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How to create the Perfect Winged Eyeliner

Updated on March 13, 2012

If applied right, eyeliner can really define the eyes. It enhances the eye-shape and can create an uplifting effect. There are many ways of applying eyeliner. This article will focus on the winged eyeliner and will tell you how to create it perfectly. Whether it be subtle or exaggerated, the technique is the same.


Angelina Jolie is one of the celebrities known for her cat-eyes look. It makes her eyes very sultry and mysterious. Note that her eyeliner does not goes all the way in!


Ginnifer Goodwin chose to go for a thick winged eyeliner. Notice how it has changed her eye-shape. She is looking fabulous.

What do you need?

There are many products that you can use; liner pen, liner pencils, liquid liner or gel liner. You can even use eye-shadows. You also need an angled or regular liner brush (not for pen/pencil, of course). To get the winged eyeliner look, it is better to use products that creates precise lines so that you can build up the thickness. Liner pen, liquid liner and gel liner are probably the best products to use. However, if you want the line to be less precise and more smokey, pencils and eye-shadows are great.

How do they do it?

It may seem very difficult, but actually it is a simple technique that you can master with practice. Firstly, you need to think about the products. Although you can use an eye-pencil, this article will mainly focus on working with gel/liquid eyeliner. So take eyeliner and an eyeliner brush. I prefer to use angled brush, but a flat brush is fine too.

Once you have your products, you are three steps away to get the perfect eyeliner. Let’s get to the real deal.

Step 1

Follow the angle of your bottom of lash line and draw a line. You can draw as long as you want.

Step 2

Connect that line with your upper lash line and go half-way through. You are basically creating a triangle.

Step 3

Fill the triangle and extend the line all the way to your inner corner.

Voilá, you are done. The intensity and the thickness is totally up to you, but these simple steps will always work - no matter what product you are using. Hopefully it has been helpful and you will give it a try.


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      kayha 6 years ago

      Journey*: Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      kayha 6 years ago

      adriatk: Revlon colorstay liquid liner is pretty good. You can also apply a primer first so that it stays put. I have to admit though that since I have been using gel liners I am not using anything else. I would definitely recommend gel liner if you haven't tried it already.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      This is an interesting and pretty look. Thanks for the visual and the steps.

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      adriatk 6 years ago from USA

      Is there a certain liquid eyeliner you recommend? Because I can't find one that doesn't crack/smudge!