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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. cat eye) is a makeup look that’s here to stay. Want to master the winged eyeliner look yourself? We’ve got 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 six favorite winged eyeliner looks.
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 by following these makeup 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.
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 sighing at how you’ve smudged your eyeliner or created 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 All Skin Types—to remove any mishaps 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 creating your cat eye, don’t fret! It definitely takes some time to get winged eyeliner application down to a tee. In the meantime, grab a piece of tape and press it along where you want your angle to be. The edge can serve as a stencil for your eyeliner.
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.
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 makeup looks that are reminiscent of the ‘50s into part of 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 liquid eyeliner in hand, draw the angle of your cat eye from the outermost corner of your eye. Depending on how far you want your wing to extend, starting with the angle allows you to create the precise dramatic winged eyeliner look you want.
Step 2: Trace a slanted line from one corner to the other. Once you’ve created your angle, take your eyeliner and draw a straight diagonal line from the highest point of your angle down towards the innermost corner of your eye.
Step 3: Fill it in. Now that you have a nice little triangular shape, use your eyeliner to fill in the blanks to really bring your cat eye to life.
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!
Now that you’ve mastered the classic winged eyeliner technique, 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!
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 an original cat eye along your upper lash line.
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, to paint evenly spaced dots along your lower lash line. Voila!
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.
Step 1: Create a classic cat eye. You know the drill! Follow the steps from the first tutorial again here.
Step 2: Outline the bottom of your wing. Next up, 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: Then outline the top, too. Outline just above the top of your cat eye from the inner corner of your eye out to the tip of your angle, connecting your two white lines at a point for a beautifully framed finish.
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.
Step 1: Draw a bold cat eye. Make feline magic happen across the upper lash line of your eye.
Step 2: Create a bottom line wing. Along the bottom lash line of your eye, use a gel or cream eyeliner to draw a second, smaller wing that extends from below your eye.
Step 3: Add a finishing touch. That would be mascara! Grab your favorite volumizing mascara formula and apply it to your lashes.
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 provides a gorgeous spin on a classic that you’ll most definitely want to add to your makeup repertoire.
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 towards the inner corner. Since this is likely a brand new eyeliner technique for you, keep the micellar water-soaked cotton swabs on hand to clean up any goofs along the way.
Step 3: Frame your look with mascara. Coat your top and bottom lashes with a few generous swipes of mascara.
Maybe a black cat eye just isn’t cutting it for you. If that’s the case, it’s time to get your hands on this two-toned head-turner that’s coated in gold. Get ready to shimmer!
Step 1: Embrace your catty side. Bring your classic cat eye to life with the help of a little black liquid eyeliner.
Step 2: Outline it in gold. Following closely along the line of your black eyeliner, use a gold liquid eyeliner to create your two-toned look. To take it a step further, press gold 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 gold liquid eyeliner to line the inner corners of your lower lash line.
Next up: How to Create a Layered Eyeliner Look.