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Anything But Ordinary: 7 Modern Takes on Winged Eyeliner

It’s no secret that winged eyeliner is having a serious moment as a beauty trend. Seen on runways and red carpets alike (as well as all over our social media feeds), it’s safe to say that classic winged eyeliner (a.k.a. the cat eye) is a makeup look that’s here to stay. Want to master the winged eyeliner look yourself? We have a whole bunch of new takes on this classic eye makeup trend to share with you. Plus, we also have tips for mastering your winged eyeliner technique since we know it can be tricky to apply as a beginner. Ready to be inspired? Keep reading to check out our tips for applying winged eyeliner and our seven favorite winged eyeliner looks.

5 TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN YOU WEAR WINGED EYELINER

Before you get started on your winged eyeliner, make sure you have the right makeup on hand. Yes, it turns out that the type of eyeliner you use to create a winged flick can make a major difference in the end result. How you apply your eyeliner matters, too. So, brush up on your eyeliner application technique with these tips.

1. Pick the right eyeliner

When it comes to creating the perfect cat eye, oftentimes the best way to achieve it is by using a liquid or gel eyeliner. Since cat eyes are all about a super-sleek line ending in a softly curved flick, you want to make sure to use an eyeliner that glides on smoothly. That way there won’t be any bumps in your line that will disrupt the overall sleekness of your look. For these reasons, you’ll usually want to set your pencil eyeliner aside when creating a wing.

2. Look straight ahead when you apply your eyeliner

In order to create an identical set of perfectly framed eyes, be sure to look straight ahead when applying your eyeliner. If you apply your eyeliner through half-closed lids, you risk creating wings that are anything but symmetrical.

3. Keep a cotton swab nearby for any goofs

As you work on your cat eye technique, you may have a few moments of frustration over smudging your eyeliner or creating a wing that’s a tad too thick. Instead of starting over from scratch, simply grab a cotton swab and dip it into a little bit of micellar water—like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types—to remove any mistakes and easily touch up your winged eyeliner.

4. Add some color to make your eyes pop

While cat eyes tend to be drawn on in black, there’s always room for a little imagination and loads of color. Whether you want a matte or shimmery finish, the options are truly endless. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner. Available in six pretty shades including teal and electric blue, you’ll be set to create a cat eye that truly stands out.

5. Don’t be afraid to improvise

If you’re having trouble drawing on a cat eye, don’t fret! It definitely takes some time to get winged eyeliner application down to a T. In the meantime, grab a piece of tape and use it as a guide for your flick.

And now you’re officially ready to get the winged eyeliner party started! Here are six takes on the cat eye that we just can’t get enough of at the moment.

WINGED EYELINER LOOK #1: THE CLASSIC CAT EYE

There’s just something about classic makeup looks that leave us seriously swooning. From pouty red lipstick to the perfect smoky eye topped off with an age-old cat eye, we’re suckers for incorporating timeless makeup looks into our everyday makeup routine. While red lips and smoky eyes are second nature to most of us at this point, winged eyeliner can still be difficult to master. But, with our four-step winged eyeliner tutorial, we have a feeling you’ll be a pro in no time. Follow along!

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Draw the angle of your wing

With your black liquid eyeliner in hand, draw a thin line going up from the outermost corner of your eye. This will be the bottom of your wing.  

Step 2: Trace a slanted line from one corner to the other

Once you have that one line in place, take your eyeliner and draw a straight diagonal line from the highest point down toward the innermost corner of your eye.

Step 3: Fill it in

Now you should be working with a nice little triangular shape. To turn that shape into a wing, you’ll want to use your eyeliner to fill in the blanks.

Step 4: Add mascara

As with any eye look, the best way to top things off is with a coat of mascara. Give the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara a go!

WINGED EYELINER LOOK #2: THE DOTTED CAT EYE

You’ve mastered the classic winged eyeliner technique, but you might be wondering how you can turn up the heat. This all-too-easy dotted cat eye tutorial is the perfect way to add considerable style to an otherwise simple makeup look. The best part? It only takes two steps!

