Winged liner is flattering on everyone. It elongates the eye, makes them stand out, and defines the lashes. Achieving the look can be tricky for beginners, but this simple trick takes the frustration out of it. It’s called the “tape” method and it works like a charm. If you would like to see how to get the perfect winged liner, then please continue reading.
We’re going to start out with our eyeshadow *basically* finished. I haven’t added the final touches since liquid liner can be messy and cleanup would remove it anyway.
Grab a piece of scotch tape (doesn’t need to be scotch brand) and remove some of the adhesive by applying to the back of the hand. The oil from your hand keeps the tape from pulling the delicate area around your eye.
Choosing which liquid liners to use is really up to you. There are several different types to choose from and it’s personal preference. When I first started wearing liquid liners I found felt tipped liners to be the easiest. The short wand gave me more control and leverage. Now that I’m older and more experienced, brush tip liners and angled brushes are my favorite. Here are a few I have laying around so you can see the difference:
From left to right: Standard Sigma angled brush, thin brush tip (Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 Lash Booster), hard felt tip (Rimmel Scandaleyes), flat brush tip (Milani Infinite eyeliner), soft felt tip (Almay liquid liner)
You can also choose Gel eyeliner. Used solely with a liner brush, they come in numerous colors and textures. Most have great staying power and work superbly in the waterline.
Applying the tape is easy. The trick is to create an invisible line from your bottom waterline up to your temple. That’s where you want to apply it. It you need to cheat, apply a long piece of tape from lower waterline to temple.
Finally, go over the liquid liner with a matte black eyeshadow and an angled brush. I used Typographic from MAC, but any matte black eyeshadow will work. Doing this helps the liner to last longer, prevents transfer to the upper lid, mattifies and perfects the look. It makes it look more professional.
At this point, add any finishing touches you need such as, blending, deepening the crease, adding more colors, etc. Finish off with mascara and you’re done!
I hope this helps to better understand how to apply liquid liner. It may take some practice, but adding the “tape” method takes a lot of the guesswork out of it until you get more comfortable. Thanks so much for reading my How to Get Perfect Winged Liner Tutorial. See you soon.
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