How to Achieve the Perfect Winged Eyeliner
Hey fam! Hope you’ve been well!
Jane here again! Thank you SO much for all of your comments and honest feedback on my last post, Comfort is a Privilege. I was (and still am) so overwhelmed with feelings since that piece went live and am so so sooooooo happy you enjoyed it. It really meant a lot to me and I’ve read every single comment that you’ve shared with me so thank you.
Today, we’re here to talk about getting that winged eyeliner on P-O-I-N-T. I’m talking about a winged eyeliner that looks so good, you won’t know what to do with yourself. Should you have a GNO? Should you actually go on that Bumble date you swiped right on? Perhaps that summer soirée? To the club (do you guys still go to clubs? *asking for a friend*)? Maybe even take that eyeliner to church?! You get what I’m saying…
If there’s one compliment I can consistently count on getting, it’s my eyeliner. My brows… hardly ever. My lip color and my skin complexion? On occasion. But my eyeliner? ALWAYS.
Since you can catch me rockin’ a winged eyeliner/cat eye any day of the week, I wanted to share my eyeliner secrets on how to get that wing perfect every.single.time in 5 simple steps.
1. Get a really good angle brush like this or this one. I’ve been using this one since I was 16 years old and finally mastered the cat eye. It’s $20 and lasts me up to a year. This is the MVP tool for me and helps me achieve symmetry.
2. Pick your base/weapon of choice. I have really dark brown eyes so I love using a black eyeliner for a dramatic look. If you have lighter colored eyes, you might want to go with a brown option, but I still prefer a dramatic black cat eye. I’ve been using this liner for the past 10 years and swear by it. It’s buildable, under $18, and lasts me over 6 months. I’m a creature of habit so that’s been my go-to until recently, my friend at Violet Grey introduced me to this liquid liner last month and it’s my new favorite liquid liner. It goes on super smooth, the brush tips are super thin (which means room for less error), and it feels like luxury all bottled up into one beautiful, sultry pen.
3. Dip your brush in your gel pot or on your liquid liner of choice and create an angular line at the end of your eyes outward (at a 20-30 degree upwards angle away from your eye and towards your hairline) to create a single line. Look in the mirror and do the same on your opposite eye. This liner is a great option to line the inside, top and bottom of your lashline and is also waterproof should you happen to watch a sad Netflix documentary of some sort or go see SZA or Beyoncé live in concert.
4. Dip your brush in your liner again and bring the liner inwards creating a half moon. Then, fill in your liner to whatever thickness you prefer.
5. Use a Q-tip to clean up any mistakes you may have.
Now, what to do to after the day’s over and you need to get that sultry makeup look off? Use a really good makeup remover like micellar water. You get your bang for your buck given their size, they’re gentle to use on all skin types (sensitive skin included), and they feel like you’re simply rubbing gentle water on your face. Here are all the ones I have tried and love. You should know that they all get rid of waterproof mascara as well (my thin lashes need waterproof mascara to stay curled. Asian girl secret).
My #1 has been this one and I’ve been using it for over 5 years! I just add some to a cotton pad and it magically removes my stubborn eyeliner, brows, and lipstick in a few simple swipes without leaving my skin feeling dry or irritated.
Other noteworthy mentions are:
Smells like French heaven, is alcohol and oil free, packed with minerals, and does an exceptional job.
Super gentle, safe for those who wear contacts, and the floral water soothes and reduces puffiness around the eyes. I also love that it comes as a pump.
Not a micellar water, but smells divine, removes all my eye makeup, has rose and cornflower ingredients which are soothing, makes me feel like a Queen and is a great piece to put on the vanity.
So who’s ready to wear a cat eye look with me?
Side note: the first time I attempted this, I was 16 and locked myself in my bathroom for 3 hours so don’t stress. Now, it takes me less than 2 minutes in the morning to achieve those wings. Practice makes perfect and you know what they say … the higher the wing, the closer to heaven. Lol
Another side note: You should also know that I have monoloids (and are proud of them) and I like my eyeliner to match my personality: slightly dramatic.
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