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Create a classic cat eye

Using a gel or liquid eyeliner (the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H has a gel formula), draw a basic cat eye on your upper lid.

Step 2: Dot it up

To complete the look, grab a felt-tipped liquid eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible the Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner, and paint evenly spaced dots along your lower lash line. Voila!

WINGED EYELINER LOOK #3: THE FRAMED CAT EYE

If you’ve been searching for the ultimate show-stopping winged eyeliner look, you can stop right here. This super-sultry, sophisticated cat eye will stop people in their tracks.

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Create a classic cat eye

You know the drill! Follow the steps from the first tutorial again.

Step 2: Outline the bottom of your wing

Next, use a white eyeliner (such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in White) or eye shadow to carefully trace a white line directly underneath the bottom of your wing.

Step 3: outline the top, too

Outline the other side of your eyeliner, too. When you finish, your eyeliner should be completely framed in white.

WINGED EYELINER LOOK #4: THE GRAPHIC CAT EYE

Another great way to up the ante on a classic cat eye is to make it a bit more graphic. Want to know what we’re talking about? Check out our tutorial below for a tres chic alternative to your favorite winged eyeliner look.

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Draw a bold cat eye

Make feline magic happen across your upper lash line. Follow the same steps as before, but you can make your wing a little thicker if you want!

Step 2: Create a bottom line wing

Along the bottom lash, use a gel or cream eyeliner to draw a second, smaller wing that extends from below your eye.

Step 3: Add a finishing touch

Let’s not consider things complete until you’ve applied mascara. Grab your favorite volumizing mascara (we love the L'Oréal Paris Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Washable Mascara) and apply a coat or two to your lashes.

WINGED EYELINER LOOK #5: THE REVERSE CAT EYE

If you’re all about innovation and turning makeup trends on their head, then this is the winged eyeliner look for you! This reverse cat eye puts a gorgeous spin on a classic that you’ll most definitely want to add to your makeup repertoire.

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Create a soft cat eye

Using your handy gel eyeliner, trace a gently curved cat eye along your upper lash line.

Step 2: Flip it upside down

This could get tricky, so pay close attention! With liquid eyeliner and micellar-soaked cotton swabs on hand, create an inverted wing that extends from the outer corner of your eye down toward the inner corner. Since this is likely a brand-new eyeliner technique for you, keep the micellar water-soaked cotton swabs at the ready to clean up any goofs along the way.

Step 3: Top off your look with mascara

Coat your top and bottom lashes with a few generous swipes of mascara.

WINGED EYELINER LOOK #6: THE TWO-TONED ROSE GOLD CAT EYE

Maybe a black cat eye just isn’t cutting it for you. If that’s the case, it’s time to get familiar with this two-toned head-turner that’s coated in rose gold. Get ready to shimmer!

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Embrace your catty side

Bring your classic cat eye to life with the help of a little black liquid eyeliner.

Step 2: Layer rose gold on top

Lining just above your black eyeliner, use a rose gold liquid eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Rose Gold, to create your two-toned look. To take it a step further, press metallic glitter directly over your eyeliner before it dries completely for a lavish makeup look.

Step 3: Accent your eyeliner

To really tie this winged eyeliner look together, use the same liquid eyeliner to line the inner corners of your lower lash line.

WINGED EYELINER LOOK #7: Double-winged cat eye

Is one cat eye flick just not enough for you? Why not double the fun with a double-winged cat eye. Here’s how to get this dramatic look for yourself.

Get the look by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Apply a normal cat eye

Using your trusty black eyeliner pen, paint a normal cat eye flick on your upper lash line.

Step 2: Paint on your lower wing

Once you have your top wing in place, it’s time to apply the lower one. Using the same eyeliner pen, trace along your bottom lash line, extending outward in a soft flick that falls parallel to the one above it.

Step 3: Add volume

Swipe on a few coats of black mascara, and you’ve got a gorgeous double-winged look!

Next up: There’s more where this came from! For another creative eyeliner look, here’s How to Do Color-Blocked Eyeliner.