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Achieving The Perfect Winged Liner Is Easy – Once You Know How

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Top tricks for (almost) perfect flicks.

If you haven't been graced by a steady hand or an ever-present team of professional make-up artists, there are ways you can totally wing your winged liner. Armed with the right tools and a little self-belief, we guarantee you a smooth, precise line every time! 


Get The Right Tools 

If getting a super-sharp, cat-eye line is your life ambition, then know, like most things, having the right equipment will certainly help!

While it's not the company's first foray into eyeliner, Pro Tip is Glossier's debut liquid iteration and according to reports, it's everything a gal might want in a liquid liner.

A pen liner with an inky brush-tip designed with flexible fibres that hug the curve of the lash line, it delivers a pigmented yet buildable formula dries quickly so it’s smudge-resistant and stays put for up to 12 hours! 

Top Pro Tip: With the pen, try extending your bottom lash upwards, flicking it towards the end of your brow. Once you have the rough shape, you can always make it bolder by going back over with a liquid liner.

Pro Tip, €17, Glossier - SHOP

Map It Out With Dots 

If you struggle with knowing how far to extend your flicks and making them look even on both sides, imagine the place at which, if you extended your eyeliner upwards from the top and the bottom lashes, they would naturally meet at a point.

That’s where you want your wing to end. Mark this point with a dot, on both sides of your eyes with your eyeliner, to check they’re even.

Then take your liner of choice and run it along the roots of your top lashes, extending out until you meet the dot. 

Know your Shape

If your eye shape is hooded (where the crease of your eye is hidden when your eyes are open), try looking straight into the mirror with your eyes open when applying your eyeliner.

This will allow you to see exactly where the liner will actually sit.

To stop your eyeliner from disappearing beneath the crease, apply your liner a little bit above your natural lash line to make it visible, it gives the illusion of a winged-out flick when you have your eyes open. 

 Blend It Out 

If in doubt, always blend it out. A soft, smoked-out eyeliner is a great way to give the appearance of a cat-eye look without needing that steady hand.

Take an eyeshadow that's a similar tone to your liner and smoke it out to give a more diffused effect. Lashings of mascara too, will help to pull the look together. 

Oh, and always keep some cotton buds on hand! Even the most steady-handed can have their off day! 

Lash Slick mascara, €16, Glossier - SHOP 

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