Charlotte’s Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliners ($29) have a sultry end and high-impact pigment, while The Traditional Powder Pencils ($24) add extra delicate definition that’s good for on a regular basis make-up. A very powerful factor is to at all times have a sharpener at hand.”

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Inside Nook Wing

Sofia Tilbury with inner corner winged eyeliner

For all the drama (in a great way, clearly) the professionals love an interior nook liner that connects for an interior and outer winged look, like Sofia Tilbury’s seen above. They notice that working with a pencil can typically be harder within the precision class, however share their tricks to get the cleanest utility.

“Begin by drawing a really skinny line alongside the higher lash line, as shut as attainable to your lash hairs to make sure no pores and skin is exhibiting via,” says Tilbury. “Once you attain the ultimate third of the attention, cease and create a dot within the outer nook the place you’d like your wing to finish. Then wing up and out to affix the dots—and bear in mind to maintain cotton swabs readily available to good the completed line.”

“Utilizing a pencil or shadow with a dampened brush could be simpler and extra comfy to make use of for newbies,” provides Dedivonovic. “I at all times advocate sitting together with your elbow anchored on a flat floor to maintain your hand regular when you apply. I additionally preserve pointed cotton swabs dipped in micellar water helpful to sharpen and excellent the wing on the finish.”

As for reaching the proper interior nook wing, Fraioli shares, “you wish to intensify the interior nook of the eyes. This appears finest on eyes which are set additional aside. You are able to do each high and backside liner with this if you happen to’d like. A pencil liner or liquid liner is finest for this look.”

The consultants agree: No matter your lid, eye form, eye distance, or choice, there’s a wing for everybody. Tilbury shares that her final tip, whatever the wing type you are trying to obtain, is to look straight forward into the mirror whereas creating the wing to assist make sure the wing is tailor-made to your pure eye form.

Dedivanovic leaves us with a easy but vital final piece of recommendation: observe makes good, even while you’re a professional.

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