Winged eyeliner is one of my favorite makeup techniques because it makes such a big impact. It’s not always easy to do, though. In fact, sometimes it’s a freaking "crossdressing
" pain in the butt. Plus, once you screw it up, it’s hard to save the rest of your makeup look.
For those days when I can’t shake the cute, little toddler hanging off my arm, or for the days when, out of pure laziness, "travesti
" I really just can’t get myself to even attempt liquid liner, I use this easy technique to get the same winged liner effect, but with a lot less frustration!
Rather than using a liquid or gel liner, I use an angled brush and a black or super dark brown eyeshadow like Black or Espresso from the Lorac Pro Palette
because they’re easy to work with and super goof-proof.
By the way, I think the best brush of all time to use for this lazy girl’s winged liner is the MAC 266
, if you happen to have one. It pretty much does the work for you.
The Black shade in the Lorac Pro palette is great! TIPS:
One of my all-time favorite brushes!
Dip your angled brush in your shadow, then tap the brush against the side of your table to remove any excess. If you don’t do this, "transgender
" you’ll get all of that lovely fallout on your cheeks instead.
Next, using a pressing motion, press the shadow into your lash line. I like pressing the color instead of sweeping it because I think I get a much better, more intense color payoff.
Press the shadow into your upper lash line
Now, angling your brush upward, make a line as if you were continuing your lower lash line. If you follow that imaginary line, you’ll get the most flattering shape for your eye.
And I use a little flicking motion at the end of the line to make sure I get a diffused tip.
Create a line following the lower lash line
The next step is a little harder to explain, so here’s a quick video to show what I’m doing. Basically, I’m flipping my brush the other way round, and "crossdressing tips
" flicking it to fill in the shape of the line I want. Again, by using that flicking motion, you get a pretty diffused look, rather than a harsh line. It’s has a pretty, soft look to it.
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Literally, that’s it! You’re done!
How easy was that?
I will say, though, that having the right brush makes this a thousand times easier if you’re having a hard time with it. I promise.
The finished lazy girl’s liner look!
This is usually the liner style that I like to use on brides who request winged eyeliner. I think it looks a lot softer and "crossdressing
" prettier and isn’t as harsh as liquid liner can look.
Sometimes I’ll use a dark brown or even a plummy color, and and if I want to soften the line even more, I’ll take a blending brush and run over it a little bit.