How To Apply Even Winged Liner Every Time

Stevi Incremona
Stevi graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. When she's not auditioning and running around New York, she's escaping to her original home at the Jersey Shore and most definitely lying on a beach somewhere equidistant between the ocean and tiki bar. She's a coffee snob, craft beer enthusiast, technology nerd, and obviously (most importantly) has a very real addiction to buying and trying affordable beauty products.

Alright, so rocking a casual cat eye is one of the most timeless and sexy ways to step up your eye makeup game.

It pairs with red lips like a delicious vampy dream, and doesn’t need any eye shadow support to make a bold statement.

However, it is quite possibly THE most frustrating and intimidating look to attempt for newbies and makeup artists alike.




It seems like even when you get one side right, the other never matches. And in an effort to fix things, you’re left with the most dramatic eyeliner ever. Panda style. After a few really horrible trial runs over the years, I’ve finally mastered a few ways to get that liner going. Here are a few different techniques to try out.



  • The “flick” of the wing should be a continuation of your bottom lash line and move on a diagonal up towards the end of your brow. So, if you were to be ridiculous and extend the liner further, they’d meet and create a little triangle. This guideline also works for smokey eye shadow placement!
  • Everyone has their preferences, but I prefer to use a felt-tipped liquid liner. My favorite option from the drugstore is the Lineur Intense Felt Tip Eyeliner by LOreal Paris. It’s under $10, super easy to use because of the pen-like style, and the finish is a deep matte black. You only have to go over it once and stays in place perfectly.


BEGINNER – The Tape Trick

First things first, do not attempt this in the presence of any other persons. You will look like an alien and they will – for sure – laugh at you. But it works so well.

  1. Grab a roll of regular clear tape and rip off two pieces long enough to reach from the outer corner of your eye to your eyebrow.
  2. Stick the tape to your wrist a couple times to eliminate some of the stickiness. This will keep it from pulling at your delicate under-eye skin.
  3. Lay the tape down on a diagonal from your lower lash line up to your brow.
  4. Grab your liner and trace the angled guideline the tape leaves for you. It’s like coloring.
  5. Line your top lash line to your desired thickness, then connect the two and, voila!


INTERMEDIATE – Eyeshadow Guide

This is the method I use most often because it’s quick and easy and requires zero commitment to planning. Boom.

  1. Grab one of those angled liner brushes that come with every brush kit ever that you’ve never had a use for until now.
  2. Dip it lightly in a black eyeshadow.
  3. Line the angled brush up so that it becomes a continuation of your bottom lash line and press the shadow lightly into the skin.
  4. Before moving on to any liquid or gel liner, move to your other eye and do the same thing.
  5. Take a step back and make sure both of the pseudo-wings look even. The beauty of the shadow is that it wipes off with a casual brush of a finger and you don’t need to worry about trying to remove super pigmented liner that will inevitably ruin all of your other makeup.
  6. Trace over the eye shadow wing with liner and complete the look!


ADVANCED – Correct with Concealer

So maybe you’re better than the rest of us and you can usually just “wing it” (heh heh heh) without any of the tricks mentioned. To up your game, you can make sure the flick is super sharp and pops if you clean it up with your concealer.

  1. Dip a concealer brush in any corrector (creamy formulas like Maybellines Fit Me Concealer work best) then use it to trace along the lower part of the flick, making the line as clean and sharp as possible. The contrast of the dark black liner and the lighter concealer will make the flick pop.
  2. Set the concealer with a little bit of powder so it doesn’t budge.
  3. Pair with red lipstick and you’re golden.
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