This is the Sleekest Winged Eyeliner Routine Yet

Winged eyeliner is one of those makeup trends that never goes out of style, a little like red lipstick, volumised lashes and subtle contouring. It’s the little black dress of your technique repertoire (although it’s not quite as easy to slip on), and if you get it just right, it will take your whole makeup look to new, sleeker levels in seconds. However, sometimes it can be tricky to know which winged liner tutorial you should follow, with literally thousands all offering unique advice on how to get a flawless eyeliner shape. That’s where our makeup artist-approved how-to steps in. Take it from the experts; this is the easiest way to apply your liner, featuring our ultra-precise liquid formula, Colour X-Pert Eyeliner. Time to wing it.

1. Define Your Lash Line

Once you’ve chosen your shade of Colour X-Pert Eyeliner – black for an ultra-chic look or brown for a soft finish – trace from the inner to the outer corner of your upper lash line in one smooth, fine line. Extend slightly at the outer corner in a flick that tilts up to the end of your eyebrow.

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2. Retrace Your Steps

Starting from the end of the flick, glide the liquid eyeliner in a straight, almost-diagonal line back to the centre of your eyelid, creating a ‘negative space’ effect. If you make any mistakes, avoid painting over them in a bid to neaten up, opting instead to fix up your lines with a makeup remover-soaked cotton bud.

3. Fill Your Wings In

Now you’ve got a neat outline, fill in the negative space to complete your winged eyeliner look. Then, load up your lashes for plenty of volume with a dramatic mascara, like False Lash Epic.

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Winged eyeliner tutorial final look

4. Complete Your Winged Look

Finally, choose a trend to pair with your sleek, chic liner wings. We love a highlighter tapped on the tops of cheekbones, full face-framing eyebrows and a nude lipstick, perfectly matched to your individual skin tone for an effortlessly elegant look.

More Ways to Wing It

Looking for more tips on how to apply eyeliner? Enhance your technique with these quick tricks for winged perfection:

• If you want your flicks to look ultra-even, use a Q-tip as a kind of ruler, holding it so that it angles from the outer corner of your eye up to the tip of your eyebrow. This will keep your lines straight.

• You can also dot-to-dot your wings for easy application. Before gliding on the flick, add a dot where you want it to end, and another on the centre of your upper lash line. Ensure the dots are in the same spots on both of your eyes, then etch on those wings.

• For more dramatic wings, extend the flick out further before joining it back to the centre of your eyelid. This changes the angle of the wing, creating a larger ‘negative space’ to fill.

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