Winging it

Winged eyeliner is one of the most iconic makeup styles of all time... from Cleopatra to Audrey Hepburn, Adele to Amy Winehouse. And yet unlike other iconic styles it proves harder to master, though once you've got it.. it's a skill mastered for life. 

The first step to creating the perfect wing is knowing your eye shape. 

  • Hooded Eyes | If the crease of your eye isn't visible when open 
  • Close Set Eyes | You have less than the width of your eye as the distance between your eyes 
  • Downturned Eyes | The corners of your eyes slant towards your cheekbones
  • Monolid Eyes | Minimal or nonexistent crease
  • Round Eyes | If you cansee all the way around your iris (top or bottom)
  • Almond Eyes | Narrow eyes with oval corners

Hooded Eyes

For hooded eyes create the outer wing tip where the lid's hood starts and work your way inwards, working closely to the lash line. Precision Liquid Eyeliner is a pitch black, smudging formulation perfect for creating sharp, precise lines. If you struggle with the space on the lid apply a very fine line along the lash line and create a bat wing effect joining up the outer flick when the eyes are open.

Almond Eyes

Start from the inner corner of the eyes and sweep your liner all the way to the outer corner across your lash line, creating a gentle flick when you get to the end. 

Close Set Eyes

Using Precision 1.7mm Eyeliner to trace out the initial shape, concentrate on the outer corner bringing your liner from both the top and lower lash line together to form a wing. 

Downturned Eyes

Give your eyes a lift by working from the outer corner inwards, working on the angle from the end of your eyebrow to the outer corner of your eye. Continue by following the natural shape of your eye.

Monolid Eyes

For the thinnest line possible I like to use a fine liner brush (Magnetic Brush Set 02) with a gel liner. Working from the inner corner outwards draw a line as close to the lash line as possible and gently flick out at the outer corner.

Round Eyes

Start your liner from the point you wish your wing to end and work inwards towards the centre of your lids, this will soften the round shape creating a sultry effect.

Makeup is all about having fun and feeling confident in yourself... there are no set rules only guidance. If you want to create a full on wing with hooded eyes go for it!! Have fun and experiment. 

 

1 comment

Thank you Ruby… this is so helpful. I’m just starting to learn about makeup and not yet mastered how to use eyeliner without it going everywhere.

Charlotte S September 22, 2022

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Work with your skintone and the cosmetic effect that you want to achieve. We are all lucky that we have unique faces.. play up the features you love and play down those you don't.

Ruby Hammer MBE