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Vintage Tips: Easy Winged Eyeliner

Liquid liner isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do but I have a few tips that make it far easier. I probably do the complete opposite to what professional makeup artists would advise, but it usually works for me (and I suck at liquid liner.)

  • Choose an easy liner to apply. I use Rimmel Exaggerate. I have tried so many expensive eyeliners and always come back to this one. It has a brush that is halfway between a soft brush and a felt tip, so it is easier to control. You could also be crying hysterically in a blizzard when a kid decides to hit you in the eye with a snowball and it won’t budge. Funnily enough, it also comes off incredibly easily, when you actually want it to, with makeup remover.
  • Hold the brush closer to the tip. It gives you more control of the line.
  • Draw for your eye shape. I have huge eyes that are really round and aren’t exactly well-suited shape-wise to the application of liquid liner. I find drawing a thick line looks better. But if, for example, you have smaller, cat shaped eyes the reverse is likely true.
  • I love the boldness and drama of 60’s eye makeup but there are different variations you can do. For example, if the 50’s are more your thing you could draw a thing line with a more pointed flick.
  • I don’t just draw a line in one stroke. I draw like I am shading with a pencil. This way it is easier to correct mistakes and build the line up once you are confident about how it’s turning out.
  • I do my eye liner before any of my other makeup. That way, if it goes horribly wrong it won’t ruin the rest of your makeup and you won’t have to start over.
  • You can use concealer or cotton buds to tidy up the line.
  • Start thin and and get thicker in the middle of your eyelid. If you do this it is also less likely to run if your eyes water.
  • I draw the lash line with my eye closed and the flick with them open. It helps you to get a close line but you can see what the finished effect will be.
  • I find that most make-up tutorials advise doing the opposite but I stretch the skin slightly. It is easier to draw on a flat surface.
  • If you want a dramatic effect use black eyeliner. If you want something more subtle, opt for brown.
  • If I’m wearing eye shadow, (this is weird, I know) I still apply eyeliner first. You can always do a second coat of liner after eye shadow and it allows you to fit the shape of your eye shadow to match the shape of the eyeliner. It is a bit like drawing a picture and then colouring it in, rather than the other way round.

Hopefully this was helpful, even though I probably do everything back to front!