With bold, colored liner and graphic looks being some of the biggest trends of the year, it’s pretty much essential to know how to draw a simple wing. While the classic, sultry look can look easy enough, it can sometimes be hard to get the hang of. If your wings aren’t even or your lines aren’t straight…don’t worry! Anyone can master the wing by following one of the beauty hacks listed below. Read on to see which tricks will work for you.
DRAWING IT FREEHAND
1. Line your upper lash line, along with a small portion of the lower waterline, with an eyeliner of your choice. If you like liquid, go for it, but it tends to be trickier to use. (Jessie’s Girl’s liner has a unique, calligraphy-style brush that makes it easier to use.) Pencil rarely gives a look that’s as precise. I think gel is perfect for beginners – easy to use, glides on well and looks beautiful. L’Oreal’s is the best I have ever used…better than high-end alternatives, in my opinion. Use it with MAC’s 263 Small Angle Brush.
2. Extend the line from your lower lash line upward in a diagonal shape to begin your wing. Take care to make both sides as symmetrical as possible.
3. Starting from the tip of the extended line, finish the outline of the wing, drawing a line back towards the outer corner of your eye.
4. Fill in the blank space to complete your wing. Tidy it up or make it thicker to create your desired look!
This sounds simple enough, right? Not really. Achieving a perfect cat-eye takes lots of practice for most people. If you want a quick fix solution, check out the hacks below!
LINE WITH PENCIL FIRST
Using pencil is arguably the easiest liner method, but doesn’t have that same crisp effect as gel or liquid liner. Make life simple by drawing your cat eye with a pencil first, then going over it with liquid liner.
SCOTCH TAPE IS YOUR FRIEND
This is probably the most well known hack for getting a perfect wing. Place a piece of scotch tape along your lower lash line, angling it towards the end of your eyebrow. It will create a flawless guide for your liner, ensuring a straight wing.
GET THE PERFECT LINE FOR MONOLIDS
If the shape of your eyelids hide your eyeliner, make the liner on your upper lash line very thick – thicker than you think it probably should be. When you look up, you’ll have perfectly lined eyes! For the wing, drag it out more horizontally than upward, so it doesn’t get covered.
USE A SPOON FOR THE PERFECT CAT EYE
Line the handle of the spoon diagonally upward from your lower lash line to create the base of the angled line. Then, use the curve of the spoon to create the shape. Fill it in to finish the wing!
USE A STRAIGHT EDGE FOR A FLAWLESS FLICK
If getting the flick right is tricky for you, use this handy hack. Line a business card/credit card/anything with a straight edge against your lower lash line to give you a base for the perfect flick. Use something that isn’t valuable so you can get liner on it and not worry about it.
DRAW FROM THE TIP IN
If you feel like your wing always ends up somewhere you didn’t want it to (too high! too horizontal!), try drawing from the tip in. If you draw the line backwards, towards your outer corner, it may be easier to determine what your final wing will look like.
HOW TO FIX YOUR MISTAKES
If your line comes out rough or wonky (intentional or otherwise), don’t freak out. Take a Q-Tip and dip it in either eye makeup remover or petroleum jelly. Proceed to go over the mistakes – they’ll go away and you’ll be left with two perfect wings.
Another way to fix your mistakes? Use a concealer or skin-colored liner (like the NYX Wonder Pencil) to cover up any blunders.
What’s your method for drawing the perfect wing? Let us know in the comments below and on PAMPADOUR.COM!
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