Winged eyeliner – how to & best buys

Winged eyeliner is my signature look. I first applied a liquid eyeliner when I was about 20 years old (so over 10 years ago – eek!) with liner express by Maybelline. It took quite a few months to master the art of creating the perfect flick with a steady line, but I got there. I can now do it in a few moments.

I have tried so, so many different eyeliners over the years, but always come back to the Maybelline one as it is so easy to apply and lasts all day without flaking or rubbing. The black is nice for a night out, but I really like brown for everyday as it looks so natural.

I don’t like pencil eyeliners, as I don’t get the desired look from them. Plus, they tend to rub within a few hours.

Gel eyeliners started to get popular in 2013 and I adore these. Most gel eyeliners though have a habit of leaving a mark above your eyelid from when you close and open your eyes; it looks very unsightly. The best gel eyeliner that lasts, for me, over 10 hours and has very high pigments is the Double Wear Stay In Place Gel Eyeliner by Estee Lauder. It is a costly £18 but I have owned mine for almost a year now and will easily get another few years from it! Unlike other gel eyeliners, such as L’oreal and I am sad to say Bobbi Brown, it doesn’t dry up to a cracked mass of product.

The Estee Lauder ones come in a lovely, flattering array of colours too. I have ‘touch of coffee’ and ‘midnight blue’ which are very subtle and unique in their tones. Very easy to apply, so long as you use a thin eyeliner brush – I rate the Maybelline one which comes with their gel eyeliner. Just be sure to wash your brush once a week, as the consistency of the gel does harden and will ruin the effectiveness of your brush.

If your gel eyeliner is not as soft and gel-like as it should be, simply stand the pot on the plate of your hair straighteners for a few moments. The warmth will soften it to how it should be, making the product glide along your eyeline.

The way I apply eyeliner is really quick and simple, so hopefully the below step-by-step instructions will help you too.

  1. Gently stretch the outer corner of your eye out and slightly up
  2. Start at the inner corner of your eye and draw one thin line next to your top lashes – the quicker you do this, the straighter the line and the less you worry about making a mistake!
  3. Then, keep pulling your eye slightly outwards and upwards, and draw a small line from the little space in between the outer of your top and bottom lashes up towards the end of your eyebrow
  4. Finally, draw a line from the very end down towards the middle of your eye – you will be left with a small triangle shape which you just fill in!

I hope this makes sense?! I can post pictures or do a short video if preferred :)

How do you find creating the winged eyeliner look? x

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