I think the most frustrating, yet rewarding part of doing my makeup is creating the perfect wing. Most days, I miraculously get it right on the first try, and other days I’m struggling for ten minutes before I give up and leave the house with janky eyeliner (which I don’t recommend lol NEVER give up on your eyeliner if you can help it). So I’ve compiled a bunch of tips and tricks that I use to help me create my wing the way I like, and maybe it’ll help you too!
I like to start at the corner of my eye and work my way up. I feel like when you reach the top, you can loosen your grip and it will naturally help keep your wing tapered.
I like to use a felt tip eyeliner to create the wing, then I trace over it with my liquid eyeliner. I think that felt tip liners are great for beginners because they are so easy to use and the fine tip makes it easy to create a sharp wing with minimal effort. Using a felt tip eyeliner, is much like holding a pen, so the movements feel a bit more natural.
Good quality felt tip liners usually last throughout the day (the Stila Stay All day and Kat Von D Tattoo liner are GREAT), so I don’t worry about longevity of my wing. But I usually trace over the wing with a liquid eyeliner, just to give me more intensity and sharpness.
When creating my wing, I like to use my eyebrow as a reference for where I want the wing to go. I look at the end of my eyebrow and visualize an imaginary line going from that point to the end of my eye, and this is where I draw the long part of the wing.
- The white arrow indicates the direction I draw the tail of the wing (towards the tail of my brow)
- The black arrow indicates how far I draw the wing down (I usually aim for the center of my eyelid)
– Always work in small strokes. This way, it’s easier to clean up any mistakes that can happen. You have a bigger chance of losing control of the applicator when you try to draw your eyeliner in one large line.
– Like anything that requires a certain amount of skill, remember that practice really does make perfect (at least in this case!) I personally prefer a more dramatic and thicker wing. By exploring different techniques, wing shapes, wing thicknesses and types of eyeliner, you are bound to find what works best for you, and you will be on your way to creating that perfect wing.
– If you are using liquid liner, pay attention to the type of applicator used. I find that it is harder to get a really precise wing when using sponge tip applicators (pictured below), because they aren’t flexible. It’s great to help you practice the strokes needed to get a perfect wing, but when you get better at doing a wing, you may opt for something with a brush tip for more effortless application.
TOOLS AND TRICKS
Tape is a great tool you can use to help you get the perfect wing. Just place the tape where you want your wing to go and trace that line, simple as that! I really only use this trick if I’m wearing eyeshadow because I use the tape as a barrier, but it’s a good trick you can use to help you get used to where you want to place your liner. Always make sure to get rid of some of the adhesive on the tape by sticking it on the back of your hand and taking it off repeatedly, or it’ll end up taking your foundation off with it.
When I was in tenth grade, MAC Fix+ and a black eyeshadow from my sister’s Coastal Scents palette was my eyeliner alternative. I sprayed Fix+ on an angled liner brush, loaded it with the black eyeshadow and drew on my wing. Most times my eyeliner was way too thick (click here if you want to see some embarrassing pictures of me as a teenager) Keep in mind that using eyeshadow and any type of setting spray will not give you long lasting and water proof results but it is one of the easiest ways to help you get used to the motions needed to create your perfect wing.
I’ve never actually used gel eyeliner before, but I would assume it would be quite similar to this. Using the brush would give you more control, and will help you create a flawless point to your wing.
And that’s pretty much it. I think good eyeliner can make or break your look, so always remember to practice! I hope these helped you in one way or another, and if you have any other tips and tricks that you use, please let me know! I would love to hear them and put them to the test.