Tuesday Tip: Perfecting the Winged Eyeliner Look

Esthetician student Emily Holden applies eyeliner on Sarah Ryrie.
Esthetician student Emily Holden applies eyeliner on Sarah Ryrie.

(Windsor, Ontario) – Esthetician student Emily Holden says applying eyeliner is a tricky task on its own, and getting creative with it by attempting to do a cat-eye look can be even more difficult!

Holden said it's important to remember that eyeliner is applied near the end of your makeup routine – after your foundation and eyeshadow, and right before applying your mascara.

A cream liner applied with an angled brush is best for creating a smooth, fine line, says Holden, but liquid eyeliner will do as well. Both are easiest to control and allow you to apply really close to the lashline.

Be sure to pull the skin near your outer eye/eyebrow for a more accurate and seamless application, says Holden.

"For the cat-eye winged look, you want to apply the line of eyeliner to the lash line, then a gentle flick at the end, past the outer corner of your eye, angled upwards and out," explains Holden. "Then you make a straight line from your lash-line and connect this with the curved line. Finally, you just fill in the space."

Holden says if you do not have a steady hand, you could always apply a piece of tape and use it as a guide. And she said if the wing of eyeliner ends up thicker than you like, you can thin it out with a Q-tip dipped in water.

This tapered technique should give the illusion of extra long eyelashes and is good for opening the eyes up, says Holden.

Esthetitican student Emily Holden provides some tips for creating a winged/cat-eye eyeliner look.
Esthetitican student Emily Holden provides some tips for creating a winged/cat-eye eyeliner look.