How to: The Winged Eye w/o Liquid Liner

I am breaking up with my liquid eyeliner. 

The relationship has been on-again, off-again for quite sometime now; but it is time for it to end. Permanently.

It began on a blustery winter evening, as I readied myself for a winter formal. The ever-so-classy winged Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's look was making its first appearances back in fashion and beauty magazines everywhere. So as I browsed through the pages of Chatelaine, People, and Cosmo, I thought to myself, "I can do this" and purchased my first liquid liner. 

5 Years and about 10 tubes of liquid liners in varying sizes, brands, and colours later, I have had enough with trying to get both sides of my eyes to look identical. So, with all the zeal I could muster, I threw my tube of liquid liner to the cold Canadian winter vortex, and set out to perfect the winged eye look WITHOUT that pesky liquid liner. 

Good news, ladies:

I've figured out how to do it. 

(NOTE: If you are pro at the liquid liner and can get it perfect in one foul swoop, well, this is NOT a tutorial for you. Keep rocking at life.)

How to do it:

Start with a clean slate. I already did my daily foundation, powder, and blush routine, so you wouldn't have to look at my ugly pimple which I'm sure is a result of the stresses related to my upcoming travel back to the GVA.

Make sure you put foundation and powder on your eyelids. This will help set the liner and keep it looking awesome all day. 

What you need:

Your favourite mascara and curler.
Whatever non-liquid liner (pencil or tube) you prefer.

LaCross eyelash curler.
Covergirl Lashblast Fusion in very black (waterproof).
Maybelline New York Line Stylist in onyx.
Step One:

Begin by sweeping lid with liner from the place where your lashes begin to just before the end of your eyelid.

Then place your finger in the space between where your brow and eyelid both end.

Step Two:

Keeping your finger there, pull your skin slightly toward the end of your brow. This will help to define where the crease of your eyelid ends.

Using your liner, follow that line up towards your brow, and stop when the crease does. You can see in the photo below, that I am about to draw the line, and the crease of my eyelid ends just above where the tip of my liner pen is.

Step Three:

Once you've gotten your first sweep of liner extended on your lid, it's time to fill in the gap between the end of your eye and where the liner meets the edge of your lash crease. 

Keeping your finger so that it's pulling your skin tight(ish), you'll want to take your pencil and colour in, from the corner of your eye to the edge of the last line of eyeline you made, to create a triangle. 

Once you let your finger free, you'll be able to see that you've created a small but distinct triangle sweeping from your lashline toward the end of your eyebrow. This is the perspective line you want, because it works with the natural contours of your face shape.

After that, simply finish by curling lashes and applying mascara. 

Right - Finished eye. Left - One eye winged, one eye not.

Yep. I'm breaking up with my liquid liner because, well, let's be honest, this is much easier (and looks just as good!). 

look was finished with Maybelline 'Let me Pink' lipstick.

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  1. LaCross eyelash my favorite!!

  2. Great tutorial and you look awesomely beautiful! :) Love the winged-eye look on ya!

  3. Thanks for tutorial as I am always trying to perfect this technique.



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