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Winged eyeliner is a sophisticated makeup look which can be adapted for both day and night. Only problem is that it is often difficult to create, especially for beginners. The only answer I have is that practice makes perfect. You’ll often find that winged eyeliner is just another technique which requires endless persistence and will prove to look better the more you do it. Below are just three ways in which you can easily create a winged eyeliner look without ending in tears (or smudged eyeliner).

1. Map it out

This is a great method if you’re just starting out, and want to be adventurous and creative with your winged eyeliner. Take a brown or black eyeliner pencil and simply draw the cat-eye as you want it to look like. If a black pencil seems a bit risky for you, try a white or nude pencil. Then all you have to do is trace the line with your liquid eyeliner. Seems simple enough? Follow the perimeters of your eye and this will make it easier each and every time you want to create this look.

2. Start from the middle

Try tracing a line from the middle of your eye and work towards the outer corner. Draw a straight line and get as close to the lash line as possible; this technique is referred to as tightlining. To draw on the perfect flick, use an angled brush and simply extend the line upwards from your lower lash line. Using an angled brush with a gel eyeliner pot is easier for beginners who are inexperienced with the technique. With additional practice, you will be able to use a pencil or felt-tip liner like a professional. Fix up any mistakes with a cotton tip dipped in moisturiser or eye make-up remover.

3. Draw the wing first

Drawing on the wing first allows you to eliminate the hardest part of the entire look. Using a sharp felt tip pen, close your eye and draw a line aligns with the end of your eyebrow. This is the best way to find a winged eyeliner look that is sure to suit your face. Then draw a line back down to the centre of your eye and simply fill in the gaps. Make sure to tightline the rest of your eye, this is often easier to achieve with a larger brush or liquid liner. It gives the illusion of a fuller lash and is the last step to a flawless winged liner look.

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By Felicia Sapountzis