Winged eyeliner is a staple in Pin Up looks. That classic, sultry cat-eye gives such an alluring edge, but the idea of applying eyeliner into such a precise look can be a little intimidating. Getting a crisp line, even shape, not to mention making sure it stays all day; there are a lot of aspects that scare people off. These handy tips will make the process a lot easier.
Which eyeliner works best? The most important step is choosing a good liner that’s comfortable and easy to use. For beginners a gel liner and brush applicator is recommended to start off. Gel is a lot easier to control than liquid eyeliner, and it won’t set as quickly which means if you have any accidental wobbles you have time to clean it up. Keep a few Q-tip cotton buds handy for cleaning up the lines as you go.
Recommendation: Maybelline EyeStudio Lasting Drama Gel Pot Liner
Liquid liner has the reputation for making the crispest lines and having the best pigment payoff, but some people tend to avoid it. It’s a product to use when you’re more confident in your wing drawing as these liquids set pretty fast, and once they’re on they tend to stick! But liquid liner has come a long way over the years; the easiest applications now come in pens.
Recommendations: STILA Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner or Kat Von D Beauty Tattoo Liner
TIPS FOR CREATING THE BEST WINGS
1. PRIME: Make sure you’ve primed your eyelids with either an eyelid primer or simply using a layer of concealer followed by a light dusting of powder. This will ensure you get the most even application as the liner has something to stick to; there’s nothing worse than having parts of your eyeliner slip off during the day due to natural oils in the skin.
2. MAP OUT THE WING: If you’re worried about getting each side even this tip will give you so much more confidence!
· Take a makeup brush and hold it diagonally from the side of your nose to the end of your eyebrow
· With a little bit of eye shadow mark a small line on the outer corner of your eye toward the tail of your brow, following the line of your brush.
· Repeat on the other side and you now have even guidelines to go over with eye liner.
3. LINE THE LASHES FIRST: With your eyeliner start by creating a thin line on your eyelid, keeping your eyeliner as close to your lash line as possible. Use small strokes and take it slow.
Once you reach the outer corner of your eye trace over that eye shadow mapping you created earlier, joining it to your lash line.
4. ANY MISTAKES? Nobody has to know! Dipping a Q-tip in some makeup remover makes the perfect eraser.
Lastly, of course, is practise: Figuring out your signature wing that suits your eye shape takes time; have fun with it and experiment! Even the best pin up girls have their days when it doesn’t come so easy, take it from the classic beauty Dita Von Teese-
"My eyeliner goes from a small cat to a grand cat and sometimes that’s because it’s a mistake and I keep drawing on it until it ends up bigger and I just accept it and walk out the door. In times where I haven’t worn my makeup for a few days or a week if I’m on holiday, or I’m sick and I don’t leave the house, I go back to it and it’s not as easy. So you can’t just say it’s a special occasion I want to have eyeliner, it takes practise.”
Dita uses MAC Fluidline Gel Eye Liner in the shade Black Track