Fact: a winged cat eye stands among one of the most difficult make up looks to master. Ladies, am I wrong? I have been doing my own make up for like 10 years and I seriously can’t figure this out! So many things can go wrong… the flick might be higher on one eye than the other, the lines might differ in thickness, they might not be very smooth and drag marks can be visible. Generally, the mistakes are so obvious with a liquid liner and hard to clean up, so I don’t typically do a winged line unless I have lots of time or it’s a special occasion. Such a shame because winged eyeliner is so badass!
I am on a beauty adventure to explore different methods of applying a winged cat eye look. Recently I purchased a slanted eyeliner brush and a pot of gel liner, but even this seems to be a challenge for me. I’ll let you know when I figure it out… whenever that is! Fortunately for me (and maybe for you!), this morning I discovered a beauty hack that has probably already been discovered many times over, but I’m going to just take credit for it all! LOL!
As you can see, I am clearly rocking a very dramatic winged liner look here. The secret to this is that I did not use an eyeliner to create this… I simply applied very dark eyeshadow using a Q-tip. I think the powder form is more forgiving because you’re able to gently sketch out the general shape, then pack in the eyeshadow where you want, and rub off anything that doesn’t look right. I almost think of it like using a sharpie versus using a pencil… with a liner you get one shot to get it right, but with a powder you have much more wiggle room. The only trade-off is that liquids last longer and look sharper. But shoot, I’d rather have my liner look symmetrical and soft than crooked and sharp. Right??
The rest of my look: I am wearing tinted moisturizer AND concealer today AND finishing powder… I wasn’t feeling great about my complexion. Then I contoured using a bronzer on my temples and under my cheekbones. I filled in my eyebrows using a dark brown eyeshadow (they desperately need grooming, ha!). Then I filled in my lip using a liner and finished with a girly pink lipgloss.
Hair is first day washed and very silky – hallelujah! It naturally fell into a semi central part so I twisted both sides towards the back, and tied them together. Very neat and classy.
Finally… I received this beautiful Rebecca Roller Rabbit scarf as a gift and I am obsessed with it. I don’t think I own anything purple or lavender, and I am really feeling this color. I suspect I will be wearing it all the time, in every one of the infinite ways you can wear a scarf. Emine, if you’re reading this, THANK YOU!! You are so thoughtful and have impeccable taste!
Everyone, have a great weekend and I’ll be back soon! I’m flying to Orlando next week – my first business related trip and it will be filled to the brim with style. See you then 😉
(Products used: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, Sephora MicroSmooth Powder in Light 15, bareMinerals Ready Bronzer in The High Dive, Smashbox Photo Op Shadow in Roast, Sephora Waterproof Eyeliner in Black Lace, Clinique High Impact Mascara, Make Up Forever Aqua Lip Liner in 2C, Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Baby Doll)
You should wear eyeliner more often! It suits you so well 🙂 Just practise it as often as you can and it’ll become much easier. Some people use Scotch tape as a kind of stencil to draw the wing, but I find practice is the better way in the long run (especially when you don’t have a lot of time in the morning).
I’m currently using a felt tip liner and find it really easy. Wonder what it’ll look like when I use gel liner the next time..
Have fun in Orlando! The only thing I can remember from there is Disney World, hehe 😀
Hello my friend!!! First of all, congratulations to your country for winning the world cup.. I think I saw that one coming!
Thanks so much for the sweet words. I am going to practice lots more now that I have a gel liner and brush, but I think my brush needs to be even thinner. Lots of experimenting! I might try a felt tip liner if this all fails.
And yes! I’ll probably do a post on my trip too so fingers crossed everything goes smoothly. xox
yeees! you should see me trying to do it with my two left hands! lol xx
Hah! practice practice!!!