I rather recently found Sharon Farrell on youtube, she posted a great tutorial for eyeliner basics/tips/tricks called HOW TO APPLY PERFECT EYELINER EVERY TIME! She had tips I'd seen but one I'd never seen and one I'd never actually tried. Of course the night after watching it, I had to give them a go. I constantly struggle with finding the easiest way for me to apply winged liner. I have a few little things working against me that cause me stumble - loose skin at the outer corner, two creases that go a little past the corner, slightly rounded eyes that are ever so slightly downturned. Click here for all my liner posts, seems to come up quite often!
First tip! Using a nude or white liner to draw in the angle and use as a guideline for the liner. I did not take a picture of this because I was just futzing around originally and hadn't planned to write a post about it. I used a concealer pencil that came with my Hard Candy Glamoflauge that I never use otherwise, this being one of the few liners I have that aren't waterproof. Obviously you want something that's easily wiped away if you need to adjust it. I find my right eye especially difficult to match up with the left. The creasing/bunching is a little more pronounced on that side and even if I think both eyes look good - they often will be noticeably uneven.
|right eye, bare|
So after much adjustment, I was pleased with the angles of the nude liner sketched in and went in with my liner - L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Navy using a Sigma fine liner brush, E11.
However, that wasn't it - of course not! I found the right side to be extended a little too low at the base and the wingtips weren't the same thickness. The next big tip which I had not seen before, it's a good one! I used an oil free makeup remover and an angled brush, used a good amount of pressure and cleaned up the edges. I went back and forth and fixed, added, fixed, added quite a few times. But this was so much easier than trying to clean up with a cotton bud or just scratching the whole thing and starting over. I used Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (came in a purchase with purchase a while ago, I only use it for things like this) and a Sigma E65 small angle brush.
Then I went on to do my eye makeup, concealer, foundation, brows, etc!
Overall I'm happy with how it came out and the new techniques. I feel like it's always going to be more effort for me, but this gives me more tools to practice that won't require so much wiping away and starting over which can make your eyes quite sore!
I'd definitely recommend you check out Sharon on youtube, I've enjoyed all the videos of hers I've watched so far and hope I can get some more tips along the way! Let me know if you have any tips for winged liner, I'm always willing to try a new trick! :) Thanks for stopping by.
I'm wearing on my eyes:
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance in Lemon Drop
- L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Navy
- Too Faced Romantic Eye palette (matte pink, shimmery white peach, deep bronze)
- Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl in Nude
- Maybelline Great Lash in Dark Brown
- Urban Decay matte shadow in Shakedown (brows, discontinued)
- CoverGirl Outlast in 805 Ivory
- Illamasqua cream blush in Brazen
- Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque
- Sonia Kashuk Bare Minimum Pressed Powder in Translucent Fair
- Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet (rubbed in a very sheer layer to give a slight stain)
- MAC Brush Cleanser in spray bottle for spot cleaning along the way
- Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover for cleaning up with a Sigma E65
- Sephora The Perfectionist sponge to apply foundation without settling into my pores and blush