How-To: Perfect Winged Eyeliner.
How to apply winged eyeliner
The winged eye is one of this seasons hottest trends as sported by the ever-fashionable Alexa Chung. Eliza Ashe shows you how to achieve the look.
It’s everywhere at the moment and it's up there with red lipstick as an all-time classic beauty look. And, although it may look a tad tricky, using the right product is half the battle when it comes to getting winged eyeliner down pat.
Lay off the liquid: Unlike liquid liner that requires surgeon-like precision in order to look neat, it’s worth investing in a gel or crème-based product that you can apply using a flat brush. Not only does a brush prevent the liner from looking wonky, but it also allows you to press the liner right in at the roots of the lashes for a cleaner-looking finish. Try: MAC Flat Definer Brush 212, $45, maccosmetics.com.au.
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Alexa Chung works a '60s flick
Tackle the trickiest part first: the wing. The flick is what sets the tone for the rest of the liner, so it’s important you take your time to perfect each side so that the angles match up. Once you’ve prepped the eye area with concealer, use the eye liner brush to create an imaginary line from the corner of your nose to the end of the brow which will indicate the angle of the wing.
House keeping: Both gel and crème liners take longer to set which makes the task of removing excess product that much easier. Once you’ve finished applying the liner, try loading a cotton tip with a hint of cream concealer and use it to collect any unwanted product or to neaten up the tip of the wing.
It glides on like a dream and dries with an expensive glossy-looking finish. L’Oreal Paris SuperLiner Gel Liner, $25.95.
As well as Loreal's effort, above, there's also: Rimmel London Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, $12.95. It comes with a built-in brush for touch-ups on the go