Oh winged eyeliner, how I love thee!!!

If you are new to winged eyeliner it can be quite intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. There are a couple of different methods to create the perfect cat eye, but this is the one that works for me.


  1. Matte black eyeshadow
  2. Small angled brush (I use the MAC 208 pictured below)
  3. Liquid liner (or you can use gel liner, but I personally find it more difficult)


STEP ONE: Apply primer and eyeshadow. (I use Urban Decay Primer Potion, and the eyeshadows above are by MAC in the shades: Naked Lunch, Era, and Vanilla)
STEP TWO: With small angled brush and matte black eyeshadow, line the outer two thirds of your top lash line. Then line the very outer corner of your bottom last line — extending the line up to make the wing. You can go much farther than I did, but I prefer a small wing.

The wing should appear to extend from your bottom lashes and point to the very end of your eyebrow. This doesn’t have to be exact, but it is a good rule of thumb.


STEP THREE: Fill in the area between the end of the wing and the upper lash line with the matte black eyeshadow. You can stop at this step for a less dramatic cat eye, which I often do… Just curl your lashes and apply mascara, and you’re all finished.

 STEP FOUR: Apply liquid liner. I like to use Revlon ColorStay liquid liner, but use whichever you think is easiest. You want to make sure that it has a felt tip applicator because these allow for the smoothest application. Also, when you initially take out the applicator, be sure to wipe off a little of the extra product — much like one would do with a mascara wand. The line should be thinner the farther you go towards the inner corner. Do not try to make this line in one swipe — doing this takes away your precision –instead take small strokes. In the inner corner I dot the eyeliner along the lash line and then use small strokes to connect the dots and smooth the line.

STEP FIVE: Line your upper and lower waterlines, curl your lashes and apply mascara.
 Practice definitely makes perfect when it comes to achieving a perfect cat eye!! I don’t always use the eyeshadow in steps 1-3… you can always just go for it and use the liquid liner first. Using the eyeshadow helps a lot in the beginning when you are trying to visualize the correct angle for the wing. If you mess up, simply take a cotton swab with a little bit of make up remover on it and wipe away your mistake.  Another tip is to look at your mirror in a downward angle. This helps to smooth the eyelid and makes it easier to see how close you are getting the liner to your lashes.
I hope this was helpful! Do you use liquid or gel? Leave a comment below, and don’t forget to subscribe!

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