I know a lot of people struggle with eyeliner. The bit above the lashes is fine, but try and create wing, and the majority of people are stumped.
This is the stage where I usually give-up, wipe it all off, and go for a more ‘natural’ look (if you’re a panda, that is). But I have a problem in that my friend, the gorgeous Chereen Gibson (beauty Ed of Oprah magazine) always has the most incredible eyeliner! And every time I see her, she inspires me to attempt it again. Unfortunately, I just don’t have the knack for it that she does (she also has perfect hair, just FYI – refer to yesterday’s post if you don’t know what I’m talking about).
But thankfully I’ve found a great site which explains everything so well, and in lay-eyeliners’ terms. Nerdygirlmakeup.com editor, Wycee takes you through every step, explaining as she goes. I tried her method, and I reckon with a bit a practice, I can nail it!
You can read Chereen’s blog over here.
Once you’ve applied your eye shadow, it’s time to draw your cat eyeliner! First study the placement of the pink line in the picture on the right. Imagine a similar line on your face that goes from the outer part of your nose to the tip of your eyebrow (you can use your brush handle to help visualize the line).
Alternatively, imagine a line that follows the natural curve of your lower lash line.
This line will be your guide to the wing of the eyeliner, regardless of how short or long you want it to be.
Pick up some of the matte black eye shadow with a small angled brush, making sure to tap off the excess to prevent fallout. Lightly draw in the line you visualized in Step 1 starting from the outer corner of your lash line. If you want a more subtle cat eye, keep the line short. For a more dramatic look, extend the line diagonally upwards in the direction of the tip of your eyebrow. Loosen the grip of your brush as you near the end of the line to fade the tip of the line.
Now create a 2nd line starting from your upper lash line that connects to the faded end of the first line. Since it’s much easier to wipe off the black eye shadow than fixing gel/liquid liner, this is the time to experiment with how thick you want your wing/flick to be. It’s much easier to initially draw the 2nd line closer to the 1st line and just continue drawing it further from the 1st line until you get your desired look. Each time you redraw the 2nd line, make sure to look at your eyes in the mirror to check the thickness
Now that you’ve got the outline that looks like a triangle for your wing, fill it in with some black gel or liquid liner. Make sure to maintain the fade at the end of the wing. You can do this by either loosening up the grip of your brush as you go over the end of the wing, or stop filling in the black gel/liquid liner just before you get to the tip and let the black eye shadow applied in Step 2 fade the wing instead.
Here I used a matte black gel liner with a MAC 208 brush.
With the wing complete, continue lining the rest of your upper lash line starting from the inner lash line (where the brush is positioned in the picture). Keep the line thin and slightly build up the thickness as you work your way towards the outer lash line where it connects to the cat eye wing.
If you’ve experienced any budging from your gel or liquid liner from previous use, you can set it by going over it with the same small angle brush and black eye shadow you used in Step 2.
You can also line your lower water line with a black kohl pencil to make the look more dramatic.
Curl your lashes and apply false eyelashes/mascara.